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Simplicity. That's the most important ingredient in all food according to Honest Weight Food Co-op. So to understand what makes their products stand out, it's better to look at what's not on the nutrition label. No artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives. No antibiotics, hormones, or other non-food ingredients. The team at Honest Weight Food Co-op works with local farmers and producers to make sure their standards are met in every product.

That's been Honest Weight Food Co-op's modus operandi since its founding in 1976, and the efforts of the members-owned organization have proved successful. The co-op has expanded into bigger and bigger spaces over the years, until they finally arrived at their current Watervliet Avenue location in 2013. The building brims with fresh meats and fish, in-season produce, natural groceries, and household items such as light bulbs and laundry soap (which also come from eco-friendly, responsible suppliers, naturally).

In addition to storing vast amounts of grocery items and prepared meals, this expansive space also makes it possible to host events ranging from juicing classes to reiki sessions. Honest Weight's outreach programs send educators to local schools to teach about healthy living, and the co-op partners with WAMC public radio to host Food For Thought evenings of food, film, and discussion, at least when attendees are done chewing.

484 Central Ave
Albany,
NY
US

Boost Mobile touts a simple philosophy: be heard. As an independent store owner, Azam Khan holds that principle dear in all his business dealings. Whether his clients want to set up a cellular plan or find the perfect mobile device, he's there to field questions and ensure satisfaction. His store also offers a diverse array of phone accessories for popular brands such as Verizon and Samsung.

23 New Scotland Ave
Albany,
NY
US

Since Dr. Stanley Pearle opened the doors to the first Pearle Vision in 1961, the franchise has expanded to more than 800 stores nationwide. In these stores, optometrists assess the ocular health of patients before onsite opticians help them navigate the assortment of frames from brands such as Versace, Ray-Ban, and DKNY. If they're not in the store, clients can utilize the Try-On tool, uploading a photo to see what they or their dog looks like in different types of glasses. Pearle Vision also helps focus the world with contacts from Acuvue and Biofinity.

971 Central Ave
Albany,
NY
US

From the Garden's menus are small for a reason. The restaurant is truly committed to only using seasonal, locally sourced ingredients, featured in weekly five-course meals. A recent "Autumn Flavors" menu, for instance, highlighted savory-sweet butternut squash in ravioli with brown-butter sauce, and finished with a cranberry-apple cake with a cherry drizzle. There are typically two available entrees?one with meat and one without?as well as thoughtful, moderately priced wine selections. Wednesday nights are devoted to wine dinners, during which From the Garden's sommeliers discuss food pairings and which grapes are the cutest.

227 Lark Street
Albany,
NY
US

Since opening in May, Crestwood Catering & Deli has been packing custom and specialty deli sandwiches with fresh fixings, cheeses, and meats. Custom Woodys sandwiches headline the extensive menu, starting with a foundation of a roll, wrap, or white, whole-wheat, rye, or pumpernickel bread. The Tribute BLT ($7.75) deviates from its traditional fillings, adding an avocado and a fried egg to its culinary trio and doing for the sandwich world what the addition of Simon and Garfunkel did for Hanson. Sub captains update a lunchbox classic by searing thick bologna before painting it with roasted peppers and speckling it with provolone cheese (a $6.99 value); with tomato, cucumber, and dill havarti, the egg-salad-and-smoked-salmon sandwich (an $8.99 value) spawns currents of sophisticated flavor. Fountain-style Pepsi products round out the meal with carbonated pizzazz (a $1 value each).

26 Picotte Dr
Albany,
NY
US

Maxrider's ?4D? theater safely jets participants off into fantastical, four-dimensional worlds bursting with stunning imagery and sound and wind effects. During each four- to five-minute adventure, a 12.5-foot screen projects jaw-dropping locales into the eyes of up to six riders, who bounce, rattle, and shake from within the simulator's oscillating cart. Riders will have the opportunity to choose from up to 33 different experiences in four categories?Intense, Scary, Rollercoasters, and Family Fun?that include a frightening stroll through an abandoned school and an adrenaline-pumping plunge into a treasure cave. Participants can also adjust the ride with an intensity controller, which makes the effects of the ride stronger or gentler.

120 Washington Ave
Albany,
NY
US