11.09.2009

Livin' the "Saratoga Life" online

An area events Web site, www.thesaratogalife.com, which launched locally four years ago, has undergone a complete redesign this fall, and advocates say it’s drawing more business their way.

TheSaratogaLife.com is a “comprehensive guide to all things shop-dine-stay and play in Saratoga,” according to local directors Annemarie Bradt and George Ehinger. The colorful, user-friendly Web site caters to advertisers, consumers and community causes.

Most significantly, it offers a guide for both locals and tourists of what to do around town by allowing businesses to create a profile including a summary, links to their Web sites, upcoming events, photos and customer reviews.

This service is $800 per year, Ehinger said, with options for shorter membership available too.

Currently, more than 60 local businesses have signed on, Ehinger said.

Another aspect of the site is Community Causes, where nonprofits can post their events and fundraisers for free. Saratoga Reads, The Children’s Museum and Double H Ranch are among the community groups signed on to promote their causes. Individual users can also join for free and post blog entries, business and restaurant reviews and information about sales or community events.

The Web site is run by The Local Life LLC, a company that operates nationally with similar locale-oriented online guides scattered throughout the Northeast.

In addition to Saratoga, The Local Life targets Providence, Rhode Island, New Haven, Conn., Arlington, Va., and Bethesda, Md.

For more information, contact Ehinger at george@thelocallife.com or Annemarie Bradt at 320-2537 or annemarie@thelocallife.com.

Community causes can contact community@thelocallife.com for more information.

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