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Senior living community buys local to spend dollars in right place

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Senior living community buys local to spend dollars in right place
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Going green and sourcing local products and services has a circular effect. The idea is, by supporting local businesses, local businesses will support you. But as Cara Thomas tells us, that’s not the only reason why Preswick Glen’s independent living center has decided to make sourcing local a top priority.

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. -- Around every corner and in every room, a little bit of the Mohawk Valley can be found at Preswick Glen.

"Whether that is flooring, carpeting, light fixtures, painting, landscaping you source it locally and in doing so you support the local economy and they support you right back," said Meg Cardamone, executive director of Preswick Glen.

It’s been about a year and a half since Cardamone stepped in as executive director, that’s when their priorities started to change.

"Not just looking at dollar for dollar, but understanding that the dollar spent in the right place is much more important than shaving a dollar and spending it in the wrong place," she said.

In everything they do, whether it’s renovations, landscaping, vehicle repair, brewing a cup of coffee or making a sandwich, Preswick Glen always seeks out local options first.

"The bread that we buy had no particular allegiance with this community. Now we buy it from Spano's. Doesn't that make a difference? Every time I see them pull a bag out, I feel better about what I'm doing every day here," said Cardamone.

And for that, business owners say they’re extremely grateful.

"You have to support the community you live in, and if you don't support local, where's local gonna be? So I try to support local and I'm glad local supports me," said Tim Kogut, owner of Kogut Excavating.

“We are all in this together and we're all in it to support each other and that's part of what makes the Mohawk Valley what we are," said Cardamone.

She says sourcing local isn’t difficult and hopes others in the area will start utilizing local providers as much as they can.

List of CNY and Mohawk Valley companies being used:

•Coffee from Utica Coffee Roasting Co., which developed a proprietary custom blend just for Preswick Glen
•Breads, Dough, and Pastries from Spano Brothers and Hemstrought’s Bakery
•Lighting fixtures and building supplies from JAY-K Lumber
•Wallpaper and treatments from Urbanik’s Paint and Wallpaper
•Paints from Spectrum Paint & Decorating Center
•Carpets, hardwoods, and linoleum from Oneida Floor Co.
•Landscaping, grounds keeping, and other major projects from Tim Kogut Excavating
•Electrical work, including holiday lights, from O’Neil Electric
•Maintenance vans from Steet Ponte Auto Group
•Transport van from Carbone Auto Group
•All work on vehicles done by local dealerships
•Mail machines, copiers, and business solutions from Ed & Ed Business Technology
•Printing at IGC Graphic Solutions
•Flowers from Village Floral and The Clinton Florist
•Moving services from Clinton Moving & Packaging
•Decorating services by DeClutter Coach Deborah J. Cabral
•Landscaping services from George’s Nursery & Garden Center
•Beverages from F.X. Matt Brewing Co., Bremer’s Wine & Liquor and Seneca Wine & Liquor
•Equipment from Clinton Tractor & Implement Co.

Preswick Glen has also begun supporting the local arts by being avid patrons or through sponsoring events for:

•Kirkland Art Center and sponsoring numerous events
•Stanley Center for the Arts and sponsoring numerous events hosted there
•Players of Utica
•Utica Symphony Orchestra
•Local musical artists for campus events

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