Steve and Don Scoville started Adirondack Video Services 15 years ago, drawing on their experience as a former news reporter and DJ, respectively, to provide clients with quality media-transfer services. Using knowledge garnered over decades of professional experience, they expertly convert clients’ film, photos, and slides into finished presentations. They specialize in a variety of media formats, including photos, slides, and 8mm, Super 8, and 16mm film. They can also enhance presentations with professional editing services such as brightening dark scenes and adding titles and production music.
Passonno Paints has equipped brush wielders with high-quality paint for more than 80 years. A friendly, knowledgeable staff helps patrons navigate thousands of hues from series such as Rustic Colors and The Historic Colour Collection, which includes all 149 colors of President Lincoln’s pet rainbow. In addition to transforming dwellings with vivid colors and equipping windows with blinds, Passonno Paints has also created an award-winning latex-paint-recycling program.
Knowing that music deprivation can shrivel one’s ears into ruffled potato chips, DiVinyl Revolution cures musical maladies with a myriad of melodious merchandise—from CDs to vinyl LPs and 8-tracks—and fends off boredom blues with a bevy of books, DVDs, toys, and clothes for funky styles. Vinyl grooves from The Beatles, Frank Zappa, and a wide selection of rock ‘n’ roll luminaries nourish nostalgic yearnings ($1–$15 for records), while quirkier tastes can be sated with artsy, ultra-mod Kidrobot toys. Scope DiVinyl’s Facebook page for updates, as the shop offers intimate live shows and free in-store DJ performances.
In 1955, Harry and Mollie Marcus of Springfield, Massachusetts, opened Best Tile because they were frustrated with the lack of tile distributors in the area. Their small store rapidly expanded to include branches throughout the Northeast, and before long their eldest son was manning a store in Albany, New York. By the 1970s they were importing tile from countries in Asia, South America, Europe, and Candy Land, which only fueled further expansion. Today, Best Tile showrooms are scattered across the Northeast and mid-Atlantic seaboard, including Schnectady, Saratoga Springs, and Poughkeepsie.
A small staff of local artists lead two-hour painting workshops, where they give participants of all skill levels step-by-step instruction in blending backgrounds and building up foregrounds for a range of subjects. They teach attendees how to paint in the style of Van Gogh and Monet, emulating the artists' iconic masterpieces and high-school notebook doodles. The expression experts also impart the know-how to depict whimsical subjects such as an Adirondack sunset, swaying spring tulips, and a lady's cocked hat. Participants paint at communal tables in front of tall windows, which let in ample natural light. Though the studio hosts regular workshops, staffers also hold open-studio time daily and organize painting parties for a range of events, such as birthday celebrations, small-business gatherings, and discoveries of new colors. Studio staff keeps artists fueled with shared appetizer plates, as well as beer, wine, and non-alcoholic pours from an in-studio bar.
Pet Lodges hosts cats and dogs for boarding and daycare across five New York and Vermont locations, including the Albany airport. During dog daycare, pooches frolic in an enclosed pebble-lined yard, where affable staffers referee games of chase and fetch. Kitty camps treat cats to three private levels of cozy climbing and napping furniture, and dog suites include raised, cushioned beds and three to four trips to the exercise yard each day. Daycare, kitty camps, and canine luxury suites' built-in webcams allow families to check in on their pets as they socialize, sleep, and perfect their latest tail-braiding-tutorial videos. Pet Lodges' sister store, Checkerhills Farm, stocks organic and holistic dog and cat foods, as well as dog-wash stations and coffee and treats for humans in Glenville.