COHOES — Instead of a traditional ribbon cutting, of which Cohoes has seen many in recent months, the city is sponsoring ExploreCohoes on Friday to welcome LinguaLinx Language Solutions Inc.’s new corporate headquarters to Remsen Street.
Discussions for the event have been ongoing for weeks and it has “snowballed” with more and more people and businesses planning to participate.
“We only had a small number of businesses which intended to do this in the beginning, but now we have most of Remsen Street covered,” said Ed Tremblay, community development director with Cohoes. “The idea for this came from Dave Smith, LinguaLinx’s president, who is good at thinking outside the box.”
LinguaLinx actually moved to the city in the fall of 2008 but never had an official grand opening ceremony.
LinguaLinx is a full-service translation agency providing multilingual solutions to today’s leading corporations, law firms, non-profit organizations and government agencies. It was recently named to the INC500 for being number 311 in the top 500 fastest growing companies in the United States, officials said.
“We knew we could attract a decent crowd and wanted to do something to help other businesses in the city so they could share in this opportunity,” said Smith.
The day of events will start at 3:30 p.m. at the 122 Remsen St. address for LinguaLinx with a Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce reception. Then, from 4 to 7 p.m., visitors and residents are encouraged to look around downtown Cohoes. Participating businesses and restaurants will have sales going on in that time period.
Event passports will be available at LinguaLinx and at the Cohoes Farmers Market. Some businesses will stamp the passport and then residents can drop them off to win a prize, officials said.
With more than $3 million in public and private money invested in Remsen Street over the last five years, there will be tours of the interiors of several historic city buildings which have been renovated. These buildings include 103, 122, 130, and 143 Remsen.
“Many of these buildings had been vacant for years, but now people walk by and see lights in the windows. This will be an interesting opportunity for them to go inside and see the renovations,” said Tremblay who added that there would be backstage tours of Cohoes Music Hall.
Other participating businesses include Bread and Jam with musical entertainment, Harmony Marketplace with wine tasting, knitting at Beauknits and dinner specials at Black Cat, Smith’s and Hometowne Pizza.
“We have more to offer in our downtown than we did five or six years ago,” said Mayor John McDonald. “It all depends on the weather, but we are expecting a crowd of a couple thousand people.”
Other events Friday:
Open House at Foundry for Art & Design 119 Remsen
Cohoes School Art work on display 139 Remsen
Open House at Remsen Street Studio’s 188 Remsen
Tours of the Cohoes Music Hall 58 Remsen
Satchel 143 Remsen
Dee’s Unique Boutique 169 Remsen
Mickey D's Restaurant 50 Oneida
Marra’s 217 Remsen
Soft- tex 103 Remsen
Marvelous Things 100 Remsen