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BALLSTON SPA: Gallery offers a taste of SoHo

"We had to gut it," said Tina Mangino-Coffey. "The floor in the retail space was at a 45-degree angle. This is the kind of place you might find in Saratoga Springs, but there's lower rent in Ballston Spa."

The new business "In Stitches," offering needlepoint supplies and instruction, is located in the lower half of the building. Inside the artisan's shop and gallery, there are hand-embroidered floral wall hangings, gourd bowls, digital prints awash with psychedelic colors, hand-painted towels, knit sculptures, beaded tote bags, beeswax collages and stained glass mosaic tiles. Adults and kids can sign up for classes in pottery, watercolor, clay, crocheting, fabric beads and even drum-making.

In the Iron Spring Gallery, exhibits will rotate to keep the look fresh.

Tina Mangino-Coffey said there are plans in the works to continue upgrading the neighborhood, perhaps turning the barn next door into a marketplace.""

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