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Downtown a tough sell for retail

Last piece of turnaround yet to match successes

Zaria and Bella's, a small gift shop on Jay Street in Schenectady, left the area for New London, Connecticut, after three years in business.
Zaria and Bella's, a small gift shop on Jay Street in Schenectady, left the area for New London, Connecticut, after three years in business.
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Amy DeBiase made $3 the weekend before last. She kept her Jay Street shop, Bliss Gifts & Home D├ęcor, open all day Saturday and Sunday. She is the sole employee, owner and operator of the store, which sells a mix of modern and vintage home furnishings, jewelry and clothing. She works seven days a week. The item she sold was a picture frame; with her markup, she netted $3. DeBiase loves Schenectady. She has hopes ...


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stockadian
May 11, 2014
3:51 p.m.

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My wife has often tried, and successfully too, to do all her Christmas shopping in downtown. It can be down by those of us who love Schenectady. We love our city and love downtown. Please, if you love Schenectady too, try to spend money in our retailers' shops. There is so much to love in our city. Let's continue to make it work for all of us.

joycemadre
May 11, 2014
5:09 p.m.

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Jobs are desperately needed these high tech jobs, etc that are mentioned far and few ! As a small business owner there are not enough people employed for the restaurants and bars to all survive happily. Shopping and things to do other then patronize bars is needed - look at other communities and there are more then just one thing that bring people. It is a beautiful maybe a change in leadership all around is necessary

ceecee
May 11, 2014
6:49 p.m.

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Until something is done to cause me to feel safe when in downtown Schenectady, I will stick to shops and restaurants elsewhere. This past winter, three times over three consecutive weeks, my husband and I were panhandled while walking on State St. Once by three young boys waving a large stick at us, the next by a young woman pushing a baby carriage and the final time, a man followed us yelling obscenities at us because we would not give him anything. We have avoided downtown Schenectady since then.

reader1
May 12, 2014
6:24 a.m.

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RE: retail - it was always difficult to compete against the Malls (and later the big box stores). Adding to that challenge is the ability to shop electronically.

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