Think Dutchess Digital Ambassador – Andrew Mendez-Spera

Andrew Mendez-Spera – Tipsy Social



Founder & CEO of Tipsy Social

What attracted you to Dutchess?

Honestly, my husband. We were living up in the Capital Region while he was finishing his PharmD and I was launching Tipsy Social. After he graduated, he got a job offer working in Dutchess County (where he grew up), and we decided to make the move. Originally, I planned to commute up to Albany once a week to meet with clients, but after moving down and getting to experience everything that Dutchess County has to offer, I chose to make the Hudson Valley the priority for my company. 

How has Dutchess County influenced you and your professional role? 

I don’t even know how to put it into words. Dutchess County has helped launch my career and company in directions I never thought imaginable. From partnering with amazing business owners to drive success to call Fishkill home for Tipsy Social HQ, Dutchess County has tremendously impacted my personal and professional life for the better.

Favorite Dutchess County past-time or activity?

Hands down, all the festivals and fairs. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t overwhelmed with excitement to go to a local fair or festival. I love to shop, dine, and drink. The Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest at the county fairgrounds and First Friday in Poughkeepsie, bring all my favorite things together under one roof.

Favorite Dutchess County eatery?

Shameless plug, Melzingah Tap House in Beacon. There’s no competition in my eyes. Full disclosure, my agency has represented this award-winning restaurant and tap house since its inception. It’s my favorite eatery because the food is phenomenal, there is always a great rotation of tap beers (they take that VERY seriously), and the “Instagramability” of their interior design, and surrounding area, keeps me captive!

What do you think would be a surprise to anyone visiting Dutchess for the first time? 

How close we are to Manhattan. You can go from beautiful mountain-scapes and farms to skyscrapers and bottleneck traffic in a little over an hour commute.

Advice to anyone visiting or looking to do business in Dutchess? 

For those visiting, explore! It’s easy to get swayed into visiting the more “well-known” destinations, but the true beauty of Dutchess County is found in the people, small shops, eateries, and activities off the beaten path.

For those looking to do business, you won’t be disappointed. Take it from someone who was able to build their business here, the opportunities are endless and the support is unwavering.


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