OK kiddies, which Saratoga Springs business district has the highest percentage of new businesses opening in it for 2010? Broadway? Henry Street? The West Side?
If you answered "the one with all of the outside law firms hired by the city in it", then you would be correct, but that's not exactly the answer I was looking for. What I am writing about here is that the mini business district centered around Five points has a whopping 40% turnover rate, based on two new businesses opening along Park Place.
OK, with only five business locations total, six if you count the convenience store a short way down Jefferson, it's not too hard to reach a high percentage of turnover, but it's worth mentioning what is happening at the corner of Clark Street, Lincoln Avenue, Park Place, and Jefferson Street.
Of course the most prominent business there is Five Points Grocery, which seems to be doing well. In the back of Five Points in the same building used to be a laundromat, but that portion of the building is now gutted and there are signs on the window that it will soon be The Brown Dog Pet Spa. There is a business with a similar name in Ballston Spa, so I assume it will be the same owner. I don't know if the business is moving its entire operation here or simply expanding here.
Across Park Place from Five Points is a combination retail-residential building housing a hair salon in one part, and in what used to be a Century 21 Real Estate office will soon be a diet and nutrition center.
A deli, a hair salon, a doggie spa, and a place for fat people - give the Five Points district points for diversity. Rounding out this area of the city, across Lincoln Avenue from Five Points, is the Westchester House Bed and Breakfast, a place that gets great reviews online.
The Westchester House is seemingly one of the few city B & B's that is not for sale, although it was for sale last year. You can read my entry about the Batcheller Mansion, as well as other B & B's, being for sale here