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Owner of Peter Pause Restaurant dies

By Steven Cook SCHENECTADY — Longtime local restaurateur and owner of Peter Pause Restaurant Dean Plakas has died. Plakas was found inside his Nott Street restaurant Wednesday evening and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. His death came…


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Artist and art therapist Heather Hutchison poses by her piece 'Sunflower, Moonflower."

Artist Spotlight: Heather Hutchison

BY INDIANA NASH Gazette Reporter SCHENECTADY- Heather Hutchison’s artistic lense has given her an interesting array of jobs over the years. By the end of the year, she’s hoping to help others integrate art into their lives by opening up…


Guatemalan weavers make crafts to sell through Mayan Hands. Photo courtesy of Diane Yoder.

St. Kateri’s Fair Trade Market

BY INDIANA NASH Gazette Reporter SCHENECTADY- The Capital Region is known for a number of features: the Saratoga Race Track, Proctor’s Theater in Schenectady, the Capital building in Albany. However, the latest Capital Region claim to fame is fair trade…


Bridget Zeunges helps a customer at her Jay Street retro clothing boutique Dames on Small Business Saturday. (Daniel Fitzsimmons/Gazette reporter)

Small Business Saturday gains foothold

By Daniel Fitzsimmons SCHENECTADY — Several of the mannequins at the downtown retro women’s clothing boutique “Dames” were stripped of their garments on Saturday. “All my mannequins are getting naked because I have nothing really left to put on them,”…


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Rosemary Prock (on left) with daughter Lauren (on right) at the Sow's Ear on Upper Union Street in Schenectady. 
Thursday, October 27, 2016.

Artist Spotlight on Rosemary Prock

BY INDIANA NASH Gazette Reporter SCHENECTADY- For local artist and owner of the Sow’s Ear Studio on Upper Union Street, Rosemary Prock, everything is in flux right now. When she first opened her shop, she was holding artist exhibits on…