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FingerPaint Marketing plans announcement next week
“We have been looking more space for a while,” he said. “We haven’t signed anything yet.”
Started during the bleak economy of 2008 by Mitzen and partners Jaime Butler-Binley, Patrick O’Shea, and Andy Pyfer, FingerPaint has been expanding steadily. The agency has 42 employees at present and is advertising for five more to fill such positions as project management team member and creative team member—design. Mitzen estimates his firm will have 50 staff members by year’s end.
“We are adding positions as we bring on more client work,” he said. Current clients include the Adirondack Trust Company, Budweiser, Drake Laboratories, and United Way. The agency has grown from $4.3 million in revenue in 2011 to $6 million thus far in 2012.
FingerPaint currently occupies Suite 414 of The Lofts at 18 Division Street, a Bonacio Construction project completed in 2008. The agency’s office philosophy foregoes individual offices and job titles, according to Mitzen, who is identified among his staff under the job designation of “marketing strategy.” Butler-Binley is “creative.”
On the agency’s Web site, the staff displays its annual fingerpainting shoots, where all the employees take gallons of paint and decorate canvases, a papered floor, and each other’s white T-shirts. FingerPaint will assuredly make good, creative use of its new space, wherever it will be.
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A new dentist back in her hometown
Dr. Crystal Arpei-McHugh’s practice will focus on general family dentistry for all ages, striving to make dentistry a comfortable experience, she said. New dental equipment will be available, along with patient monitors and music. Patients can relax and watch TV, listen to music, or view their treatment.
She is a current participating provider for several dental insurances, including Aetna, CIGNA, CSEA, Delta Dental, Empire Blue Cross, GHI/Emblem Health, Metlife, and United Concordia/Tricare.
”I am a very family- and community-oriented person,” Arpei-McHugh said. “I wanted to return to Saratoga to practice dentistry and raise my family."
The office space is still under construction by AOW Associates, with plans to complete construction within the next week and open for business about the week of October 15th. Local vendors helping with the office include ADD Development, AOW Associates, George Olsen Architect, Henry Schein Dental Supply Company, Prost Logo, and Roohan Realty.
Arpei-McHugh is a member of the Saratoga Chamber of Commerce, which plans to do a ribbon-cutting ceremony for her opening. Contact her at 518-871-1520 or firstname.lastname@example.org; her Web site is www.amfamilydentistry.com.
Northshire Bookstore plans to move into new Bonacio building
By Jennie Grey
SARATOGA SPRINGS — The city is one page closer to a new bookshop. Tuesday, Northshire Books signed a letter of intent to move into 422 Broadway, the Bonacio building under construction between Cantina and Lillian’s restaurants. Northshire plans to occupy 9,000 square feet on both the ground floor and the second floor.
All this depends upon obtaining funds, however, according to Chris Morrow, the owner of Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, Vt.
“The plan is contingent upon raising enough money to make it happen,” he said. “I have only a short amount of time.”
Morrow said the financial process is going well, but he is hoping to get more people interested in being involved. Although he is exploring several avenues, he is hoping particularly for more private investors.
He has been eying possible locations in Saratoga for nearly a year, with most rumors placing Northshire in the former Borders building on Broadway. Morrow confirmed that he had considered renting the first floor of that space.
“The 422 Broadway location is a nicer space, though,” he said. “It’s new construction, so I can fix up the store the way I want to. The landlords are local, which is important to me. And now there is plenty of parking.”
The new building will be located on what was a small parking lot but a four-level parking garage was recently completed on Woodlawn Avenue.
Morrow said Saratoga won out as the location for Northshire’s second location due to its proximity to local colleges and its walkable downtown. The flagship Manchester, Vt. location will remain open.
“Saratoga is a great city,” Morrow said. “It deserves a great bookstore.”
A confirmation of the plan will come by year’s end, he said.
Stay tuned for a scoop...
SPoT Coffee update
Spot Coffee, a chain of progressive continental-style cafes, plan to open their 10th cafe in Saratoga Springs, NY in December, 2012. A second cafe in the region has been announced, located in Glens Falls, NY. Spot Coffee cafes serve all-day breakfast, made-to-order meals for lunch and dinner, as well as espresso and blended beverages. Each Spot is built and operated to reflect its unique community, from custom murals by local artists to hosting book clubs; becoming a part of the neighborhood is part of Spot's mission. From the Spot website:"SPoT designs, builds and operates community- oriented cafés that provide its customers from every lifestyle and culture with the highest quality service, signature light meals and roasted in-house gourmet coffee. The current SPoT management team has been successfully operating company-owned cafés in New York State, Florida and Canada since 2004. Each SPoT café is a popular and friendly gathering place for its community where specialty coffee, upscale beverages, fresh baked goods, signature sandwiches, soups, salads and gourmet pizza, cakes, pastries and home baked goods are offered and enjoyed by its patrons in a warm, friendly and home-like environment."
The company first announced these plans back in February and said at the time they were planning to start construction in the spring. Seems like there may have been a bit of a delay, we'll keep you posted when they're ready to open.
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