Albany residents Rita Welles, left, and Shirley Rice browse the aisles at Stone Soup Antiques Gallery in the former Tufflite factory in Ballston Spa, now an antiques center with 47 dealers under one roof.
Ballston Spa has become Saratoga County’s hub for antiques shopping and browsing, with more than 90 dealers in two large antiques centers and seven other smaller shops clustered on the main avenues.
The ambiance, convenience and close-knit business community of the historic village is attracting a steady stream of visitors from around the Capital Region, observers say.
“Ballston Spa has a cozy ‘villagey-look.’ It’s a nice atmosphere. Other places you go, the downtowns are empty,” says Pat Armet, an antiques dealer at Stone Soup. “People can do a day trip. You can send them a couple of blocks to lunch.”