Beach balls, palm trees, and (cardboard) hula dancers. No, CAYP didn’t take over the Caribbean (yet), but we did gather at Bombers Burrito Bar in downtown Schenectady. CAYP held its October 2011 networking event in the restaurant’s third floor beach-themed La Playa room. Capital Region professionals enjoyed the location’s comfortable atmosphere along with Bombers’ popular menu items, such as mini tacos and lemon-pepper garlic wings.
It had been three years since CAYP made its way to downtown Schenectady, and the revisit was a success. Schenectady professionals were excited to have CAYP in the area. Cathie Wright, account manager at Potratz Automotive Ad Agency in Schenectady, stated “There are a lot of initiatives to attract people and business to the area, and downtown Schenectady has changed a lot in the past few years. With Proctors, the GE Theater and Bowtie Cinema, along with some great restaurants, downtown Schenectady is a great place for networking events.”
October’s event was sponsored by new online classifieds website Movethatblock.com. The company spread the word about its free service and had a table full of complimentary t-shirts. Owner Carey Trappenburg was pleased with the location, claiming “ [Bomber’s] in Schenectady allowed for an intimate and inviting atmosphere. It was great exposure for us as sponsors and very nice to spend the evening with so many young professionals with ranging professions.”
The evening held several chances for CAYP attendees to continue the fun. One winner of the business card drawing received a $25 gift certificate to Bombers, another winner received tickets to HippieFest at The Palace Theater and a third winner went home with three tickets to Exposed, a CAYP-sponsored event introducing Albany Barn’s endeavor to transform St. Joseph’s Academy into a unique art space.
Business contacts and burritos …what more could you have asked for?