New businesses coming to Ballston Spa & Saratoga

Hello there,

I’m sure all my readers out there have been too busy with the holidays- you know, figuring out how to avoid the in-laws, waiting in hour-long lines at the Wilton box stores, the usual - to notice I haven't posted in a while.

On the positive side, all that time away from the blog has led to a good list of local business updates, which I will now attempt to consolidate in this one post.

Enjoy and there's more to come soon.

Ballston Spa biz:

Apparently I haven't drive through Ballston Spa in a while because last week a few new or newish businesses caught my eye...
  • A new jeweler is opening soon on Milton Avenue - near the corner of Front Street. The storefront at 53 Milton Ave., which Google Maps still shows as a vacant window with a "For Rent" sign (anyone know how often they update that?), is now boarded up with signs indicating Lagniappe Jewelers will be coming soon. I haven't been able to find out much more, but if anyone knows if Lagniappe is a local name I'd appreciate any more info.
  • Saratogian photographer Erica Miller noticed the Yoga Spa at 53 Front St. (coincidence?). According to its website the Yoga Spa had opened in September and offers a range of yoga classes (hot, regular, kids, seniors) as well as some dance and fitness options. On a personal note (I can't help it when it comes to yoga) turns out Jennilee Toner, one of the best instructors I've had in Saratoga or elsewhere, manages and teaches at the Yoga Spa. Don't know how this one escaped me, but check out one of her classes or contact Jennilee at jennilee@the-yoga-spa.com. You won't regret it.
-   Saratoga Springs updates:
  • There's a new health foods store coming soon to Saratoga's west side. For Earth's Sake, located at 120 West Ave. next to the Fortunate Cup coffee shop, was meant to open in time for the holidays, but construction has pushed the opening back into the new year. I spoke with owner Tina Bakkalapulo earlier this week for Monday's print column so be sure to read more online at www.saratogian.com or in the paper about the new eco-friendly grocery and gift boutique.
  •  This Saturday, Dec. 17, Savon Studios at 64 Woodlawn Ave. will host a cut-a-thon to benefit the American Red Cross. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.and all haircut proceeds go to the Red Cross' Hurricanes and Related Storms Fund 2011. Owner Jane martuscello said she hopes to raise awareness and help the people affected by disasters like Hurricane Irene. Appointments not necessary, but can be made by calling 581-1044. Women's cuts and blow drys are $35 and men's cuts $20. Snacks and refreshments will be served along with some prizes and giveaways.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lagniappe is a french term commonly used by vendors in New Oeleans. It is a small gift given to a customer after a purchase is made,

Friday, December 16, 2011 8:05:00 AM 
Blogger Suzanna K. Lourie said...

Well that's embarrassing! Ah, well C'est la vie right? I wonder what the owner's actual name is...

Friday, December 16, 2011 11:19:00 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lagniappe is locally owned, we're looking to open very soon and we'll have a Grand opening hopefully on the next first Friday. I'm setting up a Facebook account so that more info will be available. Thanks for the interest!

Monday, January 09, 2012 3:39:00 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't give his name just yet,but I can give some hints. He's cajun, the only true Master Jeweler and Master Gunsmith in the area, a past 40 under 40 winner and a world, national and olympic champion athlete. Everything thing in their inventory is completely made in house and will feature other local artist. Opening is scheduled around first of february.

Monday, January 09, 2012 4:27:00 PM 

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