MetzWood Staff Picks for Hudson Valley Small Business Week

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What better way to kick off spring than by visiting your favorite local businesses? National Small Business Week is coming up on April 30 to May 6, so we’re celebrating by heading to our favorite Columbia and Rensselaer County businesses. Our team shared their favorite restaurants, shops, and services in the Hudson Valley so you can celebrate too!

Make sure to give these local businesses some love this week!

Chatham Provisions & Bartlett House

2253 Rt 66, Ghent, NY & 2258 Rt 66, Ghent, NY

“I love that two of my favorite businesses are across the street from each other! Nothing is better on a Sunday than going to the Bartlett House for some of the best pastries I've ever had and a great latte. Everyone who works there is so friendly and it's such a beautiful space. 

Then you can head across the street to Chatham Provisions where I pick up some takeaway food for lunch and get oven-ready prepared meals for dinners so I can have delicious, homemade food with locally sourced ingredients, even when I don't have time to do the cooking myself! Plus I love supporting a family-run business.” – Annie Wood, Hiring & Project Coordinator 

Filli's Deli & Bakery

3019 Main St, Valatie, NY

Filli's Deli & Bakery is a family-run business and has been in the same location here in Claverack forever (but also has a location in Valatie and is opening soon in New Lebanon).  I love that I can go in and grab fresh baked goods, bread, deli items, and specialty butcher items all from the same family that I grew up with.  

Sometimes, I still get greeted by Ted Filli Sr. who will ALWAYS greet you with a smile and takes time to ask about my family.  I love supporting this local family business.” – Tracy Ruggiero, Service Advisor

Madsen Overhead Doors

673 Route 203, Spencertown, NY

“The Madsen Overhead Doors staff is always very polite and willing to help! There is also a great selection of different doors to choose from. They respond fast to your needs, a business that you can always count on.” – Emilee Kneer, Service Assistant

Bones Barbershop

10 Broad St, Kinderhook, NY

Bones Barbershop is a relatively new business in the village.  The barbers here are young, attentive, and give superb haircuts for all ages. They are very professional and welcoming the moment you walk in the door. Plus, they have the convenience of booking an appointment online and are great with children with special needs. I very highly recommend it.” –Elizabeth Carroll, Service Assistant

The Cross Eyed Owl

3143 US Highway 9, Suite 8, Valatie, NY

“I’ve known Patti from The Cross Eyed Owl for years. Her store is filled with unique gifts and any item you can imagine. Whenever you walk in, it’s like seeing an old friend—so welcoming and helpful.” – Elizabeth Carroll, Service Assistant

Masterpiece Studio

2557 County Route 5, New Lebanon, NY

Masterpiece Studio is an individually owned and operated jewelry shop. Heather (the owner) has created a wonderful and unique assortment of colored stones and one-of-a-kind pieces.” – Jared G

Pizza My Love

501 Columbia Turnpike, Rensselaer, NY

“The guys at Pizza My Love always have every order done right, on time, and with a gruff sort of charm that makes it feel like home cooking.” – Jared Gallup, Service Advisor

Smiles Soft Serve

5 John Street, Nassau, NY

Smiles Soft Serve has hands-down the best soft serve I’ve had, with some of the biggest and best sundaes there are anywhere. Recently the owner has been expanding her business to include various kitchen items, and has been doing an amazing job with all of it.” — Jared Gallup, Service Advisor

As a community-focused insurance agency, it’s important for us to support businesses and organizations in our region. Outside of shopping or dining locally, we also make regular donations to charities through our Help Our Referral Community Program. This year, referrals support Columbia County Habitat for Humanity.

Make a referral today for a good cause!

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