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Main St. Oneonta

Wise Guy Sammy’s Celebrates Grand Opening Of Expansion

Wise Guys Sammy’s Adding

Tavern To Sandwich Shop

Fans of Wise Guys Sammy’s rejoice! The popular eatery celebrated the official launch of their expansion this morning with a ribbon cutting with the Chamber of Commerce at 261-267 Main St. in Oneonta. The expansion has tavern style seating and boasts a wide selection of craft beers and wines to pair with your Sammy’s sandwich. Seen above are Jasmine Martinez, owner Sheryl Joubert, Donna Joubert, Barbara Ann Heegan, Roberta Vesley, Mayor Gary Herzig, Sheena Linebrink, Kayla Joubert, Tiffany Bettinger, Kelly Miller, Taylor Pushkar, Brett Burgin, Fred Vesely, owner Mike Joubert, Robin Bush, Tom Miller and Jacob Joubert.  “This is a terrific Oneonta success story,” said Mayor Herzig, “It is a success built on hard work and quality food.” Mike Joubert, who owns the business with his wife, Sheryl, added, “This all started as a dream. But we continue to grow on a daily basis. This is our hometown, we are happy to be here and we love it!” Wise Guys Sammy’s also expanded to include their ice cream parlor Wise Guys’ Scoops, located across the street at 254 Main St. and run by Mike’s sister Megan Joubert.(Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Bombers On The Horizon!

Bombers On The Horizon!

Sam McKissik, an employee with AJ Sign Co., Burnt Hills, finishes attaching the sign for the forthcoming Bombers Burrito Bar on the outside of 219 Main St. in Oneonta earlier this afternoon. Two large cranes were needed for the installation but did not cause any traffic delays. Construction on the interior is still ongoing. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Snommegang Offers Taste Of Many Regional Brews

Snommegang Offers Taste

Of Many Regional Brews

Austin Partridge and Wyatt Crowley of Red Shed Brewery in Cherry Valley, were serving glasses of their smooth, rich and malty Stonehouse Stout at the annual Snommegang beer tasting Event in Downtown Oneonta this afternoon. Main street was closed down for the event as hundreds of connoisseurs filled four tasting tents that offered a wide selection of regional craft brews. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Crowds Fill Main Street For Grand and Glorious Sale

Crowds Fill Main Street

For Grand & Glorious Sale

By the time the Grand and Glorious Garage Sale officially began at 9am, the streets were already filled with bargain hunters looking for treasures. Here, Marilyn Garman, Unadilla, was on the hunt for old books as she browsed through boxes outside of Community Bank. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Chilly Weather Can’t Stop Snommegang

Snommegang Chilly Indeed

In Downtown Oneonta Tents

Brewery Ommegang’s annual Snommegang Invitational Beer Festival in downtown Oneonta Saturday certainly lived up to its name,, as flurries filled the air and blustery winds pushed the wind chill into the negative digits. But that didn’t keep attendees Kim, Ken and Nick Byrne, who traveled from Burlington, Conn., from sampling many selections of beer from around the country. The event featured live music, food, and over 30 brewers, occupied five tents along Main Street. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Shoppers Find Deals Galore At 37th Grand And Glorious Garage Sale

Shoppers Find Deals Galore

At 37th Grand & Glorious Sale

Bobbi Frazier, Michele Townsend and Roxanne Murry look over the goods at the P.E.O booth at the Grand and Glorious Garage sale this morning. The event, now in it's 37th year, is organized by the Catskill Choral Society. It was bargains galore as shoppers flooded Main Street in search of treasures. Mayor Gary Herzig made the rounds with Senate hopeful Zephyr Teachout who introduced herself to vendors and shoppers. The Community Concert Band gave a performance around mid day, and there was no shortage of foo selections with everything from spicy sausages, walking tacos and local produce from the Farmer's Market. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Bobbi Frazier, Michele Townsend and Roxanne Murry look over the goods at the P.E.O booth at the Grand & Glorious Garage Sale on Oneonta’s Main Street this morning. The event, now in it’s 37th year, is organized by the Catskill Choral Society. Mayor Gary Herzig made the rounds with 19th District Congressional hopeful Zephyr Teachout, who introduced herself to vendors and shoppers. (She is facing Republican John Faso in the November election.)  The Community Concert Band gave a performance around mid-day, and there was no shortage of food selections with everything from spicy sausages, walking tacos and local produce from the Oneonta Farmers’ Market. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Everything Must Go

Everything Must Go!

After 40 Years, Rose & Laurel

Closes, Distributes Free Books

Larry Hoffman browses through the shelves of books at The Rose and Laurel Bookstore, where all the books are free for the taking. For 40 years Rose and Laurel has been a staple storefront in downtown Oneonta, but today they are closing their doors at their location at 273 Main St. Joe Mish, who currently runs the store, is moving down the street into the Shops at Ford and Main where he will continue to sell books. The space is smaller, so all the books he can't take he is giving away. Book lovers can find titles from all genres and titles from the 1800's to current. So, stop in and stock up on next summer's beach reads. The free book event goes until 2pm today. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Larry Hoffman browses through the shelves of books at Oneonta’s Rose & Laurel Bookstore, where today all the books are free for the taking. For 40 years Rose & Laurel has been a staple storefront in the downtown, but closed its doors at 273 Main St.  Joe Mish, who currently runs the store, is moving the business down the street to the Shops at Ford and Main under the new name, Old Books. The space is smaller, so all the books he can’t take he is giving away. Book lovers can find titles from all genres from the 1800s to current. So, stop in and find a new favorite, and old classic, of a forgotten treasure.  The free book event goes until 2pm today. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Art & Music Festival Thrives In Return To Main St.

Back On Main Street

And Better Than Ever!

Art & Music Festival Thrives In Former Locale

Kim Condon, Oneonta, hands Richard Birkett, Otego, the Best in Show Award for his intricate Fantasty Clocks. Each piece is meticulously assembled from hundreds of objects including toys, gears, hinges, pipes, slide viewers, old photographs, springs and more. Birkett was one of many artists who lined Main St. this afternoon for the 14th Annual City of the Hills Art & Music Festival this afternoon. Shoppers could browse pottery, jewlery, paintings, clothing and photography while enjoying readings from area authors, live music, belly-dancing, and children's activities. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Kim Condon, Oneonta, hands Richard Birkett, Otego, the Best in Show Award for his intricate Fantasy Clocks. Each piece is meticulously assembled from hundreds of objects including toys, gears, hinges, pipes, slide viewers, old photographs, springs and more.  Birkett was one of many artists who lined Main Street Saturday afternoon for the 14th annual City of the Hills Art & Music Festival. Shoppers could browse pottery, jewelry, paintings, clothing and photography while enjoying readings from area authors, live music, belly-dancing, and children’s activities. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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