As Niagara County residents adjust to utilizing safety measures while remaining active, a few small businesses in Lockport are reporting steady numbers with strong sales.
At 51 Canal Street, ‘Steamworks Coffee’ baristas Colleen and Olivia say that business has been good, even throughout the pandemic, as their business was categorized essential.
Colleen said people stuck with their coffee trips, saying it gave customers “a bit of normalcy to hold onto.” She added, “I know a few of our customers were like, ‘this is our outing for the day’.”
Debbie Williams at Scirto Jewelers on 1 Main Street was out of the store for nearly two months. “March 21st was my last day of work, I came back the Tuesday after Memorial Day. It was very hard.” Williams added, “If I ever thought for a second that I wanted to retire, those two months off drove me insane.”
Williams has been with the popular Lockport brand for 32 years, and says she’s excited to get back to working with customers. She loves what she does.
Now that business is back on, Williams gave good news, “We have our regular customers coming back. They know we are open; they know I’m here. We have gotten a lot of new customers. So, overall, we are doing very well.”
During this pandemic, Williams praised her employer Tom Scirto, son of the late William Scirto who opened the business in 1946. She reported that during the state mandated closing, Scirto continued paying her as normal.
Frames by Ames, which recently relocated from the Bewley Building to 36 East Avenue, reported a significant uptick in business. Owner William Sipple stated, “We are extremely busy. I’m looking at probably hiring someone it has been so busy.”
Lastly, he noted, “Usually, Summertime, I’m slow. People are out, and they’re out spending.”