BY JOE OLENICK email@example.com
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Doug Clubb offered some fresh, homemade banana bread to a customer Friday afternoon. He didn’t just take a piece.
“He bought the whole thing,” Clubb said.
Homemade items are the main attraction at the new Artz Gallery & Cafe, the coffee shop opened by Clubb and his wife Heather. There’s the usual, tea, lattes and coffee, which a new flavor is featured every month. November is chocolate raspberry.
The soups, such as loaded baked potato or chicken pot pie, are made right on the spot. Everyday chili is made and ready by 10 a.m., Clubb said.
“We try to do homemade as much as we can,” he said.
The Clubbs came to the area from Nebraska, where Doug ran an automobile shop for four years, to move closer to family. He still runs the shop, keeping in touch while living in Western New York.
Clubb visited Lockport in July to check out an available shop on Main Street, which he purchased in September. That was followed by a lot of cleaning, reorganizing and remodeling.
“We wanted to do something different,” the first-time restaurant and coffee shop owner said.
Open since Oct. 1, the Artz Gallery & Cafe is holding an open house from 4 until 6 p.m. today, before the Christmas parade. The open house will include story time with Santa.
The cafe is located downtown in the Lockview Plaza, 21 Main St., Suite 1A. It’s open from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, then 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday.
A number of local artists have works on display at Artz Gallery, including Christine Miller, Garrett Dykstra, Jeannette M. Pikturna, Patricia Perry and Clayton Rickard. Space is also available to rent out, just like a group did for a recent craft show.
The Artz Gallery & Cafe is inviting the community to a couple of special events. On Dec. 7 people can come to Artz Gallery and have lunch while checking out the works of Dykstra, which will be on display and for sale.
One week later on Dec. 14, visitors can have breakfast with Santa from 9 a.m. until noon. The cost is $5 in advance and $7 at the door. There’s also acoustic mic nights on Saturdays.
People can reach the Artz Gallery & Cafe at 433-5500 or find them on Facebook or online at www.theartzcafe.com. The entire menu is available online.THE ARTZ GALLERY & CAFE • WHERE: 21 Main St., Suite 1A • CONTACT: By Facebook, phone at 433-5500 or online at www.theartzcafe.com Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.