Business Improvement District https://www.thebatavian.com/ en https://www.thebatavian.com/themes/barrio_batavian/images/thebatavian_logo.png Business Improvement District https://www.thebatavian.com/ Local Matters © 2008-2023 The Batavian. All Rights Reserved. Wed, 19 Jun 2024 16:25:40 -0400 https://www.thebatavian.com/themes/barrio_batavian/images/thebatavian_logo.png Fri, 14 Jun 2024 16:37:00 -0400 BID's Second Annual Cider Walk slated for June 22 https://www.thebatavian.com/staff/bids-second-annual-cider-walk-slated-for-june-22/639758
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The Business Improvement District's Cider Walk returns to Downtown Batavia on Saturday, June 22.

The second annual walk starts at 3:45 p.m. with registration at Tonawanda Valley Federal Credit Union on Jefferson Avenue. Registration ends at 5:45 p.m. and the walk continues until 8 p.m.

Paid participants can stop at 18 different downtown businesses to sample a variety of ciders as well as shop at local retailers.

Tickets are available at YNgodess Shop, TVFCU, and Eventbrite.

Ticket sales are limited to 300.

Participants must be 21 years of age or older. The BID asks "no children, please."

"Come Downtown, taste great ciders, meet new people, see old friends, and create memories while you shop small and support your local businesses," said BID Director Shannon Maute. 

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https://www.thebatavian.com/staff/bids-second-annual-cider-walk-slated-for-june-22/639758#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/staff/bids-second-annual-cider-walk-slated-for-june-22/639758 Jun 14, 2024, 4:37pm Business Improvement District BID's Second Annual Cider Walk slated for June 22 Staff <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="cider walk 2023" class="image-style-large" height="460" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-06/imagecidarwalk12.jpeg?itok=5m0BcKiI" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption><em>File photo by Nick Serrata</em></figcaption> </figure> <p>The Business Improvement District's Cider Walk returns to Downtown Batavia on Saturday, June 22.</p><p>The second annual walk starts at 3:45 p.m. with registration at Tonawanda Valley Federal Credit Union on Jefferson Avenue. Registration ends at 5:45 p.m. and the walk continues until 8 p.m.</p><p>Paid participants can stop</p>
Photo: My Cut Barbershop named Downtown Business of the Year https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photo-my-cut-barbershop-named-downtown-business-of-the-year/639097
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The team at My Cut Barbershop -- Terry Smith, Connor Hyde Hamilton, Victor Thomas, Ray Williams, Zach Watts, owner, and Josh Johnson.
Photo by Howard Owens.

At Thursday's annual meeting of the Business Improvement District at Center Street Smokehouse in Batavia, My Cut Barbershop was honored as business of the year and Sara Tenney was named the BID's volunteer of the year.

My Cut is located on the first floor of the Masonic Temple building, 200 E. Main St., Batavia.

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Sara Tenney, volunteer of the year, with BID director Shannon Maute.
Photo by Howard Owens
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The My Cut crew and BID director Shannon Maute show off their footwear for the evening's event.
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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photo-my-cut-barbershop-named-downtown-business-of-the-year/639097#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photo-my-cut-barbershop-named-downtown-business-of-the-year/639097 Apr 19, 2024, 2:20pm Business Improvement District Photo: My Cut Barbershop named Downtown Business of the Year Howard Owens <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="my cut barbershop BID award business of the year" class="image-style-large" height="535" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-04/bid-awards-2.jpg?itok=MEm-cVZc" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption><em>The team at My Cut Barbershop -- Terry Smith, Connor Hyde Hamilton, Victor Thomas, Ray Williams, Zach Watts, owner, and Josh Johnson.</em><br><em>Photo by Howard Owens.</em></figcaption> </figure> <p>At Thursday's annual meeting of the Business Improvement District at Center Street Smokehouse in Batavia, My Cut Barbershop was honored as business of the year and Sara Tenney was named the BID's volunteer of the year.</p><p>My Cut is located on the first floor of the Masonic Temple building</p>
Downtown BID FeBREWary beer walk is Feb. 24 https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/downtown-bid-febrewary-beer-walk-is-feb-24/638308 Press Release:

Join us for our annual FeBREWary Beer Walk Downtown Saturday, Feb. 24 from 4 - 8 p.m. with 23 participating businesses. Registration is to be held at GO ART!

Come walk The Downtown Business Improvement District, sip some delicious craft beer, and visit local businesses. Shop our downtown as you visit with friends and family, eat some great food, and see what is new. 

FeBREWary tickets are $35.00 per person, and you must be 21 or over to attend. No one under 21 will be allowed entry. 

Tickets are available at Adam Miller Toys & Bicycles, Yngodess Shop, and Eventbright. For more information, visit our Facebook page or at www.bataviabid.com.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/downtown-bid-febrewary-beer-walk-is-feb-24/638308#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/downtown-bid-febrewary-beer-walk-is-feb-24/638308 Feb 15, 2024, 7:45am Business Improvement District Downtown BID FeBREWary beer walk is Feb. 24 Press Release <p>Press Release:</p><blockquote><p>Join us for our annual FeBREWary Beer Walk Downtown Saturday, Feb. 24 from 4 - 8 p.m. with 23 participating businesses. Registration is to be held at GO ART!</p><p>Come walk The Downtown Business Improvement District, sip some delicious craft beer, and visit local businesses. Shop our downtown</p></blockquote>
BID invites residents to Christmas in the City on Saturday https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/bid-invites-residents-to-christmas-in-the-city-on-saturday/637406
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Christmas in the City parade in 2021.
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Press release:

Join us in the holiday spirit at the annual Christmas in the City celebration on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 2 to 6 p.m. with the Downtown Holiday Parade starting at 6 p.m.

Christmas in the City activities include pictures with Santa, holiday crafts, cookie decorating, chili, hot cocoa, face painting, sleigh rides, family portraits and more! Several downtown businesses will be offering activities, crafts, and in-store specials. For a full listing of activities, go to www.bataviabid.com.

The parade begins promptly at 6 p.m. at Wendy's and makes its way down Main Street east toward Liberty/Summit Streets. 

Join us in our scavenger bunt bingo throughout Downtown, exploring and and supporting our small businesses. Bingo begins at Iburi Photography at 35 Jackson St. and ends at GO ART!, 201 East Main St. There are 22 business bingo stops. 

For more information on Christmas in the City, see The Batavian's previous story: Snow is here, December is coming, it must be time for Christmas in the City

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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/bid-invites-residents-to-christmas-in-the-city-on-saturday/637406#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/bid-invites-residents-to-christmas-in-the-city-on-saturday/637406 Nov 30, 2023, 12:33pm Business Improvement District BID invites residents to Christmas in the City on Saturday Press Release <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="CHristmas in the City 2021" class="image-style-large" height="532" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2023-11/christmas-in-the-city-2021.jpg?itok=vafKsOrJ" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption><em>Christmas in the City parade in 2021.</em><br><em>Photo by Howard Owens.</em></figcaption> </figure> <p>Press release:</p><blockquote><p class="text-align-justify"><span>Join us in the holiday spirit at the annual Christmas in the City celebration on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 2 to 6 p.m. with the Downtown Holiday Parade starting at 6 p.m.</span></p><p class="text-align-justify"><span>Christmas in the City activities include pictures with Santa, holiday crafts, cookie decorating, chili, hot</span></p></blockquote>
Making a BID for downtown enhancements, public hearing in November https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/making-a-bid-for-downtown-enhancements-public-hearing-in-november/637013
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File Photo of Downtown Batavia by Howard Owens.

Batavia’s downtown Business Improvement District members would like to spend some of their more than $220,000 capital account to enhance the downtown area, and because that will take a city amendment to do so, a public hearing is necessary.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/making-a-bid-for-downtown-enhancements-public-hearing-in-november/637013#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/making-a-bid-for-downtown-enhancements-public-hearing-in-november/637013 Oct 27, 2023, 6:10pm Business Improvement District Making a BID for downtown enhancements, public hearing in November jfbeck_99_272012 <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="downtown batavia" class="image-style-large" height="491" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2023-10/memorial-day-flags-downtown-batavia.jpg?itok=3ea81aQb" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption>File Photo of Downtown Batavia by Howard Owens.</figcaption> </figure> <p>Batavia’s downtown Business Improvement District members would like to spend some of their more than $220,000 capital account to enhance the downtown area, and because that will take a city amendment to do so, a public hearing is necessary.</p>
No second annual Italian Fest, as organizers 'focus on other events' https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/no-second-annual-italian-fest-as-organizers-focus-on-other-events/635728
2022 file photo of Batavia's Italian Festival. Photo by Howard Owens.
2022 file photo of Batavia's Italian Festival.
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While trying to obtain a schedule of events for the second annual Italian Festival, scheduled for July 29 and promoted this year along with a classic car cruise, The Batavian has learned that the event has been canceled.

“The BID has decided not to move forward with Italian Fest this year,” the group’s executive director, Shannon Maute, said Monday. “Although we loved the event, we have decided to focus on our other events.”

During BID’s — which stands for Business Improvement District — annual awards get-together in April, Maute shared that upcoming events, including the Italian Fest, would be “bigger and better than ever.” It was quietly canceled, per the online note and line drawn through the event name on its own page. 

On Monday, Maute emphasized that BID is still forging ahead with its boxcar derby, set for 8:30 a.m. Aug. 26 just outside of downtown on Ellicott Avenue, and the annual Wine Walk has been penciled in already for 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 7 in downtown Batavia, with this year’s theme being “Under the Big Top.”

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https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/no-second-annual-italian-fest-as-organizers-focus-on-other-events/635728#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/no-second-annual-italian-fest-as-organizers-focus-on-other-events/635728 Jul 17, 2023, 9:04pm Business Improvement District No second annual Italian Fest, as organizers 'focus on other events' 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="2022 file photo of Batavia's Italian Festival. Photo by Howard Owens." class="image-style-large" height="532" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2023-07/batavia-italian-fest-2022_0.jpg?itok=u_-pdh0E" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption><em>2022 file photo of Batavia's Italian Festival.</em><br><em>Photo by Howard Owens.</em></figcaption> </figure> <p><span>While trying to obtain a schedule of events for the second annual Italian Festival, scheduled for July 29 and promoted this year along with a classic car cruise, The Batavian has learned that the event has been canceled.</span></p><p><span>“The BID has decided not to move forward with Italian Fest</span></p>
Photos: BID's Thursday Nights in Jackson Square opens with Vette https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photos-bids-thursday-nights-in-jackson-square-opens-with-vette/635695
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Kole Moore, the band Vette.
Photo by Howard Owens.

Vette opened the Thursday Night concert series in Jackson Square yesterday.

The band consists of Kole Moore, lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Alex Fitzak, lead guitar, and on Thursday, the substitute rhythm section was Mike "Thunder" Warren on bass and Alex DeSmit on drums.

The next show is the band Free Beer on Thursday, followed by Qwister on Aug. 10 and Radio Relapse on Aug. 17.

The concerts are hosted by the Business Improvement District.

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Vette on stage at Jackson Square.
Photo by Howard Owens.
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Mike "Thunder" Warren on bass.
Photo by Howard Owens.
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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photos-bids-thursday-nights-in-jackson-square-opens-with-vette/635695#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photos-bids-thursday-nights-in-jackson-square-opens-with-vette/635695 Jul 14, 2023, 7:26pm Business Improvement District Photos: BID's Thursday Nights in Jackson Square opens with Vette Howard Owens <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="vette in jackson square" class="image-style-large" height="1202" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2023-07/vette-in-jackson-square-2023.jpg?itok=QgB5Cx66" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption><em>Kole Moore, the band Vette.</em><br><em>Photo by Howard Owens.</em></figcaption> </figure> <p>Vette opened the Thursday Night concert series in Jackson Square yesterday.</p><p>The band consists of Kole Moore, lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Alex Fitzak, lead guitar, and on Thursday, the substitute rhythm section was Mike "Thunder" Warren on bass and Alex DeSmit on drums.</p><p>The next show is the</p>
Photos: Jackson Square concert series opens with Skycats https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photos-jackson-square-concert-series-opens-with-skycats/635616
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The Friday evening concert series in Jackson Square, sponsored by the Business Improvement District, kicked off the 2023 season with the Skycats.

Photos by Howard Owens.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photos-jackson-square-concert-series-opens-with-skycats/635616#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photos-jackson-square-concert-series-opens-with-skycats/635616 Jul 8, 2023, 3:34pm Business Improvement District Photos: Jackson Square concert series opens with Skycats Howard Owens <div class="align-center"> <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/2023-07/skycats-at-jackson-square-2023.jpg?itok=ScrRA06J" width="800" height="532" alt="Skycats jackson square" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <p>The Friday evening concert series in Jackson Square, sponsored by the Business Improvement District, kicked off the 2023 season with the <span>Skycats.</span></p><p><em><span>Photos by Howard Owens.</span></em></p><div class="align-center"> <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/2023-07/skycats-at-jackson-square-2023-2.jpg?itok=9pRTpPUd" width="800" height="533" alt="Skycats jackson square" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <div class="align-center"> <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/2023-07/skycats-at-jackson-square-2023-3.jpg?itok=MF9l_tR9" width="800" height="532" alt="Skycats jackson square" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <div class="align-center"> <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/2023-07/skycats-at-jackson-square-2023-4.jpg?itok=B1N2digs" width="800" height="533" alt="Skycats jackson square" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <div class="align-center"> <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/2023-07/skycats-at-jackson-square-2023-5.jpg?itok=y_j3uhka" width="800" height="533" alt="Skycats jackson square" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <div class="align-center"> <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/2023-07/skycats-at-jackson-square-2023-6.jpg?itok=chY0LhoY" width="800" height="533" alt="Skycats jackson square" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <div class="align-center"> <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/2023-07/skycats-at-jackson-square-2023-7.jpg?itok=FPc1AHNb" width="800" height="533" alt="Skycats jackson square" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div>
Photos: Downtown Batavia's inaugural Cider Walk https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photos-downtown-batavias-inaugural-cider-walk/635362
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The Business Improvement District hosted its inaugural Cider Walk, modeled after the popular Wine Walk in the Fall, in Downtown Batavia on Friday.

Photos by Nick Serrata.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photos-downtown-batavias-inaugural-cider-walk/635362#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photos-downtown-batavias-inaugural-cider-walk/635362 Jun 18, 2023, 7:10am Business Improvement District Photos: Downtown Batavia's inaugural Cider Walk Howard Owens <div class="align-center"> <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/2023-06/imagecidarwalk8.jpeg?itok=--kuKgQD" width="800" height="493" alt="cider walk" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <p>The Business Improvement District hosted its inaugural Cider Walk, modeled after the popular Wine Walk in the Fall, in Downtown Batavia on Friday.</p><p><em>Photos by Nick Serrata.</em></p><div class="align-center"> <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/2023-06/image3-cidarwalk2.jpeg?itok=9ZS89Jrs" width="800" height="488" alt="cider walk" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <div class="align-center"> <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/2023-06/image1cidarwalk-1.jpeg?itok=me2aobkU" width="800" height="533" alt="cider walk" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <div class="align-center"> <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/2023-06/image2cidarwalk-2.jpeg?itok=Qd6jI9Qc" width="800" height="517" alt="cider walk" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <div class="align-center"> <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/2023-06/image4cidarwalk-1.jpeg?itok=7Tjo-37Q" width="800" height="509" alt="cider walk" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <div class="align-center"> <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/2023-06/image6cidarwalk-1.jpeg?itok=7wRE2Ox1" width="800" height="506" alt="cider walk" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <div class="align-center"> <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/2023-06/image7cidarwalk.jpeg?itok=phwjxa-n" width="800" height="534" alt="cider walk" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <div class="align-center"> <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/2023-06/imagecidarwalk10.jpeg?itok=ymazjWFF" width="800" height="494" alt="cider walk" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <div class="align-center"> <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/2023-06/imagecidarwalk11.jpeg?itok=l_ZNQvRx" width="800" height="533" alt="cider walk" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <div class="align-center"> <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/2023-06/imagecidarwalk12.jpeg?itok=VWWvvOQh" width="800" height="460" alt="cider walk" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div>
New car kits unveiled for return of BID's Soapbox Derby https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/new-car-kits-unveiled-for-return-of-bids-soapbox-derby/634985
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Three of the Soapbox Derby organizers -- Jim Krencik, Shannon Maute, and Chris Suozzi -- with examples of the new soapbox cars that racers will put together and decorate for the 2023 race.

The Soapbox Derby, sponsored by the Business Improvement District, returns for 2023 with sleeker, larger, faster car kits, organizers announced today.

The race will be at the same locations as last year -- Ellicott Street at Richmond, next to Centennial Park in Batavia -- on August 26.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/new-car-kits-unveiled-for-return-of-bids-soapbox-derby/634985#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/new-car-kits-unveiled-for-return-of-bids-soapbox-derby/634985 May 23, 2023, 6:48pm Business Improvement District New car kits unveiled for return of BID's Soapbox Derby Howard Owens <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="boxcar derby 2023" class="image-style-large" height="533" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2023-05/soapbox-derby-announce-2023-2.jpg?itok=lx-v8b-y" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption>Three of the Soapbox Derby organizers -- Jim Krencik, Shannon Maute, and Chris Suozzi -- with examples of the new soapbox cars that racers will put together and decorate for the 2023 race.</figcaption> </figure> <p>The Soapbox Derby, sponsored by the Business Improvement District, returns for 2023 with sleeker, larger, faster car kits, organizers announced today.</p><p>The race will be at the same locations as last year -- Ellicott Street at Richmond, next to Centennial Park in Batavia -- on August 26.</p>