3.08.2010

Emporium in the works at old Spring Street pub

A long-empty former pub across from Congress Park on Spring Street is undergoing a revival by a business-minded couple who recently moved to the area.

Kendra and Mark Yale, of West Glenville, are renovating about 1,300 square feet of space at 15 Spring St. and plan to open an emporium-style store selling an ever-changing selection of men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, home goods, jewelry and a line of gourmet food items.

The dark hideaway was once known as E. O’Dwyers Pub, but it has sat empty for years while other retail tenants have come and gone throughout the rest of the building Frank Panza owns.

“We want it to be a really warm place where people can come and hang out,” said Kendra, 47, who left a long career in social work to fulfill a lifelong goal of opening the business.

Mark, 51, is a carpenter by trade. He’s working to refinish the wood floors and install dressing rooms, but will leave the original bar back and wooden pillars intact. Cracked front windows will be replaced and paint will spiff up the front of the building, he said.

The Yales packed up their life in Martha’s Vineyard and settled into West Glenville in January after considering several towns, including some in the Hudson Valley area, for their venture.

“Even though summer’s the big push, obviously, there’s a longer business season here,” Mark said. “It seems like there’s a concerted effort to keep things going on in more than just the summer.”

“Saratoga seemed to be thriving all year round,” Kendra added.

The store will be called Red Wolf, after a red Siberian husky the couple once owned.

They plan an April opening.

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