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Bills: Covid-safe game viewing, local venues get creative with seating

Bills: Covid-safe game viewing, local venues get creative with seating

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Buffalo Riverworks and The Stage in Williamsville have repurposed portions of their businesses to give customers and Bills fans a covid-safe place to watch the game on Tuesday.

Riverworks has changed its entertainment area, which is usually used for roller derby and concerts, into a seating area and an indoor patio.

“We’re geared up and getting ready for the bills game tomorrow. But what we’ve decided to do this year, was rather than put all the patio furniture away for the winter in storage, we decided to get a little creative and create this indoor patio scene in there,” said Bill Casale, General Manager Pearl Street Properties and Buffalo Riverworks. “So we have the turf, we have all the patio furniture, we have some patio lights. Just to give people the feeling of being outside and enjoying a little bit more of summer trying to extend the season a little bit.”

When it comes to spacing and social distancing, Riverworks manager says that’s not a problem, because they have plenty of space.

“So we definitely have the benefit of spreading things out, everything is well over 6 feet a part, so we practice extreme safety, social distancing, we have sanitize stations all over the facility, all of our employees wear masks, etc. so we’re meeting all the guidelines,” he said.

Another venue that usually hosts concerts and events is The Stage in Williamsville. Management there says they’ve turned their popular dance floor into a dining area

“We just went through remodeling of our floor plan,” said Linnea Ryer bar manager. “So we have tables set up, for parties of 4 all the way up to 10.”

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A Pretty Creative Place: Local Designer Creates Space to Gather, Be Inspired | Business

A Pretty Creative Place: Local Designer Creates Space to Gather, Be Inspired | Business

A Pretty Place was a dream of Emy Dyer’s for many years before she started actually looking in December for a space to house her intimate gathering venue in downtown Chehalis.

But when a global pandemic put gatherings on hold, Dyer said it did not deter her. In fact, she said watching people have to isolate from one another strengthened her vision of the space she wanted to create in this community.

“I was definitely nervous but my gut said ‘just go do it’ because of how hard this year has been, I thought people need this,” Dyer said.



A Pretty Place

Emy Dyer owns A Pretty Place in Chehalis.




Dyer opened A Pretty Place on Chehalis Avenue in late August. Dyer calls herself a multi-passionate entrepreneur and the aesthetic fits A Pretty Place, which is meant to be a small events venue, design space and place for creativity and creation all within four pink-bedazzled walls.

A native of Onalaska, Dyer earned an associate’s degree from Centralia College, then moved to Arizona for three years where she earned her bachelor’s degree in graphic and web design. She moved back to Lewis County, settling in Chehalis, in order to be close to her large family. A Pretty Place is actually her third business venture. She creates branding for companies nationally as well as locally, including the striking Lewis County Coffee Company logo. She also owns an online upcycled clothing and accessory company emydiy.com. 

“My passion is designing,” Dyer said. “I love to be designing every day in some way, whether it’s arranging flowers or upcycling or creating a logo. I can’t stop creating.”

Dyer said she is a huge Pinterest fan and she has a large family that likes to go all out when it comes to celebrations. She

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Consumer tech startup boAT powers ahead as India goes vocal for local

Consumer tech startup boAT powers ahead as India goes vocal for local

When Sameer Mehta and Aman Gupta launched boAt in 2016, the goal was to avoid another me-too sourced from China product “without having a clear vision on the design and Intellectual Property”.

Today, boAt is present in 5,000 retail stores, supported by 20 distributors. The startup claims to be clocking sales of over 10,000 units a day, and four million units per year, and says it has served 20 million Indians so far.

In FY 2020, it clocked a revenue of Rs 500 crore, up by 108.8 percent from Rs 239.44 crore in FY 2019, while the business has been profitable for five years straight.

Behind boAt’s growth is a consumer-first approach, which has made the startup one of the most sought-after youth brands in India. Almost 80 percent of its sales coming from ecommerce channels such as Amazon and Flipkart.

By paying heed to millions of customers’ reviews online, boAt was able to learn what other brands did not want to learn —that Indians loved a product that can be part of their lifestyle.

“Our hypothesis was to listen to the consumer and to address their needs. In the D2C world, the consumer’s feedback is instant and that is what we listen to build our brand,” Aman tells YourStory.

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According to Aman, at the time boAt launched, Indian players couldn’t compete with Chinese brands and their financial muscle.

“That is why we focused on product quality and starting with small numbers. We started our business by launching indestructible charging cables in 2015, and realised that owning the IP in a brand is very important rather than just sourcing products from China, which a lot of other brands

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Local Residents Find Creative Ways to Spark Joy This Halloween | Kndu

Local Residents Find Creative Ways to Spark Joy This Halloween | Kndu

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Halloween is only a few weeks away and people in the Tri-Cities are finding ways to celebrate the holiday while the pandemic is still part of life.

Olivia Paz is the creator of Tri-Cities 1st Annual Halloween Light Show.

“There was a lot of talk about Halloween being cancelled, about people not to get their hopes up because they wouldn’t be able to do anything and it was just really depressing,” said Paz.

So Olivia had the idea for the light show.

“Wouldn’t it be cool if we had an event that people could go around and look at some really cool Halloween decorations and lights,” said Paz.

Since she started her website and Facebook page, she says the response has been extremely positive.

In West Richland, one woman is celebrating the good this Halloween. Tia Jensen is focusing on helpers and heroes instead of horror.

“There’s a lot of good people in the world that are willing to step up and help. I wanted to recognize firefighters, essential workers, teachers, zoom teachers, blood donors–everyone that’s made a difference in the past year,” said Jensen.

In 2018, Tia was diagnosed with Leukemia while she was preparing for Halloween and spent a year recovering. Now, she’s back and ready to celebrate Halloween after two years of not being able to.

“This Halloween, I’m lucky to be alive. I really shouldn’t be here. I’m only here because of the doctors and the healthcare workers and everyone who came forward to helps save my life,” said Jensen.

She has found ways of sparking joy while also keeping safety in mind.

“I know how to be contactless, I know how to be socially distanced. And I can still set up a scene where it can still be a gift to the community

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Local entrepreneur, Smith Family Foundation and NJM Insurance Group to be recognized by NonProfitConnect

Local entrepreneur, Smith Family Foundation and NJM Insurance Group to be recognized by NonProfitConnect

Liz Erickson Impact Award honoree Joanne Canady-Brown, Community Award honoree Smith Family Foundation and Corporate Award honoree NJM Insurance Group have been selected as this year’s Impact Awards recipients for their commitment to community service.

The Impact Awards are given every year by NonProfitConnect, a Mercer County–based nonprofit that seeks to build “an increasingly diverse, skilled, and engaged group of nonprofit board and staff leaders.”

The honorees will be celebrated at NonProfitConnect’s Annual Impact Awards event on Oct. 29, starting at 5:30 p.m.

“As an organization committed to building nonprofit capacity, we are eager to recognize and honor individuals and organizations in our community that are engaging fellow community members and giving of themselves,” said Allison Howe, NonProfitConnect’s executive director. “As we face unprecedented challenges, it is inspiring to see local companies and leaders rallying resources to keep our nonprofits supported.”

Joanne Canady-Brown is being recognized with the Liz Erickson Impact Award, named for the late Elizabeth Erickson, a champion for Princeton-area community service.

Canady-Brown, the owner of local bakery The Gingered Peach, has been intimately involved in the Mercer County community. She has used sales of her tasty baked goods to raise several thousand dollars for multiple nonprofits including activating her “Dazzle Doughnuts” to support Young Audiences, a nonprofit supporting arts programs for children to her “Blackout Cookies” which boast a delightful mix of black and white swirls to fund I Am Trenton, a nonprofit supporting Trenton community projects.

During the pandemic, she continued her partnership with TASK to bring potato rolls to food insecure residents and provided trays of pastries to hospital providers who had not received other appreciation.

The Community Award, which recognizes a nonprofit that is making a significant impact will go to the Smith Family Foundation this year.

Founded in 2016, its mission is to

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