Six inquisitive questions with Saratoga’s most interesting people.
By Alyssa McClenning
Dapper. Charming. Refined. Those are a few of the adjectives people use to describe Kyle Jewell. He might be young, but his demeanor is aged perfectly. We recently caught up with Kyle over a drink to chat about business, politics, and most importantly, music.
1. Tell us about your earliest Saratoga memory.
My earliest memory in Saratoga is also a memory of my first CD. I went to what was Last Vestige, formally in the Alexis Aida spot, and picked up a used Charlie “Bird” Parker disk. Still listen to those same songs today… Blues for Alice was one of the best on there.
2. The Saratoga Social was created to highlight the work of our local nonprofits. Which organization is most important to you?
This is incredibly difficult with all of the great work everyone in/outside of nonprofits do but Franklin Community Center on the west side really does a phenomenal job. Walking by some days when they’re open the thing that struck me was the staff just having a laugh and talking with the beneficiaries of their services. I realized that was one of the best things they were handing out.
3. Which spot in town serves your favorite drink or dish?
Lately…The Brook Tavern on Union. I’ve been keeping it simple with cocktails lately and they have the best gin and a great bar. The order? Monkey 47 gin, rocks, twist. Pair that with a couple of oysters and you’ve got it!
4. Many people would say you’re a fashion and cultural icon in Saratoga. What has influenced your refined aesthetic?
I appreciate the overly complimentary question but I’ve just been open and tried to experience whatever came at me. Through that I’ve met some really great people who have taken me along. One who was most influential was a professor I had at University of Hartford who showed me music and fashion alike. As a world renowned bassist and class act Nat Reeves was great to me.
5. What's the first app/website you open in the morning?
The first app that I pull up everyone morning is a piece of a trilogy of news. First it’s BBC world service podcast as I run, Reuters TV over coffee, and Bloomberg Business thereafter over email.
6. "I consider Saratoga's greatest hidden gem to be..."
Easily, Yaddo. I feel like every time I mention it to someone in passing it’s either a blank stare or a place a teen they know took a prom picture. The history and beauty of the property is unparalleled to anything else in Saratoga, immediate blood pressure reducer taking a stroll through.