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Small Biz 518 – Mocha Lisa

Monticello Real Estate recently sat down with Kari Cook – the owner of Mocha Lisa’s Caffe.

Located on the exterior of Clifton Park Center Mall, near Loft and Marshall’s, Mocha Lisa offers delicious espresso drinks, premium teas, fruit smoothies, homemade baked goods, paninis, wraps, and much more! They even serve beer and wine and have music and open mic nights.

You can watch the video to learn more about the restaurant.

Kari explains that during the day it’s mostly business people and there are many meeting that happen in the restaurant. She says, “So many people approach me and tell me that they think of this location as their office. That’s a huge  compliment that they want to bring clients here. Clearly we want to support local and it’s peace of mind that my staff is doing a great job when I am not here.”

Kari expanded her menu when she bought a convection oven. She prefers a natural and homemade approach to her food, and it became easier to do that after she bought the oven.

Some of the things that make Mocha Lisa’s Caffe unique is the meeting space, live entertainment at night, and the fact that they serve alcohol. Kari explains, “No one else has a meeting space like me, no one else has live entertainment at night, or alcohol as an option. Even though it has been 2 years since we have offered wine and beer, the average customer isn’t even aware that we offer it!”

Kari has a few goals for the upcoming year. She would like to expand the night demographic. Currently they have entertainment, trivia and open mic nights and local artists who come and entertain.

For more information, click here.

Small Biz 518 – Girl Fight Fitness

Girl Fight Fitness was founded in 2014 by Amanda Gonzalez-Barone based on her observations and experiences as a fitness trainer. She wanted to provide a fun, female-friendly environment for the pursuit of fitness and health through strength, cardio, and kickboxing workouts.

The philosophy they use for designing exercise routines is to engage as many muscle groups as possible using dynamic movements that mimic the way the body functions in daily life.

“What good is an exercise if it doesn’t make us stronger throughout the day?” says Amanda. “The more we engage principle body movements in exercise, the better we move, walk, lift, and bend. And that’s just everyday stuff. This approach benefits sports immensely — whether you’re a runner, triathlete, or play pickup basketball, you can improve using this kind of training.”

Hard work is fundamental, but so is having fun. “It’s hard enough to get motivated to work out. And if you HATE it, it’s so much easier to blow it off. Workouts should be physically challenging, but they should also be fun to do. If you enjoy what you’re doing, you’re more likely to make it a life change and stick with it for good.”

Watch the video below to learn more about the company.

Amanda explains that she wanted to create a safe place for women to come and work out. She says, “We offer primarily kickboxing classes. That’s our wheelhouse, and that’s one of the greatest ways to get in shape – in a way that’s not boring. It’s engaging. You get your stress out and you get a great upper body workout. We also incorporate strength training with every work out.”

Girl Fight Fitness also offers self defense classes on a quarterly basis. The classes are open to anyone whether they are a member of Girl Fight or not. They offer the basics like prevention, awareness and how to de-escalate a situation.

Amanda explains that Girl Fight Fitness has a unique culture. “It really is not just about coming to a gym and going home afterward. It’s about people bonding over the shared experience, and we’ve created a team of amazing members – of women who cheer for each other and support each other.”

For more information, click here. 

Small Biz 518 – 9 Miles East Farm

9 Miles East Farm is located in the town of North Umberland and located 9 miles east of Saratoga Springs. The farm has been there since 2004 and their goal is to improve the soil each year so they can keep a significant amount of their land in cover crops every year. They plow down the buckwheat, clover, and rye to build organic matter and biological activity in the soil. They also use cover crops between rows to host beneficial insects and protect the soil. All of the inputs they are are omri-certified organic. 9 Miles East makes it easy for busy people to enjoy health local food. They deliver farm-made meals and their own harvested vegetables to workplaces and directly to subscribers.

Monticello Real Estate recently sat down and met with Gordon Sacks, owner and CEO of the farm. Watch the video below:

The farm has a 29 acre vegetable farm, and a commercial catering kitchen on the farm. Sacks says, “We have several different models, all focused on that same mission of let’s make it easy. Usually healthy is a hard choice.  We want to take that off the table and say the healthy choice is the easy choice.”

Sacks explains that people are busy these days and he knows how hard it is to find the time to eat together. He explains that family meals are important so they started the farm with the goal of providing ready-to-eat meals delivered to their subscribers. That mission has evolved over the years, but everything they do remains firmly grounded in the concept of bringing  good, healthy food to busy people. He says, “Healthy has to be easy, local has to be easy.  We don’t want to compete with the famers market. What we’re trying to do is create more customers for the farmers market.”

The farm offers a pizza delivery service, a subscription meal delivery program, and a a workplace wellness service for larger companies.

For more information about the farm, click here.

New Listings!

Monticello Real Estate has two new listings.

1136 Van Antwerp Road, Niskayuna
Located in Old Niskayuna – this home backs up to Hillside School. The interior has many upgrades. Kitchen is open with granite countertops, bathrooms are updated.  House has hardwood floors, central air. Large master bedroom with walk in closet. Cozy family room has a wood stove with brick hearth. Vaulted ceilings, ceramic tile, crown molding add to the charm of this house. Walk out basement ideal for workout or game room. Yard is fenced with a porch & shed. Walking distance to shops, eateries, Union Street. Check out the virtual tour below:
2A Lacy Lane, Loudonville, NY 12211
Meticulously maintained mid-century ranch with open floor plan designed by famed architect Peter Seidner. Newly updated walkout ground-level. Updated kitchen, baths, deck, furnace, windows, doors, Navian hot water, electric car charging station, & more. Plenty of storage in basement. Includes solar
panels, incredible low utilities ($94/mo gas & electric). Low taxes, North Colonie schools. Two patios, second story deck, mature trees, a small fruit tree orchard and perennial gardens.
Check out the virtual tour below: