Kinney holds more raffles for Children’s Hospital

Thanks to an outpouring of support from local businesses, Kinney Drugs in Cazenovia has arranged additional fundraising raffles that will directly ensure critical medical support services for our area youngsters. One hundred percent of all funds raised will remain local, supporting the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.

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Ground broken for Hampton Inn and Suites on Route 20, scheduled for April 2016 opening

For the second time in two weeks, a major economic development project that will have a vast local and regional impact has broken ground in Cazenovia. This latest event, held Friday morning, May 15, in the Village Edge South area across from the Town and Country plaza on Route 20, was the official dedication ceremony for the new 80-room Hampton Inn and Suites hotel and conference center being built by Cazenovia Hospitality LLC.

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New wine and liquor store opens on Albany Street

Oenophiles in Cazenovia now have a second option in the village on where they can purchase their wine, as well as liquor, with last week’s official opening of J.S. Hight and Sons wine store at 58 Albany St.

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Shovels in the dirt

Empire Farmstead Brewery breaks ground on Rippleton Road

The shovels were in the ground, the dignitaries were in place, the firkin was tapped — and after years of planning, discussions and municipal approvals, construction has begun on Empire Brewing Company’s farmstead brewery on Rippleton Road.

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Albany Street shop Industrial Loft brings new life to old items

Mark Papa has been recycling and repurposing defunct, discarded items for new home décor use before television shows like “American Pickers” made it popular. Sitting inside Industrial Loft, his shop at 53 Albany St. that opened in November 2014, he is surrounded by a cornucopia of his creations: An old industrial circular fan that is now a coffee table, a wooden door that has been turned into a bed headboard, an old vent in a barn copula has become a chandelier. For the past 20 years, Papa has been “climbing through barns, factories and abandon buildings” searching for that one of a kind piece that he can remake into something unique.

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Grand opening for Yellow Brick Road Casino will be June 2

The Oneida Indian Nation has announced that it will host a Grand Opening Event for its new Yellow Brick Road Casino in Chittenango on Tuesday, June 2. Doors will open after a special ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m.

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Isabella celebrates 10 years in business

Ever since she studied merchandising and design in college, Karen Eldridge had a goal to open her own women’s clothing store. In 2005, that dream became a reality when she opened the doors of Isabella at 61 Albany St. in Cazenovia. That grand opening was 10 years ago this month, and during that time Isabella has remained in the same location, selling its unique, quality items with a smile. And the business is still going strong.

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Kinney Drugs in Cazenovia to host fundraiser for Golisano Children’s Hospital

Kinney Drugs in Cazenovia has announced that it is conducting a fundraising campaign that will directly benefit the health and well-being of local kids. One hundred percent of all funds raised will remain local, supporting the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.

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McDowell Insurance Agency relocates office

The McDowell Insurance Agency, formerly located in the White Lilacs building at 9 Albany St., has a new location at 133 Albany St., next to Buyea's Hardware store. The firm, which offers a full range of insurance and financial services, made its move down Albany Street on Dec. 1, after White Lilacs changed owners.

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Yellow Brick Road Casino unveils lineup of Oz-themed bars and restaurants

Grand opening date of casino to be revealed next week

The Oneida Indian Nation this week revealed the lineup of new bars and restaurants that will be a part of its new Yellow Brick Road Casino in Chittenango. The $20 million gaming venue celebrates the Village of Chittenango’s connection with the American classic book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” Yellow Brick Road Casino’s just-announced venues “stay true to the book’s whimsical theme,” according to a release from the Oneida Indian Nation.

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Madison County Tourism names Foothill Hops 2015 Champion of Tourism

Madison County Tourism, the county’s official tourism promotion agency, recently named Foothill Hops as the recipient of the 2015 Emily Marshall Champion of Tourism Award. The award was presented to Kate and Larry Fisher, owners and operators of Foothill Hops, during Madison County Tourism’s annual dinner on April 2 at the Colgate Inn in Hamilton.

Governor Cuomo announces 59 percent growth in NY craft beer industry in one year

Impact on New York economy is $3.5 billion

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo last week announced the craft beer industry in New York State grew 59 percent from 2013 to 2014, with a total economic impact estimated at $3.5 billion. These results, according to a research report prepared for the New York State Brewers Association and the New York Wine and Grape Foundation, are another example of the incredible growth the industry has been seeing.

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The changing face of Cazenovia’s downtown business district

The nature of communities is that they are often in a constant state of flux. Businesses change and adapt, close and move, while new businesses come in to offer something different to the local market and hope their business model works. In Cazenovia during the past eight months, there has been a great deal of change to the local business community with shops closing or moving locations, and others coming in to take over the newly vacant store fronts. Whether such change is, or will be, positive or negative remains to be seen — but many local officials and business owners see potential in what is happening, although they also see a need to change and adapt to certain realities of the marketplace and the needs of customers.

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Owera brings home five medals from Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

Cazenovia’s sole winery, Owera Vineyards, added recently to its ever-growing list of awards and accolades by bringing home five medals from the 2015 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.

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Cazenovia native named finalist in Realtor Magazine’s 30 under 30 contest

Twenty-seven-year-old Alex Parker, a native of Cazenovia who currently lives in Tallahassee, Fla., sold more than $22 million in Florida real estate last year. That achievement, among other factors, earned him a place as one of the final 50 candidates in Realtor Magazine’s 30 Under 30 2014 national contest recently. And, while Parker was ultimately not chosen last week to be one of the final 30 honorees, becoming a finalist and earning the experience and exposure of the contest was the achievement of a years-long goal for him.