Date:  Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Time:  Competitions from 12 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Location: Lower level new Lord & Taylor Court, across from Apple.


At the conclusion of the competitions, Austin's will take all of the scores from all of the category winners and the highest score overall will be crowned the “Barber Battle Champion."  The champion will receive $250 scholarship, along with a trophy.



Michael Kors is the leading American fashion designer for michael michael kors monogram signature tote and sportswear. The company’s heritage is rooted in producing polished, sleek, sophisticated American sportswear with a jet-set attitude. Their products, emblematic of the highest standard of quality, include apparel, accessories and beauty. Theirr lifestyle-driven company embraces the highest standards of creativity, quality, technology and human resources. They will open their new store this Fall on the upper level across from bebe!!!


The Art of Shaving is a growing company at the forefront of the rapidly expanding men's grooming industry. Considered the world's leading expert on shaving! They will be opening their new location this Fall across from delia's!



Texas de Brazil is Coming to Albany

Crossgates Mall to Welcome the Nation’s Premier Brazilian Steakhouse


Tweet this release: @crossgates_mall to welcome Texas De Brazil in August. 


Albany – Texas de Brazil, the nation’s premier Brazilian steakhouse, is bringing its award-winning, relaxed fine dining concept to Crossgates Mall.  Expected to open in August, this will be Texas de Brazil’s fifth location in New York, joining Manhattan, Syracuse, Yonkers and Buffalo.


The new 7,500 sq. foot restaurant features Southern Brazilian, a chef’s table and open-view grill in the dining room and a bar/lounge area.  Slated to open in August, the space will accommodate 230 guests.


“Our guests in much of New York State already enjoy the welcoming atmosphere and unique menu,” stated Salim Asrawi, Chief Operating Officer of Texas de Brazil.  “We look forward to bringing our authentic Southern Brazilian cuisine served with the generous spirit of Texas to the New York State Capital.”


The steakhouse’s menu features an extensive selection of meats; all prepared in the traditional Brazilian method – over an open flame – and carved tableside by the restaurant’s authentically costumed Brazilian cowboys, or “Gauchos.” 


Area residents can sign up immediately for the Texas de Brazil e-club and be among the first to receive important announcements, complimentary dinners for birthdays and special event invitations.  Log onto and click on “Receive Deals.”


Texas de Brazil will be open for dinner Monday – Thursday, from 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.; Friday, from 5p.m. – to 10 p.m.; Saturday, from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.; and Sunday, from 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The dining prices are $44.99 for a Regular Dinner and $24.99 for Light Dinner (prices exclude beverages and dessert).  Children under two years-old eat free.  For those ages 3 – 5, the price is $5.00; and youngsters 6 – 12 dine for half-price. 


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About Texas de Brazil

Texas de Brazil is a family-owned and operated restaurant company providing traditional Brazilian hospitality and cuisine to thousands of guests each day. Founded in 1998 and based in Dallas, Texas de Brazil is recognized as one of the country’s premier Brazilian steakhouses, known as Churrascarias. The menu features a wide array of grilled meats including choice cuts of beef, pork, lamb and chicken. Each are prepared in the time-honored Brazilian method of cooking over an open flame and carved tableside by the restaurant’s authentically-clad Gauchos. Each restaurant also offers an elaborate salad area with more than 50 fresh selections as well as an extensive wine list and dessert menu. Beautifully appointed private dining rooms are available for special functions and larger parties.  The company operates 28 domestic locations and 3 international restaurants with planned openings in Cleveland, Ohio, Huntsville, Ala., Miami-Dadeland, Fla., New Orleans, La., Norfolk, Va., Oklahoma City, Okla., Rochester, N.Y., Tulsa, Okla., Washington D.C., and international locations in Dubai, Mexico City, and Seoul.

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About Crossgates Mall

Crossgates Mall is the Capital Region’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination offering an impressive selection of national brands and the newest retail concepts.  The center is anchored by Macy’s, JCPenney, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Best Buy, Forever 21, Burlington Coat Factory, Dave & Buster’s, and Regal Cinemas with IMAX, and offers more than 200 retail shops, including Apple, a food court, and restaurants.  Additional information regarding Crossgates Mall can be found at, facebook and twitter.

ATTENTION EVERYONE: There is a National Shortage in Blood Donations this year!!! Please HELP the RedCross and Donate!

They will be holding a Blood Drive here on Tuesday, August 5th from 1pm - 6pm. It will be located on the Lower Level Across from GAP! Everyone can make a difference.





the evolution and fusion of dining and entertainment


ALBANY - Latitude 360, the award-winning, premier upscale casual dining and state-of-the-art family entertainment venue, will be bringing its 360 EXPERIENCE to Crossgates Mall.  With construction already underway, Latitude 360 expects to debut its new venue Friday, October 17, 2014. Soon guests from across the region will enjoy the unparalleled Latitude 360 EXPERIENCE, the evolution and fusion of dining and entertainment.


“We are proud to welcome Latitude 360 to Crossgates Mall”, CEO/Founder of Latitude 360 Brent Brown stated, “Today’s news underscores our excitement about bringing our fourth venue to Albany’s Crossgates Mall. The mall welcomes more than 20 million customer visitors per year and has been named one of Travel & Leisure Magazine’s ‘Most Visited Shopping Malls in America.’ We believe this ideal location will be a huge opportunity for us as we continue to further expand the Latitude 360 footprint across the US.”  Brown continues, “Top-notch dining, beverage selection and customer service anchor the 360 EXPERIENCE at all locations. We are also delighted to bring the Capital Region community and its families many cutting-edge entertainment options. We’re offering 22 luxury bowling lanes, stand-up comedy and live musical performances, a great dance venue with top DJs and VJs, plus much, much more. Latitude 360 is an experience the whole family will enjoy and our new Membership and Rewards Program will give you added benefits every time you engage in the Latitude 360 EXPERIENCE.”


Latitude 360 will occupy approximately 53,000 square feet and will include the 360 Grille & Bar, The Lanes, Game Room, Latitude LIVE, HD Sports Theater, and the AXIS Bar & Stage within Crossgates Mall, which boasts an impressive 1.7 million square feet of a wide array of leading high-end retail establishments (including Coach, Apple, Pottery Barn, J. Crew and many more). The Latitude 360 entrance will be on the lower level by Pandora.


"We are proud to welcome Latitude 360 to Crossgates Mall," said Joseph Castaldo, General Manager of Crossgates Mall. "This 22 lane premier bowling and night-life establishment will significantly add to the entertainment experience at Crossgates Mall and the Capital Region. Our shoppers continually ask us to bring only the best and most exciting retailers to Crossgates Mall, and we’ve accomplished that again with Latitude 360. This addition to the center further solidifies the mall’s position as the dominant shopping center in the region.”

Best Buy Mobile is Now Open across the hall from their old store, next to Track N Trail!!!


The Sprint store on the lower level near Apple has moved to their new store across from Pandora!

Phone Number: 518.869.0181



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