Niagara Gazette

September 30, 2013

BIZ NEWS: Collectibles shop opens; GI nursery man honored

Staff reports
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — Because it was hard to find just the right name to describe their intentions, Louise Lascelle and her long-time friend Judy Hoff decided to just say it plainly. Their new store at 8505 Packard Road has been dubbed “The Old and New and Collectibles Too”

Located in the 1885 stone house which sits on the corner at Haseley Dr., most recently a showplace for local art, the pair decided to indulge themselves with the sheer joy of doing exactly what they wanted: Open a store with a little bit of everything.

There are Elvis Presley plates, tea cups, jewelry, gift baskets, and retro Avon collectible glass perfume bottles and much more.

“We are also taking things on consignment,” said Lascelle, a broker with Great Lakes Real Estate who once ran a similar shop on Pine Avenue.

The ladies are brushing up on their antique knowledge and plan to hunt garage and estate sales, while also taking items on consignment as well.

Business has already proved pretty satisfying, but if things don’t go exactly as they hope, they can always appeal to a higher source. Hoff, it turns out, is also a lay deacon for the Lutheran church in WNY.

So far, the ladies are having a blast. “More and more people are finding us,” said Hoff.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” Louise added. “Right now we’re only open three days a week but if it gets busy, we’ll open more.”

The Old, New & Collectibles Too is currently open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Call 471-6787 for more details.


If you stop in at Serene Gardens on Grand Island to visit the nursery, gift shop or restaurant, make sure you hunt down garden center manager Matt Smith and say “congratulations.”

Smith was recently named “Young Retailer of the Year,” at the international conference of the Association of Horticulture Professionals.

The award was presented by Green Profit, a magazine focusing on crop information and consumer trends, which featured Smith on its cover in September.

Serene Gardens, the only local nursery with a restaurant attached, was founded in 2011 by Smith’s brother and sister-in-law, Josh and Satomi Smith. Satomi comes from a restaurant family in Japan, and Josh lived in Japan for 12 years— teaching, apprenticing in landscape design, earning a doctorate in Japanese culture. Matt himself has traveled in Japan, where he reviewed many public and private gardens.

Things are going pretty well for the family. Last March, the Smith brothers won a top award at the Plantasia exhibition of the Western New York State Nursery and Landscape Association. The September issue of Green Profit can be viewed online at


Looking for a quick fix? The Joint opened in September in the Town of Tonawanda, as part of a franchise plan to transform the concept of chiropractic care.

According to company reports, The Joint Corporation has 420 clinics open or in development in 28 states, by owner John Leonesio who, in the 1970s, co-founded Scandinavian Health Spas, growing it from one club to 40 clubs before selling to Bally Health and Fitness in 1985. In 1990, he co-founded The Q, the Sports Club, growing it from one unit to 20 units in five years, before selling to 24 Hour Fitness. In 2002, he founded Massage Envy and in just six years, he took it from concept to a $300 million operation with more than 800 licenses awarded.

The Joint Corporation was started in Phoenix, Ariz., in 1999 and today the company claims it has created a new philosophy of health care where clients can utilize chiropractic treatment as an integral part of their health and wellness program. No appointments are necessary and adjustments start at $19. The Joint franchise was ranked among in Entrepreneur Magazine Franchise 500 and in Inc. Magazine 500 Fastest Growing Companies. The local joint is located at 1725 Sheridan Dr. in the town. For more information call 335-9300 or visit