More from The Daily Gazette:Troopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopNational Weather Service forecasts a 42 percent chance of a ‘warmer-than-normal’ winterEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcy Categories: News, OpinionUntil I visited the Schenectady Trading Company, I had no idea how much stuff gets made in Schenectady County — how much food, clothing, art, crafts and other household items is produced right here.“If you think of Schenectady County as a factory, a factory has a factory store,” Caroline Bardwell, owner of the Schenectady Trading Post, explained. “I want to be the factory store for Schenectady County.” It’s an interesting concept, and it’s beautifully executed. The store, which opened at 609 Union Street at the end of September, is stocked with goods produced in Schenectady County. To step inside and look around is to be amazed by the county’s wealth of talent, which now has a terrific showcase. Here’s a small sample of the items you can find in Schenectady County’s new factory store: Apple cider from The Hungry Chicken Country Store in Rotterdam Pierogies from Codin’s Italian Food Specialty in Schenectady “Electric City” pint glasses and sweatshirts designed by Bardwell Coffee products from Electric City Roasters and Mohawk Coffee Company Handcrafted wall carvings and kitchen tools from Niskayuna woodworker Michael Consolo Mittens, hats and gloves from Newberry Knitting on Curry Road Colorful handmade quilts from Schenectady-based Beyond the PinesBardwell hopes that people come to the Schenectady Trading Company to shop. But her vision for the store goes beyond retail. She wants the Trading Company to build community — to be a place where people can gather and interact. The shop has a welcoming small front room, which Bardwell refers to as the parlor, that can be used by small groups, such as a book club. There’s a playroom with toys, books and games for children. Hot coffee is available, and there are tables to sit and enjoy a cup. On Tuesdays, the shop hosts a “creatives’ coffee hour” from 11 a.m. to noon and again from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The hope is that creative people will get together, talk and forge connections. Bardwell also hopes to host events — readings and signings with local authors, performances by local musicians. A signing with Schenectady writer Johnny Rockenstire, author of “Crucible Along the Mohawk,” a work of historical fiction that brings to life the events surrounding the Schenectady Massacre of 1690, is scheduled for Nov. 30. The store will also host a “coffee with a cop” event, where members of the public can chat with a Schenectady police officer, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 15. “Schenectady gets a bad reputation that clouds the positive stuff that a lot of hardworking people are doing,” Bardwell, 40, told me, when we chatted in the parlor on a recent weekday morning. Bardwell believes her shop can instill hometown pride while also giving visitors a deeper understanding of the diversity of talent and skill in Schenectady County. Based on my own reaction to the store, I’d say she’s right. “The shop represents the community,” Bardwell said. “A lot of people want to buy local, but it’s a lot of work to buy local. It has a greater impact when the stuff is all together.” Bardwell is working to establish an online store, which should be up and running later this month, and her ribbon cutting ceremony is this Thursday at 4 p.m. You can see Bardwell’s own work at the shop. Her photograph hangs from the walls, and her book of poetry and photography is available. A 1997 graduate of Schenectady High School, she is a geologist by training, and spent much of her career in environmental remediation. The store is the result of a “period of personal change,” that saw her shift her focus from science to writing poetry and to “paying more attention about what’s going on in Schenectady County.” “I felt very compelled to change what I was doing and do something very community focused,” Bardwell recalled. She’s certainly succeeded. The Schenectady Trading Company is a nice place to visit and shop, and it does an excellent job of promoting the unique and interesting goods produced and made in Schenectady County. (To learn more, check out the store’s very informative Facebook page.) Hopefully the Schenectady Trading Post will receive the support it needs to thrive, and be a presence in downtown Schenectady for years to come.
Some other pieces found at Notnel over the years.Mr McNamara said the fact that the property was on a block of more than 2000sq m in the middle of town was special“There’s nothing like it left,” he said. MORE QLD REAL ESTATE NEWS: COUPLE FIND THE PERFECT PENTHOUSE Heritage-listed Notnel is a real stunner.The home features an attic and a loft, a parlour, and two fire places.A Brisbane family of four who bought the home were attracted to its ‘one-of-a kind history’.Mr McNamara said the style of architecture within the home was not common anymore and therefore appealing to potential buyers.“The house is pretty much how it was built and that is what makes it so unique — it’s a time capsule,” he said.“The well is still there, and the scullery is in original condition. “The doors still have the original keys in the locks and the floors and doors are still original.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago“Some furniture will stay with the house and that includes jars of items which have been found on the property over time — there’s buttons, pins, broken China, glass, and broken bottles.” CHANDLER MANSION BREAKS RECORD The beautiful fire place at Notnel. The original lock and keys remain as part of Notnel, a historic Ipswich home. Notnel, a historic Ipswich home comes with lots of treasure. Notnel is rich in Ipswich’s history. Heritage-listed Notnel is one of the oldest homes in Ipswich.If walls could talk, this old girl would have some tales to tell.Rich in history at the grand age of 164, Notnel, is one of Ipswich’s oldest homes — and it has just sold for a little over half a million bucks. Heritage-listed Notnel is one of the oldest homes in Ipswich.The four-bedroom property at 6 Burnett St, West Ipswich, was built around 1856 and once owned by David McLaughlin, who was also the builder of Ipswich Grammar School in 1863.According to Ipswich City Council records, when the house first sold in 1870, it was described as “just the thing for a gentleman on the lookout for a town house” and intriguingly said to enjoy “sea breezes”. With only a handful of owners calling the heritage-listed property home, Ipswich Real Estate agent Jason McNamara said the $550,000 sale price was what he expected.“We were very picky as to who bought it. We wanted to make sure they had the right attitude to the house,” Mr McNamara said.“Being heritage listed means it’s pretty special.“We never asked for a ridiculous price. This price wouldn’t have got a buyer a tiny three-bedder in Mt Gravatt.”
THE lights are green for today’s Caribbean Invasion Drag Race meeting set for the South Dakota Circuit from 09:00hrs.According to information from the club, all the necessary set ups and protocols were organised for yesterday’s practice session.“We have managed to successfully reconnect our drag strip starting tree and were able to host a successful practice session for our cars today (yesterday),” a statement said.“We started a bit later than expected but we were able to get everything up and running and we are ready for an action packed day of racing Sunday.”Meanwhile fans are advised to get to the circuit early if they are to secure good vantage points for the event.Gates will be opened from 06:00hrs to ensure the smooth flow of spectator vehicles.“We have also secured the necessary safety arrangements for those competitors in the event that something should go wrong,” the statement continued.“Thus far, we have received in excess of fifty competitors and we successfully logged them into the system so that racing action can begin at 09:00.”Tickets will be sold at the gate at $1000 per adult and $500 per children.The club has also sought to remind competitors that helmets must be of a proper standard and securely fastened and the use of slippers by competitors is strictly prohibited.