Back To Business

Back To Business: Overit

July 14, 2021 – 7:53 am

With the coronavirus pandemic waning and the New York economy fully reopened, businesses are trying to figure out what practices and lessons from the past year to maintain and what to jettison in the so-called new normal. That’s the case with the Albany-based marketing and public relations agency Overit. “One of the positives from the […]

Back To Business: Brick House Insurance

July 6, 2021 – 11:09 am

When Andrew and Mckenzie Pope conceptualized Brick House Insurance just over a year and a half ago, they pictured a place where new customers might drop by to discuss policies, existing customers could come in to pay bills and in-person meetings to drum up new business would be standard practice. They found what they thought […]

Back To Business: New World Bistro Bar

June 8, 2021 – 1:03 pm

When New World Bistro Bar re-opened at the end of April, things were very different than they had been when the popular Delaware Avenue restaurant closed mid-January – and not just because of the pandemic.    “Since the pandemic started, we’ve opened, we’ve closed we’ve opened just takeout, we’ve had a few chefs,” said New […]

Back To Business: Capital Region Ujamaa Market

April 19, 2021 – 6:38 pm

The concept for the Capital Region Ujamaa Market predated the coronavirus pandemic, but the health crisis and the economic downturn it caused – as well as a national focus on social justice and equity – crystalized the need for an effort to support and showcase local Black-owned businesses, according to the market’s founder, George Lopez, […]

Back To Business: Capitol District Supply

March 30, 2021 – 1:57 pm

Selling plumbing, heating, kitchen and bath supplies and fixtures is a very hands-on process. Contractors need to come and pick up their orders, residential customers need to come into the showroom to consult with designers and select their preferred products – from cabinets and sinks to toilets, tubs and showers. At least, that’s how it […]

Back To Business: Irie Vybez

March 18, 2021 – 5:23 pm

Shaun Freeman believes that to be a successful entrepreneur “you have to get uncomfortable” in order to remain sharp and innovative. But the discomfort and upheaval that resulted from the early months of the coronavirus pandemic last year was  more than even the co-founder and owner of the popular Central Avenue Jamaican restaurant Irie Vybez […]

Back To Business: Barks On Lark

March 11, 2021 – 12:18 pm

This time last year, Cara Bronner was embarking on a new phase of her career as an educator after leaving a job as a fourth-grade teacher and accepting a new post as a curriculum specialist at BOCES. When the COVID crisis hit, BOCES lost funding and as a result Bronner lost her new position. And […]

Back To Business: Dove + Deer And Rosanna’s

March 3, 2021 – 2:57 pm

Brianne Baggetta did not intend to open a restaurant at the height of the coronavirus pandemic. Her initial plan, when purchasing the Center Square mainstay Bongiorno’s Restaurant at 23 Dove St. was to shut down for a brief renovation and reimagining and then reopen in the fall of 2019. Baggetta’s first restaurant project – Dove […]

Back To Business: Betty Boop’s Diner

February 23, 2021 – 12:28 pm

Teresa Soto is a people person. That’s what drove her first career as a nurse’s aide – a position she held for most of her adult life, until a series of neck and back injuries sustained while lifting elderly people in and out of bed finally forced her to retire. “I love elderly people, I […]

Back To Business: Healthy On Lark

February 11, 2021 – 11:59 am

Sharon Lastique, a certified health coach and owner of Healthy On Lark vegetarian restaurant, noticed a trend amongst her customer base during the early days of the pandemic lockdown: Her regular patrons were conflicted. They wanted to boost immunity and stay healthy, especially as they were stuck indoors (often with children) while simultaneously getting less […]