City of North Tonawanda Mayor Arthur G. Pappas, along with members of the Common Council and the Oliver Street Merchants Association, gathered at 308 Oliver St. in North Tonawanda at the Project 308 Art Gallery Oct. 25 to celebrate the installation of the new Oliver Street welcome banners.
A total of 25 banners were installed, each sponsored by a local business or organization. The ultimate goal of the Oliver Street Merchants Association is to work alongside these sponsors, in a mutual mission, to further enhance the neighborhood for residents and businesses alike.
"We are so grateful for the support of our local businesses who truly believe in the future of Oliver Street," said Amy Sileo of the Oliver Street Merchants Association and owner of Sherwood Florist. "As a group, we have achieved so much in the past year and we are looking forward to doing more."
In addition to the new banners along Oliver Street, the Oliver Street Merchants Association has been instrumental in the organization of North Tonawanda Cash Mobs - a way to bring awareness and economic stimulus to local businesses and the surrounding community.
The next Cash Mob event will be a chowder sale held at Active Hose (427 Oliver St.) at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. The Oliver Street Merchants Association will also be selling tickets for $1 to raffle off a full Thanksgiving dinner from Mr. and Mrs. Catering.
"As a lifelong resident of the Tonawandas, I grew up with a thriving Oliver Street," Pappas said. "Unfortunately, things change, economies change, neighborhoods change. Oliver Street was hit hard, but what the Oliver Street Merchants Association is doing is hitting back harder to make this community much better for the residents and business owners wishing to help it come back. As mayor, they certainly have my support."
To stay up to date with upcoming events, be sure to find the Oliver Street Merchants Association on Facebook.
Pictured: Local officials help celebrate the Oliver Street Merchants Association's accomplishments. Shown standing in front of a new Oliver Street banner are, from left, City of North Tonawanda Clerk Daniel R. Quinn, Lumber City Development Corp. Board Chair Douglas Taylor, Alderman-at-Large Robert Pecoraro, Natalie Brown of Project 308 Art Gallery, LCDC Planning and Development Specialist Laura Bernson, Sherwood Florist owner Amy Sileo, Mayor Arthur G. Pappas, Alderwoman Donna Braun, Alderwoman-at-Large Cathy Schwandt and City Attorney Katherine Alexander.