This week, we’re catching up with Amanda Blanton! We’ve been fortunate to know her through her hard work at The Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce and her weekly radio show! Read on to find out what brought her to Glens Falls, her go-to breakfast spot, and the three things she’d love to see in Glens Falls in the future (we totally agree!).
Tell us about yourself!
Hi! My name is Amanda Blanton and I am the Marketing & Communications Manager for the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce. I am a proud auntie to my niece, and cat momma to the most handsome orange cat on the planet, named Fry. I enjoy cooking, traveling, a good book and good company. I make a pretty good margarita. Oh, and I hate winter.
On Life in Glens Falls
I have lived in this region for almost 10 years. Before packing up a truck and moving to Upstate New York I lived in San Antonio, Texas for 13 years. Being in a military family took me all over the world, but there is something special about Upstate New York. Not only do I have family living here but there is a great sense of community, which you cannot find everywhere. When deciding where to move, this seemed like the obvious choice.
Home ownership is something I hope to achieve one day, but renting has its perks too. I work in downtown Glens Falls and my commute is 11 minutes. Life is good!
Some Glens Falls Favorites
Although I have only lived here for 10 years, I have been visiting Glens Falls many years before that. My sister and I spent a few summers exploring Glens Falls/Queensbury/Lake George, when we visited family. I believe that gives me an interesting perspective of the region as I got to watch it change over the years. This may sound dorky, but I absolutely LOVE Crandall Public Library. It is such a beautiful building and a great resource for the community. I also enjoy walking around downtown as there always seems to be something new to see or check out.
A Perfect Glens Falls Day
I am absolutely obsessed with the breakfast bowl at Rachel's Cafe & Spice Co. on Warren Street. I never knew sweet potatoes could be incorporated into breakfast! If you haven't been to Mikado, since they moved to Glen Street, you have to go. Not only is it gorgeous inside, but they have these awesome sushi boxes that are perfect for lunch. The best thing about downtown is everything is within walking distance and there's a little bit of everything. I could get a craft beer and Buffalo chicken soup at Davidson Brothers, then hop over to the Bullpen Tavern for their grilled cheese of the week. Too many choices!
On the Future
I saw that someone else said a bookstore would be a great addition, and I totally agree. What else? A rooftop bar somewhere would be awesome. And I know space may be a little limited, but a small dog park would make a lot of people (and furry friends) happy.
Thanks, Amanda! We’re rooting for that rooftop bar, too!
P.S. Check out more of our My Glens Falls series here.