D’Ambro joins bank as commercial lender

TROY-- Saratoga National Bank and Trust Company has hired Christopher D’Ambro as Vice President, Corporate Banking for the Capital Region.

In this role, Mr. D’Ambro will develop and manage commercial lending relationships in Rensselaer County and the greater Capital Region. He joins the Bank with 18 years of experience, including 12 on the commercial banking/lending side.

Mr. D’Ambro has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Marketing/Management from Siena College. Active in the community, he serves on the Town of Stillwater Planning Board, the Stillwater Area Community Center Board of Directors, and committees for the Unity House, Catholic Charities and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Saratoga National Bank provides banking, investment, insurance and other financial services through nine Capital Region locations. It is rated a 5-Star Superior institution by BauerFinancial. More information can be found online atsaratoganational.com.


April in downtown Troy

Downtown Happenings April 2016

Want to get more involved with the BID? We are accepting petitions for our BID Board of Directors elections. You need to return this form by April 8, to the BID offices at 251 River St. to be put on the ballot. 

Spring is in the air here in downtown Troy. Stay in touch as we launch our 2016 season so you don't miss out!
Looking forward to good things, 

Your Downtown Troy BID staff

Troy BID Events

Annual Meeting and Discover Troy event
Takk house| Monday, May 9 | 5pm - 8pm

Join us at the Takk House (55 Third St.) as we network, mingle, and wrap up our 2015 year. This year we will unveil the State of the Downtown Troy report, a 20-plus page report filled with demographics, information, infographics, and facts about downtown Troy. Want to be a part of the action? Apply to be a sponsor of the event to receive copies of the report, ad space, and exhibition space at the event, or let us know that you want to exhibit your downtown Troy business. 
Do not miss out on this event!

The Atrium, 4 3rd Street 

Join us every Saturday morning in The Atrium alongside the Troy Waterfront Farmer's Market from 9:00 to 2:00! The Makers Market is composed of artisans from across our region, selling their unique goods to the patrons of Troy. Come see what they have to offer. 
Spend the afternoon wandering around downtown Troy to visit all of our Troy Makers and retailers who have their own shops too!

April Troy Night Out

April is when TNO gets to celebrate sustainability, upcycling, and recycling. Join us for a night out in historic downtown Troy to learn how many of our businesses and organizations promote eco-friendly products and techniques. Compete in a repurposing project brought to you by the Troy BID and Funcycled boutique. 
Save the Date 
your downtown calendar for the next few months 


Member News 

On Tuesday, April 19, Culinary Square, a kitchen goods retail store, will open at 251 River Street. Culinary Square will sell kitchen goods from brands such as All Clad, Messermeister, J.K. Adams, and Staub for new and seasoned chefs alike. To celebrate our opening in April, we will be having an event for Troy Night OutFriday, April 29 and we will be hosting a number of brand reps for demonstrations. We are so excited for Culinary Square to join the Downtown Troy business community!
                            Culinary Square Hours
                 Tuesday through Friday 10 AM - 7 PM
                            Saturday 9 AM - 5 PM
                      Sunday and Monday Closed
Commercial space for rent

2000 sq feet commercial space, with room to expand 
Heat included, tenant pays for their own electric and half of water. Asking $2000 have flexibility for serious inquires, please call518.274.4024 for more details or to request a showing.

Business Spotlight!

29 Third St. in the Keenan Building is home to Kathleen's Fiber Arts, owned and operated by artist Kathleen Brown. Shop one-of-a-kind designs in this charming boutique where you will find rugs, blankets, shawls, scarves, and handbags, all hand-woven by Kathleen on her two weaving looms. Kathleen began weaving in 1986 and soon turned her
hobby into a profession. She also makes her own jewelry using Kumihimo, a Japanese form of braid-making. Prior to opening her shop in 2015, Kathleen had a shop in Mississippi for three years, and previously worked in construction for over 30 years as a project manager and corporate scheduler. With Mother's Day right around the corner, stop in to say say hi to Kathleen and shop her hand-woven goods as well as books, satin and silk cords, luscious yarns, knitting needles and looms!
Kathleens's Fiber Arts offers classes:
 Weaving (Rigid heddle, Inkle, 8 shaft), Knitting, Crochet, Spinning (Wheel & Drop spindle),
Needle felting. All classes are one on one, you name the time. We are also openWednesday evenings 4-7 pm for classes or Sit and Knit.
Shop hours: Open Tuesday thru Saturday 10-4. Wednesday until 7:00, Closed Sunday until Spring, Closed Monday: open by appointment only

Riverfront Park

Sunday, June 5th 
Underground Athletics is looking for food vendors for an Olympic-style wrestling tournament for all ages, gender and experience! Please contact Ashley Uccellini at(518) 441-8615 for more details.

417 River St. 

Throwback Thursdays
April 7 - Pop 2k
April 14 - 1970's
It's Throwback Thursdays at Brown's Troy Taproom! These special Thursdays feature hit music and movies from four awesome decades. Rock out in your favorite movie concert t-shirt and enjoy food and drink specials popular during that date's decade. Don't forget to dress the part! More info.

147 Fourth Street 

Wednesday Night Vinyl Club
April 6 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday Night Vinyl Club #2 was a success, can't wait for this month's! We'll be extending the hours a little bit from now on and staying open til 10pm or later. Our back patio will (weather permitting) be open this month as well - working on getting speakers out there asap! And as always, once things get bumping we will be limiting plays to a couple of songs in order to get through all sign ups!
43 3rd St

April 1& 2, 8&9:: Collar City Players presents "The Complete Works of William Shakespheare"  7pm.
April 4th:: Vodka and Gin dinner 6-9pm.
April 10th and 24th:: The Brothers Flynn. Free. 6pm.
April 16:: The Other Side, performing music of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. 8pm.
April 19th:: Paint n' Sip. Paint a pair of wine glasses while having one. 6:30-8:30pm.
April 22:: Soul Sky at 8pmMore Info.

291 River St.

Troy Dance Factory's Spring Session classes are now online and open for registration! Visit the website to register for Ballet, Fusion, Hip Hop, Tap, Jazz, and more. All Spring Session classes are for ages 18+, and we offer discounts for local college students. Also, we are VERY excited to announce our first ever TDF Choreo Ball scheduled for April 23! This is a very special event featuring all TDF student-produced choreography under the mentorship of TDF instructors, presenting provocative work dealing with ideas of relationships, struggle, nothingness, confidence and just plain fun through contemporary, hip hop, jazz, and improv. Proceeds will be donated to a local charity, and you can find more information and purchase tickets by visiting

Make a handmade gift for Mother's Day! Join Erica Recto of Amelia Brooklyn for an afternoon of cold process soap making. 4/9 @2pm. $45. 
Make your own terrarium! Wednesday 4/20 from 6-7:30pm. $50. More info.

30 Second St.

4.3.16 @ 4:00pm  
A City of Immigrants::
An homage to the cultural heritage of the Capital Region. 

4.6.16 @ 7:30pm
Mnozil Brass. YES YES YES::
From folk to classical to jazz to pop, all executed with typical Viennese "schmäh" (a kind of sarcastic charm!).

4.7.16 @ 6:00pm36th Annual Gala Honoring Lauren Payne and Robert Clancy::
Lifetime Service Award to be presented to Bernice Bornt Ledeboer, with Mistress of Ceremonies Benita Zahn, from News Channel 13! Franklin Plaza, Troy, NY

4.9.16 @ 7:30pmYouth Orchestra at the Music Hall::
Come hear our flagship orchestra in the incomparable Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

4.10.16 @ 2:30pmAn Evening with CS Lewis: My Life's Journey::
The year is 1963 and CS Lewis, the famous British Author, recalls the people and events that inspired his work.

4.20.16 @ 7:30pmLise De La Salle, Piano::
....astonishing strength, poetry and, for one so young, musical maturity. - Gramophone Magazine

4.21.16 @ 7:00pmMatt Maguire::
Join Matt Maguire pianist, singer and songwriter, for an outstanding performance!

4.24.16 @ 3:00pmThe Dueling Brothers. Who is the King of the Instruments?
Join APM, their Artistic Director, Jose Daniel, and his brother, Marcos Daniel, at Westminster Presbyterian (Albany) for this extraordinary show!

65 1st St

Romeo and Juliet
April 15rd - April 23rd
TIS joins the worldwide celebration of the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth with one of his most popular titles. This romantic tragedy of feuding families and thwarted love has inspired over 20 films, two operas, a Broadway musical, and countless dance interpretations. Info and Tickets

Committee Meetings 
Stay involved and up to date with BID news by attending one of the monthly committee's. Find out more information on our website. 
Fund Development Committee: Second Tuesday of each month, 1:00 pm at Groff Networks (81 4th Street). 
Committee Chair :: Lauren Groff 
Marketing Committee: 
Second Tuesday of each month, 9:00 am at Mudaddy Flats (49 3rd Street).
Committee Chair :: Debra Lockrow 
Beautification Committee: Second Tuesday of each month, 5:30 pm at The Judge Development Corp. office (255 River Street).
Committee Chair :: Sam Judge 
Business Development and Retention Committee: 
Second Wednesday of each month, 8:30 am, meet at BID office (251 River Street) and proceed to restaurant. 
Committee Chair :: Sarah Jermano
Special Events Committee:
First Wednesday of each month, 8:30 am at Muddaddy Flats (49 3rd Street). 
Committee Chairs :: Robin McDonough and Dan Frament 

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