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Episode 21

Sarah Craig (Caffé Lena)

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Sarah Craig, the Executive Director at Caffé Lena! Caffé Lena needs no introduction as one of the most historic spots in all of Saratoga Springs, and Sarah has plenty of stories to tell about its past, present... And future!

00:40 - An Introduction to Caffé Lena, and Sarah Craig

02:40 - 10 People… 900 Events! Managing a Staff

05:45 - The 2016 Renovation

08:23 - A Deeper History: Caffé Lena’s Origins

11:43 - Entrepreneurial Optimism: Joy and Struggle, Struggle and Joy

13:59 - Check Out the Documentary at:

14:17 - The Library of Congress:

15:00 - Famous Performers… Have to Start Somewhere!

17:20 - The COVID Crash: Thank You to All Donors!

17:54 - Commercial Break: Visit Bogey’s Pub & Grill!

18:19 - Keeping an Audience: Could Saratoga Become an Artist’s Haven?

20:58 - Emerging Artists and Legends Only!

24:47 - Not Just for Folk Folks: Lineage is the Deciding Factor!

26:41 - Keeping Ticket Prices Reasonable, While Respecting Performers

29:58 - The Importance of Merchandising

31:47 - Post-COVID… Everybody Wants to Hear Music Again!

35:18 - Focus on New People

36:47 - Commercial Break: Visit Skyzone Trampoline Park, Queensbury!

37:50 - Weekdays… Open Mic, No Alcohol, Music Lessons!

39:35 - Amplifying Fellow Non-Profits

40:56 - The Art of Community

43:03 - True Songs

43:51 - How to Get in Touch:

PRODUCTION NOTE: The opinions reflected in this podcast are not indicative of the views of Saratoga Business Report, LLC, Saratoga TODAY, Glens Falls TODAY, or Spa City Digital.


  • Host

    Mike Nelson

  • Guest

    Sarah Craig

  • Runtime

    45 min, 15 sec

  • Air Date

    February 13th, 2023