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Readers’ Poll Winners: Goods and Services

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Readers’ Poll Winners: Goods and Services

Best Grocery Store

HONEST WEIGHT

Albany

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! 

Best Co-Op

HONEST WEIGHT

Albany

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.

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Best Record Shop

LAST VESTIGE

Albany

Last Vestige has endured and flourished, becoming an amazing resource for record collectors across the country. 

2ND RIVER STREET BEAT SHOP

3rd BLUE NOTE

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Best Bookstore

THE BOOKHOUSE

Albany

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

3rd NORTHSHIRE

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Best Used Bookstore

DOVE & HUDSON

Albany

We’ve purchased more than one copy of Robert Caro’s Power Broker here.

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Comic Book Store

AQUILONIA

Troy

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

PATSY’S BARBER SHOP

Albany

Old school service, straight razor shaves, hot towel presses and the smell of bay rum does it for our readers.  

2ND TROY GROOMING

3RD WEDGEWAY

 

Best Marketing Firm

ID29

Whether it’s brand development, design, marketing communications or content strategy – these guys can persuade.

 

Best Design Firm

ID29

The firm behind Brown’s brand design makes easy work of this contest.


Best Car Dealership

MOHAWK HONDA

Mohawk drives away with this award – with great fuel economy.

 

Best Spa

COMPLEXIONS

Face it – our voters treated themselves to a vote for Complexions.

 

Best Pharmacy

FALLON’S WELLNESS PHARMACY

Latham, Saratoga Springs

This local drug store clobbered the chains. Lucky they stock band-aids.

 

Best Electronics Store

HIPPO’S

Albany

Is there a better place to help you design and install a new home theater?

 

Best Toy Store

  1. G. WILLIKERS

Saratoga Springs, Albany

An exciting place to find creative and interesting games and gadgets for the kids.

 

Game Store

ZOMBIE PLANET

Colonie

Looking for the latest card, board and miniature games? Zombie Planet has you covered!

2ND FLIPSIDE

3RD AQUILONIA

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Best Video Game Store

PASTIME LEGENDS

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

ARLENE’S ARTIST MATERIALS 

Albany

Our artists don’t even bother with major chains—they just go straight to Arlene’s.

 

Best Caterer

MAZZONE

Schenectady

Taking over the whole game. Balling international.

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Best Florist

FLOWER SCOUT

Troy

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

Schenectady

Dames’ retro dresses, pinup fashion, and polka-dots are here to make you feel beautiful from every angle.

 

Best Men’s Clothing

SEASONS SKATE SHOP

Albany

Seasons offers the chillest skater threads. Don’t harsh our mellow.

 

Best Thrift Shop

GREAT FINDS

Albany

An amazing spot to do some digging.

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Best Coworking Space

TROY INNOVATION GARAGE

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

THE CHEESE TRAVELER

Albany

A multifaceted stop for connoisseurs of fine meats and cheeses. Stop in for lunch or dinner.

 

Best Butcher

FRED THE BUTCHER

Halfmoon

Certified Angus steaks. Prime cuts. Dry-aged meats. Seafood. And a bistro on top of it.

 

Best Sporting Goods Store

SOCCER UNLIMITED

Albany, Clifton Park

Soccer Unlimited makes being a soccer parent oh-so-much easier.

 

Best Video Game Company

VICARIOUS VISIONS

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

DELMAR BOOTERY

Do your soles need salvation? Get thee to the Bootery!

 

Best Pet Center

BENSON’S PET SUPPLY

Clifton Park, Readers

Our readers keep their cuddly little guys happy by going to Benson’s.

 

Best Farmers Market

TROY WATERFRONT 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

HABANA PREMIUM CIGAR SHOPPE

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

ALL STAR WINE AND SPIRITS

Latham

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 WINE AND LIQUOR

Albany

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

OLIVER’S

Albany

Grab a cart! Oliver’s delivers an endless selection of craft beers, old standbys and wall of ciders.

 

Best Wedding Photographer

AMANDA GENTILE

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

TAKK HOUSE

Troy

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

FIN

Guilderland

Our readers know that this is where all the best fish is mongered.

 

Best Boutique Fitness

REAL [FIT] LIFE

Albany

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

HEWITT’S GARDEN CENTER

Albany, Latham, Schenectady

When it’s time to work in the garden our readers head to Hewitt’s.

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Best Musical Instruction

SCHOOL OF ROCK

Latham

An in-depth, hands-on learning experience for kids and teens. We wish we had grown up with this.

 

Best Hardware Store

ACE HARDWARE

Various Locations

Whether you need a hammer, purple Adirondack chair or an ironic coffee mug—Ace is the place!

 

Best Music Instrument

PARKWAY MUSIC

Clifton Park

The best place to buy, sell and repair musical instruments in the Capital Region, hands down.

2ND HERMIE’S

3RD GUITAR CENTER

 

Best Martial Arts Instruction

MASTER YANG’S

Latham

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.

 

 

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