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'Tis the Season for Supporting Our Alums

Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Here are some unique items or services from businesses led by our alums.

Roosevelt Grooming Company ShelfADAM CRESKO G’08


Founder and owner, Roosevelt Grooming Co.,

Cohoes, New York

In addition to razors featuring beautiful combinations of exotic hardwoods and top-shelf vintage blades, Roosevelt Grooming Co. also sells skincare and shaving toiletries and accessories – all-natural, vegan hair and skin products including creams, oils, pomades, deodorant, mustache wax, colognes, and balms.


Death Wish CoffeeMIKE BROWN G’07

M.S. in Accounting

Founder and owner, Death Wish Coffee Co.,

Round Lake, New York

Death Wish Coffee is available online. In person, you’ll find the coffee at retailers such as Walmart, Hannaford, Healthy Living, Price Chopper, and Market 32. In addition to coffee so popular it has been launched into space (for real), the company offers Death Wish mugs, brewing gear, T-shirts, hats, and other wearables.


Ollie and Scout - The Cat’s MeowKATHERINE GARDNER ’11, G’14, G’19, G’20

B.A. in Psychology | M.S.Ed. in Early Childhood Education | Childhood Education CAS | Literacy CAS | M.S.Ed. in Literacy

Reading teacher at Ichabod Crane Primary School in Kinderhook, New York, and author of the children’s book, “Ollie and Scout: The Cat’s Meow” Available on Amazon.

Perfect for beginning readers, this sweet book is filled with funny, attractive drawings and the outsized personalities of Scout, Ollie, and Ella, their supportive 5-year-old owner. There’s even a photo of the author’s real-life cats at the end.


Compas, Upstate of Mind SweaterTIM FEALEY ’09

B.F.A. in Graphic Design

Creative director and co-owner, Compas Life Creative director, Burlington Beer Company

From graphic tees and sweatshirts to candles, mugs, and hand-painted canoe paddles, you’ll find a wide selection of beautiful gifts for any of the outdoorsy types in your life.


Supervek WalletsSATYADEEP SINGH G’17

M.S. in Computer Information Systems

Founder, Supervek Wallets

Made of Tyvek® and available in a variety of styles and a wide range of fun designs, these wallets are strong, lightweight, and aging-resistant, and they’re also 100% recyclable.

T and J Soaps, Cherry AlmondTHERESA VAN DUYNE ’03, G’07

B.S. in Art Education, M.S.Ed. in Teacher Education

Owner, T and J Soaps, 271 River Street, Troy, New York

T and J Soaps specializes in artisan cold-process soaps that are made from scratch in small controlled batches, using only the highest-quality ingredients. The business sells a variety of traditionally made soaps, soy candles, lotions, and other items.


BMT Management, Pretzels AppetizerBRIAN VIGLUCCI ’19

B.S. in Business Administration

Co-founder and co-owner, BMT Hospitality,

Albany, New York

BMT includes some of the Capital Region’s most popular restaurants. You can buy BMT gift cards at a BMT establishment or on their website. Use them at these Albany locations: The Point, Café Madison, Junior’s, Madison Pour House, Albany Ale & Oyster, Spinner’s Pizza, and Ama Cocina.


Yoga and Pilates classes - Megan Haley G'17 Saint Rose Alumni Gift Guide

Megan Haley G’17
M.S., Art Education
Yoga and Pilates Instructor


M.S. in Art Education

Yoga and Pilates instructor


A former Division I college athlete in track and field, Haley supports and challenges yoga and Pilates students of all ages and levels. In addition to providing a great workout for the body and relaxation for the mind, the classes are a way to meet people and join a new community. Your first class is free.


Furnish Me Vintage Store InteriorJACQUELINE A. WILLIAMS ’06

BFA in Graphic Design

Co-owner and cofounder, Furnish Me Vintage,

St. Petersburg, Florida

Vintage pieces are lovingly restored and reupholstered to the exacting standards of owners Jackie and Todd Williams, who refuse to sell anything that they wouldn’t own themselves.



B.S. in Cell Molecular Biology

Owner and cofounder, Bare Blends LLC

1475 Western Avenue, Albany, New York

Bare Blends whips up luscious handmade, all-natural smoothies and bowls. Full of fresh fruits and veggies, plant milks, glutenfree grains, nut butters, and sweet and crunchy toppings, these offerings will satisfy the pickiest eater, fuel your day, and satisfy your soul.


Not Yet, Baby Children's BookKATHLEEN POWERS ’71

B.A. in American Studies

Author and Tutor

Norcross, Georgia




Play, Pop, Play Children's BookANNE TROMBETTA G’76

M.A. in Elementary Education


Leland, North Carolina

Books available on Amazon.

Powers and Trombetta have teamed up on numerous children’s books (pictured on previous page) available on Amazon – from “Not Yet, Baby,” a story of a baby desperate to do all of the things his big brother does, to “Play, Pop, Play,” about a little boy trying to pull his grandfather along on his adventures.


Brian Seitz Alumni Gift Guide Woodworking Custom Furniture

One-of-a-kind tables, wall hangings, bars and desks made to order!


B.S. in Business Administration

Founder and owner, Urban Industrial Design,

Albany, New York

Urban Industrial Design offers custom-designed furniture in many styles – from traditional to rustic to industrial. The company handcrafts projects for clients all over the Northeast and can deliver products nationwide.


Valley Botanicals, Pink Clay SoapEMMALINE MOLLOY ’13

B.S. in Art Education

Founder and owner, Valley Botanicals,

Big Sur, California

Valley Botanicals is a natural, plant-based skincare line located in Big Sur, California, offering a full line of creams, toners, salves, deodorants, and candles. All products are handcrafted in small batches and do not contain any chemicals, parabens, or toxic preservatives. The plants used are grown and harvested by Emmaline or are locally sourced.


Short and Stout Tea MacaronsJOYCE ZACHAREWICZ G’05

M.S.Ed. in Early Childhood Education

Founder and owner, Short and Stout Tea Company,

Albany, New York

Short and Stout Tea Company is all about luscious tea served with a fun and educational experience at either their Tea Lounge and Bubble Tea Bar (1736a Western Avenue, Guilderland) or Short and Stout’s boutique on the second floor of Crossgates Mall, which offers a full selection of tea, accessories, and macarons.


Fort Orange General Store InteriorSCHUYLER BULL ’10, G’10

B.S./MBA, Business Administration

Founder and owner, Fort Orange General Store,

412 Broadway in Albany, New York,
and marketing manager, Pioneer Bank

Fort Orange General Store features household goods, smallbatch apothecary items, stationery, and jewelry. Discover everything from artisanal cocktail mixers, preserves, and handmade candles to charming baby toys, books about Albany, and cards and posters featuring our favorite downtown pooch, Nipper. Gift cards also are available.


Fort Orange Brewing TapsJIM EATON ’97

B.A. in Public Communication

Co-founder and co-owner, Fort Orange Brewing,

Albany, New York

Brisk and hoppy, smooth and chocolatey, and everything in between – Fort Orange Brewing is home to an array of microbrews. Spend time at the taproom at 450 North Pearl Street in Albany, or pick up a home-brewed gift for a discerning beer lover.


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