Niagara Gazette — The family that has operated Mortimer's Restaurant Supplies for more than 80 years will soon be moving on.
Bud Beiter, who has spent his days in the store full of stir sticks, tongs and ice scoopers since buying the company from his in-laws in 1975, said he is ready to go on to the next chapter of his life, though he would not elaborate on his plans.
"What I do from here on in is probably not going to be as rewarding as these years at Moritmer's," Beiter said, staring off at the glassware lined up along the wall.
The business, started in 1929 by Emily Mortimer and her children Wright and Violet, has serviced Falls institutions of all stripes throughout the years. The owners of DiCamillo's Bakery, the Como, and Gadawski's all have stopped in to pick up paper products or glasses.
But now Beiter said he is ready to sell his business or, if no one bids on the business itself, sell off the inventory and put the building on the market.
Beiter's wife Rae Page-Beiter, and her cousin Jean Mortimer-Braun — the children of Violet and Wright respectively — are both sad the family will be moving on from the business that has been a part of their lives since before they were born.
Standing in the store full of themed place mats and bar mixers they both recounted the countless hours that they spent working and playing in the 11th Street shop.
"I practically lived at this store for three years," Mortimer-Btraun said.
While the parents managed the store, the girls and other children would play. Some were family, some neighborhood friends, Page-Beiter said.
"I used to come with my girlfriends and we would play waitress and store," she said.