Schenectady, N.Y. — Anthology Studio, Inc. marked its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony held today in downtown Schenectady. Owned by Evan Euripidou, Anthology Studio, Inc. is the first business to occupy the just-completed Clinton Square complex on State Street.
Susan E. Savage, Chair of the Schenectady County Legislature said, “We are excited to welcome Anthology Studio as the first business in the new Clinton Square. Even in this difficult economy, we continue to attract new businesses, both large and small, that are helping us rebuild and revitalize Schenectady County.”
Mayor Brian U. Stratton said, “Schenectady is so excited to welcome Anthology Studio to our absolutely electric and growing downtown shopping district. As they open in one of the most beautiful new buildings along the State Street corridor, Anthology Studio is a welcome addition to our downtown.”
A graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Parsons Design School, Evan Euripidou is the owner and operator of the new retail store. He holds degrees in both Architecture and Integrated Design. Anthology Studio, Inc. was founded in 2007 and was, until recently, located on New Scotland Avenue in Albany.
Anthology Studio specializes in floral arrangements for special events and retail flower sales that include individual stems, pre-made arrangements and custom dish gardens. Euripidou and his staff are well-versed in interior design for homes and businesses as well as landscaping.
“We strive to operate outside the box,” explained Euripidou. “Anthology has a fresh, innovative approach. We consider flowers a medium of art, and our goal is to help people discover the necessity of design. Everyone should have beauty around them; we believe even one single exquisite flower stem can transform your environment and your day.”
Anthology Studio had a need to expand; the company selected Schenectady County after considering locations in a number of areas. Euripidou has committed to a 10-year lease with options to extend.
Ray Gillen, Metroplex Chair and Commissioner of Economic Development and Planning in Schenectady County said, “We are proud to welcome Anthology Studios to our fast-growing arts, entertainment and technology district downtown.”
Metroplex is providing a $25,000 grant to help offset the cost of improvements and fit-up the new retail store, which ultimately helped to bring the company to downtown. In addition, $2,500 will be provided by the Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation (DSIC) for signage.
Jim Salengo, Executive Director of the DSIC, said, “We are very happy to welcome yet another independent retailer to downtown. Anthology Studio adds an exciting new element to the mix of businesses along State Street.”
Chamber of Schenectady County President Chuck Steiner said, “The ever-growing business community in Schenectady County celebrates the arrival of Anthology Studio, another unique facet to our charming and diverse downtown.”
Clinton Square is a three-story, 23,000-square-foot mixed-use complex across from the Hampton Inn in downtown. The new office/retail complex was built by Highbridge Development. Anthology Studio will occupy 1,600 square feet of retail space on the first floor of the building.
For more information, contact Anthology Studio, Inc., 469 State Street, Schenectady, 518.723.2020, www.anthologydesignstudio.com