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November 25, 2017 - 3:12pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, Shop Local, news.


Sue Schultz checks out, with the help of Michael Mugler, her purchases at Adam Miller Toy and Bicycle this afternoon on Shop Small Saturday, a day promoted nationally to encourage shopping at locally owned businesses.

Locally owned retail businesses are critical to healthy local communities. Small business owners provide the support communities need to thrive and more of the money spent at a locally owned business stays in the local community to help the local economy grow.

For more:

  • Grow Your Own (PDF) by the Kansas City Federal Reserve (A guide for local communities on promoting support for small, local businesses)
  • The Shop Local Ripple Effect, by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance

For a directory of locally owned businesses, visit

Andrea Karas and Kasey Woodhouse shopping at Pollyanna and Dot and The Hidden Door.


Gerald Diskin shopping for shoes at Batavia Bootery with Kevin Stone.

January 8, 2017 - 2:42pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Shop Local, advertisement, Sponsored Post.


VIsit and post a recommendation for any local business listed on the site for a chance to win a $100 from R&D Factory Outlet

To qualify, recommendations must be posted by Jan. 15.

Multiple recommendations posted count as multiple chances to win. Post as many recommendations as you want.

You must register to post a recommendation. If you've already registered or have registered for Deal of the Day, just use the "sign in" link on the site.

Our previous drawing was for two $50 gift certificates for Alex's Place. The winners were Christopher Gersitz, of Darien Center, and Jean Appis, of Byron.

December 28, 2016 - 9:16am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Sponsored Post, Shop Local, advertisement.


How many local businesses do you love? Share why they're your favorites on and you become eligible to win a $50 gift certificate for Alex's Place (two winners). Go to and post as many recommendations as you want. Every recommendation posted before Jan. 4, 2017, increases your chance of winning.

The winners of the Adam Miller Toy and Bicycle gift certificates were Steven Pagano, of Spencerport, and Pamela Morris, of Batavia.

December 20, 2016 - 5:49pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Shop Local, thebatavian, advertisement.

Visit before Dec. 27 and post recommendations for your favorite local businesses for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate for Adam Miller Toy and Bicycle.

Each recommendation posted increases your chances of winning.

The winner of the Valle Jeweler's gift certificate was Penny Hogan, of Le Roy, for her recommendation for R&D Outlet Center.

UPDATE 10:25 p.m.: I just discovered a code error introduced into the code this morning that was preventing recommendations posted today from being saved. It was redirecting people to the home page instead of completing the process. It is fixed now.

December 19, 2016 - 7:52am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Shop Local, thebatavian.

We've received dozens of recommendations on Shop Local for local businesses in the past five days and there is only one day left in our drawing to win a $100 gift certificate to Valle Jewelers.

Every recommendation posted on before Tuesday earns a chance to win the gift certificate. To post a recommendation, go to and click on the links for your favorite local businesses and find the area on the page for recommendations. (You need to be registered and signed in to post a recommendation, but if you've already signed up for Deal of the Day, you have an account already.)

Here are the 10 local businesses with the most recommendations so far:

  1. Valle Jewelers
  2. Red Osier Landmark Restaurant
  3. Bourbon & Burger Co.
  4. Genesee Dental
  5. Southside Deli
  6. Adam Miller Toy and Bicycle
  7. West Main Wine & Spirits
  8. R & D Factory Outlet
  9. Fab Fajita & Pita
  10. T.F. Brown's

If your local business isn't listed on, call Dawn Puleo at (585) 250-4118 for assistance.

December 13, 2016 - 10:08am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Shop Local, thebatavian.

Yesterday, we launched our new local business promotion site,

One of the first features we added to the site (there are more to come) is a way for you to post recommendations for your favorite local businesses. Recommendations are a great way for you to help spread the word about your favorite local businesses and encourage your friends, family members and neighbors to give these businesses a try.

If you post a recommendation on in the next week, you will be entered into a drawing for a free $100 gift certificate to Valle Jewelers. In fact, it gets better: the more recommendations you post, the greater your chance of winning because you get one ticket in the drawing for every recommendation you post.

This contest will end the morning of Dec. 21. That gives you a week to post as many recommendations as you can and get as many chances as you can to win a $100 gift certificate to Valle Jewelers.

No purchase necessary. Employees of The Batavian are excluded from the drawing.

To post a recommendation, you need to register on the site. Here's the easy part: if you've already registered for Deal of the Day, just use your same email and password to sign in.

December 12, 2016 - 8:16am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Shop Local, business, news, thebatavian.

When we launched our Deal of the Day program, I shared that this was the first step toward my intention to write code, to create a series of programs that I hope will better serve local residents and local businesses.

Today, we announce the next big step along this path -- launching a new site to help promote local businesses,

I built this, no vendor, no open source software, because none of the options really did what I think a site like this should do for local businesses and local residents. What is today is not what it will be a year or even two years from now. This is just the foundation, a framework. I will add more and more services and functions as time permits.

And stay tuned, in the next day or two we will announce the first in a series of contests tied into this new site.

Meanwhile, visit and email me with any feedback, suggestions or errors you find: [email protected].

Also, if you own a local business and it's not listed, call our office at (585) 250-4118 and ask for Dawn Puleo. She can assist you.

November 26, 2016 - 6:13pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in downtown, batavia, business, Shop Local, kathy hochul, news.


It's been five years since Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul first came to Batavia for part of her Christmas shopping and she noted today while standing outside Valle Jewelers how much things have changed.

For the better.

"Five years ago you would see one person, maybe two, in a store and you would feel kind of bad because I know hard it was when my mom had a little business and nobody walked through the door," Hochul said. "It’s a lonely feeling and I know how hard these people work."

Hochul owned a small shop in a WNY village at a time when most people were predicting decline for the area, but she stuck with it and that's one reason Hochul believes so strongly in supporting locally owned businesses.

"My connection with these people is that I feel that same entrepreneurial spirit (as her mother), true believers, people who never gave up in places like Batavia," Hochul said. "I come out and thank them for staying with it during the tough times and hopefully they’re very successful now as people are starting to rediscover downtowns."

There are new retail shops in Downtown Batavia and in addition to visiting her favorites, Adam Miller Toy and Bicycle, Charles Men's Shop and Valle Jewelers, Hochul also stopped in at The Hidden Door/Pollyanna & Dot and Foxprowl Collectables.

Hochul remarked on the great diversity of businesses helping to anchor downtown as a more vibrant shopping destination and that's good for all the businesses.

"The downtown has really come alive again and it’s satisfying for me to see," Hochul said.

Hochul was accompanied on her walk through downtown by City Manager Jason Molino, who shared information about the projects completed and underway that are transforming downtown, such as the planned brewery and restaurant incubator going into the former Newberry's building. Projects like those, and the new shoe store, a joint effort between Charles Men's Shop and p.w. minor, will only help draw more people to Batavia and to downtown, she said.

Hochul promised that the governor's office will continue to support programs that assist in local economic development, such as those that assisted in bringing new apartment units downtown and is helping with brownfield redevelopment and projects that will hopefully help the whole county's economy grow, such as STAMP -- Science and Technology Advanced Manufacturing Park.

"There’s a direct correlation between a governor who has been paying attention to Upstate New York, and myself knowing it so well in the past five years, to where I really think we've made a difference," Hochul said.








November 26, 2016 - 10:20am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Shop Local, thebatavian, Sponsored Post, news.

Today is Shop Local Saturday. Ironically, it's a national event pushed by a multinational corporation. Be that as it may, our readers know one of the underlying philosophies of The Batavian is that people should strive to shop at local businesses as much as possible.

In this day and age, it would be impossible in just about any community in America to shop in only local shops, but all over America, as in Genesee County, our communities are filled with vital local businesses.

Local businesses are essential to a community's health and prosperity. Social science research shows that communities with strong local business communities reap all kinds of benefits, from higher graduation rates to lower poverty rates and even a lower infant mortality rate.  

Local business owners help tie a community together. They volunteer more, give more and share more. They're part of our civic organizations and donate most to our local charities. Without successful local businesses, we would all be worse off.

There's been a lot of attention paid in this past election cycle to the idea that more of what we buy should be manufactured in the United States. That drive to bring manufacturing back to the United States means nothing if we're not supporting our local businesses. It's not that our local shops stock only American-made products, though that's more likely, it's that they are right in our community helping our community. If you truly want to see a great America, do something more than rally around manufacturing, support your local business owners, the people who live in your community and give to your community.

Here's a list of The Batavian's sponsors, which is a good place to start when shopping local for Christmas and into the New Year. We also encourage your support of the sponsors of the Pin Points bowling column, which runs every other Thursday exclusively on The Batavian.

We thank them for their support of The Batavian and thank you for your support of The Batavian and our community.

November 30, 2012 - 6:48pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, Shop Local.

There are numerous locally owned shops in Genesee County that are ready to lift your spirits this holiday season, including our locally owned liquor stores.

Our locally owned businesses give to the community all year long. During the holiday season is a time to give back by keeping your hard-earned dollars in our local community and shopping locally as much as possible for your gift and entertaining needs.

Above, Christine Crocker, owner of YNGodess.

Chris Blossom, West Main Wine and Spirits

Priya Rathod, Mr. Wine and Liquor

November 29, 2012 - 4:58pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, Shop Local.

Of course you can find great gifts in locally owned stores, and at prices you can afford.

Above, Rich Mortellaro and Doug Barnard of R&D Outlet Center.

Guy Clark, Cedar Street Sales and Rentals.

Barbara Rumsey and Jeanne Walton, the Artisan Shop @ The YWCA (Barbara is one of the local artisans whose work is available for purchase at the store).


November 28, 2012 - 6:08pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, Shop Local.

Here's your challenge for your next holiday shopping excursion: Stop into at least three locally owned businesses and see what they have to offer.

Local business owners are your family members, friends, neighbors and biggest boosters of our community. When you support them, you're really supporting yourself.

You can also find great gifts, affordable prices and get great service to boot.

Above, Sherry Valvo of Floral Fantasies. Below, Greg Gluck of Alberty's and Kurt Fisher of Fisher Sports.

BTW: I had an interesting conversation with Fisher last night. He pretty much exploded the myth that chains are less expensive than locally owned stores. He said his prices are consistently lower than chain sporting goods stores in the area, especially for coaches looking to outfit teams, but even on licensed products such as Bills and Sabres jerseys.

November 27, 2012 - 3:18pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, Shop Local.

'Tis the season to support your local business owners ...

Today we feature Cory Richenberg, Hardcor Audio, Mike Barrett, Barrett's Batavia Marine, and Phil Pies, Max Pies Furniture.

November 26, 2012 - 3:48pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, Shop Local.

As we pointed out Friday, local shop owners are standing by, ready to help you with the perfect holiday gift.

And as we said, when you shop local, more of your hard-earned dollars stay in our local community where they can do the most good.

Above, Jim and Tina Lambert, Lambert's Design Jewelers.

Ross Walker, RW Vapors.

Bill Hume, Foxprowl.

November 23, 2012 - 4:47pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, Shop Local.

When you do your holiday shopping at a locally owned store, not only will you find unique and special gifts, more of your dollars will stay in the local community and do the most good.

Local shop owners are the people who do the most to support your community, from volunteering for local organizations to donating to local charities. Strong communities have strong local business communities, and the more we support our local businesses, the more our local economy will grow.

I stopped in on three local businesses today just to get three pictures of local people in local shops as a reminder to shop locally this holiday season.

Above are Mary Valle and Carrie Lawrence of Valle Jewelers.

John Roche, Adam Miller Toy and Bicycles

Don Brown of Charles Men's Shop

September 3, 2012 - 11:04pm
posted by Lisa Ace in Sponsored Post, advertisement, Shop Local.

Think Local - Buy Local - Be Local

Support community groups: Nonprofit organizations receive an average 250 percent more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.

This week's featured businesses:

ALBERTY DRUGS -- Established by Mr. Guy Alberty in 1922, Alberty Drugs has always worked hard to serve our friends and neighbors with excellent, personalized customer service. Paul Gluck built on that tradition when he bought the pharmacy in 1967 and now his son Greg is continuing this philosophy today.  Our pharmacists and staff care about you and are always available to help with your healthcare needs. Alberty Drugs also offers daily prescription delivery service, immunization clinics, home health equipment as well as a full line of greeting cards and gifts. Located in the heart of Batavia, Alberty Drugs is proud to be your hometown pharmacy since 1922. Visit us online:

EMPIRE TRACTOR -- We have moved to a NEW location at 5072 East Main Street Batavia, NY. Please stop in and see our NEW facility. We have been serving farm and homeowners with parts, service and equipment for over 100 years in Western New York. We are proud to say we make YOUR buying experience a pleasurable one, along with giving you continued support of all your purchases. Empire Tractor has six locations in the WNY area to support all your needs. Visit us online:

GOLD RUSH -- Opened on 10/1/2011 to try and help Genesee County residents with other alternatives to sell broken or unwanted jewelry and coins instead of being mistreated or misled by "fly-by-night buying events" at local hotels and typical "pawn shops." We try to make the  experience pleasant and educational. We like to show the consumer the resources on how to find out what the item may be and its worth. We can tell you, like every other store, that we will give you the best deal in town but if you give us a chance we can prove it to you. We also will  guarantee that we will beat any legitimate offer from any store in New York State, not just Genesee County. We are senior friendly, have a private, safe and well lit parking lot. The Gold Rush is now Batavia's local coin shop and sells all numismatic hobby items. Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-8pm & Sunday 12pm-5pm. Special appointments can be made for any hours not list for appraisals.

L&L TRANSMISSION -- L&L Transmissions, Inc., has been family owned and pperated since 1978. They are a AAA Approved, complete automotive repair facility. Transmission and drive line specialists, they also work on transfer cases, differentials, brakes, front- and rear-wheel drives, electric computer diagnostics, automatic and standard, RVs and oversized vehicles, and do complete clutch repair. They give free code scans and estimates. They are currently having a used tire sale with used tires from $5 to $20. Please call 585-343-1735 or check them out on the Web at

SUZANNE'S SCHOOL OF DANCE --Suzanne`s School of Dance and Tutu Tots  has been in business for 25 years, located at 33 Center St., Batavia. We pride ourselves with professionally teaching dance in a caring family atmosphere, where every child is like our own. We specialize in preschool movement with a program created by Miss Suzanne called Tutu Tots! The teachers also teach ballet, jazz,modern, hip hop and tap. We are truly a cut above the rest! You can register for fall classes by going to our Web site at or by calling 344-4060. Reference this article for $5 off your registration fee!

Be sure to regularly check the ads on the site to be alerted to special offers from our sponsors. A complete list of our sponsors can be found on the lower left side of this page. Supporting our sponsors helps us continue to bring you the news of Genesee County.


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