JoMart Chocolates Michael Rogak You are a third-generation confectioner and chocolate maker. Tell us about your family’s history of making candy and chocolate. Back in the early 20th century, my grandfather had a chocolate factory in Brooklyn. As my father described...

Kittelberger Florist & Gifts Cousins Holly Rund and Matt Horeth Kittelberger Florist has been serving the Rochester area for over 90 years. Tell us a bit about the history of the business and your family’s connection. Holly: We’re in our 96th year. We use 1928 as...

Heidi Owen West Lifestyles of Saratoga What are the advantages of being located on Broadway in Saratoga Springs? First of all, as you know, downtown Saratoga Springs is a destination on its own. We get a lot of people just attracted to the downtown shopping...

Kimberly Adams Russell Frank Adams Jewelers You just opened your new store on Wolf Road in Albany. What made you decide to move from your previous location of 28 years? We were ready to do something independently, to have our own free-standing location. This spot gave...

The Warm Ewe Anne McDermott and Tempe Croke Your location on Main Street in Chatham has been home to a yarn store for over 40 years. What do you think contributes to the longevity of your business? Anne: We’re in a great location. We’re right on Main Street in between...

Eric and Carrie Abolafia Abby’s Parkside Nursery  Abby’s Parkside Nursery and Florist is a third-generation, family-owned and operated garden center. Tell us about growing up around the family business and eventually taking over. My paternal grandfather, Morris...

Brad Segal and Raul Nunez Co-owners, Corks on Columbus Brad (left) and Raul You are brothers-in-law. Tell us about how you decided to go into business together. Brad: Raul and I were both retired and initially wanted to stop working. Our wives — we married sisters...

Rebecca Carney Cooks’ World You purchased Cooks’ World after working there for several years. What inspired you to take on this venture? I would have to say there were many things that contributed to inspiring me to take on this adventure. First and foremost was...

Elizabeth Rounds Owner, Elizabeth’s Shoes & Accessories You’ve been in business for almost 40 years. How do you account for your longevity? I started in the Metrocenter in downtown Binghamton in 1984. I was only 24 years old. For the first 10 years, things...

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