Schenectady, N.Y, November 21, 2008 — Metroplex today joined with Proctors, the Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation and the Chamber of Schenectady County to announce that three new stores will be opening in downtown Schenectady.
Jay Street Fine Arts Supply will open at 166 Jay Street next door to Lennon’s Irish Shop. The owners, Dennis Gonseth and Veronica McAvoy, plan to provide a full line of supplies for local artists, architects, schools and colleges. The store will also sell a large assortment of fair trade gift items.
Philip Morris, Executive Director of Proctors said, “Jay Street Fine Arts Supply is a great addition to our growing arts and entertainment district downtown. The ability to find papers, paints, mats and the stuff of art in our downtown is a real boon. We are pleased to welcome them to the Electric City Arts District.”
Veronica McAvoy said, “We look forward to providing art supplies and a very interesting assortment of gift items. We also wanted to be part of the revitalization of Schenectady.” Ms. McAvoy is already the business manager of the Renaissance Gallery at the corner of Franklin and Jay Street.
The new arts supply store plans to open for business on Friday November 21st to coincide with Art Night in Schenectady.
Edith Alois has opened a new antique store at 129 Jay Street called Vintage Arts. The shop features vintage art works, antiques and collectibles.
Edith Alois said, “We are pleased to be part of Jay Street’s and downtown’s resurgence.” The new store occupies space that was formerly a small book store. The storefront at 129 Jay Street was vacant for just a few short weeks before Vintage Arts decided to occupy the space.
Tara Global Shop is planning a grand opening on Friday, November 21 with a ribbon cutting ceremony set for 3:30 pm. The store located at 426 State Street between Aperitivo and Movieland features clothing, jewelry, home accessories and beauty products. It will also feature works by local artists.
Owner Aneesa Waheed is a graduate of Schenectady High School who has returned to the Capital Region after living in New York City. “My husband and I are very proud to be involved in the growth of downtown. It is energizing to see so many people committed to opening independently owned businesses and a community that wants to shop locally to support them.”
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year, especially for new retail business. What a perfect launch to the holiday season; three unique new storefronts to add character, charm and diversity to the heart of our downtown,” said Chamber of Schenectady County President Chuck Steiner.
Jim Salengo, Executive Director of the Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation said, “We are extremely happy that these three new retailers have chosen to invest in downtown Schenectady. We now have even more great reasons for people to come discover our revitalized district and support our fine selection of local independent business owners.”