Anthony Hazapis, Hippo's president (L) and Brittany Triana, Hippo's marketing manager (R) proudly display the Hippo's birthday cake, supported by current and past employees from throughout the years. PHOTO COURTESY OF HIPPO’S

Hippo’s, Albany, N.Y., a resource for home technology solutions, celebrated 30-years in business, marked by an exclusive anniversary event. The electronics experts hosted 100 of its closest friends, colleagues and partners for a memorable evening, which included a look back on the company's evolution.

“It's incredible to see how far we've come; what once was focused solely on home entertainment has grown into a one-stop shop for a wide spectrum of cutting-edge consumer electronics solutions,” said Anthony Hazapis, president of Hippo's. “We are so grateful to have the opportunity to serve the technology needs of our community and are honored that after 30-years we continue to earn their trust and support.”

The event paired attendees with one-on-one access to leading CE products and applications, including demos and displays from Audioquest, GoldenEar Technology, LG, Milestone AV, NAD, Samsung, Sennheiser, Seura, Sony and Totem Acoustic, among others. Alongside cocktails, appetizers — and of course birthday cake — guests were treated to aspecial proclamation from the United States House of Representatives, Congressman Paul D. Tonko who helped share in this major community milestone.

“With a focus on customer service, Hippo's is a shining example of entrepreneurial success,” said Congressman Tonko. “Hippo's has been an important part of the Capital Region's history and tradition.”

For three decades now, Hippo's has helped transform the homes and workplaces of its greater Albany clientele, partnering with premium manufacturers from across the CE industry, to deliver custom electronic system design and installation spanning home automation, lighting control, whole home streaming audio, security and more.

“It's my favorite theater store in the area,” said customer, Paul Goldman. “Nothing around the area even comes close. The staff is superb and really helpful.”

"Hippo's has adapted incredibly well with the evolution of technology and home theater. The store went from a place that sold products with added support to one that sold services supported with products. It's permitted the business to grow as one that offers highly specialized service using the very best in technology and workmanship," added Michael Lamarti, CEO of Jola Interactive and longtime Hippo's partner. "The camaraderie created with all of the employees, and in particular, my relationship with Tony and his family is a cherished memory. We've become lifelong friends and I'm forever indebted to him for how he's helped me throughout my life."  

In an effort to thank their local community, Hippo's is continuing the anniversary celebrations all month long, complete with a Sony 60-inch HD TV giveaway.

To learn more about Hippo's, please visit www.hipposonline.com.