Niagara Gazette

February 10, 2014

Win a wedding at Rapids Theatre's bridal open house Feb. 22

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Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — The chance to win a free wedding reception is already driving up ticket requests for the third annual Bridal Open House at the Rapids Theatre.

The event was created three years ago to show off the theater as an upscale wedding location. The Rapids, at 1711 Main St., was renovated five years ago as a performance facility event center that includes special light displays and a professional sound system. Brides-to-be who attend the event, from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 22., will also get a chance to sample hors d’oeuvres and cake from Rich’s Catering, the center’s exclusive caterer.

“The brides that come in will be able to tour the theater, hear the sound system, see the different light displays, tour of upstairs and downstairs and then they’ll be able to sample the food from Rich’s,” said Marie Hutchins, the wedding coordinator for the theater. Last year about 100 people attended the event, but this year, due to the wedding giveaway, about that many tickets have already been requested online, she said, adding that the event is free, but pre-registration is requested.

“We thought this event would give Niagara Falls and the Rapids some great exposure,” she said.

All weddings that are booked before March 1 will be entered to win a free wedding, which will include the room rental, a four hour open bar, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, a custom designed wedding cake and more. A lucky couple will be randomly selected and notified on March 3.

Free tickets to the open house are available online at For more information contact Marie Hutchins at 


River Region Chamber to honor 10

The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce will honor 10 businesses and individuals at the Annual Chamber Awards Gala May 16 at the Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston. The gala includes an evening of live music, silent auction, and hors d’oeuvres followed by a sit down dinner and awards program. 

Tickets are available through the chamber office, 895 Center St., Lewiston, at $95 per person. The evening is held to celebrate the business community and those citizens who help contribute to the success of the region

The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce will be presenting awards to: 

• Chairman’s Award – Great Lakes Real Estate

• River Region Partnership Award – Brett’s Tent & Awning

• Lewiston Business of the Year – Water Street Landing

Youngstown Business of the Year – Bandana’s Bar & Grill

Ransomville Business of the Year – Patti’s Cut Above

Sanborn Business of the Year – Sanborn Old General Store Antique Co-op

Village of Lewiston Citizen of the Year – James R. Franey

Village of Youngstown Citizen of the Year – Tina Oddy

Town of Porter Citizen of the Year – Ransomville Volunteer Fire Company

Town of Lewiston Citizen of the Year – Lee Simonson.

The gala is open to the public. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available through the chamber office, by calling 754-9500. 


UB website provides small business help

The debut of a new website connecting current and would-be entrepreneurs to upstate New York resources offering business assistance, has been created by The University at Buffalo and Launch NY.

The website,, is structured according to five stages of business development: explore, start, demonstrate, launch and grow. Each stage has recommended activities and resources listed.

Development of the website is part of a two-year grant awarded to a consortium of UB entities by the U.S. Economic Development Administration. The funds created the Innovation Hub (iHub) Accelerator, which is aimed at fostering innovation, job creation and capital investment in 10 Western New York counties.  

“In addition to helping entrepreneurs flourish, we hope this online ‘one-stop shop’ will lead to increased collaboration among business venture assets,” said Timothy Leyh, executive director of iHub Accelerator and TCIE. “We would like for it to attract the attention of other resource providers and stakeholders as well – such as policy makers, regulators and public officials – to further boost Western New York’s innovation infrastructure.”