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Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce brings community to Center Street

Mon, Nov 25th 2019 07:00 am
The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce kicks off the holiday season with the Lewiston Christmas Walk. Santa is shown, upon flying into Academy Park, greeting dignitaries and proceeding down Center Street. (File photos)
The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce kicks off the holiday season with the Lewiston Christmas Walk. Santa is shown, upon flying into Academy Park, greeting dignitaries and proceeding down Center Street. (File photos)

Small Business Saturday, Christmas Walk to benefit businesses

By Kaylee Woodruff

Special to Niagara Frontier Publications

The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce announced its holiday events for 2019 that will bring the community together.

Chamber of Commerce staffers invite the public to participate in Small Businesses Saturday, and then the Lewiston Christmas Walk and Tour of Homes.

Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30, is about buying local. This day encourages customers to support local restaurants and shops.

Chamber President Jennifer Pauly said, “This is good for the businesses to start off the holiday shopping.”

She explained, “The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce has joined the Small Business Saturday Coalition and, together with American Express, support this year’s Small Business Saturday celebration, which takes place on Nov. 30. Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting the independent businesses that make our communities unique and provide invaluable contributions to our economy.”

Starting at 10 a.m., the chamber will have a tent outside the KeyBank branch on Center and South Fifth streets. Staff will hand out $15 gift cards for the first 50 people to use at area small businesses. Free canvas bags will be given to the first 100 shoppers, along with a listing of promotions from member businesses. Complimentary coffee and doughnuts also will be provided.

A list of all the promotions for Small Business Saturday can be found here: https://niagarariverregion.com/news-and-events/events/small-business-saturday/.

Both the Christmas Walk and Tour of Homes will take place on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7 and 8. This kicks off the holiday season with Santa flying into Lewiston and landing in Academy Park between 11:15 and 11:30 a.m. Santa will then ride down Center Street to the International Peace Garden. After visiting Santa, families can head on down to see the animals at the petting zoo in Hennepin Park.

Pauly said, “No other town has Santa come into the festival on a helicopter. It’s always a cool thing; it never gets old. It’s cool and unique to our community.”

Adults can enjoy the beautifully decorated stores on Center Street and embrace the unique charm of the Village of Lewiston.

Also that weekend, the Tour of Homes is the Historical Association of Lewiston’s signature fundraiser. Funds are used to preserve and promote Lewiston’s rich heritage.

Tickets are $25 and are available on the HAL website: http://www.lewistonhometour.com/.

More details about the tour are available at www.niagarariverregion.com/news-and-events/events/lewiston-tour-of-homes/.

The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce serves the Niagara River Region. It represents the interests of small business, industry, and financial services, not-for-profits, tourism, religious organizations, and health care professionals. Staffers are dedicated to serving their members through a diverse menu of programs and services available through their organization.

To become a member, interested parties can fill out an application on the chamber’s website: https://niagarariverregion.com/chamber-of-commerce/become-a-member/.

For more information, visit https://niagarariverregion.com/.

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