COLONIE, N.Y. — Troy-based business AMC Jewelry and Decor has been announced as the winner of Colonie Center’s Start with a Cart Contest.
Out of 11 local small businesses competing to win a seasonal cart in the Colonie Mall, AMC Jewelry and Decor was declared the contest winner.
Patrons were invited to visit the shopping center Saturday, Aug. 3 and check out the 11 carts and vote for the small business they want to see remain as a t
AMC Jewelry and Décor was established in 2014 by Ashley Cooper and Carmen Agrusti. The two took their love for business and art and combined their talents to create Ashley Met Carmen (AMC), a jewelry and décor company.
The owners will be awarded a cart space, three months of free rent during the busiest shopping season of the year (September, October, and November), and signage for the cart.
“We are very excited for the opportunity to showcase at Colonie Center this holiday season,” they said in a press release. “For an independent brand to stand amongst the big name retailers is an honor for us. It’s exciting to see Colonie Center embracing small businesses in such a way. We are looking forward to experiencing all of the benefits we know will come along with winning the Start with a Cart competition.”
Colonie Center is proud to support local small businesses and entrepreneurs, and looks forward to the contest next year.
“Bringing new and exciting retailers to Colonie Center is what we are all about,” marketing and business development manager Marissa McCarren said in the release. “We have so many unique small businesses in the Capital Region and we wanted to give them a platform to showcase who they are and what they do.
“We hope to see many of them here throughout the holiday season.”
In addition to enjoying music, swag bags and free samples at the event, everyone who voted in the contest was also entered to win a $1,000 shopping spree. The winner, Andrea Moore of Herkimer, plans to donate the gift card to a close friend who encouraged her to participate in the Start with a Cart event.
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