Small Business Spotlight: Sweet Sprig

The first time I came across Sweet Sprig I couldn’t get over how beautiful the products were. Soon after, I realized that all of the products were handmade using only plant-based ingredients from one extremely skilled individual. Leah is a true talent and makes the most beautiful bars of soap I have ever seen, asContinue reading “Small Business Spotlight: Sweet Sprig”

Small Business Spotlight: Grounded Matters

My skin and hair are two things that I make sure I take care of, so this next company was right up my ally with their products and their mission. Their chapstick is my favorite product, it’s seriously SO amazing! Grounded Matters is a sustainable skin and hair product company located in Albany, NY. ItContinue reading “Small Business Spotlight: Grounded Matters”

Small Business Spotlight: Good Dog Grooming & Barkery

Our pets are a part of our family, so we always want to give them the best of the best. This next small business not only offers a grooming service for your pet, but also the cutest cookies that I’m sure your pet will find absolutely delicious. I mean, who doesn’t love a good cookie?Continue reading “Small Business Spotlight: Good Dog Grooming & Barkery”

Small Business Spotlight: Compas Life Apparel

Whenever someone asks me where I’m from when I’m traveling, my response is always “New York…Upstate New York”. Us upstaters are pretty proud of where we’re from, so we generally have no hesitations in letting people know we’re from upstate. This is why I love this next apparel company and their signature Upstate of MindContinue reading “Small Business Spotlight: Compas Life Apparel”

Small Business Spotlight: JoyBox USA

Who doesn’t love getting a gift from someone because of a milestone, new endeavor, because someone was thinking of you, or just because? I know I do! This next small business was created by a woman who’s initial goal was to help small businesses and support front line workers through fundraising. Now, it’s a companyContinue reading “Small Business Spotlight: JoyBox USA”

Small Business Spotlight: Rise and Pine Candle Co.

I LOVE candles. I love the way they make a room smell and feel. I love to curl up on the couch to a good movie or tv show with a candle flickering in the background. So, when I found out my co-worker started making her own candles with really fun names as a sideContinue reading “Small Business Spotlight: Rise and Pine Candle Co.”

Small Business Spotlight: Casale Gals

When you find good quality apparel with fun and trendy designs, and it is also a local small business, I’ll call that a win. This next company was created by two sisters and their mother as a fun creative outlet and has quickly grown into a popular apparel company within the Capital Region. From localContinue reading “Small Business Spotlight: Casale Gals”

Small Business Spotlight: MW Neighborhoods

I love all things Upstate NY. Why? Because I’m a proud New Yorker and Upstate is where my roots are! This next small business owner created his own designs based around Upstate New York and popular regions in the Capital Region and applied them to posters, apparel, drink ware, etc. Originally you could only findContinue reading “Small Business Spotlight: MW Neighborhoods”

Small Business Spotlight: Hot Crispy Oil

There’s a new hot condiment on the shelves in the Capital Region and it is quickly spreading like wildfire. Hot Crispy Oil, an Albany-based company, was created out of co-founder John Trimble’s family restaurant that had to recently closed due to the pandemic. Hot Crispy Oil’s unique recipe of blended extra virgin olive oil, freshContinue reading “Small Business Spotlight: Hot Crispy Oil”

A Weekend in Utica, NY

Utica, NY is known for their tomato pie, greens, black and white cookies and chicken riggies. They don’t mess around when it comes to food staples (my personal fav is tomato pie – SO good). This wasn’t my time visiting Utica, so I ventured to a few local establishments that I hadn’t yet checked out.Continue reading “A Weekend in Utica, NY”