Doug Bartow at Create Upstate 2014: You Can Do World-Class Design Work In UPSTNY

Create Upstate, the Syracuse-based design conference that took place in May just published a video of Doug Bartow’s talk. Doug is both Principal and Design Director at id29 in Troy. If you’re unfamiliar with id29, they have clients such as Albany Distilling, Brown’s Brewing, Firefly Bicycles and many more.

Doug’s talk focuses on the design ecosystem in our area, and how it’s possible to do good meaningful work here. In the talk there’s some firms that I wasn’t aware of, some that I knew but didn’t know their work, and some that were just nice to see again.

Click play, sit back and enjoy.


Collage Night at Collar Works

Collage Night is back on August 22 and will be held in the new Collar Works gallery space at 137 4th Street. Dig through vintage magazines and books to create a fun collage while listening to tunes and enjoying the company.

There will be a pop-up shop from Fort Orange General Store and beverages provided by Rare Form Brewing. There’s a $7 material fee and the event is all ages, but bring an ID if you wish to imbibe.

For more info, check the official event page!


Collar City Hard Pressed juice and smoothie shop now open

As of today, Collar City Hard Pressed is opened at 215 Broadway, right next to The Grocery. The shop itself is carved out of a little area inside The Clark House, which houses The Grocery, Broadway News, and the-soon-to-reopen Tavern Restaurant.

If you’ve seen the Collar City Hard Pressed stand at the Troy Farmer’s Market, you already know that there is a crazy demand for a juice and smoothie shop in Troy, and it’s super exciting that this will be a permanent fixture in Troy. I am hoping that there will be some sort of overlap in which both the Tavern’s bar is open as well as Collar City Hard Pressed so you can get a cocktail with fresh juices.

Collar City Hard Pressed will be open 8am to 2pm Tuesday through Friday, and will still be at the farmers market on Saturdays.


EMPAC announces Fall 2014 season

EMPAC has posted up their schedule of events for the Fall season.

Of note is Kode9 and Laurel Halo, performing in the second week of September.

There’s so many awesome performances, talks, music and more set for this season. I strongly recommend reading through the list of events and just simply going to anything you think you may like. You’ll be delighted at the work that EMPAC does in curating their events.

Photo: Kode9


Bike share trial now live in Troy

From Capital Moves:

There will be 25 bicycles available for use between 10am and 8pm at one or more locations in each City. Locations are planned to include Jay Street at State Street in Schenectady, Riverfront Park in Troy, Broadway at Division Street in Saratoga Springs, and Washington Park in Albany. Once registered, participants will receive an ID number allowing them to use the bikes for the rest of the month. There will be no cost to participants, although a credit card will need to be on file as security for the bikes. In addition, participants will need to sign a waiver and provide positive identification.

The Troy trial runs until Saturday July 26th, and the Albany trial runs August 9 – 15. Get out there and ride around. Having these in our cities permanently would be really awesome so show them that the demand is there for this!

Photo: Tom Simpson/flickr


Early bird tickets currently available for RESTFEST

RESTFEST hasn’t announced all the bands who will be playing yet, but if you’ll most likely end up going you should swoop one of their early bird tickets, which is $25 for a weekend pass. This year’s RESTFEST will take place on August 15 and 16 at CAC Woodside in Troy.

Currently announced bands are No Kill, The Firs, Juston Stens and The Get Real Gang, Pony in the Pancake, Wild Adriatic, Hammer Hawk, Titanics, The North and South Dakotas, Rival Galaxies, The Slaughterhouse Chorus, Bear Grass, and Eastbound Jesus.

For more info visit

‘Cult Classics’ Burlesque 1-Year Anniversary

As you’ve probably seen over the past year, C. Amanda Boutahorse has been running a burlesque series called Cult Classics. Each show features a tribute to a different cult classic movie. This Friday is the one year anniversary of Cult Classics, and it will be celebrated with a burlesque tribute to the mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap.

Performers include Noelle Reign, Heather Whatever, Betty Bonneville, Persephone Pomme, C. Amanda Boutahorse, Chardonnay Latease, Lulu Madly, Baby Dead Girl, and Nikita Rose.

Doors at 8, Show at 9 at the Hangar at 675 River Street in Troy. Check out all the details on the event page.