Blue Ribbon Developments - May 2012




Dixon Tool & Manufacturing: May 30,2012

Dixon Tool & Manufacturing Inc., a company that produces machine replacement and prototype parts, outgrew its building on Jay Street and has moved into its new space at 240 Burrows St.

Three new jobs were added as a result of the expansion and up to five jobs are expected to be added over the next few years. The $330,000 expansion included the purchase and renovation of the building and the relocation from its previous location. The City provided a $20,000 grant. Read more. 



Christopher's Place Playground: May 24, 2012

Cameron Community Ministries opened a new playground adjacent to the ministries’ facilities at 48 Cameron St. in the City's northwest quadrant. The all-new playground sits on the former site of a vacant house. The City assisted with the acquisition and demolition of the vacant house so that the playground project could proceed.

The playground will enhance several youth programs including an after-school program, a summer program and a kindergarten-readiness program. The playground’s proximity to the Ministries’ building will provide added convenience.



Zeppa Bistro: May 22, 2012

Zeppa Bistro celebrated its grand opening at 315 Gregory St. in the historic German House in the South Wedge Neighborhood. Owner Ron Maier recognized the building’s potential and invested more $270,000 in the restaurant and catering company--which created 26 jobs.

The property has been remodeled to showcase the building’s architectural features--arched doors, a 40-foot-high ceiling and beautiful windows. After extensive renovations, the space can now accommodate parties with a stage and banquet room, concert hall and meeting facilities. Read more. 



Your Local Pharmacy: May 10, 2012

The newest neighborhood pharmacy and drug store in the city’s Northeast quadrant is located at the corner of Joseph Avenue and Berlin Street. "Your Local Pharmacy" offers prescribed and over-the-counter medication and many retail, health and beauty items.

More than $600,000 was invested in the store and six full-time equivalent jobs were created.

Read more. 



Ristorante Lucano Specialty Shoppe: May 8, 2012

Ristorante Lucano Specialty Shoppe celebrated its grand opening at 1803 East Ave. The space offers patrons many of the same ingredients that are used in the signature dishes of Ristorante Lucano--located just a few doors down at 1815 East Ave. The owner hopes the new space will allow the restaurant to offer catering for special events in the future.

The specialty shop created two new jobs and the owner plans to hire four to six additional employees over the next three years. Read more. 



Lynch Dollar Palace: May 4, 2012

Lynch Dollar Palace, located at 1460 Lyell Ave., celebated its grand opening with the help of the City's Commissioner of Neighborhood Business and Development, R. Carlos Carballada. The store offers a variety of merchandise at affordable prices and in a convenient location for it's customers.

“We are pleased that Ms. Lynch has chosen to open her retail destination in this neighborhood," said Mr. Carballada. "Entrepreneurs such as Ms. Lynch are important to the revitalization of Lyell Avenue.”




Shop Peppermint: May 1, 2012

Neighborhood and Business Development Commissioner R. Carlos Carballada and City Council Member Elaine Spaull joined owner and designer Tanvi Asher to celebrate the grand opening of Shop Peppermint at 121 Park Ave.

Shop Peppermint is a women’s clothing store where "design meets craft." It features handmade apparel and accessories designed by local designer Tanvi Asher--an RIT graduate with a MFA in Industrial Design. Asher chose the Park Avenue location as it is the most accessible place for Peppermint's customers. Read more.