Geneva Chamber & BID name Business of the Month recipients

Business of the Month Honorees Named by Geneva Chamber and BIDThree local businesses were honored by the Geneva Business Improvement District and the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce under the Business of the Month Program. The collaborative effort which features a different local business chosen each month, on an alternating basis between the two offices, honored Baroody’s Cigar Store for January, and gave a joint award for February, honoring both Don’s Own Flower Shop and Lake Country Gardens and Florist. Baroody’s Cigar Store, located at 424 Exchange Street, has been owned and operated by Richard Kerr since 2003 when he purchased the business from his father, Bob Kerr. Featuring the area’s most complete selection of imported and domestic cigars from around the world, Baroody’s also offers various smoke shop related items including e-cigarettes and vapor products, lighters, pipes, humidors, and roll-your-own accessories. The store also offers newspapers, magazines, greeting cards, unique gifts, and an assortment of scratch-off and lotto tickets. “We were actually the lucky location of a past $13 million dollar winner,” said Kerr.”Baroody’s has a long-standing tradition in the City of Geneva,” said BID Director, John Hicks. “It’s a favorite spot for many to pick up the morning paper or to get a cup of coffee and socialize with other ‘regulars.’ If Baroody’s wasn’t here, people would notice,” he added. Open seven days a week, customers can visit Baroody’s between 6 am to 7pm Monday through Saturday, and on Sundays from 6 am to 2 pm. To learn more, please call (315) 789-3183. Baroody’s Cigar Shop owner, Richard Kerr In addition to the honor given by Geneva BID Office, the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce announced that Lake Country Gardens & Florists and Don’s Own Flower Shop were selected as the joint honorees for the Business of the Month Program for February, 2015. Both flower shops have been serving the greater Geneva area for several decades. “Our local florists consist of talented teams that provide incredible products to the local and surrounding community,” said Miranda Polmanteer, Executive Director of the Geneva Chamber. “Upon visiting with both property owners, it was shared that patrons of each have continually expressed their satisfaction of doing business at each location, but what stood out to us the most was that customers also consistently described their visits to each as being both physically and mentally uplifting,” she added. Guests to the Chamber’s 2015 Annual Dinner also had an opportunity to appreciate this sense of ‘flower power,’ as both florists generously donated their time and talent into creating custom decorative arrangements that were featured on each table during the event.”The Chamber and BID staff would like to again extend its most sincere appreciation for both florists with taking time out of their busy winter seasons to offer their community support towards our event’s needs,” noted Polmanteer. Located at 40 Seneca Street, Don’s Own Flower Shop has been a family-owned and operated business, committed to providing its patrons with exceptional floral arrangements and gifts since it was established in 1985. In addition to fresh floral arrangements, dish gardens, potted plants and custom orders, Don’s Own also offers various gifts and specialty items, including an extensive line of Crabtree and Evelyn products, fine chocolates, gourmet fruit baskets, greeting cards, an much more. Additionally, the team at Don’s Own specializes in weddings and special events throughout the Finger Lakes region as well. Customers visiting the store will also have the opportunity to experience the only European-style walk-in cooler in the area, which allows patrons to view and choose from the variety of fresh floral products first-hand. To learn more, please call (315) 789-2554 or visit www.donsownflowershop.com. Store hours are 8:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday, and from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturdays.Left to right: Owners of Don’s Own Flower Shop, Johanna Davids & Vicky Munson in their European Walk-In Flower Cooler Lake Country Gardens and Florists is located at 744 Pre-emption Road in Geneva, and has been proudly serving Ontario and Wayne counties’ contemporary and traditional floral arrangement needs for the past 40 years. In addition to a large inventory of fresh flowers, the Lake Country team prides itself on reliable service, competitive prices, and beautiful floral and foliage arrangements and custom gifts. A visit to the store offers views of their unique displays that rotate with each season, as well as an opportunity to browse their extensive line of specialty items that include gift baskets with local products, greeting cards, plush stuffed animals, anniversary and memorial items and much more. To learn more about Lake Country’s products, custom orders or special event pricing, visit their website at www.lakecountryflorist.net or call (315) 789-1866. Lake Country is open from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday, and from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm on Saturdays.Left to right: Owners of Lake Country Gardens & Florists, Mother and daughter team, Susan Peck & Linda Tate in front of their winter-scape display. The offices for the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce and the Geneva Business Improvement District are located within the historic One Franklin Square building in downtown Geneva. The Business of the Month Program is one of the key promotional efforts offered by the two organizations to provide exposure and awareness for Chamber members and local businesses within the BID district. The Chamber and the BID operate under a shared services arrangement that allows for the two offices to partner on programs and projects to better utilize the strengths and talents that each office provides, and to maximize the results for the members and partners of each within the city of Geneva and its surrounding area.

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