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SCHENECTADY 
By JASON SUBIK 
Anthony Kaczmarek says Upper Union Street Harvest Festival has constantly been very good for his family’s business enterprise Sondra’s Fine Jewelry, but this year it was unique for a new explanation.

Kaczmarek’s mother Sondra Stephens has owned her business enterprise in the upper Union Street neighborhood for 22 years, but this is the very first year the family members is displaying off its new venture Green Leaf Wellness Co., a CBD oil retail shop constructed as an addition to the jewelry retailer. The firm held its soft opening Saturday, displaying a extended green banner with “ CBD” on it for the duration of the festival.

“Harvest Fest is fantastic, you get four,000 men and women walking up and down the street. We’ve had more than 200 consumers stroll in currently,” Kaczmarek mentioned.

Kaczmarek mentioned jewelry and CBD oil, derived from hemp plants, could not look like clear match, but the connection started when Sondra’s started selling a line of cannabis themed jewelry by Genifer M., a firm produced by Genifer Murray the lead microbiologist in the Charlotte’s Net Project, which helped to draw interest to the plight of Charlotte Figi, a youngster who had life-threatening brain seizures that have been helped by marijuana-primarily based medicine.

The jewelry is in the shape of THC and CBD molecules, enabling the wearer to show help for the medicine, without the need of worry of reproach from employers or men and women against marijuana legalization. CBD oil, derived from hemp plants, is a cousin to the marijuana plant that includes no ‘high’ inducing THC and has been legal to retail given that the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill. 

“Charlotte’s Net was a large component of cannabis items and kids, so we sold a lot of jewelry in help of that. My mother Sondra and I have been lobbying for health-related cannabis given that 2014. So, we decided to take 10 bottles of [ CBD] oil and place it on the shelf. It was gone in two days,” Kaczmarek mentioned. 

But jewelry and hemp do not constantly mix. Kaczmarek calls the new shop a “clinic” and his consumers “sufferers” for the reason that numerous of them endure from chronic discomfort, anxiousness or depression, circumstances CBD makers claim can be helped by their item. 

“We have more than two,000 sufferers currently, but what occurred was I had to get it out of the jewelry retailer,” Kaczmarek mentioned. “With jewelry becoming such a extremely delighted type of vibe, a lot of engagements and proposals and items like that, CBD comes with a tiny bit much more of a somber mood. I have a lot of chemotherapy sufferers, a lot of kids that trust us, a lot of sick men and women. So, the mesh of somber and delighted wasn’t jelling.”

Kaczmarek mentioned his new business enterprise sells a variety of “edible” CBD oil items like — gummies, chocolate and honey — is poised to retail recreational marijuana items if New York state ever legalizes them. 

Upper Union Street Harvest Festival proved to be a very good time for other regional firms to show their items. The Schenectady ‘Stilling Co., a New York Farm Distillery Co. place up a stand to show of its brand of spirits produced from New York corn, wheat, rye, and malted barley. 

At least two other retailers also displayed CBD oil item lines, such as a firm referred to as Upstate CBD and Union Street Dentistry.

Shane Mahar, vice chairman of the Upper Union Street Business enterprise Improvement District. mentioned one particular aspect of the festival this year was a scarecrow contest in between participating retailers. He mentioned 25 participating merchants produced exceptional Halloween-themed scarecrows, most of them displayed inside their respective shops.

Festival-goers have been encouraged to go into the shops, fill out a paper ballot voting for what scarecrow they believed was finest.

Right here are some of the participating firms in the contest: AAA Northway, Breugger’s, City Squire, Dance Me, DiCocco and Associates, Domani Spa, Dunkin’ Donuts, Flowers by Jo-Ann, Gershon’s, GreenLeaf Wellness, Hartz Loved ones Cleaners, Head to Tail, Michael’s Shoe Service, Musler’s Fine Women’s Clothes, Northeastern Fine Jewelry, Sondra’s Fine Jewelry, Sophia Sabella Studio, TrustCo Bank, Union Café, Upstate CBD and Union Street Veterinary Hospital.
Mahar mentioned an on the net ballot for the finest scarecrow will be out there at upperunionstreet.com till Halloween, and the winner will be announced on Nov. 12 just after the Nov. 11 Upper Union Street BID meeting. 

Other attractions at the festival Saturday integrated a bounce home at Homestyle Pizza, freshly harvested make from Buhrmaster Farms, students from Dance Me performed outdoors. Matt Connell & Close friends supplied reside music and there have been $five pony rides. 

Mahar was there with his kids Jack, age five, and Emma, age three. He mentioned they enjoyed the very simple pleasures of Upper Union Street Harvest Festival.

“Jack votes for the police vehicles, Emma would vote for the bounce home,” Mahar mentioned. 



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