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May 5, 2013

Cache building under way


Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — • TREK INC.: Renovation of Building 4 at Harrison Place is well under way for the high-end manufacturer, which is aiming to relocate operations and 72 employees from Medina by July, according to Greater Lockport Development Corporation President R. Charles Bell. Transformation of the century-old building’s exterior should start within the next couple of weeks as new windows are installed throughout.

FLIGHT OF FIVE WINERY: A hoped-for Memorial Day weekend opening of the urban winery at Old City Hall, 2 Pine St., is likely pushed back to early summer due to the time it’s taking to obtain a state license to manufacture and serve wine on the premises, Flight of Five Winery co-owner Jackie Connelly said last week.

On the brighter side, buildout of the winery, on the upper level of Old City Hall, is going smoothly. A custom-made tasting bar, shaped like a canal lock and made from 200-year-old reclaimed timbers, “is coming along beautifully,” Connelly said.

Flight of Five winemaker Dave Lindsay presently is blending five new wines, named Locks 67 through 71 after the famous series, and they’ll be ready for serving at the opening.

OLD CITY HALL: Renovation of Old City Hall in its entirety, upper and lower levels, and restoration of the building’s “core,” are in full swing, building owner Scott Geise said last week.

Geise is aiming to land retail tenants in addition to the Flight of Five Winery and presently is in talks with several parties about a “hospitality venture” in the lower level, which has a separate entrance and a patio area overlooking the canal.

LAKE EFFECT ICE CREAM: The artisan ice cream maker is on track for a Memorial Day weekend opening of its sit-down parlor at 79-81 Canal St. The company originally planned to move its production kitchen from Lock Street first but will now do that after the parlor opening, due to a construction issue, co-owner Erik Bernardi said.

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