SCHENECTADY 
By JASON SUBIK 
Anthony Kaczmarek says Higher Union Road Harvest Pageant has all the time been good for his household’s enterprise Sondra’s Positive Jewellery, however this 12 months it was particular for a brand new motive.

Kaczmarek’s mom Sondra Stephens has owned her enterprise within the higher Union Road neighborhood for 22 years, however that is the primary 12 months the household is displaying off its new enterprise Inexperienced Leaf Wellness Co., a CBD oil retail store constructed as an addition to the jewellery retailer. The corporate held its gentle opening Saturday, displaying a protracted inexperienced banner with “ CBD” on it throughout the competition.

“Harvest Fest is nice, you get 4,000 individuals strolling up and down the road. We have had over 200 clients stroll in in the present day,” Kaczmarek stated.

Kaczmarek stated jewellery and CBD oil, derived from hemp vegetation, won’t seem to be apparent match, however the connection started when Sondra’s began promoting a line of cannabis themed jewellery by Genifer M., an organization created by Genifer Murray the lead microbiologist within the Charlotte’s Net Challenge, which helped to attract consideration to the plight of Charlotte Figi, a baby who had life-threatening mind seizures that have been helped by marijuana-based drugs.

The jewellery is within the form of THC and CBD molecules, enabling the wearer to show assist for the medication, with out concern of reproach from employers or individuals in opposition to marijuana legalization. CBD oil, derived from hemp vegetation, is a cousin to the marijuana plant that incorporates no ‘excessive’ inducing THC and has been authorized to retail for the reason that 2018 U.S. Farm Invoice. 

“Charlotte’s Net was an enormous a part of cannabis merchandise and kids, so we offered numerous jewellery in assist of that. My mom Sondra and I’ve been lobbying for medical cannabis since 2014. So, we determined to take 10 bottles of [ CBD] oil and put it on the shelf. It was gone in two days,” Kaczmarek stated. 

However jewellery and hemp do not all the time combine. Kaczmarek calls the brand new store a “clinic” and his clients “sufferers” as a result of lots of them endure from continual ache, nervousness or despair, circumstances CBD makers declare could be helped by their product. 

“We’ve got over 2,000 sufferers already, however what occurred was I needed to get it out of the jewellery retailer,” Kaczmarek stated. “With jewellery being such a really comfortable type of vibe, numerous engagements and proposals and issues like that, CBD comes with somewhat bit extra of a somber temper. I’ve numerous chemotherapy sufferers, numerous youngsters that belief us, a lot of sick individuals. So, the mesh of somber and comfortable wasn’t jelling.”

Kaczmarek stated his new enterprise sells a variety of “edible” CBD oil merchandise like — gummies, chocolate and honey — is poised to retail leisure marijuana merchandise if New York state ever legalizes them. 

Higher Union Road Harvest Pageant proved to be time for different native companies to show their merchandise. The Schenectady ‘Stilling Co., a New York Farm Distillery Co. put up a stand to point out of its model of spirits made out of New York corn, wheat, rye, and malted barley. 

A minimum of two different retailers additionally displayed CBD oil product strains, together with an organization referred to as Upstate CBD and Union Road Dentistry.

Shane Mahar, vice chairman of the Higher Union Road Enterprise Enchancment District. stated one facet of the competition this 12 months was a scarecrow contest between collaborating retailers. He stated 25 collaborating retailers created distinctive Halloween-themed scarecrows, most of them displayed inside their respective shops.

Pageant-goers have been inspired to enter the shops, fill out a paper poll voting for what scarecrow they thought was finest.

Listed below are a number of the collaborating companies within the contest: AAA Northway, Breugger’s, Metropolis Squire, Dance Me, DiCocco and Associates, Domani Spa, Dunkin’ Donuts, Flowers by Jo-Ann, Gershon’s, GreenLeaf Wellness, Hartz Household Cleaners, Head to Tail, Michael’s Shoe Service, Musler’s Positive Ladies’s Clothes, Northeastern Positive Jewellery, Sondra’s Positive Jewellery, Sophia Sabella Studio, TrustCo Financial institution, Union Café, Upstate CBD and Union Road Veterinary Hospital.
Mahar stated an internet poll for the perfect scarecrow shall be accessible at upperunionstreet.com till Halloween, and the winner shall be introduced on Nov. 12 after the Nov. 11 Higher Union Road BID assembly. 

Different points of interest on the competition Saturday included a bounce home at Homestyle Pizza, freshly harvested produce from Buhrmaster Farms, college students from Dance Me carried out outside. Matt Connell & Pals offered dwell music and there have been $5 pony rides. 

Mahar was there along with his youngsters Jack, age 5, and Emma, age 3. He stated they loved the straightforward pleasures of Higher Union Road Harvest Pageant.

“Jack votes for the police automobiles, Emma would vote for the bounce home,” Mahar stated.