OPEN FOR BUSI­NESS

Pal­ette Up­stairs cel­e­brates with Broad­way rib­bon cut­ting

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Melissa Schu­man mschu­[email protected]­di­anews­group.com

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. >> Pal­ette Up­stairs, a cowork­ing space lo­cated up­stairs from the Pal­ette Cafe on Broad­way, held its rib­bon cut­ting on Nov. 7. The space is now open for busi­ness for found­ing mem­bers, and will be open­ing up to more mem­ber­ship sub­scribers soon.

Owner Cather­ine Hover came up with the idea for the di­verse space, fo­cused on sup­port­ing women in ca­reer and life, last fall. In May of this year she signed the lease for the space above Pal­ette Cafe, and on Thurs­day she of­fi­cially opened it.

Pal­ette Up­stairs fea­tures ar­eas for mee­tups, semi-pri­vate desks, busi­ness ser­vices, the “Not So Bor­ing” board­room, a pri­vate back pa­tio and more. Its ameni­ties sup­port the no­tion that you can do

any­thing you want with the proper re­sources at your dis­posal.

“We want to sup­port women in ca­reer and life,” said Hover. “We’re go­ing above and beyond just a desk or an of­fice or a space. We’re look­ing at the whole pic­ture.”

All the costs of get­ting Pal­ette Up­stairs up and run­ning were paid en­tirely by the com­mu­nity. The cowork space is only ac­ces­si­ble to pay­ing mem­bers, and it was the found­ing mem­ber­ship sub­scrip­tions that funded ev­ery­thing.

“Right now, we have a wait­ing list for more mem­ber­ships, be­cause one of the perks of a found­ing mem­ber­ship sub­scrip­tion is the priv­i­lege of exclusive ac­cess to the space for a pe­riod of time,” Hover ex­plained. “Now that we’re open, we need to give our found­ing mem­bers a cou­ple of weeks to take ad­van­tage of the space.”

Once mem­ber­ships be­come avail­able, which Hover ex­pects will be in a few weeks, they can be pur­chased at a va­ri­ety of rates in­clud­ing yearly, monthly, and daily.

At the rib­bon cut­ting, a long line of peo­ple were there to speak about the new busi­ness, and to praise Hover for her ac­com­plish­ment.

“Ev­ery rib­bon cut­ting is the cel­e­bra­tion of a dream come true,” said Todd Shimkus, pres­i­dent of the Saratoga County Cham­ber.

“Your busi­ness is your baby,” said Se­na­tor Daphne Jor­dan. “You have to cod­dle it and nur­ture it, and help it to grow and flour­ish. It’s great to see a young en­tre­pre­neur help­ing Saratoga.”

Assem­b­ley woman Car­rie Wo­erner gave high praise to Hover, telling her, “you are a new gen­er­a­tion con­tin­u­ing a line of women with small busi­nesses in­vest­ing in Saratoga. Thank you for mak­ing such a bold state­ment about the fu­ture of this com­mu­nity. The fu­ture is young women en­trepreneur­s.”

Newly re-elected com­mis­sioner of fi­nance Michele Madi­gan told the as­sem­bled crowd, “this woman is an in­spi­ra­tion. I’ve got some ideas - you’re never too old to start a busi­ness, and when I do, I’m com­ing here to make it hap­pen.”

Com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment plan­ner Lind­sey Con­nors, at the rib­bon cut­ting on be­half of the mayor, felt sim­i­larly. “We thrive best in places where we feel sup­ported, and Pal­ette Up­stairs of­fers a safe space,” she said.

Also there to sup­port Hover’s new­est busi­ness were Cap­i­tal Re­gion Cham­ber mem­ber­ship ex­ec­u­tive Sab­rina Heil­mann and Adiron­dack Trust pres­i­dent Steve Von Shenk. Adiron­dack Trust is Pal­ette Up­stairs’s cor­po­rate spon­sor. Hover also got a great deal of sup­port from her 5-yearold daugh­ter Posey, who was close by her mother’s side dur­ing the whole event.

Af­ter the rib­bon was cut, guests en­joyed cake, cham­pagne, and the op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore the space.

“I’m so ex­cited, be­cause now the real work be­gins,” com­mented Hover’s friend and busi­ness part­ner Mar­cella Ham­mer, the “res­i­dent uni­corn” and gen­eral man­ager of Pal­ette Cafe. “I’m so ex­cited for the com­mu­nity build­ing and the sup­port that’s go­ing to hap­pen.”

“I think it’s in­cred­i­ble,” said found­ing mem­ber Sara San­didge. “Hav­ing moved here re­cently from New York City, I was wor­ried about find­ing a com­mu­nity, and this is ex­actly what I was hop­ing for.”

While Pal­ette Up­stairs fo­cuses on sup­port­ing women in ca­reer and life, the workspace is not an exclusive “girls club.” Mem­ber­ship is open to all, and Hover says there are al­ready 2 male sub­scribers on the ros­ter.

Now that the busi­ness is of­fi­cially open, Hover is tak­ing a much-de­served break. As of press time, she is off on a short va­ca­tion to Dis­ney World, hope­fully find­ing some op­por­tu­ni­ties to re­lax, spend time with her fam­ily, and see “The Mouse.”

Peo­ple in­ter­ested in a Pal­ette Up­stairs mem­ber­ship are en­cour­aged to join the wait­ing list or come in for a tour.

For more in­for­ma­tion about sub­scrip­tion lev­els and pric­ing, visit https://thep­alet­te­cafe.com/palet­te­up­stairs.

PHO­TOS BY MELISSA SCHU­MAN — MEDIANEWS GROUP

With sup­port from her daugh­ter Posey, Cather­ine Hover wel­comes and thanks every­one at­tend­ing the Pal­ette Up­stairs rib­bon-cut­ting cer­e­mony.

From left to right: Pal­ette Cafe gen­eral man­ager Mar­cella Ham­mer, Pal­ette Up­stairs found­ing mem­ber Sara San­didge, and Pal­ette Cafe and Pal­ette Up­stairs owner Cather­ine Hover.

The cake at Pal­ette Up­stairs rib­bon cut­ting cel­e­brates that the busi­ness’s start up costs were en­tirely “self funded.”

Cather­ine Hover poses with Com­mis­sioner of Fi­nance Michele Madi­gan and Hover’s daugh­ter Posey af­ter re­ceiv­ing a proclamati­on from the city.

Cather­ine Hover re­ceives a proclamati­on from Se­na­tor Daphne Jor­dan.

Pal­ette Up­stairs owner Cather­ine Hover pre­pares to cut the rib­bon.

PHO­TOS BY MELISSA SCHU­MAN — MEDIANEWS GROUP

Saratoga County Cham­ber Pres­i­dent Todd Shimkus wel­comes every­one to the rib­bon-cut­ting cer­e­mony.

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