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Like many children, Tim McCann learned how to clean clothes from his grandmother?his education was just much more involved than most. His grandparents founded the original Best Cleaners in 1957, and it was after them that Tim and his wife Catherine named their company and modeled their business. With a lifetime of dry-cleaning education embedded in their fibers like so much starch, the McCanns boast impeccable cleaning services driven by eco-friendly technology. Each of its locations are inspected, tested, and certified by America's Best Cleaners, a third-party organization that vets the garment-care industry. Best Cleaners Dry Cleaning offers free delivery for clients in the area, as well as extra services such as bridal-gown care, tailoring, and rug cleaning. For their efforts, Best Cleaners Dry Cleaning is a perennial presence among the top 30 cleaners nationwide.

156 Delaware Ave
Delmar,
NY
US

In the mid-18th century, distillers at Albany's first distillery, the Quackenbush Still House, crafted rum from Caribbean molasses, Hudson River water, and wild yeast. Instead of Quackenbush's large wooden fermenting vessels, The Albany Distilling Company's distilling duo, Matt Jager and John Curtin, rely on sleek, modern equipment to create their Quackenbush Still House rum. Updated gear, yeast, and water aside, Matt and John stick to Quackenbush's original recipe to yield the rum's smooth, butterscotch-flavored finish.

Their other small-batch spirits likewise pay homage to recipes of old, from the slowly processed Coal Yard New Make whiskey to Ironweed, a Prohibition-style whiskey aged in oak. Available throughout New York state, The Albany Distilling Company's libations are also served twice weekly at the distillery's very own tasting room.

78 Montgomery St
Albany,
NY
US

The first IHOP—the dream of founders Al and Jerry Lapin—opened in 1958 in Toluca Lake, California, and was originally dubbed the International House of Pancakes. Since then, rapid expansion has led to myriad milestones across the company's colorful history, from introducing its modern IHOP acronym in 1973 to its 1,000th restaurant opening in Layton, Utah, in 2001.

Today, the company stands strong with around 1,500 locations across North and Central America, each one an enthusiastic dispenser of pancakes, french toast, and tables constructed entirely out of bacon. Though IHOP is known as a bastion of breakfast, it also stays open during the day and into the evening, delivering lunch and dinner as well.

16 Railroad Ave
Albany,
NY
US

Oliva! Gourmet Olive Oils & Vinegars' staff has carefully curated a selection of olive oils and vinegars from award-winning estates around the globe. Just like fine wines, quality olive oils have complex bouquets, and the staffers at Oliva! help guide visitors to find the perfect one. Similarly, balsamic vinegars are available in a wide variety of styles, made with more unusual ingredients such as coconuts, grapefruit, and oregano, all of which line the aisles of the two shops.

1475 Western Avenue
Albany,
NY
US

Across five locations in Massachusetts and New York, Homebrew Emporium's resident experts educate local brewers in the ancient ways of beer. Inside each store, visitors will find an array of equipment, ingredients, and accessories ranging from complete home-brewing kits to hop pellets in a variety of styles. Classes teach greenhorns the ropes on how to perfect a home-brewed beer, prepare bottles and kegs, and throw an epic party to drink it all.

470 N Greenbush Rd.
Rensselaer,
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.

332 Delaware Ave
Albany,
NY
US