WinterFest Mini Restaurant Week Starts Thursday, Feb. 18

Chamber hosts first annual WinterFest Mini Restaurant Week Feb. 18 to Feb. 20

Seventeen local restaurants to participate

Seventeen (17) local restaurants will be participating in the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce’s first annual WinterFest Mini Restaurant Week, Thursday, Feb. 18 through Saturday, Feb. 20.

The Chamber partnered with the Town of Aurora this year to help create some fun new events for WinterFest 2021. “We wanted to get our local businesses involved and encourage people to come out to the greater East Aurora region during WinterFest,” explained Victoria Sturman, Associate Director of the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce.

“The last restaurant week we did in September was very successful but was only open to Chamber members. Knowing how difficult the past year has been for all of our restaurants, we decided to open up this event to non-members as well. Our goal is to help our entire business community during this pandemic, not just our members.”

Participating restaurants include*:

*Please note, these links are to the restaurants’ websites, and may not display the special WinterFest Mini Restaurant Week menus. Please visit here to view the special menus.

More information on the restaurants and their special WinterFest Restaurant Week menus will be posted on the Chamber’s website – Each menu includes meals at one (or more) of the following price points: $10, $20, or $30.

This event is sponsored by The Bonadio Group, a top 50 CPA firm that delivers a full spectrum of services to help clients overcome their financial and business challenges.



Two Chamber Members featured in Buffalo Magazine

Two Chamber Members Featured in Newest Edition of Buffalo Magazine


Two members of the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce are featured in the newest edition of Buffalo Magazine. The Deli and Kickstand Culture are both featured in the article titled: “Hospitality meets creativity on Main Street, East Aurora.”

The article is part of a shop local series created to help keep WNY’s economy “bright and vital.”

The Deli participated in this year’s Taste of East Aurora Restaurant Week in September, which is hosted by the Chamber.

Kickstand Culture was one of the vendors at the Chamber’s annual Street Festival & Sidewalk Sale this year, which was hosted online via the Chamber’s Facebook page.

Please take a moment to read the article and share it with your family friends.

We are East Aurora Proud!

Photo credit: Buffalo Magazine

Brenda Babe Bridal Celebrates Anniversary with New Collections and Exciting Promotion

Brenda Babe Bridal Celebrates Anniversary with New Collections and Exciting Promotion

Brenda Babe Bridal, located at 695 Main Street (rear) in East Aurora, pleased to make some exciting announcements in celebration of the shoppe’s two-year anniversary.

The shoppe, which features wedding dresses “for the uniquely fabulous bride-to-be”, focuses on celebrating the “inner babe” of the clients it serves through a true one-on-one individualized experience. Since the shoppe is open “by appointment”, every appointment is just that-a totally private shopping session for the bride-to-be and her guests.

“The bridal industry, specifically right here in Western New York, is in a unique and transformative time right now,” stated Brenda Mikolajczak, the shoppe’s owner.  “The COVID crisis has certainly impacted many facets of our industry, causing couples to re-imagine their big day into more non-traditional celebrations of love. The demand for truly unique wedding dresses that capture the individual style and personality of the bride-to-be is steadily increasing and we are thrilled to be able to accommodate these evolving trends with the carefully curated collections that I personally select from our fabulous designers. As part of our two-year anniversary celebration, we are thrilled to add a size-inclusive bridal separates collection and bridesmaids dresses to our current designer lines to further accommodate the specific needs of our brides-to-be.”

In addition to expanding dress options for both brides and bridesmaids, Brenda Babe Bridal is also running an exciting promotion, offering brides-to-be who “Say Yes” during the month of November, $100.00 off of the purchase of their special order wedding dress. Full details on all of the “Brenda Babe-Tastic” anniversary promotions can be found at

In these uncertain times, Brenda Babe Bridal is committed to reassuring brides-to-be that their search for the perfect dress should still be a memorable and enjoyable experience. The shoppe is set up to accommodate private appointments only, in a relaxed and fun atmosphere, following CDC guidelines for the health and safety of employees and guests.

Brenda Babe Bridal is open “by appointment”.  Contact the shoppe at 655.LOVE(5683) or visit to schedule an individualized shopping experience.

About Brenda Babe Bridal, LLC
Brenda Babe Bridal, LLC is a bridal shoppe located at 695 Main Street (rear) in East Aurora, NY. serving brides throughout Western New York and the surrounding communities, Say YES to the perfect dress and rock your inner babe at Brenda Babe Bridal. Featuring designer gowns and accessories to capture your individual style-from simple to sassy, and classic to contemporary. Also dresses for moms, bridesmaids, galas, destination weddings and encore brides.  Additional information about Brenda Babe Bridal is available at

42 North Brewing Company opens new Ellicottville location

42 North Brewing Company opens new Ellicottville location

The Outpost to feature Barrel-Aged Beers and special events.

42 North Brewing Company’s robust catalog of Barrel-Aged beers will be coming to Ellicottville as the brewery has partnered with Ellicottville Coffee Company to establish “The Outpost”. The Outpost, located at 16 Washington Street, is adjacent to Adventure Bound and the Ellicottville Coffee Company.

Barrel-aged bottle connoisseurs and craft beer lovers looking for new and exciting beers from 42 North Brewing will be able to purchase beers to-go ranging from funky barrel-aged projects to the great local staples as well as select brands from other regional breweries. 42 North will also host sampling events and special beer releases during the weekends at the Outpost.

The Outpost – EVL officially opens on Friday, September 18th. In addition to featuring 42 North beers, The Outpost will also serve as an information hub for hiking, biking and skiing maps, daily fishing suggestions, the best local kayak put-ins, and more.

For 42 North and the Ellicottville Coffee Company, The Outpost is a great space to ‘fuel your adventure” while experiencing the great outdoors in Ellicottville. “As 42 North continues to produce more barrel-aged products, we needed to expand our footprint so more folks in the region could experience these styles of beers,” says 42 North Founder, John Cimperman.

Of the partnership with Ellicottville Coffee Company, Cimperman says, “We share a passion for adventure, we love the outdoors, and have always viewed Ellicottville as an important market for the brewery. The opportunity to work with John Rounds and his team was a natural.”

42 North Brewing Company, based in East Aurora, has had a strong presence in Ellicottville since being founded in 2015. 42 North can be found on draft at most bars and restaurants in Ellicottville and is also proud to brew the Gin Mill Lager for Ed and Maribeth Rick at the Gin Mill.

Customers can view product availability and pre-order at For hours and more information 42 North Brewing Company and “The Outpost”, log on to

Annual Chamber’s Choice Awards Honors 40 Local Seniors

Typically at this time of year, our business and education communities come together at the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber’s Choice Awards event at the Holland Willows, but with current circumstances impacting our world today our 23rd annual event has been canceled.

Despite that, we wanted to make sure we still took the time to recognize our honorees and their achievements.

The event honors forty high school seniors, ten each from East Aurora, Holland, and Iroquois High Schools and ten from the Ormsby Educational Center.  Students are recognized for achievements in community service, leadership, personal growth, citizenship, entrepreneurship, and other quality traits.

The following criteria assist in the nomination: exhibits a general concern for the well being of others, willing to go the extra mile, be involved in and demonstrate qualities of leadership in both school and community activities and demonstrate a strong work ethic.

Congratulations to the Class of 2020 Chamber’s Choice honorees!

East Aurora High School

Gates Andrews
Lindsay Doyle
Madison Dziulko
James Hasselbeck
Ryan Maloney
Katherine Markello
Sebastian Newell
Jessica Steinwachs
Cate Vanner
Dominik Zittel

Holland High School

Laura Anderson
Tyler Candler
Sarah Pawig
Sophie Schmidbauer
Sophia Serpas
Abigail Shafer
Madelyn Tavernier
Renee Wright
Haley Wylupski
David Zywiczynski

Iroquois High School

Max Dargavel
Katie Ehrenburg
Shane Guasteferro
Genevieve Homac
Owen Hovey
Vada Kirsch
Sarah Meaney
Abigail Mertzlufft
Samantha Moeller
Margot Treadwell

Ormsby Educational Center

Isabella Capretto
Jenna Dietz
Daniel Eckert
Joseph Fishback
Emylia Heferle
Leanna Ingelfinger
Maddelyn Massucci
David Millen, Jr.
Marc Morgan
Joseph Sitarek

This event would not be possible if not for the support of the following businesses and members of the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce. We thank them for their continued support of our area high school seniors and of the GEACC. 

Special thanks to our sponsors:

Health Live – A Vision of You! Coming May 30th

“Health Live” Helping to Create Healthier Lifestyles!

 The Greater East Aurora Chamber, in an effort to help develop healthier life styles within the Greater East Aurora community and promote its health and wellness related member businesses, is proud to announce an exciting  health and wellness event.

“Health Live – The Vision of You”  will be a fun and interactive event to promote health & fitness to families!

The Chamber will be providing a “passport” for visitors to have stamped at participating locations. Completed passports will be eligible for prize drawings.

The goals are to encourage more physically active and healthy lifestyles and to support local businesses in the health and wellness industries!

The event will be held Saturday, May 30, 2020 from 9am to 12pm rain or shine.

Activities will take place at participating wellness related businesses in the village and along Main St.

Participants can register starting at 8am at Absolut Care, 292 Main St. and to pick up their passports for the prize drawings.

Registrants can participate in various activities scheduled at 4 – 30 minute intervals through the morning.

A wrap up party and prize drawings will take place at 42 North from noon to 1pm.

Activities and educational sessions will include but will not be limited to:

  • Chiropractic Care   Exercise/Sports   Massage Therapists   Mental Health Care   Spas/Wellness                    Health Products   Community Services   Financial/Insurance   Healthy Eating   Physicians   Dental Care Seniors/Retirement   Health Services

For further information regarding vendor registration, sponsorships and questions contact the Chamber office at 652-8444 or

Take Advantage of These Free Programs to Increase Your Business Sales!

This coming Thursday, February 20th, 8:30 am at the East Aurora Hampton Inn, in case you missed it last time or you would like to refresh your efforts in promoting your business, the Chamber will have presentations from Visit Buffalo Niagara and our Chamber webmaster, providing information on how to increase the awareness and outreach of your business to local and international consumers.

Cindy Kincaide from Visit Buffalo Niagara and Jeff Surdej from Surdej Web Solutions will discuss the opportunities available to promote your business to a larger audience at no cost.

Learn to take advantage of these free programs to increase sales for your business!

This is also a great opportunity to network and share with other business owners.

Please see the attached agenda.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Gary Grote, Executive Director


Business Tourism Council Meeting

Thursday, February 20, 2020

8:30 – 9:30am

@ East Aurora Hampton Inn


  1. Welcome/Self Introductions
  2. Visit Buffalo Niagara – Extra Net Presentation – Cindy Kincaide, VBN
  3. Chamber – Manage Your Membership Listing Presentation – Jeff Surdej, Surdej Web Solutions
  4. Oakwood Avenue/Tannery Brook Culvert Construction Update
  5. Heartland Travel Showcase – Target Cleveland 2021
  6. Upcoming Events
  7. New Business/Community Updates/Information Exchange – Bring flyers, posters, promotional pieces of your upcoming activities and events.

 Next Meeting Date: Thursday, March 19, 2020 – 8:30am @ Auctions International, 11167 Big Tree Rd., EA – Hosted by Russ Scherrer, Auctions International & Pam Forge, Explore NY/Forge Ahead Productions

 Continental Breakfast Provided

Increase Sales for Your Business!

Get Your Business Recognized!

The Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a presentation with Cindy Kincaide, Director of Industry Sales for Visit Buffalo Niagara and Jeff Surdej of Surdej Web Solutions representing the Chamber, offering presentations on how to improve your on-line presence to increase traffic to your business at their monthly Business Tourism Council meeting Thursday, February 20, 8:30-9:30am at the East Aurora Hampton Inn, 49 Olean Rd.

Businesses are invited to take advantage of these opportunities, increasing leads for their business, at no cost.

For further information contact the Chamber office at 652-8444 or

Women in Business Luncheon February 25th


Chamber Women in Business Luncheon Feb. 25


The Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Women in Business Luncheon on Tuesday, February 25th, 12 Noon at The Globe Restaurant, 711 Main St., East Aurora.

The event offers participants an opportunity to network and discuss topics unique to women in business.

The focus on women in business issues addresses concerns that might not be addressed in other venues.

The luncheon is open to members at $30 per person and non-members at $40 per person.

Registration can be made on line at or by calling 652-8444.

Sponsors for this event are The Globe, the East Aurora Advertiser and Northwest Mutual/Hart & Keenan & Co.