Some say a business’ first year is a decisive one: It can show whether all the pieces of the puzzle work smoothly together or if an idea is destined to fail.

Calabria Coffee in New Hartford just hit its first year in business after opening during a pandemic, an uncertain economy and surviving the long Central New York winter. What has their first year been like? 

Owners Bryce and Erika Lamberto said they “went all in” to follow their dream, which has been a long time in the making.

“It’s been a long two years,” Bryce said. “But we went into it, I think we spent about six months preparing ourselves … with a good mindset and everything prepared.”

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Calabria Coffee opened at 52 Genesee St. in New Hartford last May, and it's celebrating a year in business.

Opening during challenging times

The idea of opening their own business was sparked back in 2015, Erika said. At the time, the couple…



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