Six years ago, when Jamie Kennedy was putting together his business plan, he had no idea what the growth trajectory would be. The following year with funding in place he hired 4 employees and began KPM Restoration. His mission statement was clear and simple: ‘Getting You Back To Normal.’ From water damage restoration, fire damage cleanup, mold removal and remediation to sewage cleanup, he said his technicians would work tirelessly to restore your home to its previous state.
In 2020, we can use local sales tax collections as a way to evaluate consumer spending. The good news was that Saratoga County’s sales tax revenues declined by just 1.3% in 2020 versus 2019. The bad news is that sales tax collections in the City of Saratoga Springs dropped by 27%. The hope is that we’re now reopening many businesses and vaccinating more people every day. This should mean we are poised for an increase in consumer spending locally, in 2021.
The Veterans Business Council of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce to Hold First Annual Comedy Night to Support the Local Veteran Community on March 25th
Saratoga Springs, NY – The Veterans Business Council of the Saratoga County Chamber is proud to host a virtual evening of comedy with top comedians Chris Monty “What’s the Worst that Can Happen” and Chris Roach of “Kevin Can Wait” to benefit local veterans.
Saratoga County Expansion Will Help Give AT&T Customers and FirstNet Subscribers Better Access to Mobile Internet
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Former Manhattan ADA turned boxing promoter and founder of One With Life Organic Tequila (OWL) Lisa Elovich embarks on a new partnership with four world champions.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Adirondack Trust Company (ATC) recently announced that it has donated $1,750 to Saratoga PLAN as part of its annual ATC Credit Card Donation. Once per year, Adirondack Trust donates a percentage of the interest earned on credit-card balances to a local, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The organization is selected as part of the ATC survey that is sent out annually and chosen by ATC credit-card customers.
On Friday, March 12, Saratoga TODAY newspaper launched their annual ‘Best OF’ the Saratoga Region. The contest, which runs for 6 weeks, includes 150 categories ranging from fine dining and mattress store to wealth management and best accountant.
As of noon on the 12th they already had over 2,500 votes. “This contest is a community favorite every year” states Publisher Chad Beatty. “The readers and the businesses love it.”
To vote for your favorite business, go to: www.SaratogaTodayNewspaper.com
Saratoga Springs - As we begin to approach the warmer weather, and the promise of spring, we begin to feel hopeful. Spring is a season of renewal that comes with earlier daylight, and later darkness, which at times seemed impenetrable. Our positive cases are going down, and vaccines are being delivered into arms across the world.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — After serving Spa City customers for more than a quarter-century, a popular Phila Street eatery has closed its doors for the final time.
Four Seasons Natural Foods, which stood at the corner of Phila and Putnam Streets since 1990, is in the contract process of being sold to new owners.
“In the restaurant business, it’s a crazy ride,” says owner Richard Frank. The store portion of Four Seasons was relocated in 2014 to 120 Henry Street – where it has and will continue to operate - and the Phila Street location was re-configured into the Four Seasons café.
In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the country, and like many other businesses, the Phila Street venue was affected. “Everybody took a hit in sales, but as far as ours, last summer we were doing about 25% of what we had been doing the summer before,” says Frank, who grew up in Pennsylvania and was introduced to Saratoga when he began spending summers here at the age of nine.
Four Seasons was launched in 1988 near Caroline Street and Broadway and relocated to Phila Street in 1990 when Frank joined the store, leasing it for a handful of years before eventually purchasing the building in the mid-1990s. A relocation of the Four Seasons “store” to 120 Henry Street was made in 2014, with the Phila Street location moving into its “café” phase. The company scaled back during the pandemic in 2020 and closed its Phila Street doors in November.
“The moral of the past year is that you have to be flexible. What we thought we know, we don’t, and you have to be able to adapt,” Frank says. “I was sort of waiting to see what would happen next when a nice couple came and offered to buy the building. It made sense.”
The sale is under contract and as for future use, the expectation is the couple purchasing the building are interested in a retail endeavor. Since the 1930s, the single-story building has served as meat market and a grocery store, a military recruitment center, a wine store, and as Mrs. London’s Bakeshop and Restaurant during the 1980s.
“We were there 31 years, but overall, I think it’s great because the people seem super-excited and it’s great to see someone who’s going to love the building. It’s a great corner,” Frank says. “It’s definitely a loss of a casual vegan restaurant,” Frank acknowledges; however for Four Seasons at 120 Henry St., life goes on.
“We’ve always done sandwiches and soups and we’ve been augmenting our kitchen a little. We do our desserts at the café, but we’re going to be able to do them here. Over time (post-pandemic) we might be able to re-organize and have some sort of casual eat-in,” he says. “To some extent we’re not really doing anything different; yes, the café is a big piece that now won’t be part of us, but we’re still in business, we’re still doing food, I still have food service I believe in and we serve good products, so it’s not an end of the road or anything like that. If anything, it’s better here, better for our staff and better for our customers.”
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development this week awarded more than $2.7 billion in funding to nearly 2,900 public housing authorities (PHAs) in all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to make capital investments in their public housing units.
New York PHAs were awarded nearly $675 Million. PHAs in the Capital District were awarded $11,334,166.
“Every family deserves a safe place to live and HUD’s Capital Fund Program enables public housing authorities to improve, maintain, and upgrade existing housing,” said Stephen Murphy, HUD Deputy Regional Administrator for New York and New Jersey, in a statement. “Repair and improvements ensure affordable homes will last, providing a haven to thousands of low-income individuals and families across New York State.”
The grants are provided through HUD’s Capital Fund Program, which offers annual funding to all public housing authorities to build, renovate, and/or modernize the public housing in their communities. Housing authorities can use the funding to complete large-scale improvements such as replacing roofs or making energy-efficient upgrades to heating system and installing water conservation measures.
For more than 80 years, the federal government has been investing billions of dollars in developing and maintaining public housing, including providing critical support through the Capital Fund grants announced this week.
The New York City Housing Authority garnering just over $600 million in the Fiscal Year 2021 Capital Fund allocations. The remaining near-$75 million was spread across the rest of the state and included $800,833 for the Saratoga Springs Housing Authority. Other area agencies included: Albany Housing Authority $4,285,965; Glens Falls Housing Authority $455,377; Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority $2,738,957; and Troy Housing Authority $439,316.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Harness kicked off its 80th season of live harness racing on Monday, March 1. Races will run three days a week, every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, with a first post at noon through the first four months of the season.
For Release: Immediate – Monday, March 1, 2021
Malta Works $20.21 Campaign Kicks Off March 1
Malta Works $20.21 aims to support Malta small businesses with six weeks of targeted promotions and giveaways.
Malta, NY – The Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership, a Saratoga County-based economic development organization, today unveiled the MaltaWorks $20.21 Campaign in partnership with the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Malta Economic Development Committee. Thanks to a grant awarded to the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership by the Globalfoundries and Town of Malta Foundation, small businesses will be getting an added boost between March 1 and May 2, and consumers that spend at least $20.21 can enter to win weekly gift certificate giveaways and a $500 grand prize.
This newly launched MaltaWorks $20.21 promotion will help drive traffic to small businesses in the Town of Malta that have been fighting to keep their operations open after battling the economic impacts of COVID-19 for the past year.
“This grant offered us the perfect opportunity to join forces with the Town of Malta Economic Development Committee and Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce to accelerate efforts to save our local small businesses, especially locally owned restaurants and retailers that have experienced the worst impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.” said Shelby Schneider, President and CEO of the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership. “Small businesses are the backbone of our communities. They create jobs, help boost the economy, and enhance community character in many ways. I look forward to supporting this campaign and highlighting all that Malta has to offer.”
“We are excited to launch this MaltaWorks $20.21 promotion and to do our part to help the small and independent small businesses that have been challenged by COVID-19 mandated shutdowns and occupancy restrictions. This is eEspecially important for our local Mom and Pop shops” said Town of Malta Eeconomic Ddevelopment Ccommittee chairman and Malta Town Councilman, Tim Dunn. “The GlobalFfoundries-Town of Malta Foundation should be commended for their efforts to support the small business community and I’m grateful that the Saratoga Partnership and Saratoga Chamber are committing to these efforts. We are all stronger together.”
“MaltaWorks $20.21 is a great enhancement to our ongoing #SaveOurLocals campaign and recently launched MaltaWorks website, which aims to support local businesses and nonprofit organizations located in the Town of Malta.” said Todd Shimkus, President of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce. “The MaltaWorks $20.21 campaign will give our local businesses a much-needed shot in the arm during the most challenging winter months.”
Malta businesses, residents, and community organizations can support the MaltaWorks $20.21 effort by visiting the MaltaWorks website at www.saratoga.org/maltaworks where they will find promotional posters to print and share on social media, with the #Maltaworks hashtag.
About the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership
The Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership leads a host of critical economic and workforce development initiatives across the public and private sectors, driving economic success for residents, businesses and government in Saratoga County, New York. The Saratoga Partnership provides a point of contact for business retention and expansion, enabling a seamless delivery of programs and services for businesses seeking to grow, and spearheads semiconductor industry marketing and attraction, global trade assistance, community economic development, and data collection and planning. For more, visit us at saratogapartnership.org and on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. The Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership is a member of the Saratoga County Economic Development Alliance, which includes the Saratoga Economic Development Corporation.
Shelby Schneider, President & CEO