Saturday, November 22, 2014

Peace, Love & Grant St. set for Dec. 4

Holiday cheer will once again  be consuming Grant St. for the fourth  annual Peace, Love and Grant Street from 5p.m.  to 8 p.m. on Dec. 4.
Most storefronts on Grant Street are participating, and will be decorated and remain  open longer for the event. The West Side Bazaar and Sweetness 7 Café will be playing holiday music. There will be food trucks, kids’ events at the Community Academic Center, and a reindeer petting area. There will also be a “pop-up market” featuring work by local artisans & craftsmen at the Tabernacle next to Sweetness 7 Café.
All evening, there will be a free trolley transporting students from the Student Apartment Complex at SUNY Buffalo State to the event.
New this year, there will be an ugly sweater parade. Participants will parade from the West Side Bazaar, 25 Grant St., to Grant and Potomac avenues.  The person with the ugliest sweater will receive a prize.
The holiday event, which was started to increase local business on the West Side, is sponsored by Niagara District Council Member David Rivera’s office and is coordinated by the West Side Business and Taxpayers Association and the Grant Ferry Association.
             Legislative Staff to Councilman Rivera, Sean Mulligan,  said businesses will be encouraged to decorate and light up their stores for the season.
“It’s a good event to come out to, and to be involved in the festive celebration of the holiday season and the work done on the West Side,” Mulligan said. “It will be fun.” By Sarah Minkewicz and Colleen Young