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Outside the box

Unique chocolate treats offer break from Valentine’s Day tradition

While chocolate is often seen as a can’t-fail Valentines gift, the traditional heart-shaped box of sweets might strike some as clichéd. But for those looking to stray from convention will be met with a sweet surprise at Capital District candy shops.

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Chambers strike a common chord

A chamber of commerce offering up a January outlook on the coming year is nothing new, but getting four for the price of one is.

Farmers breathe small sigh of relief

Compromise extends Farm Bill, milk price controls

The last-minute Washington, D.C. deal to veer away from the so-called “fiscal cliff” is being met with a sigh of relief not just from stock brokers and taxpayers, but from farmers

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Every dog has its day

New dog spa caters to the decadent desires of pets and owners

All of the clients at the Greenfield Animal Hospital’s Spa and Salon are of the canine variety, but it’s hard to tell from the menu of treatments offered.

Thruway drops toll hike

Public pressure leads authority to turn to cuts instead of trucks

Thruway Authority Executive Director Thomas Madison on Monday, Dec. 17, announced during a news conference with Gov. Andrew Cuomo that any toll increases have been removed from the proposed 2013 budget.

Powering up at Luther Forest

Fast development, changing processes increase energy demand at tech park

Luther Forest, the Malta technology park that is home to GlobalFoundries, is growing by leaps and bounds, so much so that officials say the power capacity there will need to be doubled.

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Startup reaches out to startups

Young entrepreneur focuses on giving new businesses a leg up

Keegan Hayes, 23, might be only one year out of Siena College, but he’s already basing his professional career on helping startups gain a foothold in the Capital District. He’s founded the Capital Region Entrepreneurs Group (CREG), a networking organization that helps provide resources and advice to local entrepreneurs who want to start or grow their own business.

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Bring on the snow

Ski areas start winter early, but weather remains a business challenge

It has become a necessity for many area mountains to begin making snow in the fall, as hitting the slopes over Thanksgiving weekend has become a tradition for families looking for outdoor adventures instead of shopping centers.

Dave and Buster’s coming to Crossgates Mall

Mall managements hopes new business will draw crowds

After years of courting entertainment options to fill vacant space within Crossgates Mall, officials recently announced that a Dave and Busters will be coming to the shopping center.

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Old Borders to have new tenant

FingerPaint Marketing moves to Division Street and Broadway

The former Borders at the corner of Division Street and Broadway in Saratoga Springs will soon house advertising agency FingerPaint Marketing. The location has been vacant for the last 18 months.

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Price Chopper to offer eats

Latham location will roll out 16 eateries in coming expansion

On Friday, Oct. 5, Price Chopper Supermarkets announced its plan to build a new concept store on the Latham Super Center on Route 9 that will feature fresh, made-to-order food services along with major renovations.

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Ballston farmland deal a nonstarter

Cappiello Farm sold to another buyer for $2.7M; town’s price was $600k

A plan for the Town of Ballston to purchase an iconic piece of farmland has failed, much to the chagrin of the landowners and open space advocates.

National Grid forecasts lower natural gas bills this winter

Customers heating bills could drop 3 percent, weather conditions also a factor

Some people might not welcome the first sighting of snowflakes falling, but lower heating bills could help warm winter spirits.

A gift for the business climate

Consulting Alliance to award prize to one growing organization

The Consulting Alliance located in Voorheesville is sponsoring Roadmap to Results, a regional competition in honor of their 20th anniversary. They’d like to help a growing business in the area by awarding them $24,000 worth of consulting services. Nancy Schultz, president of Consulting Alliance said it’s a way to share the company’s success.

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Local businesses look to get Googled

Google photographer makes Capital District trip on unique side job

Getting a bird’s-eye-view of an area via Google Maps is old hat, and even being able to see entire cities from street level has become ho-um. But now Google’s taking its game inside with Google Business Photos, and one of the more than 200 photographers dedicated to making it happen is coming to the Capital District.