A note from the Troy BID

April 2015
Downtown Happenings
Newsletter SubtitleMonth Year
in this issue
Business Development
Member Events
Getting Involved
thanks to our sponsors



We think it is safe to say that we made it through the winter season! Lots in store for Spring 2015--we have a slew of businesses opening up in downtown, new street banners are on the way, and believe it or not soon we will see hanging flower baskets decorating our streets. 


Petitions for this year's BID board of directors elections are up on our website and if you read through you'll find a link as well. Get involved and help strengthen the downtown business improvement district!


Things are getting busier so stay in touch via our website, Facebook or stop into our meet and greet at The Shop this month--details are below. 




Erin & Danielle

special events 

Spring Mall-ternative Market
Saturdays, March 28th-May 9th
49 Fourth Stree 
The Mall-ternative Market is back for Spring! We've got you covered on all your hand-made needs just in time for Easter & Mother's Day, and any other day. Every Saturday from March 28th - May 9th, the Mall-ternative market will be set up in conjunction with the Troy Waterfront Farmers' Market. Make sure you stop by and check out all the one-of-a -kind merchandise our crafters have to offer.

Meet & Greet
Thursday, April 9th5:00-7:00PM
135 Fourth Street
Join us for a causal evening of mixing and mingling, idea sharing, and brainstorming about Downtown Troy at The Shop, located at 135 Fourth Street, Troy! No RSVP is required and all are welcome. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be available. Any questions can be directed to Danielle at 518-279-7997

How to use your Surroundings to Recruit & Retain Top Talent!
Tuesday, April 21st7:45-9:00AM
1520 Sixth Ave
Dean Iacovetti, Director of Recruiting for Apprenda, has grown Apprenda's employee base from just over 20 employees to 80 in under two years, with plans to reach 100 in 6 months. Troy's downtown was a key factor for Apprenda choosing their Troy location in the Hedley Building over competitive locations like Saratoga Springs, Albany, Malta, and Clifton Park. Iacovetti will be the keynote speaker of this event designed to showcase why Troy is an asset when trying to recruit and keep top talent. Our downtown is an attraction for employees. Come meet representatives from downtown businesses and organizations and leave with material highlighting all of the great things to do here in Troy. Light refreshments will be served. Contact us at info@troybid.org to participate or if you have questions.
Downtown Troy BID 2015 Events Calendar

Thank you to our 2014 Event Sponsors: 


Call for Interns!
Are you a college student interested in Special Events, Marketing, Graphic Design, or Community Development?  The BID might be the perfect place for you.  Gain valuable experience while celebrating Downtown.  If you are interested, please send us your resume at info@troybid.org 
business development
The Downtown Troy BID is excited to welcome the 
following new businesses to
our District:   

265 River Street
Karma Hair Studio practices the idea of living a karmic life, with the belief in the importance of externally and internally creating a loving positive circle within our daily lives.  Through the art of holistic hair care, the studio will provide its clients with a professional, caring, and uplifting experience. Karma Hair Studio uses all natural products for all their hair care services.  Their team of stylists believe it is important to educate their clients with the knowledge of what they are using on their bodies.  

member events

Volkswalk Troy
Saturday, April 11, 10:00AM
1 Fourth Street
A 'volkswalk' is a leisurely walk (typically 10k or 6.2 miles. A 3 mile route is also offered) through a scenic and or historic area over a pre-marked trail.  This trail  is rated 1A  follows city streets, passing business district , antique district, many historical homes, Russell Sage College, Monuments, and shoreline of Hudson River, crosses the Green Island Bridge (former RR Bridge), Erie Canal Nat'l Heritage. Info is available at www.walkescv.org

Whiskey for Women 
Wednesday, April 16th6:00-10:00PM
135 Fourth Street
Well, it's happening: vodka sales are down and whiskey sales are up. Why? Because women have freed themselves of socially engineered norms that tell them that as women they are only supposed to drink "lady-like" cocktails. I beg the question, what's not lady-like about whiskey? To celebrate women who drink whiskey, join us at The Shop the third Wednesday of the month for our Women for Whiskey events. We will be offering a special whiskey-based cocktail menu discounted for ladies only. Men, you are more than welcome to order from this menu, but ladies, this is your night.

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall 35th Annual Gala
Thursday, April 16th, 5:30PM
4 Fourth Street
On Thursday, April 16, 2015, the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Corporation will celebrate its 35th Annual Gala at the beautiful Franklin Plaza, located just blocks away from the Hall.  This year, Vincent Lepera, AIA of architecture+, is being honored for his lifetime commitment to the preservation of historic buildings and ecologically sensitive architecture and has been involved in many notable downtown Troy projects, including the Rice Building and the Music Hall.  Paul and Alane Hohenberg will be recognized with a Lifetime Service Award.  Through their volunteerism, support, and board management expertise, they have been involved in the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall since its inception. With community leaders, local artists, politicians and lovers of the arts in attendance, the Gala will certainly be an evening of entertainment and excitement.  If you are interested in joining our celebration, please contact our administrative office for further details.


Taste of Home
Wednesday, April 22nd, 6:00PM
135 River Street
The owners of The Shop and head chef Rich Matthews are proud to announce their monthly Taste of Home event.  Held on the last Wednesday of each month, Chef Rich will prepare a classic home style meal and The Shop will then post the recipe to its website the following Sunday.  The event is designed to engage the community in food based conversation and to inspire home cooks and aspiring cooks alike.

McQueen Comedy Show
Thursday, April 23rd, 7:30PM
417-425 River Street
Come to Brown's Brewing Company's Revolution Hall for an original comedy show featuring McQueen Adams with special guest Ben Rosen. There will be a silent auction and 50/50 raffle to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Tickets are $20 in advance, $30 at the door. Get your tickets HERE.

Live @ The Beat Shop
197 River Street
Saturday, April 4th, 1:00PM - Big Frank & the Bargain Bingers
Saturday, April 11th, 1:00PM - Robert Fleming
Saturday, April 18th, 1:00PM - National Record Store Day with The Mysteios and Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby
Saturday, April 25th, 1:00PM - Off the Record

The Arts Center Events
265 River Street
Wednesday, April 1st, 7:00PM - TOO: Artist Talk with Melinda McDaniel and John McQueen
Monday, April 20th, 7:00PM  - Bookmarks Reading & Performance Series: Speaking Truth to Power
Friday, April 24th, 12:00PM  - Collar City Craft Fest

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Concerts
30 Second Street
Wednesday, April 1st, 8:00PM - An Intimate Solo/Acoustic Evening with Citizen Cope
Friday, April 10th, 8:00PM - Sweet Plantain Quartet
Thursday, April 16th, 7:30PM - Cladh Nua
Saturday, April 18th, 8:00PM - Paula Poundstone
Sunday, April 19th, 3:00PM - The Amadeus Orchestra 
Thursday, April 23rd, 8:00PM - Mary Chapin Carpenter
Saturday, April 25th, 7:30PM - The Empire Youth Orchestra Concert
Sunday, April 26th, 3:00PM - Mozart Orchestra of New York

Music at Dinosaur BBQ
377 River Street
Friday, April 3rd, 9:00PM - Capital Underground 28th Anniversary
Saturday, April 4th, 9:30PM - Super 400 w. Maria Zemantauski
Friday, April 10th, 9:00PM - Stripped (Rolling Stones Tribute)
Saturday, April 11th, 9:30PM - Emerald City
Friday, April 17th, 9:00PM - The North & South Dakotas wsg Steve Candlen
Saturday, April 18th, 9:30PM - FlackJacket wsg Run for Cover
Friday, April 24th, 9:00PM - One Night Stand
Saturday, April 25th, 9:30PM - High Peaks Band
member news
Groff Networks New Location!
Groff Networks has moved from its previous location at 11 State Street to its new home, just blocks away at 81 Fourth Street. The new location  offers triple the space for the office, and was once the home of Aronson Fur, which closed sometime in the mid-20th century. Groff Networks is now the neighbor of the Rensselaer County Chamber of Commerce, whose offices are just across the street in the refurbished Proctor's Theater building. 

Looking to get BID support of your event?
With the growing interest in our downtown, more and more of our members are starting their own events, and we couldn't be happier! If you are a BID member (property owner, business owner, resident, etc.) and you're looking to hold an event in our district, fill outTHIS FORMThe application gives us an idea of what you would like to do, and lets you tell us your expectations of support. We're excited to work with you!
getting involved
Petition to be a BID Board Member!
Seats are opening up this year for the BID Board of Directors. Seats are open under Class A (owners or representatives of owners of real commercial property located within the Business Improvement District) and Class B (commercial tenants or representatives of commercial tenants of the Business Improvement District). Additionally, if you are interested in becoming a BID Board Member, you may want to familiarize yourself with the BID's By-Laws.  
If you meet the class requirements and would like to be considered a candidate, please download and complete the petion. Candidates must obtain at least 20 signatures from members of their class.The deadline to submit petitions is Tuesday, April 7th

The BID is always looking for volunteer committee members in the following areas:
  • Special Events (Meets the third Monday of the month, 5:30pm @ 60 2nd St.) 
  • Business Development (Meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month, 9:00AM @ BID Office) 
  • Marketing & Member Services (Meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month, 9:00AM@ BID Office) 
  • Public Services & Beautification (Meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month,5:30PM @ 255 River St, Judge Development) 
  • Fund Development (Meets the first Thursday of every month, at noon at the Rensselaer County Chamber of Commerce)
Please contact Erin in the BID office at (518) 279-7997 or email info@troybid.org if you would like to join! There are no requirements - anyone is welcome. Committees meet once per month; they are a great way to help the community and meet new people who all love Troy.   
share your news with us
 We'd be happy to spread the word about your Downtown Troy news and events!
Send an e-mail to info@troybid.org or list it on our website downtowntroy.org  and we'll include the information in our next monthly newsletter.


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