Ken Mistler https://www.thebatavian.com/ en https://www.thebatavian.com/themes/barrio_batavian/images/thebatavian_logo.png Ken Mistler https://www.thebatavian.com/ Local Matters © 2008-2023 The Batavian. All Rights Reserved. Mon, 22 Apr 2024 11:20:47 -0400 https://www.thebatavian.com/themes/barrio_batavian/images/thebatavian_logo.png Wed, 17 May 2023 07:58:00 -0400 Theater owner promises live comedy and music in lieu of movies at The Bowery https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/theater-owner-promises-live-comedy-and-music-in-lieu-of-movies-at-the-bowery/634886
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The future entrance/exit to The Bowery, a new entertainment venue to open in the fall 2023 in the City of Batavia. Photo by Joanne Beck.

There’s a richly iconic salon in New York City known for being luxurious in nature and set apart by its vivid red door, a symbol of Elizabeth Arden Spas and perfumes.

By no means was the red door being wrangled over Tuesday evening by property owner Ken Mistler and members of the Planning and Development Committee as luxurious in nature, but it will be signature — of the entrepreneur’s latest venture into the world of entertainment.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/theater-owner-promises-live-comedy-and-music-in-lieu-of-movies-at-the-bowery/634886#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/theater-owner-promises-live-comedy-and-music-in-lieu-of-movies-at-the-bowery/634886 May 17, 2023, 7:58am Ken Mistler Theater owner promises live comedy and music in lieu of movies at The Bowery jfbeck_99_272012 <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div align-center"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="Red door at theater, Batavia" class="image-style-large" height="1067" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2023-05/red-door-at-theater.jpg?itok=xHYIPT80" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption>The future entrance/exit to The Bowery, a new entertainment venue to open in the fall 2023 in the City of Batavia. Photo by Joanne Beck.</figcaption> </figure> <p>There’s a richly iconic salon in New York City known for being luxurious in nature and set apart by its vivid red door, a symbol of Elizabeth Arden Spas and perfumes.</p><p>By no means was the red door being wrangled over Tuesday evening by property owner Ken Mistler and members of the Planning and Development Committee as luxurious in nature, but it will be signature — of the entrepreneur’s latest venture into the world of entertainment.</p>
City manager: Owner of former C.L. Carr's department store building is contemplating course of action https://www.thebatavian.com/mike-pettinella/city-manager-owner-of-former-cl-carrs-department-store-building-is-contemplating
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While there has been much activity in the City of Batavia, especially with Downtown Revitalization Initiative and NY Main Street Grant projects, the same can’t be said about the renovation of the former C.L. Carr department store at 101-107 Main St.

According to the “project tracking” chart generated by the Batavia Development Corp., a $1 million DRI award (of the $5.25 million total investment) was allocated to the Carr’s rehabilitation.

City Manager Rachael Tabelski, at this morning’s Batavia Development Corp. board meeting, said building owner Ken Mistler has met with representatives of Urban Vantage of Buffalo, a consulting firm, as he seeks the best course of action to repurpose the space.

“I’ve had several meetings with Mr. Mistler and he would like to move the project forward,” Tabelski said. “The next steps are to see if they want to go after an historic designation for the building – whether it’s worth that and the tax credits – and assuring that they can get architecture, engineering and design on the building done because you can’t do construction until you get that done.”

She said her discussions with Mistler have focused on keeping the bottom floor as commercial space, with the possibility of multiple stores there, and turning the upper floors into residential space.

“We talked about potentially doing furnished corporate loft-type space for some of the companies we have here,” she said. “We’re always getting requests for furnished space.”

The building has one section with three floors and another with two floors.

Tabelski also mentioned the need for corporate rentals and boutique hotel space in Batavia.

“When they look at their return on investment, they’re not just going to look at residential, they’re going to see if some of these mixes could work there,” she offered, mentioning The Shirt Factory Café in Medina as a prime example of mixed-use success.

There, the first floor houses a coffee shop, hair stylist and mead works, while the second floor has an attorney’s office and boutique hotel room in the loft space, and the third floor features boutique hotel rooms.

“In a way, the business model could be very similar to Carr’s. A very different building, very historically-significant -- The Newell Shirt Factory in Medina – but the mix of tenancy could be a great example for them to look at and follow.”

She said some preliminary work was done on the Carr’s site before COVID-19 hit “and now they’re getting back to it.”

“It’s nice to see it get moving along because when looking at all of the projects, that is the one that needed to advance through the necessary stages,” she said.

Contacted this afternoon, Mistler said that he has not contracted with Urban Vantage at this point and any information on what the renovation ultimately will look like is speculation.

Photo by Mike Pettinella

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https://www.thebatavian.com/mike-pettinella/city-manager-owner-of-former-cl-carrs-department-store-building-is-contemplating#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/mike-pettinella/city-manager-owner-of-former-cl-carrs-department-store-building-is-contemplating Aug 26, 2021, 3:58pm Ken Mistler City manager: Owner of former C.L. Carr's department store building is contemplating course of action mikepett <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/129907/2021-08/cl_carr_building_1.jpg?itok=5BEsRo3d" width="460" height="298" alt="cl_carr_building_1.jpg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p> <p>While there has been much activity in the City of Batavia, especially with Downtown Revitalization Initiative and NY Main Street Grant projects, the same can’t be said about the renovation of the former C.L. Carr department store at 101-107 Main St.</p> <p>According to the “project tracking” chart generated by the</p>
Next Level Fitness to close, downtown building sold to local investor https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/next-level-fitness-to-close-downtown-building-sold-to-local-investor/528383
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After 31 years in the fitness business, owning and operating gyms in Staten Island and Batavia, Ken Mistler says it's time for him to retire for that line of work.

He's sold the building that has been home to Next Level Fitness for 10 years at 85 Main St., Batavia, and the gym will close Feb. 27.

Mistler said he's reached an agreement to sell the massive three-story, 20,000-square-foot building (which includes a 6,800-square-foot basement) to a local investor. He can't disclose who the buyer is or what the buyer plans to do with the building but the new owner will not operate a gym at that location.

"I'm not sure what they're going to do," Mistler said. "I'm not sure if they're going to use the whole building for themselves or cut the building, subdivide the building."

Mistler started in the gym business in Staten Island and then opened Powerhouse Gym on East Main Street in 1997. He still owns that building and all the equipment currently at Next Level. He would like to see somebody open a gym using the existing equipment at the Powerhouse location or see another locally owned gym use this as an opportunity to grow.

"I'm trying to encourage a local small gym in the area to go into that facility so," Mister said, "they will have more options. My customers have said they're looking for options. They're coming to me the last couple of days and asking what else can we do? What do we have available? They're looking for smaller facilities because they aren't a fan of the larger places and they want to keep it local."

Mistler said the closure of Next Level isn't the result of a chain competitor opening in town. He could have competed with a chain if he had wished to make the changes necessary but he didn't want to make those changes after 31 years running gyms, and the real estate offer was attractive and worth taking at this time.

Mister, who owns several downtown properties, and is owner and operator of Ken's Charcoal Pits on Main Street and the local movie theater, Batavia Showtime, said he's grateful for the years of community support for his gym businesses.

"The support has been unbelievable," Mistler said. "If I had to do it over again I would. That's how good the community has been to that facility, especially since I started Next Level, but 31 years in the business is enough."

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/next-level-fitness-to-close-downtown-building-sold-to-local-investor/528383#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/next-level-fitness-to-close-downtown-building-sold-to-local-investor/528383 Feb 22, 2019, 10:48pm Ken Mistler Next Level Fitness to close, downtown building sold to local investor Howard Owens <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/60/2019-02/nextlevelfeb222019.jpg?itok=tt3D0ZzI" width="460" height="307" alt="nextlevelfeb222019.jpg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p> <p>After 31 years in the fitness business, owning and operating gyms in Staten Island and Batavia, Ken Mistler says it's time for him to retire for that line of work.</p> <p>He's sold the building that has been home to Next Level Fitness for 10 years at 85 Main St., Batavia</p>
Tompkins acquiring building at Main and Center to expand customer service center https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/tompkins-acquiring-building-main-and-center-expand-customer-service-center/41580 It seems hard to believe, but Tompkins Insurance has outgrown its space in the Bank of Castile building at 90 Main St., Batavia, according to Executive VP David Boyce.

Boyce confirmed this afternoon that Tompkins is in the process of acquiring the two-story commercial building at the corner of Main and Center streets with the intention of expanding its call center in that location.

"We have had great success in the bank building across the street, but I didn't think we would outgrow it in nine years," Boyce said. "I guess that was a little short-sighted on my part and Jim Fulmer's, but we've had great success hiring great people from the area."

The call center, Boyce said, is a "care center" in Tompkins vernacular. It's where customer service reps field incoming phone calls from the company's 36,000 private insurance clients.

Tompkins is acquiring the building from Ken Mistler, who owns as many as 10 Downtown properties. Its primary tenants are both on the first floor -- WBTA AM-1490 and Optique Optical.

Boyce said he would defer for the time being in sharing the purchase price but said the company will be making a significant investment in renovating the second floor of the structure.

The property at 113 Main St., is assessed at $325,000.

Boyce said the company is likely to apply to Genesee County Economic Development Center for a sales tax exemption on the building renovations and a PILOT on any increase in accessed value.

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Photo: MTV "Real World" reality star 'CT' at City Slickers https://www.thebatavian.com/timothy-walton/photo-mtv-real-world-reality-star-ct-city-slickers/38664

MTV reality star Chris "CT" Tamburello (left) was at City Slickers Friday night making a guest appearance. He is pictured with City Slickers owner Ken Mistler. CT is known for his role on several MTV television shows including Real World: Paris, The Challenge, Road Rules, and the most current, Rivals, which is currently running on MTV. 

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Mistlers to donate downtown window display winnings to nominated families https://www.thebatavian.com/timothy-walton/mistlers-donate-downtown-window-display-winnings-nominated-families/35220

'Tis the time of giving and Ken Mistler and his wife Andrea are in the spirit. The Mistlers' recently won $200 for winning the downtown window display contest. The display, located inside the former Carr's building was sponsored by both Next Level Fitness and City Slickers Bar & Grill.

"I want to thank the downtown (improvement) district and all the judges for choosing our window." Ken Mistler said. "We know there are families out there having a hard time and we want to be able to give back to them and give them a little something extra this holiday season."

If you know someone that is deserving please e-mail CitySlickersHolidayContest@gmail.com with the name of the person and a brief description of why you think they are deserving. Also be sure to include your contact info as well as their's. You can't nominate yourself.

All nominations must be submitted by Dec. 20th. Winnings will be donated in the form of a Save-A-Lot gift card.

"I'm going to review the nominations  and will decide on the most deserving family or families." Mistler said. "I may give one gift card for the full amount or I may give a few."

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https://www.thebatavian.com/timothy-walton/mistlers-donate-downtown-window-display-winnings-nominated-families/35220#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/timothy-walton/mistlers-donate-downtown-window-display-winnings-nominated-families/35220 Dec 13, 2012, 11:12am Ken Mistler Mistlers to donate downtown window display winnings to nominated families Timothy Walton <p></p> <p>'Tis the time of giving and Ken Mistler and his wife Andrea are in the spirit. The Mistlers' recently won $200 for winning <a href="http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photos-christmas-display-carrs-windows-win-downtown-contest/35141">the downtown window display contest</a>. The display, located inside the former Carr's building was sponsored by both Next Level Fitness and City Slickers Bar &amp; Grill</p>
Photo: Patriot Day flag on the former Carr's building https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photo-patriot-day-flag-former-carrs-building/33839

Ken Mistler has placed a very large flag on the former Carr's building in Downtown Batavia as a 9/11 remembrance.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photo-patriot-day-flag-former-carrs-building/33839#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photo-patriot-day-flag-former-carrs-building/33839 Sep 11, 2012, 1:45pm Ken Mistler Photo: Patriot Day flag on the former Carr's building Howard Owens <p> </p> <p> Ken Mistler has placed a very large flag on the former Carr's building in Downtown Batavia as a 9/11 remembrance.</p>
Photo: Western painting for new downtown restaurant https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photo-western-painting-new-downtown-restaurant/31779

Driving down Main Street late this afternoon, I spotted Ken Mistler, left, and Louis Kingsbury and a third person hauling a large painting down the sidewalk. I drove around the block and caught them pulling the painting through the Jackson Street parking lot.

Mistler is installing the painting -- this is one of at least three -- in his new restaurant, City Slickers, the former South Beach.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photo-western-painting-new-downtown-restaurant/31779#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photo-western-painting-new-downtown-restaurant/31779 May 8, 2012, 9:15pm Ken Mistler Photo: Western painting for new downtown restaurant Howard Owens <p> </p> <p> Driving down Main Street late this afternoon, I spotted Ken Mistler, left, and Louis Kingsbury and a third person hauling a large painting down the sidewalk. I drove around the block and caught them pulling the painting through the Jackson Street parking lot.</p> <p> Mistler is installing the painting -- this</p>
Mistler plans retractable windows for patio of new restaurant and bar, 'City Slickers' https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/mistler-plans-retractable-windows-patio-new-restaurant-and-bar-city-slickers/30992

A plan for Ken Mistler to remodel the patio of the former South Beach Restaurant on Main Street received glowing reviews and eventual approval from members of the city's Design Review Committee on Tuesday.

The board opened its meeting with a field trip to South Beach were Mistler explained the concept.

Mistler intends to enclose the patio, but use retractable glass panels (something like a garage door made of glass panes) so that he can operate the patio as a bar, dining room and music venue 12 months out of the year.

"We'll close the windows for weather or when it's windy," Mistler said.

The concept has already received a positive recommendation from the Genesee County Planning Board and once the Design Review Committee approves his final plans in 30 days, Mistler will be able to proceed with construction.

Mistler is planning a Southwestern/Western theme with urban flair for the new restaurant and bar. It will be called City Slickers.

While the restaurant continues to cater parties in the basement bar and dining area, Mistler is completely remodeling the inside of the bar and dining area (the new custom-built wooden bars are stunning).

He expects to open City Slickers around the third week of April.

Photo below: Mistler holds a picture of the former Kiwanis Park that was west of South Beach from before Mistler remodeled it to the present patio.

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Sign carrying in front of South Beach not in Suzanne Corona's future https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/sign-carrying-front-south-beach-not-suzanne-coronas-future/21567 South Beach owner Ken Mistler announced today that he won't require Suzanne Corona to carry a sign in front of the restaurant saying "I stole from South Beach."

"Her sincere apology was restitution enough for me," Mistler said.

Corona, already facing a public lewdness conviction for her part in a sex act at Farrall Park in June, could have been charged with a felony for trashing the South Beach lunch buffet one afternoon last month. To avoid the charge, she signed a contract with Mistler last week admitting her deed and agreeing to carry the sign for four hours.

Mistler said Corona's husband reached out to him through a mutual friend to ask if during the four-hour walk he could be their to protect his wife from public abuse.

"It was at that point that I realized that this affects more than Suzanne," Mistler said. "It affects her whole family. I can't punish her family for something she did."

Reached this afternoon, Corona said she was grateful to Mistler for his decision.

"That is very wonderful of him," Corona said. "I told this to the media before and it got cut out -- he's a very fair man, a nice man and I respect him very much. I can't thank him enough that he's chosen this direction for my family."

After Corona got out of the hospital following an eight-day stay, she immediately came to Mistler ready to sign the contract, Mistler said. He said he figured that was a hard eight days lying in a hospital bed thinking about what she had done and the anticipation of the walk was probably difficult to think about.

He said he didn't feel the need to ask any more of her.

"She never said she wouldn't do the walk," Mistler said.

While Corona is off the hook for the four-hour "walk of shame," Mistler said he is suggesting to her -- only a suggestion -- that she volunteer for four hours with a local agency such as the animal shelter or help with a charity event.

"I've done that before," Corona said. "I've volunteered in soup kitchens. I've volunteered at a hospice. I can certainly do something for him in that regard. I most certainly will."

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/sign-carrying-front-south-beach-not-suzanne-coronas-future/21567#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/sign-carrying-front-south-beach-not-suzanne-coronas-future/21567 Oct 26, 2010, 12:09pm Ken Mistler Sign carrying in front of South Beach not in Suzanne Corona's future Howard Owens <p> South Beach owner Ken Mistler announced today that he won't require Suzanne Corona to carry a sign in front of the restaurant saying "I stole from South Beach."</p> <p> "Her sincere apology was restitution enough for me,"&nbsp;Mistler said.</p> <p> Corona, already facing a public lewdness conviction for her part in a sex</p>