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Giraldo Farms

Giraldo Farms: Andrea Giraldo Pearl River, NY and in every supermarket!! The instantness of Giraldo Farms instant coffee melds perfectly with our fast paced and time-strapped culture. Introduced at the 1901 World’s Fair in Buffalo, helped on in WWII and, by the Seventies, relegated to the pantries of grandmothers everywhere in a Maxwell…(Read More)

Mel’s Army Navy Store

Mel’s Army Navy Store: Chris Frawley Pearl River, NY Turns out Chris Frawley and his octogenarian mentor Mel were cut from the same cloth. Chris, who worked at Mel’s Army Navy Store in Pearl River from age 14, through high school, college and those post graduation ‘now what?’ years, returned 10 years later…(Read More)

Poughkeepsie Revitalization

Community Capital Celebrates Revitalization, Opportunity in Poughkeepsie $100,000 Loan Backs Rehab of Abandoned Home by YouthBuild Students Community Capital New York, Inc., the non-profit community lender serving the lower Hudson Valley, celebrated the transformation of a blighted property into a newly renovated, energy efficient house at 206 Winnikee Avenue on Monday along with…(Read More)

Spick and Span

Spick and Span Palisades Cleaning Service: Mercedes Nunez Tomkins Cove, Rockland County, NY Mercedes Nunez came here as an 18-year old who spoke no English, forced to leave her infant son behind in the Dominican Republic and clean factory floors at night to provide for him. Now 39, Mercedes is an entrepreneur, finding secure…(Read More)

Rise Above Floatation

Take a Time-Out at Rise Above Floatation Stay centered in a sensory-deprivation pod: Micah Saccomanno, Mt Kisco, NY An athlete in need of sports visualization of accelerated recovery? Your boss has your cell phone on speed dial? Suffering from insomnia, back ache or writer’s block? Your teen crashed the car—he’s…(Read More)


Sewcology, Warwick, NY: Cindy Hopper For some people, do-it-yourself-styling necessitates a needle, thread, and time. For the rest of us, all that’s required is a credit card and shipping address. Sewcology, the creative endeavor of lifelong seamstress Cindy Hopper, makes you believe that you can “just do it.” Hopper teaches you…(Read More)

The Falcon

The Falcon: Tony Falco, Marlboro, NY Plug in to Live Performances  Garage band and CBGBs meets Adirondack lodge at The Falcon, a music and art-themed watering hole in Marlboro, NY where the acoustic confessionals of karaoke and synthetic DJ spinning have been given up in favor of revved up live  bands. Blends of jazz…(Read More)

The Landscaper Corp.

The Landscaper Corp: Eduardo and Darwin Alvarez Put Down Roots Chappaqua If your horticultural efforts are wilting on the vine, let brothers Eduardo and Darwin Alvarez of The Landscaper Corp. lend a hoe. The Guatemalan immigrants do the weekly mow, spring clean ups, tree removal, and mulching, but they can also dig through years of…(Read More)

Wessttown Brew Works

Wessttown Brew Works: Rich Coleman, Westtown, NY Rich Coleman moved his wife and three children under three from a one bedroom in Jersey City to a house they built in the “drowned lands” on a black earth slope of Orange County to literally tap into hops farming and artisan brewing. Their handcrafted small batch beer…(Read More)

Ash Contracting Inc.

Praewpan and Junior Ash Ash Contracting Inc. With business financial management assistance from the Business Outreach Center (BOC) Network, Ash Contracting Inc., a general construction firm based in Canarsie, Brooklyn, received a $150K BOC Capital loan in August, 2015, to mobilize and purchase materials for a $2M public construction project (NY City Housing Authority). Ash…(Read More)