Fun fact: Back when Katie O' Weddings and Events launched I had a small office within in another office in Loudonvillle. It was great as starting space and I felt so big time for just having a REAL office space for my new business! But I never quite settled into the space because I struggled to really make it mine. I knew I had to find my own, separate office space…but I wasn't sure where.

I wanted an office that was convenient for my clients (and for me), but I didn't have a huge budget. As a former Tulip Queen my first thought was downtown Albany, but I was priced out pretty quickly. Schenectady was too far from my house and everything in Colonie / Latham was way too big for my needs. So I started to focus my search on downtown Troy. It was fairly close to Albany; not too far off the highway; in a walkable, historic area; and things were starting to really buzz in downtown Troy.

When I moved into my space in 2011 I was one of a handful of small businesses downtown. People were starting to talk about Troy and it felt like I was part of a larger movement to improve the city. I painted a bright green focus wall; had storage for all of my binders; my logo painted on the window; and my own sign! It was SO exciting!

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As I explored my work neighborhood I began to find so many hidden (at least to me) gems within walking distance of my office. Bacchus Pizza is around the corner; the Illium Cafe quickly became a lunch time favorite; DeFazio's Pizza; Market Block Books; Spillin the Beans; the Placid Baker (mmmm…Macarons!)…I could go on!

Within a year of opening my storefront The Lucas Confectionery Wine Bar opened; then The Grocery; and now the Confectionery has an amazing patio / courtyard (that would be great for an engagement party or small wedding); Bombers Burrito Bar opened; Heartspace Yoga; Troy Cloth and Paper; and most recently the Whistling Tea Kettle opened a new location and I'm sort of obsessed- the Asian Chicken Salad is SO yummy!

Of course, when I'm not working on a Saturday, it's not unusual to find Nate and I at the Troy Farmers' Market (one of the best in the area, in my opinion) procuring locally grown veggies, fruits, baked goods, and even meats!

In three short years Troy has changed tremendously and I'm so proud to be part of such a vibrant city that is in the midst of an amazing revitalization!

Do you ever “enjoy Troy?” Let me know in the comments!

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