Business

Top workplaces

Employees at Fulton-Montgomery Community College, Townsend Leather and Community Health Center all picked their workplaces as among the top 50 in the Capital Region, according to a survey by WorkplaceDynamics.The survey was broken down into large, midsize and small workplaces, with all three of ...

Music man

JOHNSTOWN - When Mark Nightingale was 15 years old in 1980, living in Galway, he wanted to own a stringed instrument and he knew there was only one way that was going to happen."I desperately wanted an instrument and the only way I was going to get one was if I made it," he said.He constructed ...

Camping season

GLOVERSVILLE - Owning a private campground in Fulton County tends to be a long-term enterprise. Alby Peck said his family has owned and operated Peck's Lake Resort "forever" or at least since about 1889. Peck said he's seen many summers come and go, and the upcoming season looks like a good ...

Growing Business

JOHNSTOWN - If Studio Herbage has one signature product it would be the polygonum bud vase.Made from the Polygonum cuspidatum plant, which is a kind of weed that creates a textured segmented material some might mistake for bamboo.James Dempsey, owner of Studio Herbage, uses the material in some ...

Mom’s the boss

Ask four different mothers what it's like to manage their own children and their businesses at the same time, and you'll get four very different answers.Gina Tollner, owner of G&R Trends International Fashion and Gift Boutique in Johnstown, said she believes raising four children has ...

Unemployment Strikeforce

JOHNSTOWN - The New York state Department of Labor has assigned its Unemployment Strikeforce to take aim at Montgomery County's longterm unemployment problem.New York state Department of Labor official Paul Nelson said Montgomery County has been chosen to be a part of a 10-county program aimed ...

Going Digital

BROADALBIN - At the end of last summer the owners of the Ozoner 29 Drive-In in Broadalbin and El Rancho Drive-In in Palatine Bridge were faced with a difficult choice - make the costly upgrade to digital projectors or go out of business."Last year in August, we really slammed into a brick ...

Meat-selling machine

BROADALBIN -Years ago, Paul Kisielis, learned a valuable lesson from his father Bernard Kisielis, the founder of Meatland."Way back when, when we had a good season, instead of just buying a boat or putting it in our pockets .... we reinvested it," Paul said. "[My father] always said you've got ...

Maple syrup season

During a good year for maple syrup, Vernon Duesler the owner of the Mud Road Sugar House in Ephratah, usually produces about 300 gallons of syrup by the end of March.So far this year, he's only made 100 gallons of syrup."The cold days we've been having have shut it down quite a bit," Duesler ...

Luck of the Irish

MAYFIELD - It has been said that if it weren't for bad luck, the Irish would have no luck at all. But if it weren't for the bad luck of one Irishman Mayfield wouldn't have an authentic Irish pub.In 2011 Dave McSweeney, a native of Ireland, who's lived in Boston since the early 1980s, was ...

Chocolate Dream

BROADALBIN - When an EMVI Chocolate bunny emerges from its mold, with white chocolate eyes, tail and teeth hand painted onto a body with parts made from both dark and milk chocolate, chocolatier Victor Gelman has two reactions."For me, when I open a mold and one of these guys is looking at me, ...

Freezy Freakies Return

JOHNSTOWN - In Bruce Weinberg's household during the 1980s it was not uncommon to see a pair of ski gloves being stored in the family's freezer."For some reason I had taken a new design home and I remember my son had a friend over," Weinberg, a vice president at Swany America Corp., said, ...

Gainful employment

GLOVERSVILLE - Despite chronically high unemployment, Fulton County has established itself as the place to be for employment staffing agencies in the Capital RegionAccording to a survey conducted by the Albany Business Review, the top two employment service companies in 2014 had locations in ...

Pathway to success

Mohawk Cabinet Company President Jim Law has been busy recently meeting with executives at major retail companies like Walmart and Sam's Club about Mohawk's Meyer Premium Soft Ice Cream Dispenser.Law also met with three high school freshman from the HFM BOCES P-TECH program to discuss the ...

Server Pay

Local restaurant owners are fearful a proposed hike in the minimum wage for tipped workers could mean higher costs for them and higher-priced meals for consumers.Luigi Lanzi, whose business owns three restaurants on the Great Sacandaga Lake -Lanzi's on the Lake in Mayfield, Sport Island Pub in ...

Expanding Business

GLOVERSVILLE - Antonucci's Wholesale Fruits, Produce and Seafood Co. is about to add fresh roasted coffee to its lineup of products thanks to a $2 million, 22,000-square-foot expansion of the business.John Antonucci, who owns the food distribution company, said he doesn't drink coffee, even ...

International Sales

GLOVERSVILLE - Dunday's Mens Wear owner Joe Gillis described the first time he packaged an item in his store and sent it off to a customer in a foreign country as "surreal.""I remember the first time I sent an arctic parka to the Russian Federation and I was amazed. Now I don't think twice of ...

Stained glass snowflakes

GLOVERSVILLE - In the basement workshop of Adirondack Stained Glass Works, partners Don Dwyer and Patrick Duell work to create the snowflakes."Every one is a little different. There are never two that are exactly the same," Duell said as he worked, using precise tools to craft the stained-glass ...

Daycare Reform

When Johnstown resident Misty Houser first opened her home daycare business 20 years ago, all she needed to do was go to a one-hour orientation, submit to a background check and the state handed her a daycare license.Since then, things have changed."A lot of things have changed. Now, before you ...

Black Thursday?

When speaking of the possibility of opening her small business on Thanksgiving, Mysteries on Main Street manager Patty Locatelli had an audible revulsion in her voice."I would never consider being open on Thanksgiving here," Locatelli said of the practice some are calling "Black Thursday" ...