Bill and Kimberly Aperance
300 Wormer Road, Voorheesville
“We are bucking the private country club trend,” said Dr. Henry Keys, president, Albany Country Club. “Our finances are sound, our facilities are top-notch and our membership is engaged. This is the direct result of the efforts of our general manager, Bill Aperance.”
“During Bill’s six-year tenure, he has made sure our club has kept pace with how people spend their leisure time. A perfect example,” notes Keys, “is the fun, family-friendly atmosphere Bill and his staff have created.”
During the summer, ACC offers its own “club camp” for younger children, providing a variety of supervised recreational activities, without the over-regimentation of a typical day camp. The swim team, part of ACC’s summer program, serves as an anchor for those children under age 16. Tennis and golf instruction, designed to encourage an early enthusiasm for both sports, provides a fundamental part of each camper’s day.
“Why should children have all the fun?” asked Aperance. “Our club camp gives parents, especially moms, some much needed respite and the chance to enjoy club facilities. Our Tee for Three program has been enthusiastically embraced. It features a series of introductory golf clinics, along with the opportunity to play a few holes, followed by a social meal with friends.” Throughout the year, ACC offers parents the chance to dine out, on select weekend nights, with babysitting provided on club premises.
Bill Aperance concluded, “At Albany Country Club, we are committed to giving our members a break from the rat race with families spending leisure time together–all under one roof.”
Chad Vaughn, O.D.
5 Ulenski Drive, Albany, NY
More than 22 million Americans suffer from cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Cataracts may require costly surgery, and treatment options for AMD are limited. Research shows there is a positive correlation between ultraviolet radiation and the prevention of both eye conditions. That is why sunglasses are so important to your eye health.
The sun, in addition to visible light, gives off ultraviolet radiation. This radiation is divided into three types: UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C. The earth’s ozone layer absorbs UV-C radiation, leaving sunglasses to protect your eyes against UV-A and UV-B rays. You should be aware that the sun’s damaging effects are a concern year-round, whether you ski moguls in the winter or sink a 30-foot putt in the summer.
You should also know that effects of UV radiation are cumulative, so it’s important to develop good protection habits early in life. Dermatologists have done a great job educating us on the importance of protecting our skin from the sun’s harmful rays. It makes sense wearing sunglasses to protect our eyes from the same harmful rays that we are protecting our skin from.
For optimum protection sunglasses should block 99 to100 percent both UV-A and UV-B; screen out 75 to 90 percent of visible light; and be perfectly matched in color, and free of distortion and imperfection.
You are sure to find the right sunglass and protection for whatever outdoor activity you enjoy at the Silhouette Eye Studio, 5 Ulenski Drive, Albany, north end of Wolf Road, right behind Professor Java’s.
Come in for a comprehensive eye health exam. Go to www.silhouette-eyestudio.com or call 518.944.2300.
1632 Main Street
Route 5S, Pattersonville
For 20 years, the goal at Decker’s Landscape and Aquatics has been satisfying its customers beyond their expectations. Owner Alan Decker’s passion and vision for aquatics and landscape design transformed backyards across the
Capital Region, Lake George and the Hudson region. As a landscape and water feature design and installation company, they create outdoor living spaces to be interactive and tailored, meeting customers needs.
The firm specializes in water feature installation of all types including ponds with cascading waterfalls, pond less waterfalls, waterfalls into swimming pools, and decorative water gardens including bubbling rocks and overflowing pots. Decker’s also installs large swimming ponds, bog filtration, wetlands, earthen ponds and rain water harvesting systems.
In addition to water features, the firm designs and installs landscape plantings, brick paver patios, walkways, driveways, retaining walls and fire pits to complete any outdoor living space.
Alan and his wife Jodi also have a retail aquatic center selling everything water and garden related. Decker’s is one of the Capital Region’s largest supplier’s of aquatic plant and pond supplies. The company provides everything for the do-it-yourselfer from pond liners, pumps and filtration to a large selection of pond fish. The one-stop aquatic shop provides a venue for customers to stroll through eight on-site display ponds and discuss options with its trained staff or participate in a hands-on aquatic workshop.
Alan’s natural passion for landscape and aquatics has built ongoing relationships with its customers based on customer service, expertise and integrity.
John D. Marcella
735 Crane Street relocating to
560-564 Broadway, Schenectady
73 Karner Road, Colonie
The Marcella name has been involved with the appliance business since the 1940’s, when my father started his retail business. Going on my own in 1980, I started selling appliances out of the garage of my home. As the business took off, we moved to 735 Crane St., Schenectady, where we expanded, offering the finest selection of appliances available. We were one of the first dealers in Schenectady to invest in multiple lines of high-end appliances, and created a new electronics department with the finest audio/video products available. While this location has served us well, we have now invested in a beautiful facility on Broadway in Schenectady. The move enabled us to expand our electronics department with larger displays.
We are proud to have been listed in the top 100 retailers in the U.S. by Twice Magazine. Our new displays on Broadway have been supplied by Zarrillo’s Kitchens in Duanesburg, Park Building in Schenectady, and Columbia Cabinet Works in North Greenbush. Dave Delzotto of Delzotto’s Builders has constructed our entire back wall display of high-end products.
Even though we’re expanding, we’re not changing the way we do business. We will continue to provide appliances that fit into everyone’s finances and maintain aggressive pricing.
John D Marcella & Son Appliances 735 Crane St., Schenectady – Relocating to 560-564 Broadway Schenectady. Open Monday to- Thursday 9am-8pm; Friday 9am- 6pm; Saturday 9am-4pm 381.1957
73 Karner Road, Colonie Open Monday to Thursday 9am-8pm; Friday 9am-6pm; Saturday 9am-4pm 690.0093, www.marcellasappliance.com.
395 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush
Krafts by Kim was a home-based craft business originating 23 years ago.
Attending shows on weekends, while raising my two beautiful children seemed to be the foundation to my future. Hard work, patience, and support from my husband made the dream of owning my own store a reality.
Located in East Greenbush, Krafts by Kim has developed into a cozy, country store brimming with many of my designs and primitives. It has become our “little neighborhood store” for the past five years. Showcasing fusion of the old with the new, one finds a variety of inspirational decorating ideas, handmade one-of-a kind items, wreaths (made with natural twigs, berries, and hydrangeas), candles, prints, primitive dolls, and stars. All packages are wrapped in a gift bag and bow.
We also provide private parties; a wonderful way enjoying a night out and earning a free product at the same time. Another very popular event is “Tote Bag Savings Day.” With a purchase of $50, you receive a special “Krafts By Kim” tote. Bring in your tote on the first Thursday of each month, receive 10 percent off your entire purchase.
Krafts By Kim is located at 395 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush
Call 477.1274 or go to www.kraftbykim.com Hours: Wed-Fri 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
If you have ever shopped at Frank Adams Jewelers in Stuyvesant Plaza, chances are very high that Tim Ryan, store manager, played an integral part in your transaction. Ryan, referred by his employees as a true “team leader,” has been a figure at the retail establishment for 12 years, and has worked in the jewelry industry for 28 years.
Ryan’s successes rank him among the top two percent of jewelry professionals nationwide, a statistic that won’t surprise many. His ability to transcend a sales pitch, and form personal relationships with his clients, set him apart.
Although it is extremely common to see a line of people waiting for Ryan, he always makes himself available to his staff for questions or advice. His willingness to help his coworkers and keep the store atmosphere fun and social earns both their respect and loyalty.
When asked about Ryan, one valued client said, “I can always bounce ideas off Tim, and he will never steer me in the wrong direction.” A vendor said, “he is a great manager,” and “he always looks out for the best interests of his clients in all of his decision making.”
The store’s owner, Kimberly Adams Russell gives him the highest praises saying, “I am so very proud of Tim’s dedication to his clients, staff and my family. Our success is a reflection of his success!”
Ryan approaches his personal life in the same way that he approaches his role at Frank Adams – with personal attention, precision and humor. He is dedicated to personal health and fitness and annually raises money for local charities including the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Northeastern New York.
Stephen Miller, a lifelong Capital Region resident, graduated from Union College in 1984, having earned a bachelor of science degree and master of science degree in electrical engineering. Upon graduation, Miller joined IBM, working at various positions for the last 25 years. Currently, Miller works as an executive at IBM Global Business Services, state and local government in Albany, NY.
An avid sports fan, Miller, a community minded, married, father of four, also owns and serves as chief executive officer of the New Era Albany Legends, a member of the International Basketball League. As announced in October 2009, Miller, along with partners Bob Hord and head coach Derrick Rowland believe there is a real need to provide quality, affordable and accessible professional basketball. This sport directly benefits youth and community organizations with fundraising opportunities, youth clinics, internships, entertainment, role model appearances, and ticket donations.
Miller was attracted by the International Basketball League’s efficient business model and fast-paced excitement, including a 22-second clock.
“This approach is different,” said Miller. “We are excited about the potential to fill not only a sports entertainment need, but a real community need by working closely with community centers, youth organizations and other service providers that are so critical to our region’s quality of life. Basketball is such a unique and positive way to reach kids and try to make that difference together.”
The Albany Legends home opener doesn’t kick off until Friday, April 9, immediately following March Madness. While they don’t compete with area college or minor league sports teams, the Albany Legends can be seen at various community events.
“The need is there, and we are doing our part to play whatever role we can,” concluded Miller.
For more information on community opportunities or affordable ticket and sponsorship packages, visit www.iblhoopsonline.com or contact the Albany Legends at 439.6707.
568 Columbia Turnpike, Suite 8B
East Greenbush, NY
Since 1987, Lorraine Greaney has owned and managed East Greenbush Window Coverings & Home Interiors. Greaney is known for work in both residential interiors and the commercial industry. The firm supplies and installs window coverings for business offices, state agencies, health care facilities and schools. In 2008, Greaney moved the design studio to its current location, Columbia Turnpike in East Greenbush where a “boutique -like” showroom was featured showcasing the residential interior design side of the company. The showroom features select pieces representing the firm’s furniture lines plus rugs, lamps, artwork, floral and accessories. The extensive fabric and trim library offers a resource for the designer and a comfortable area to meet with clients.
A one-stop-shop was created where clients enter the showroom, sit down with a designer, and create a sensible design plan in a comfortable and friendly atmosphere. “Whether our clients are selecting one shade or planning a full room makeover, our intention is to provide the best service and individual attention,” said Greaney. Call or stop in and see our extensive resources for drapery, re- upholstery, and custom bedding.
East Greenbush Window Coverings is a New York State Certified Woman Owned Business.