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Friday, June 27, 2014 at 11:14 pm

Photos: Ireland well represented on first night of 2014 Jackson Square concert series

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The annual Jackson Square concert series kicked off Friday night with a return engagement by Stone Row, who first played the series nine years ago.

The electrified Irish band entertained the crowd with traditional and contemporary numbers.

Opening the show was a string quartet from the Genesee Symphony Orchestra playing traditional Irish tunes.

For a line-up of this summer's shows, click here.

Friday, June 20, 2014 at 12:19 pm

BID says opening day of Downtown FARMACY at new location was big success

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Press release:

Opening day, June 19th, at the Downtown Batavia Public Market’s (FARMACY) new location at the Bank Street & Alva Place Parking Lot was a huge success. Many of the vendors sold out of their produce, fruit and food.

The markets’ sponsor, Batavia Business Improvement District, was more than pleased, as it was biggest opening in its nine years. They choose this site because it is more central to the Jerome Center, Washington Towers, Genesee Country Mall, YMCA and the surrounding neighborhoods.  Bank Street is also a well- traveled street with local traffic.

The market will be open every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 pm, June 19th – Sept. 25th. Plenty of convenient parking at our new location.

The FARMACY offers: baked goods, tomatoes, berries, dog treats, herbs, peaches,  potatoes,  BBQ sauce, honey, maple syrup, olive oil, wine & handmade quilts & crafts and lots more.

There will be nutrition and gardening programs offered and give- a-ways that will be announced throughout the market season. Stay tuned.

“Shop Local, Shop Downtown."

Sponsored by: Batavia Business Improvement District. For more info contact the B.I.D. Office at 585-344-0900 / visit us at www.downtownbataviany.com. or like us on Facebook at downtownbataviabusinessimprovementdistrict.

Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Summer lineup announced for 'Friday Night in the Square' concert series

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Press release:

The Batavia Business Improvement District (BID) is releasing its Summer 2014 lineup for the free “Friday Night in the Square” Jackson Square Concerts, June 27th – Aug. 29th. For more than 14 years, the BID has provided free concerts in the Downtown for the Western New York community.

This year we have Greg Docencko and members of  Genesee Symphony Orchestra opening for three of the scheduled concerts in conjunction with the featured groups. This is most exciting and we think everyone should enjoy this new addition to our series.

The following is the schedule of events for “Friday Night in the Square,” located in Jackson Square, in the alleyways off of Jackson or Center Streets, from 7 to 9 p.m.:

  • Friday, June 27th – Opening Group: GSO – Greg Docencko

                                            Featured Act: Stone Row (Celtic/Folk)

  • Friday, July 4th – Northbound Rebels (Southern Rock)
  • Friday, July 11th -- Mitty & The Followers (MoTown)
  • Friday, July 25th  – Opening Group:  GSO – Greg Docencko

                                            Featured Act:  Bonnie & Collide (R & B)

  • Friday, Aug. 1st –  It’s My Party ('60s)
  • Friday, Aug. 8th –  Ghost Riders (Country) & Ghost Riders Drum & Bugle
  • Friday, Aug. 15th – OHMS Band (Soft Rock)
     
  • Friday, Aug. 22nd – Opening Group:  GSO – Greg Docencko

                                             Featured Group: C’est Bon All Girl Cajun Band (Cajun)

  • Friday, Aug. 29th  – Bluesway Band (Blues / Classic Rock)
  • Saturday, July 5th --  The Ramble Music & Art Fest from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Bring your own chairs. Rain Days – Concerts move into Batavia City Centre. Food & refreshments are available from Sweet Ecstasy during the events.

Monday, June 9, 2014 at 11:37 pm

On narrowest margin, council approves $1,900 for Downtown flowers

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WBTA contributed to this story.

It took the City Council 20 minutes to debate whether the city should reimburse the Business Improvement District $1,900 for flowers.

In the end, the resolution passed 5-4, but not before some sharp words where shared in the council chambers.

Councilwoman Rose Mary Christian looked around the room during the debate and wondered why Don Burkel, BID director wasn't there, "so we could rip his ass."

The request for the reimbursement didn't quite come from Burkel, however, it came from Councilman John Canale, who invited Burkel to submit a request for reimbursement. Canale saw it as a symbolic gesture to show common cause between the City Council and the business community. 

Councilwoman Kathy Briggs said the city already does enough for Downtown. The sidewalks are clean, the medians are beautiful and city crews hang the flower baskets.

"The fact is, we just saw this for the last time in our last packet and I'm like, 'oh, what's this,' " Briggs said. "The fact that a few council people were talking about it beforehand, planning it, then why didn't we know about it in a committee report? Why weren't we told about it. I got it in my packet and I'm like, 'what's this?' They didn't come to us at budget time. If you want this done, come to us and let's talk about it, but for me to find it in my packet and then decide it, no."

Councilman John Deleo also opposed the idea.

“I promised voters I would be financially responsible with their money,” Deleo said, “but flowers don’t rise to that level.” 

“It’s not just about making Downtown pretty,” countered Councilwoman Patty Pacino, “it is about making Downtown attractive to new and existing businesses.”

The BID fronted about $3,900 for the hanging baskets.

"I supported Vibrant Batavia because I wanted to bring pride back to the city," said Councilman Pier Cipollone, who spoke at length about the need to restore pride in Batavia. "If more people have pride they'll have a better feeling about being Downtown."

Also Monday: 

The city spent a total of $10,700 during the last fiscal year defending itself against a lawsuit filed by the City Centre Mall Association.

The figure was obtained by resident John Roach through a Freedom of Information Request. Roach complained that the bills he obtained were not “itemized.”

City Manager Jason Molino countered that Roach only requested a total amount for mall litigation and if an itemized accounting was requested, it could be provided.

The legal services summarized in the 2012-2013 fiscal year were incurred before the city filed a countersuit against the Mall Association earlier this year.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 6:45 am

Councilman proposes spending $1,900 to help pay for BID's hanging baskets Downtown

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Ben Franklin famously warned, "If we don't hang together, by heavens we shall hang separately."

City Councilman John Canale thinks it's time the various agencies working in the City of Batavia do a better job of hanging together.

To that end, he's asking his fellow council members to authorize a little extra spending: About $1,900 to help the Batavia Improvement District pay for the colorful hanging baskets lining Main Street again this year.

"Unfortunately, there's a lot of division of agencies in the city that are all working for the betterment of the city, but nobody wants to get on the same page," Canale said.

The BID stepped forward and paid $10,000 toward the cost of garbage dumpster containers off School Street. Now the city can reciprocate by pitching in for the flower baskets.

City crews hung the baskets at the behest of the BID on Friday, in time for Memorial Day.

Canale acknowledged that the city funding Vibrant Batavia has been a sore spot for some, and the city pitching in on the hanging baskets can smooth things over a bit.

"The BID doesn't have to do all the things they do," Canale said. "They don't have to put up flowers to make our Downtown more beautiful and more attractive to future businesses or businesses that may want to relocate. I think it would be great for the city to partner on a project like this."

Flowers Downtown are part of the city's economic development efforts, Councilwoman Patti Pacino said.

"Whether people choose to believe it or not, STAMP is enormous," Pacino said. "The ag park. These are all new people who don't live here, haven't lived here, and I'm going to guess they're married and have children. I'd like them to come in and see this is a good city to raise children in and live in. Flowers in the city, it sounds like such a small thing, but it makes it that much more interesting, that much more available, and that much better to come here."

Councilwoman Kathy Briggs suggested the city already does its share by watering the baskets.

Asked after the meeting about the city's contributions to hanging flower baskets Downtown, City Manager Jason Molino said, "The city does a lot of participation and cooperation with the Business Improvement District because we value improving our Downtown and our business community, and that helps the community as a whole. This is another one of those circumstances where we're going to partner with them to do more in the future."

The council will be asked to vote on the proposal at its next business meeting in two weeks.
Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 1:08 pm

Businesses invited to BID workshop on 'Winning Customers Through Visual Merchandising & Customer Service'

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A workshop on "Winning Customers Through Visual Merchandising & Customer Service" will be presented by the Downtown Batavia Business Improvement District from 8 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 4.

It will take place at the GO ART! building located at 201 E. Main St.

Retailers, restaurants and professionals can benefit from this workshop. The presenter will be Greg Lindberg, an economic development specialist for the state's Small Business Administration. He will focus on: layout tips for store design; product location and displays; how colors drive pruchase decision; better ways to servce customers; winning new customers; how to increase loyalty, and lots more.

The fee is $5 per person and open to all businesses. Light refreshments will be available.

RSVP by Monday, June 2 by calling 585-344-0900.

For more information about this program and other BID events and programs visit this Web site:  <www.downtownbataviany.com>

Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 12:37 am

BID honors two Downtown businesses and key volunteers

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Story and photos by Dan Fischer, WBTA.

The Batavia Business Improvement District (BID) honored two local businesses on Friday with its “Spirit of Downtown Business Award.”

The new business Spirit award was given to The YNGodess Shop. Proprietor Christine Crocker received the award with her son, Ben, at her side.

Accepting the Spirit award for the Established Business of the Year was Gregory Gluck, proprietor of Alberty Drugs.

Also recognized for their volunteer efforts on behalf of the BID were Steve Coraci and Beth Kemp.

The BID was created in 1997 creating a core group of Downtown property owners and city officials to organize a formal Downtown management association. Today, the BID is comprised of 143 properties that pay a total annual assessment of $120,000 and the City of Batavia’s contribution (for capital projects) is $41,300 to fund the organization.

The BID will meet on Tuesday to elect a new slate of officers.

Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 11:33 am

Deadline is April 22 for BID's annual awards luncheon on Friday, guest speaker is Mark Masse

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Press release:

The Batavia Business Improvement District will hold its annual meeting and awards luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 25 (registration at 11:45 a.m.) at the City Church Generation Center, 15 Center St. in Downtown Batavia.

Price is $20 per person. RSVP and payment by Tuesday, April 22. Reservations contact BID - Don Burkel or Laurie Oltramari, at 585-344-0900 or e-mail at dburkel@downtownbataviany.com

The agenda will include a review of the B.I.D.’s accomplishments and the announcement of the newly elected members to the Board of Directors.

The “Downtown Spirit” Business Awards are presented to: Greg Gluck, Alberty Drug Co. and Christine Crocker, The YNGodess Shop.

The “Downtown Spirit” Volunteer Awards presented to: Dan Fischer (WBTA Radio) who served as a board member and chairperson for Summer In The City, Beth Kemp (T-Shirts Etc.) for serving on the BID Promotion / Wine Walk committees and Steve Coraci (community volunteer) for serving on the Downtown Public, Summer In The City and Wine Walk committees.

Guest Speaker: Mark Masse, vice-president Genesee Economic Development Center. His topic: “When The STAMP Project Comes, Will Downtown Be Ready?”

All B.I.D. members and area businesses are invited. A special buffet will be served from Sweet Ecstasy Bakery & Bistro.

Event Date and Time

April 22, 2014 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 9:33 am

Photos: Annual Taste of the Holidays in Downtown Batavia

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Friday night was the first night of Taste of the Holidays. The festivities included a chance for visitors to the tent on Jackson Street to sample food from area restaurants and visit with other vendors. Bus rides to the Holland Land Museum Office to see the Wonderland of Trees were also part of the event.

The event continues today from noon to 3 p.m. and will include carriage rides and a scavenger hunt.

Children can also visit Santa today in City Centre.

Monday, October 28, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Pumpkins with anti-smoking messages included in Downtown fall displays

Photos and information submitted by Chelsea Dillon.

With the permission of the Business Improvement District, Reality Check Students (a Genesee-Orleans County Youth Bureau program) decorated pumpkins to include in Halloween displays Downtown with facts about smoking. The program leads up to the 38th Annual Great American Smokeout. The smokeout is Nov. 21, when smokers are encouraged to give up cigarettes for 24 hours.

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