SCHENECTADY 
By JASON SUBIK 
Anthony Kaczmarek says Upper Union Street Harvest Festival has constantly been great for his family’s company Sondra’s Fine Jewelry, but this year it was particular for a new purpose.

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

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

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

The jewelry is in the shape of THC and CBD molecules, enabling the wearer to show assistance for the medicine, with out worry of reproach from employers or persons against marijuana legalization. CBD oil, derived from hemp plants, is a cousin to the marijuana plant that consists of no ‘high’ inducing THC and has been legal to retail because the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill. 

“Charlotte’s Net was a large aspect of cannabis items and youngsters, so we sold a lot of jewelry in assistance of that. My mother Sondra and I have been lobbying for health-related cannabis because 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 clients “sufferers” simply because lots of 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 getting such a incredibly satisfied sort of vibe, a lot of engagements and proposals and issues like that, CBD comes with a small bit much more of a somber mood. I have a lot of chemotherapy sufferers, a lot of youngsters that trust us, a lot of sick persons. So, the mesh of somber and satisfied wasn’t jelling.”

Kaczmarek mentioned his new company 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 great time for other regional enterprises 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 created from New York corn, wheat, rye, and malted barley. 

At least two other retailers also displayed CBD oil item lines, which includes a business known 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 designed exceptional Halloween-themed scarecrows, most of them displayed inside their respective retailers.

Festival-goers had been encouraged to go into the retailers, fill out a paper ballot voting for what scarecrow they believed was greatest.

Right here are some of the participating enterprises 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 line ballot for the greatest scarecrow will be out there at upperunionstreet.com till Halloween, and the winner will be announced on Nov. 12 soon after the Nov. 11 Upper Union Street BID meeting. 

Other attractions at the festival Saturday integrated a bounce property at Homestyle Pizza, freshly harvested create from Buhrmaster Farms, students from Dance Me performed outdoors. Matt Connell & Pals offered reside music and there had been $five pony rides. 

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

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