Best Grocery Store
In an ocean of grocery stores and ultra-popular “health food” chains, our readers prefer the locally owned and operated co-op. Score one for sanity!
Honest Weight dominated the grocery store competition. What they did to the co-op category went far beyond that. It’s a privilege to have such a great co-op in Albany.
Best Record Shop
Last Vestige has endured and flourished, becoming an amazing resource for record collectors across the country.
2ND RIVER STREET BEAT SHOP
3rd BLUE NOTE
One of the advantages of living in the Capital Region is the wealth of great bookstores. Our readers love Bookhouse and Market Block, which are both part of the same literacy empire. Northshire is relatively newer but a fantastic addition to the region.
2nd MARKET BLOCK BOOKS
Best Used Bookstore
DOVE & HUDSON
We’ve purchased more than one copy of Robert Caro’s Power Broker here.
Comic Book Store
Our readers prefer to go to Troy to keep up with Captain America and The Flash.
2ND EARTH WORLD
3RD EXCELLENT ADVENTURES
Best Barber Shop
Old school service, straight razor shaves, hot towel presses and the smell of bay rum does it for our readers.
2ND TROY GROOMING
Best Marketing Firm
Whether it’s brand development, design, marketing communications or content strategy – these guys can persuade.
Best Design Firm
The firm behind Brown’s brand design makes easy work of this contest.
Best Car Dealership
Mohawk drives away with this award – with great fuel economy.
Face it – our voters treated themselves to a vote for Complexions.
Latham, Saratoga Springs
This local drug store clobbered the chains. Lucky they stock band-aids.
Best Electronics Store
Is there a better place to help you design and install a new home theater?
Best Toy Store
Saratoga Springs, Albany
An exciting place to find creative and interesting games and gadgets for the kids.
Looking for the latest card, board and miniature games? Zombie Planet has you covered!
Best Video Game Store
Albany, Scotia, Troy
In one of the steepest blowouts of the poll, Pastime Legends beats Gamestop by double digits. Capital Region gamers like to buy local.
Best Art Supply
Our artists don’t even bother with major chains—they just go straight to Arlene’s.
Taking over the whole game. Balling international.
Colie Collen – farmer, designer and founder of Flower Scout – makes stunning, organic flower arrangements that look like they were picked from a field just for you.
Best Women’s Clothing
Dames’ retro dresses, pinup fashion, and polka-dots are here to make you feel beautiful from every angle.
Best Men’s Clothing
Seasons offers the chillest skater threads. Don’t harsh our mellow.
Best Thrift Shop
An amazing spot to do some digging.
Best Coworking Space
In perhaps what was the blowout of all blowouts in this year’s poll, Troy Innovation Garage took home nearly all of the votes cast in the category.
Best Cheese Store
A multifaceted stop for connoisseurs of fine meats and cheeses. Stop in for lunch or dinner.
Certified Angus steaks. Prime cuts. Dry-aged meats. Seafood. And a bistro on top of it.
Best Sporting Goods Store
Albany, Clifton Park
Soccer Unlimited makes being a soccer parent oh-so-much easier.
Best Video Game Company
Yes, they lost their founders but the company is now working on Destiny 2—one of the biggest games of the year. Don’t ask any of their employees about the project. It’s super secret.
Best Shoe Repair
Do your soles need salvation? Get thee to the Bootery!
Best Pet Center
Clifton Park, Readers
Our readers keep their cuddly little guys happy by going to Benson’s.
Best Farmers Market
A stroll down River St. can be the highlight of any weekend morning thanks to the farmers market. The variety of vendors is unparalleled and their wares, delicious.
Best Head/Smoke Shop
Colonie, East Greenbush
Pull up a leather chair, be cool and relax after choosing your favorite stogie from Habana’s wide selection.
Best Liquor Store
Yes, they’ve got your brands. They also take risks with exotic selections and have informed staff (and dogs) around every corner ready to help you find the perfect bottle.
Best Wine Store
Empire’s staff picks help you discover new and great wines. Their fast service and a vast selection keep our readers coming back for more.
Best Beer Store
Grab a cart! Oliver’s delivers an endless selection of craft beers, old standbys and wall of ciders.
Best Wedding Photographer
Having been featured in The WSJ, NY Times and New York Daily News, Gentile brings a sharp eye to her wedding work.
Best Wedding Venue
This multi-use historic space in downtown Troy boasts huge ballrooms, winding staircases and even a shuffleboard court, a remnant of its former life as a Knights of Columbus clubhouse.
Best Seafood Store
Our readers know that this is where all the best fish is mongered.
Best Boutique Fitness
Jeannine Trimboli wants YOU to get fit and feel awesome, and her group and individualized instruction at this small gym clearly gets results!
Best Garden Shop
Albany, Latham, Schenectady
When it’s time to work in the garden our readers head to Hewitt’s.
Best Musical Instruction
An in-depth, hands-on learning experience for kids and teens. We wish we had grown up with this.
Best Hardware Store
Whether you need a hammer, purple Adirondack chair or an ironic coffee mug—Ace is the place!
Best Music Instrument
The best place to buy, sell and repair musical instruments in the Capital Region, hands down.
3RD GUITAR CENTER
Best Martial Arts Instruction
Master Yang must either be really, really good or really, really strict because his pupils voted for him like their lives depended on it. Maybe it’s both.