Niagara Gazette — Mary has been managing the shop since 2003 and I have seen it morph into what I describe as a mini-department store. Where else can you find a candy store, a fresh flower nook, a greeting card display, toys and baby items in a shop where you do not have to have roller skates on to get around during a lunch hour? You can also find snacks, a book corner with magazines, and lots of items for us gals such as some clothing (shawls, hats, gloves, and scarves), purses and lots of great jewelry. I can’t forget to mention the seasonal items for every holiday on our calendar. The Halloween orange has given way to the red and green. It is getting to “to look a lot like Christmas” as the shop is now glowing with twinkling lights, tinkling bells, glittering ornaments, many attractive table top decorating items. It’s not too late to find that special “gift” for someone of any age at this all inclusive shopping center on the ground floor of the NFMMC.
All profits benefit the medical center. The Gift Shop is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m., except for Wednesday and Friday when it closes at 4 p.m. They recently took their show on the road and had a table at the second annual NFMMC “Ladies Night Out” selling over $600 of beautiful scarves, shrugs, capes, and hats with matching gloves.
Outside vendors are often invited to set up in front of the waterfall outside the shop’s door where they offer ladies handbags, jewelry and chocolate. Who says there is no place to shop in Niagara Falls?
Back to more current facts on the Auxiliary, which dropped “Women’s” from its name in 1985 and Angelo D’Aloise made history as he became the first male member of the Auxiliary Board in 2003. He also worked in the Gift Shop along with Anthony Quaranto and others.