Ribbon-cuttings set for two new Troy businesses

TROY >> On Friday, The Downtown Troy BID will kick off Troy Night Out by performing two ribbon cutting ceremonies.

At 4:30 p.m., A Space To Grow (216 River Street, Second Floor) will celebrate their opening open house, and at 5 p.m., Enigma Co. will officially open at the newly renovated 16 First St. project.

A Space To Grow is a wellness cooperative where somatic movement educators, meditation and mindfulness experts, holistic health practitioners, and birth and baby professions come together to support mind, body and spirit.

The concept was conceived of and developed by owner Buffy Owens and several other practitioners have joined in to teach and share their passions with Troy. Owens sees the space as “bustling with mindfulness and mommy groups, mediation, movement and personal development classes of all sorts” and says that as a resident she has seen an increase in the number of families downtown which fit well with her family-centric business plan.

Owens says she is currently the only active Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner in the area and has more than 15 years of experience in the mind-body fields. Practitioners will be on hand after the ribbon cutting to demonstrate some of the curriculum offered at A Space To Grow.

Enigma Co. is a boutique for men and 24-year-old owner Jonathan Michael Brust says his mission is “refining the everyday man.” The shop carries clothing and products to outfit a man from head to toe including razors and skin care products.

Brust conceived the idea with friends while living in Albany and while he searched for locations there, he says that there was “no where in Albany that could support something like this.” Troy, on the other hand was the perfect fit. Brust says that he was drawn to the character of the downtown and the community and that he was happy to be a part of the growth of the city.

In addition to products geared towards men, Brust hopes to add a lineup of seminars, classes, and events such as a shaving seminar to teach men the proper way to use the razors that Enigma Co. carries.  

More information for these businesses can be found at their respective websites: aspacetogrow.org and theenigmaco.com.

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