Hudson Valley Hops 2014: Photos & Recap

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Last Saturday, the Albany Institute of History and Art played host to the annual Hudson Valley Hops festival which showcases our excellent local breweries. Having all these breweries come to you to distribute samples is an approachable way to see what’s out there and what plays into your tastes. The breweries in attendance were Adirondack
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First Look at the Albany Barn

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On Friday, the Albany Barn held a sneak peek event to showcase what they’ve been up to for the past few years. They have completely renovated St. Josephs Academy, which was a long vacant school located at North Swan and Second Street. The barn has apartments for artists to live in as well as studios
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Stopping into Bread and Honey

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Earlier this week I heard some great things about a new bakery that opened up along Madison Ave between Quail and Ontario. And since I’m a sucker for an everything bagel and an even bigger sucker for Gimme! Coffee, I stopped into Bread and Honey. The real draw for me was the fact they serve
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Juicy J at the Upstate Concert Hall: Recap & Photos

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Last night, Juicy J’s ‘Never Sober’ tour made a stop at the Upstate Concert Hall. Juicy wasted no time and asked the sold-out crowd where he could find the closest and “most ratchet” strip club. As the audience started chanting “Nite Moves,” Mr. J took a second out from his set to bring up ladies
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Opening day at The Low Beat: Photos

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After hearing rumors of a soft opening of The Low Beat, I had to check the space out. I had wanted to check it out while they were still working on the inside, but because that didn’t happen, I had no idea what to expect. The Low Beat sits at 335 Central Ave next to
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A first look at Superior Merchandise Co.: Photos

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As all classic novels begin, I recently got a follow on Instagram from an account of interest. Said account is a not-yet-in-existence business based in Troy. The tagline read “Design Boutique and Bookstore + Beer, Wine and Coffee Bar”, so clearly, I was interested. About ten seconds of digging led me through their photos and
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The New Madison Theater opening Friday: Photos

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Yesterday, I stopped by the Madison Theater to check out the changes that have been taking place over the past few months, and to talk about what to expect when they re-open. To make a long story short, Tierra Farm has bought the theater since the landlords wouldn’t guarantee a renewed lease for the coffee
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