Three Female Entrepreneurs Set Up Shop On Schenectady’s Jay Street

By Haley Viccaro
The Daily Gazette, Schenectady, N.Y.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) A quick profile of the newest business owners on Jay Street in in Schenectady New York. They all happen to be Women and they are FABULOUS!


Three women are opening businesses for the first time, bringing new life to three vacant storefronts on Schenectady’s eclectic Jay Street Pedestrian Mall.

Bridget Collins recently opened Dames, which offers modern/retro clothes for women of all sizes. Nicole Pardi is bringing juice, smoothies and healthy snacks to downtown with Raw. And Sarah Rhoades is moving out of her small space in Ambition to open Sprinkleista Bakery, featuring custom cakes.

While preparing to open in their new spaces, Collins, Pardi and Rhoades have become friends. They all share the same level of excitement of starting their new ventures and love for downtown Schenectady.

DAMES — 166 Jay St.
Bridget Collins opened the clothing store about two weeks ago and is planning a grand opening sometime in August.

In an interview with The Daily Gazette on Thursday, she immediately pointed to the other two stores opening soon:
“We’re all girls opening and we’re planning to do a fun grand opening all together, like a block party,” she said. “They’re all so cool.”

Dames is a vintage-inspired store but nothing that’s sold there is actually vintage, Collins said. “It’s retro reborn,” she said.

Collins, who lives in Rotterdam, said she was inspired to open the store by her husband, Shaun, because people are always asking her where she buys her clothes and she points them to online stores.

“My husband is my number one support,” she said. “He also owns a business. He gets it finance-wise. He’s been awesome.”
She added that it was an ideal time in her life to start a business with her two young boys now busy with friends and school, freeing up her schedule.

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