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Wishing Nothing but Success for Nothing Bundt Cakes

Nothing Bundt Cakes New bakery opens on Wolf Road

When Melissa Gleason began her professional career, she was a business analyst for ADT Security before transitioning to the New York State Department of Criminal Justice. Then, after a decade of being a stay-at-home mom, Gleason decided to get down to business – her own business.

Now the owner/operator of New York state’s first and only Nothing Bundt Cakes franchise, located at 110 Wolf Road in Albany, Gleason says she excited about the opportunity the future holds. She also says the decision to buy and operate a franchise location has been a labor of love and an exercise in patience.

The fact is, just a few short years ago, Gleason wasn’t aware of Nothing Bundt Cakes. That is, until her in-laws in Baton Rouge, Louisiana told her about it. Her husband’s family loved the cakes so much that they shipped one to her home in Clifton Park so they could try it. Her family loved it, and Gleason began doing some research. She says she thought about opening a franchise for a year, then took two years to get paperwork and other logistics in place.

“I saw there wasn’t a franchise in New York. Ours is the first one and it’s a test market,” Gleason says. “Down south and out west, Nothing Bundt Cakes franchises have lines out the doors. People know the brand and the reputation is there.”

She says people who moved here from the south, California and Texas have already called and emailed her asking when the Albany location is open.

Gleason manages a full staff of bakers, frosters and decorators, while she handles marketing and getting as many cake samples as she can in the hands and mouths of Capital Region workers and residents.

Nothing Bundt Cake’s Albany location opened on Saturday, September 9. An official ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on Thursday, September 28 at 10 a.m., with a grand opening on Friday, September 29 from 5-7 p.m. featuring free cake samples and wine. To round out the festivities, the bakery will hold a Cake-A-Palooza on Saturday, September 30, featuring cake samples, as well as free mini bundt cakes for a year for the first 50 customers (visit website for event details).

When it came to finding the perfect retail space for her franchise, Gleason says she owes all the credit to Nothing Bundt Cake’s corporate real estate group, which takes special care to ensure its franchises have “protected territory” based upon the company’s target customer demographics.

“I love our location on Wolf Road. Our business demographics show that we get a daytime population within a one-to-three-mile radius, which includes Corporate Woods, SUNY and other busy corridors,” Gleason says. “The little bubble that is Albany keeps everything pretty close.”

She says that although the original space at 110 Wolf Road, owned and managed by The Anderson Group, was larger than she needed, The Anderson Group was accommodating and nearly halved the space from 4,000 square feet to 2,006 square feet.

“The people at The Anderson Group have been fantastic,” Gleason says. “They take care of any and every little problem, from a cracked window to water damage. They’re responsive, smart and helpful.”

Learn more about Albany’s Nothing Bundt Cakes.


To learn more about The Anderson Group’s portfolio of retail and commercial office space, contact Susan Touhey at 518-458-7726 or stouhey@tagny.com.

 

 

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Workplace Water Efficiency. Quick tips to save water and money.

workplace water efficiencyThe summer months are upon us, and July’s heat and humidity are taking a toll…from droopy landscaping to cranked-up air conditioning units. It all adds up to a strong case for money saving water-efficiency practices in the workplace.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, commercial and institutional buildings account for 17 percent of the nation’s yearly water consumption. In addition, over the past decade, water and wastewater rates have risen “at a rate well above the consumer price index.” The EPA warns that as municipal water systems age, building owners can expect water costs to increase to offset the cost of replacement.

The good news? There are some simple, cost-effective measures you can employ to conserve water and save on operating costs in your commercial building. The three biggest culprits when it comes to water usage in office buildings are restrooms, landscaping and HVAC equipment.

RESTROOM UPGRADES

Did you know that something as simple as a leaky toilet can waste as much as 21,600 gallons of water per month? That can cost up to $2,100 per year. Toilet and urinal flushing typically account for one-third of a commercial building’s water consumption.

Inspecting restroom faucets and other fixtures for leaks is a simple, yet impactful way to make sure you aren’t flushing water (and money) down the drain. You can also replace bathroom fixtures with more efficient models, such as low-flow or ultra-low-flow models. Look for plumbing fixtures certified by the EPA’s WaterSense Program. Certified products use 20% less water without compromising performance and include water-saving toilets and high-efficiency faucets.

OUTDOOR WATER USE

We’ve all seen it: A sprinkler system aimed directly at pavement or going full tilt during a rainstorm. The fact is, landscaping water usage can account for 20% of your facility’s water consumption, making it a great area to target when looking to conserve water and lower your bill.

There are a number of practices you can employ to conserve water outdoors and save money in the process, including using native plants, reducing grassy areas, weather-based and seasonal irrigation schedules (adding a rain sensor on your irrigation system and watering less on cooler days) and installing WaterSense-certified irrigation products. Even something as simple as fitting your hoses with automatic shut-off nozzles and spreading mulch around landscaping can save water and reduce evaporation.

HVAC COOLING SYSTEMS

According to the U.S. Green Building Council, water used in HVAC cooling towers accounts for almost all of an HVAC system’s water consumption.

The fact is, all cooling towers lose water through evaporation, drift (water lost when water droplets are transported in exhaust air), and blowdown (water drained from cooling equipment to remove mineral build-up) and, therefore, consume a significant amount of water. Keep your cooling towers in good working condition through regular inspection and maintenance so your system operates at peak efficiency.

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Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, WaterSense program

Other ideas for conserving cooling tower water include investing in cooling towers that use recycled water, such as storm water and using cooling tower blowdown to water your landscaping.

Develop a Water Management Plan

It’s good practice to routinely monitor your facility’s water usage. If things seem off or you’re paying more than you anticipated paying, there’s a good chance you have efficiencies that can be corrected.

Develop a workplace water efficiency water management plan to cut down on water usage and trim your water bill. Because leaks are a major culprit, they should be one of the first things you look for. Check regularly for leaks and make repairs as quickly as possible. Swap your outdated fixtures for water-efficient ones. Adjust your landscape-maintenance routine based on seasonal and daily weather changes. A few minor adjustments can add up to major cost savings and help the environment in the process.


The Anderson Group knows small businesses. To inquire about commercial properties in The Anderson Group portfolio, contact Susan Touhey at 518-458-7726 or stouhey@tagny.com.

 

 

 

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An Office Space of Their Own

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John Graziano, president of Capitol Hill Management Services, Inc.

Capitol Hill Management Services Finds the Perfect Fit with The Anderson Group

After seven years at his company’s Western Avenue, Albany, NY location, John Graziano, president of Capitol Hill Management Services, Inc., decided it was time for his firm to spread its wings.

“We had about 5,000 square feet of office space, and I was looking for more. I also wanted the ability to design our office space to meet our needs,” he says.

He spent a few years searching for a building he could buy, but he was unable to find one that checked off all the boxes. So, he turned to The Anderson Group.

Now settled into his new 10,500-square-foot office space at 230 Washington Avenue Extension in Albany, NY, Graziano says his company has found its home. The office currently houses 32 employees with plenty of room to grow.

“The Anderson Group redid our office space to our specifications and their staff worked seamlessly with our staff and contractors to make sure it’s exactly what we need,” Graziano says.

He and his employees are also pleased with the new office’s location, providing an easy commute to the airport and downtown Albany. In addition, he says the office is now centrally located for his employees.

“The whole process was great,” he says. “There were no problems.”

Susan Touhey, managing partner at The Anderson Group, says they work hard to ensure just that.

“We want our tenants’ office space to meet their needs over the entirety of their lease,” Touhey says, “It’s about building positive working relationships from Day One.”


Capitol Hill Management Services, Inc., an association management and government affairs firm, provides an array of professional services for more than 50 state, national and international organizations.

To learn more about The Anderson Group’s portfolio of available commercial properties, contact Susan Touhey at 518-458-7726 or stouhey@tagny.com.

 

 

 

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Winter is coming. Is your office building ready?

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Winter is coming. Is your office building ready?

It may still feel mild outside, but living in the Northeast there is no doubt that winter is, indeed, coming. That makes this the perfect time of year to make sure your office building is ready for the colder months – and the usage changes, temperature drops, and potentially damaging weather events that come with it.

“A few routine maintenance steps now can help prevent costly problems this winter,” advises Dave Eck, maintenance manager with The Anderson Group. “Winter can bring everything from burst pipes and leaking roofs to heating problems and slippery sidewalks and parking lots.”

Here are some of the most important maintenance areas to add to your office building’s winterization checklist:

Heating system

The Environmental Protection Agency reports that in the U.S. alone, buildings account for 39% of total energy use, 68% of total electricity consumption and 38% of carbon dioxide emissions. And as a facility owner, it likely represents one of your largest expenses. Tuning up and optimizing your HVAC system is a good first step. Inspect, clean and repair your furnace and boilers, and change your air filters.

Leaks

Find and seal leaks that could let warm air out or cold air in. This may mean applying caulk or weather stripping around doors and windows or installing storm doors and windows. Also, if your building uses gas heat, be sure to check gas lines and connections for leaks and corrosion.

Roof

The flat roofs typical of most commercial buildings need regular maintenance during snowy winter months. Conduct a weekly inspection and clearing of your roof throughout the winter, keeping an eye out for pooling water and ice or snow buildup. Built-up precipitation and melting snow and ice can lead to costly leaks and affect your roof’s structural integrity.

Gutters

Make sure all roofs and gutters are clean and free of leaves and other debris that could clog them. Remember, pooling water from rain, sleet and snow can build up and cause water leakage inside your building.

Parking lots, sidewalks and yards

Clear leaves, sticks, branches, and other debris from the yard, landscaping, walkways, and common areas outside your building. Before storms and after clearing snow, use deicers on exterior walkways and parking lots to prevent ice from forming and to keep people safe from slip-and-fall accidents.

Technology and Data

Protect data and equipment from costly power outages due to winter weather. Consider backing up your files via cloud-based storage, which secures your data daily and eliminates the risk of data loss when a severe storm hits. In addition, test your back-up system and make sure computers and sensitive electrical equipment are connected to surge protectors.

Sprinkler Systems

Test your sprinkler systems and make sure they are protected from cold air so your pipes don’t freeze. A frozen sprinkler system is an unusable sprinkler system.

Winterizing your office building may seem like a never-ending list of chores, but investing the time and money now can save you a bundle of time and money in the long run.

“Preparation is key to lessening or eliminating the impact of extreme and routine winter conditions on your facility,” Eck says. “Experience has shown that it’s more than worth the time and effort you put into it.”


 

The Anderson Group helps keep your small business in great shape. For information about commercial property management services or available commercial properties in our portfolio, contact Susan Touhey at 518-458-7726 or stouhey@tagny.com.

 

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How Do You Take Care of a Spotted Zebra? Ask The Anderson Group Property Management Co.

The Spotted Zebra wanted to run its center not worry about property management.

The Spotted Zebra Learning Center is a state-of-the-art, year-round, preschool program designed to prepare children of all abilities for kindergarten and the state’s high learning standards. The learning center and its programs, formerly located on Kross Keys Drive in Albany, became so popular that they simply ran out of room. So executive director, Sheri Townsend, began the search for a larger facility.

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Back: Jane Schulke, bookkeeper; Jason Ford, activities coordinator; Matthew Ryan, director of programs
Front: Sheri Townsend, executive director; Shannon Harmon, director of special education programs

In 2013, the organization found one, purchasing the building at 26 Computer Drive, just off of Wolf Road. In doing so, the learning center increased its usable space from 4,000 square feet to 12,000 square feet.

“Our new building is three times the size of our old one,” Townsend says. “It gives us an opportunity to grow our services and meet our families’ and community’s needs.”

She says their old space was near a very busy road. The new space, however, has a yard for children to play in and is located on a dead end that abuts a quiet, residential neighborhood. Townsend says she likes that their location on Computer Drive makes the facility more centrally located to major highways. The Spotted Zebra draws students from around the Capital Region, from a 25-mile radius throughout the Capital Region.

And although The Spotted Zebra owns their building, they turn to The Anderson Group to manage it. The Anderson Group provides The Spotted Zebra with everything from housekeeping services and grounds maintenance to HVAC, electrical and plumbing services.

“We shopped around when we were searching for a property management company. As an agency, we need to follow the three-bid rule,” Townsend explains. “We put out a request for proposals. The Anderson Group’s proposal was the most comprehensive, and all of their client feedback was positive.”

As property managers, Townsend says The Anderson Group goes above and beyond.

“The Anderson Group is responsive morning, noon and night. Whenever I send an email or text, they respond immediately. Whenever we have an emergency issue, they are here very quickly,” Townsend says. “They are very meticulous. We are never left un-served.”


For more information about The Spotted Zebra Learning Center, visit their website or call (518) 438-4800. For more information about The Anderson Group’s property management services, contact Susan Touhey at 518-458-7726 or stouhey@tagny.com.

 

 

 

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