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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.

1365 New Scotland Rd
Slingerlands,
NY
US

Corey House founded F.I.T. Boot Camps to help people get in shape with effective workouts bolstered by nutritional support. To come up with fun, high-intensity boot-camp routines, the staff pored over research and analyzed training formats aimed at burning fat and building muscles. They've seen the results time after time as boot camp members of every shape and athletic ability shed pounds, boost their health, and fare better at family log-tosses. Because the boot camps are indoors, the staff leads them continuously throughout the year, rather than putting members on hold during breaks between sessions or taking the winter off. They help map out smart food choices with nutritious meal planning, and offer private coaching to help members make the most of their workouts.

78 Fuller Road
Albany,
NY
US

Kaitlin Bray and Randi Vogel, the owners of Strut. Spalontique, have a passion for beauty that shines through in their decorating choices: a chandelier glimmers above their salon's wooden floors, and shimmering bamboo stencils line a private treatment room. Clients visit these aesthetically pleasing quarters for relaxing massages and salon services such as eyebrow tinting, eyelash extensions, and hairstyling. They can also shop for designer clothing and accessories in the salon's onsite boutique.

5 Metro Park Road
Colonie,
NY
US

Certified yoga teachers, massage therapists, hypnotist, and masters of music make up the staff at Key 2 Joy, where they pool their expertise to create custom wellness plans for patients. With a hefty arsenal of services, including Thai bodywork, private tai chi, guided visualization, reiki, and sound healing, they help clients live more fulfilling lives.

145 Vly Rd. #6
Niskayuna,
NY
US

Invoking the precision of Samurai Japanese Restaurant's warrior namesake, sushi chefs slice paper-thin pieces of sashimi within the eatery's sparkling new Colonie location. Alongside pieces of fatty tuna and oyster, chefs assemble specialty rolls such as the King California and the Fire House roll, whose shrimp tempura and spicy tuna pair with rice, seaweed, and crunch. The menu also includes cooked entrees, such as yakitori-style bamboo skewers with short ribs and broccoli, as well as hibachi-style scallops and strip steak, which chefs prepare on sizzling tabletop grills.

158 Wolf Rd
Albany,
NY
US

Originally a turn-of-the-century tollbooth that charged a nickel per one-horse rig, Toll Gate Ice Cream now cools overheated passersby with fresh, homemade ice cream and sherbet in a rainbow of classic and inventive flavors. Toll Gate’s award-winning peanut-butter-and-jelly ice cream combines two beloved comfort foods in a far more palatable form than chocolate-chip corn dogs. Customers can seize handfuls of other novel flavors such as root-beer sherbet, pumpkin, cinnamon apple, and eggnog ($2.75/scoop). After arranging a lineup that mirrors guests’ personalities and pronunciation of caramel, Toll Gate can refashion scoops into fudge-brownie sundaes ($6.95), floats ($5.95), and milkshakes ($6.25). Backwards diners can chase their ice-cream dinner with a dessert of burgers ($8.55 with fries), sandwiches, seafood platters, and steaks grilled on a dragon’s smile ($9–$12.50).

1569 New Scotland Rd
Slingerlands,
NY
US