From DIY to Entrepreneur with Maria Levin & Sarah Trop
Funcycled & Sawtooth Jewelry Studio at Hearst Media Center
May 8, 8:15-9:45am
Maria Levin & Sarah Trop turned their passion projects, jewelry & furniture repurposing & interior design, respectively, into stone-&-mortar businesses. Listen to how they developed their love of DIY into entrepreneurial ventures & how they’ve built up their businesses. For Women@Work Members only.
Celebrate 3 years of#goodkoreanfood with Sunhee’s! KOREAN STREET FOOD, PING PONG TOURNAMENT w/ a $200 gift card winner prize & trophy, ALLEY DANCE PARTY feat. DJ Trumastr, CULTURAL PERFORMANCES & MORE.
Join IgniteU as they close out their 2019 MWBE Accelerator Program with networking, pitches & a great community. 7 companies entered the program in mid-April, 4 graduates will present. Support the teams & enjoy some Hors d’oeuvres & beverages.
The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group LLC at Russell Sage College
May 13, 5-8:30pm
THEME – Gaming: Global Influence in Troy. Hear how Troy & the Capital Region are competing with the global gaming economy & what this means for the area.
The Troy 100 Forum is where Troy’s business, political, community, educational, religious, & cultural leaders meet to talk about topics of public concern, discussing their views, concerns, & hopes for Troy.
Community Dialogue: Troy’s 2019 Downtown Revitalization Initiative
City of Troy at Troy Innovation Garage
May 14, 6-7pm
Join in on a community dialogue at the Troy Innovation Garage to discuss the City of Troy’s 2019 Downtown Revitalization Initiative application. Help shape their 2019 proposal! More Info: TroyDRI@troyny.gov
You may have seen Ricky Brown-Barrett, Owner and Head Chef of First Choice Caribbean, around downtown but may have not been able to place him. The reason why it is that he is everywhere. He has run his restaurant on Fulton Street for the past 17 years, in addition he maintains his vendor booth at the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market for the past 9 years. His customers for his lunch buffet and dinner service are diverse, including working professionals students and a lot of the Caribbean and Jamaican population within the capital District. He has found a way to expand his reach while staying in Downtown Troy, offering mix-and-match lunch options at his farmers market table. His customers also include the parents of local college students, out of town visitors on a day trip and regular friendly shoppers of the market.
With his inviting, cool and calm demeanor, Ricky is still a very driven entrepreneur. He did not expect to fall into the restaurant business. Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, he came to Schenectady in 2002. Growing up in Jamaica, he has fond memories of cooking with his aunt when he was 12 years old and eating with his friends, fresh coconut, fruit and the homecooked foods that the Island easily offers. His father was in the Navy in Guantanamo Bay at the time and he traveled often with him after high school, before coming to the US. Ricky has had diverse jobs in the fast food industry, such as KFC and as an auto body repair man, doing bodywork for cars.
When Roxanne Soul Food on Fulton Street was up for sale, he saw an immediate opportunity- there wasn’t any Jamaican food in Downtown Troy at the time. With the generosity of his friends and fellow restaurant owners, he learned where to buy ingredients and the detailed steps of running a business. His transition into entrepreneurship was very easy with the support of the community.
Ricky cooks with a Rastafarian influence in select dishes, which does not include use of sugar and black pepper and focuses on non-processed, plant-based ingredients. He made a conscious choice to change how he cooked seven years ago. Sea salt and cayenne pepper are used to season and he experimented with finding the perfect taste with his recipes, on a holistic level. The sauce for his jerk chicken is made from scratch and there are many vegetarian and vegan options as well. His specialty is red snapper and Ital Stew. First Choice Caribbean is only restaurant in the area offering the vegan stew of potatoes, carrot and plantains, simmered in coconut milk.
Ricky enjoys serving the people of Troy, NY. He says “They’re cool. There’s ups and downs, but they’re all cool.” About 9 years ago, his friend Nate, from Saratoga Apple, encouraged him to apply and vend alongside him at the Troy Farmers Market. Ricky created a space to offer hot to-go options at the market, when there were very few prepared food vendors at the time. You can still find him at the Market every Saturday morning. Then he packs up and heads to the restaurant for the evening crowd.
He is proud to have introduced many people to Island food, as he calls it. Many students have come through his space, interested in something home-cooked and maybe something they have never tasted before. He has seen many RPI, HVCC and Sage students grow up, graduate and come back to visit the City and eat his food again. The restaurant has opened different perspectives that he had never considered, as he cooly states, “Before you decide on knowing things, you have to know who you are and your values, cultivate self-love. Worrying won’t change anything. Try something else if it’s not working. What’s meant to be, is going to be.”
TROY BID EVENTS & PROGRAMS
Annual Meeting & Discover Troy Event
at The Arts Center of the Capital Region
Wednesday, May 8, 8am – 10:30am
The 2019 Annual Meeting & Discover Troy Event will take a look at the growth of downtown Troy & how downtown connects to Troy’s neighborhoods. Learn more about upcoming projects & initiatives. Hear from local businesses about exciting things they are doing behind the scenes. Get to know your neighboring businesses over coffee & breakfast. Learn more about the Downtown Troy BID with a presentation of the 2018 Annual Report. Sponsored By: The Rosenblum Companies
Please RSVP for the Annual Meeting & Discover Troy Event.
Tuesday, May 14, 9am – 11am + Networking 11am – 1pm at Tara Kitchen, 172-176 River St.
This bi-annual event showcases available commercial and residential properties in the Downtown Troy BID district with an open house and guided tour between 9:00am and 11:00am, followed by a speed networking event at Tara Kitchen with delicious food for the cost of $10. A guided walking tour of the spaces will depart at 9:00am from the Downtown Troy BID office, located at 251 River Street.
All families and kids are invited to participate in the RiverFest Kid’s Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest. Create together or let your little artist have a blast creating their own unique design. Registration fee is $10. Age categories: 2-5 years old; 6-12 years old; 13-17 years old
Troy Night Out is a monthly arts and cultural event that regularly draws thousands people onto the streets of Downtown Troy. Attendees are able to enjoy countless art events, music venues, fine restaurants as well as unique boutiques of all varieties.
A celebration of Crafters, Makers, Artists & Taste Makers from around The Capitol Region. The Troy Makers Market is held in conjunction with the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market. (Monument Square May-October and Uncle Sam Atrium November-April).
Born in Troy, Nina Pattison (R.I.P. 1928-2019) was a pianist, gardener (creating the Annual Hidden Garden Tour), & former city council member. She has been a central community member, resident, avid supporter & bright light in Downtown Troy. Her most recent residence was at The Conservatory on 3rd Street, directly across from Barker Park. She would keep an eye on planter beds & low hanging branches, keeping the President of ‘Friends of Barker Park’ up-to-date. One would find Nina sitting, reading & in conversation with other park users, always with her long-haired dachshund, Rosie, by her side.
The Fence Show got its name when members’ artwork was exhibited on the iron fence surrounding Washington Park in Troy, the original location of the Arts Center. Last year we accepted over 400 pieces, including paintings, drawings, photography, fiber arts, stained glass, and sculpture.
Support the growth of Troy’s urban tree canopy with the Raise . Plant . Grow initiative. The initiative will raise funds to plant up to 150 trees in downtown Troy, and will take place in stages as funds become available. Kick-Of began on The Earth Day Block Party, April 2018!