Quality events for this weekend vol. 132

Friday May 9

Bogie’s Repair Benefit: Pay what you can style show to repair the club. Friday features Sworn Enemy and Brick by Brick among many more.

Fort Orange General Store Grand Opening: Coffee, snacks, drinks and curated goods and gifts. Don’t miss this one.

Henry Loves Betty Grand Opening: Celebrate Troy’s newest pet boutique.

Against Me! at the UCH: With Tony Molina and Big Eyes.

Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition at SUNY Albany: Food, wine, awesome paintings, installations, photographs, and video from artists who have spent the last three years building up to this show.

Sharon Van Etten at Helsinki Hudson: Brooklyn based indie-folk singer-songwriter.

Saturday May 10

Tulip Fest: You know, that thing. Featuring Rebel Darling, Titanics, Panama Wedding, Sleeper Agent, The Parlor, Rubblebucket, Accents and MS MR.

Mastodon Challenge 15/5k in Cohoes: 15k or 5k run and proceeds go to a good cause.

Bogie’s Repair Benefit: Pay what you can style show to repair the club. Saturday features The Clay People and All For Revenge among many more.

Hellions of Troy Roller Derby: Herculadies vs. Hill City Rollers at home.

Five Alpha Beatdown, The Pistolwhips, and Kimono Dragons at The Low Beat: 5AB from Iceland joining your favorite locals.

Sunday May 11

Bogie’s Repair Benefit: Pay what you can style show to repair the club. Sunday features Full Blown Chaos and Life Sentence among many more.

CycloFemme Ride at Savile Road: Mother’s Day bike ride lead by NYCROSS.com elite women. All skill levels.

All Weekend

The NYS Museum: Bunch of great exhibits and it’s right in your back yard.

Godzilla: The Japanese Original, Jurassic Park, Godzilla: The Japanese Original, The Lost World, and Mothra at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!

Day trip to MASS MoCA: Make a day out of it.

Tonight: Grand Opening of Henry Loves Betty Pet Boutique

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In the past couple of months, it practically feels like I’ve run out of fingers to count the brand new and recently revamped businesses blossoming in Albany. It’s an awesome and exciting time for things locally, to say the least. Tonight marks the grand opening of the Fort Orange General Store on Delaware Ave in Albany and the grand opening of Henry Loves Betty on River Street in Troy. Check out photos from Andrew’s first visit at Fort Orange General Store and be sure to swing by their opening.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the river, pet enthusiast and vet technician Paula Matt will be hosting the grand opening of Henry Loves Betty, a pet boutique offering a consciously curated collection of pet necessities and accessories.

Paula named the store after two of her many pets, Henry and Betty, and began her business by offering custom hand knit sweaters for both dogs, cats and chickens alike on Etsy. Over months of developing a business plan and putting in countless hours of hard work and planning, the opportunity for Henry Loves Betty to expand its offerings grew into moving to a physical location.

It’s been really enjoyable tracking Paula and her boutique’s progress over the past several months and I’m excited to see it all come together. The boutique is well put together, with quaint detailing, such as a beautiful vintage couch for visitors and furniture from estate sales to give the boutique a chic atmosphere, and really reflects the caring personality of the owner.

From removable bow ties to creative cat nip toys to aromatherapy soy candles for dogs to all natural dog treats, and even ice cream for dogs, Henry Loves Betty is going to be a great neighborhood asset for the pet-lovers of the River Street community. Be sure to stop by with or without your pet!