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By Nathanael LePage Hidden Treasure in a Frosty Chasm Ausable Chasm, the self-proclaimed “Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks,”offers a unique experience for visitors in the frozen winters of the Adirondack Coast. Though a popular summer destination since opening in 1870, frigid weather reveals something altogether different when the cascading waters of Rainbow Falls stop midstream, creating icy blue walls and 150-foot icicles. For nearly 140 years, the Chasm was open only from Memorial Day to October. That changed a decade ago, when General Manager Tim Bressett, who grew up in the area but had never explored the chasm in wintertime,…

Country Dreamin’

By Zachary Jackson Steering Business Locally At first glance, Country Dreams Farm looks fairly commonplace. A sprawling field of corn sways slowly at the entrance, while chickens and roosters scatter about. Pygmy and fainting goats hop and prance enthusiastically, bleating back and forth. Towering Belgian horses and miniature donkeys lazily graze undisturbed while farm workers finish daily chores. Melissa Monty-Provost and George Weidle are the faces behind the farm. They are in charge of day-to-day operations like feeding and caring for the animals. Monty-Provost bought the 85-acre farm on Pellerin Road in Plattsburgh 25 years ago. She did some hobby…

Lady Ink

By Annika Campbell Women With a Permanent Touch Kristen Neverett-Brown was a mental health, drug and alcohol counselor when she walked into a tattoo parlor to get her first tattoo. Flash forward about 30 years, and now she’s an established tattoo artist with her own shop: In Living Color. Neverett-Brown decided to pursue her career as an artist years ago while she and a friend were examining their new tattoos outside a shop. Her friend said to her, “You know, you can do this, and you could be nicer about it.” This advice kickstarted the next phase of her life.…

Halotherapy Healing

By Lauren Barnes Experiencing Peru’s Salty Sanctuary John Hugues bought his wife a salt lamp after hearing it could be used as a natural home-remedy for respiratory diseases. Sleeping next to the salt lamp helped with her allergies, COPD and asthma, but Jessica Gamble really noticed the healing properties of Himalayan salt when she visited a cave spa in Vermont. Halotherapy, or using salt as alternative medicine, kills harmful bacteria. This is not a new concept. The idea dates back to the 1800s when Polish salt miners noticed respiratory benefits after spending days in the caves. Since then, people have…

Good Vibrations

Relaxing with a Reiki Master The room smells of lemongrass. Someone is lying on a padded table, hands hovering close, almost cradling their head. They are breathing deeply as Guadalupe Vanderhorst Rodriguez feels the person’s chakras surge with energy. She is performing Reiki. She taps into the client’s feelings and anxieties and, with the power of Reiki, tries to release their burdens while making connections with the past. Reiki is a Japanese treatment of body, mind and spirit to reduce stress, promote relaxation and aid healing. It is administered by a Reiki master laying hands over a person and sensing…

Committed to Comida

Locally Sourced Latin Food Josue Chanduvi wants to teach his customers that food is a powerful thing. Grandma’s Spanish Kitchen, a Peruvian-Cuban restaurant, sits at 5143 U.S. Ave. in Plattsburgh, in a small building set back from the road. A colorful interior resembles the furnishings of a home with strong Latin roots as the sounds of Celia Cruz and Marc Anthony play from a small TV perched in front of the kitchen. Owner Josue Chanduvi glides from table to table taking orders, serving customers and striking up conversations. “We are the only Peruvian-Cuban restaurant from here to Schenectady,” he says…

Mediteranean on Margaret Street

Fusing Family & Flavor For Peter Kritziotis, Greek and Italian food under one roof make a home. His restaurant, Aleka’s, serves Mediterranean classics like seafood fra diavolo, gyros and horiatiki. Kritziotis, 49, comes from a Mediterranean family. His mother immigrated from Sicily to Canada in the late ‘50s at the age of 5. His father made the trip from Greece at 16 in the ‘60s. Later that decade, the two met in Montreal. In his younger years, family get-togethers for Kritziotis were filled with both cuisines. This inspired him to open Aleka’s and cook what he knows. To him, food…

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