There’s a lot happening in the Albany business world as of recently. From a funky new candle company picking up speed to a Troy based company harnessing NASA technology, we’ve rounded up some business news sprouting up around the Capital Region.
Evident Thermoelectrics (formerly Evident Technologies), best known for its innovative lighting technology, is now looking to harness the power of the Voyager and Mars Curiosity Rover Missions. The company is only a few months away from having its first commercial products that will convert heat to electricity. They have acquired licensed technology from Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Lab to make thermoelectric materials, which can be used in cars and homes to convert unused heat into electric power. Evident CEO Clint Ballinger told the Times Union, “We’re using the same nanomaterials. It’s a great market area. There is a lot of wasted heat.”
Also in Troy, Weird Beard Candle Company has been gaining recognition. The company is owned and run by a creative husband and wife team. Mike hand pours and packages each candle in their 125-year-old brick row house while Crystal designs the branding, photographs the candles and runs the social media accounts. They offer five distinctively different and unique candle scents: Saturday Morning Cartoons, Saturday Morning Cartoons II, Apple Pie, Maple Bacon and Chocolate Cream Pie. If you want to smell the candles in person, check out Annie Patterson’s Fancy Shop (located on Congress Street in Troy), they’re the first local retailer to carry Weird Beard candles!
Last but not least, Ballston Spa National Bank will be opening its first branch in Albany County at the new Riverhill Center in Latham later this Spring! The bank is one of several that has plans to open a new branch along Troy-Schenectady Road. First Columbia is building the two-story building for retail and office space in the 17-acre office park that also houses Garden Bistro 24 and 1st Advantage Dental.