Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — TONAWANDA — For years, Sanarak Paper & Popcorn Supplies in North Buffalo has supplied munchies, sweets and concession items, not only through its business at the warehouse, but also through a small, often-overlooked cash-and-carry store at the site.
Now, however, customers have a new location at which to get their popcorn or candy fix — as well as a multitude of other speciality items.
Creekside Gourmet opened several weeks ago at 2855 Sheridan Drive in the Town of Tonawanda. Co-owner Carrie Horhota said the cash-and-carry store “just about ran out of room” and she and her partners had talked about starting a retail store for a while. In the meantime, she created an Etsy store for Creekside Gourmet items and sold products at farmers markets and holiday shows.
“We’re working with a lot of distributors around here,” she said. “We kept coming across all these interesting things that we didn’t have room for. We decided in March to go for it.”
The store location, Horhota said, “just fell into our laps.” They specifically looked along the Sheridan Drive coordinator for the location.
“We did some research and this is a highly-traveled area,” she said. “We have many customers from Kenmore, Tonawanda and Amherst. This just makes it more convenient.”
The store opened Oct. 25, and held a grand opening last week. While much merchandise is ready to go, Horhota said a great deal is still on the way.
“It’s a work in progress. There are so many things we’re bringing in,” she said, adding that a Jelly Belly jelly bean display is coming in today.
A Creekside Gourmet website will soon be up and running, although ordering online will take a little more time, she said. Customers can call or stop by if they need something shipped for now.