Niagara Gazette — There’s one more sweet spot on Old Falls Street since a new ice cream and candy store opened recently in the Sheraton Hotel.
The idea for the new candy boutique, called the Hershey’s Sweet Spot, came from hotel owner Michael DiCienzo, according to Sheraton’s director of sales Geoffrey Reeds, director of sales and marketing at the hotel.
Reeds said that DiCienzo, vice president of the family controlled hotel group, Canadian Niagara Hotels Inc., decided to create a store similar to one the company owns in Niagara Falls, Ont.
The new store will feature Hershey’s Products, ice cream, cookies, cupcakes, fudge and chocolate covered strawberries, along with a variety of Hershey’s candy and products from the locally owned Niagara’s Honeymoon Sweets, Reeds said.
Apparently the store is already a hit with the tourists. “This week we had an East Indian family come in and order $120 worth of candy,” he noted.
The new store is adjacent to the Starbucks in the hotel and will soon include outdoor seating on Old Falls Street.
“It will be a nice enhancement to the street,” Reeds added. The store will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week during tourist season with reduced hours in the winter.
The store will also be an added attraction during the concert series the Sheraton-owned TGI Friday’s is sponsoring starting June 21. The free Friday concerts were without a major sponsor this year and in danger of being cancelled when the hotel management stepped up and took sponsorship of the event, The concert venue has been moved to Third Street and the bands will play from 7 to 10 p.m. and include local bands each Friday through Oct. 4, which is Oktoberfest.
The Canadian Niagara Hotels Inc. also operates six prominent hotels in Niagara Falls, Ontario, as well as the Days Inn on Main Street here,
Seneca Gaming Corporation has been chosen for top honors as the region’s “Healthiest Employer” for 2014 among organizations with 1,500 or more employees. The corporation has earned a “Healthiest Employer” designation for each year since the award program’s inception in 2011.
The Healthiest Employer awards program, sponsored by Buffalo’s weekly news publication, Business First, recognizes organizations that are committed to creating a healthy workplace. An online assessment tool through Healthiest Employers, a privately held technology and data research company, measures wellness programming in six key categories: Culture and Leadership Commitment, Foundational Components, Strategic Planning, Communication and Marketing, Programming and Interventions, and Reporting and Analysis. Healthiest Employers compiled the rankings and selected 41 companies for the Western New York list.
Seneca Gaming Corporation launched a comprehensive wellness program in 2010 and utilizes incentives, team competition and individual motivation to foster a healthier workforce. In 2013, new offerings included a 36-panel fasting blood draw and a confidential comprehensive screening program to provide team members with an opportunity to learn more about their personal health status. Nearly 60 percent of all team members enrolled in a company health insurance plan signed up for the new screening program, which provided them the option to receive a monthly medical premium reduction.
Starting and Managing Your Own Business, a pre-business start-up planning workshop designed for those in business or interested in learning how to start a business will be held on 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Bryant & Stratton College - Orchard Park, 200 Redtail Road, Orchard Park.
Attendees will learn about business planning, marketing, market research, legal structures, insurance, taxes and more. For reservations log on to buffaloniagara.score.org/localworkshops. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $30 but veterans are free.