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Canalside looking to expand summertime offerings


Despite the recent gloomy weather, the focus at Canalside is considerably brighter. On Wednesday officials discussed the summer, sales and job opportunities.


As anyone who has visited the Waterfront attraction and tens of thousands of people have, there are things to do and foods to eat available. Of course, that goes with things like Yoga classes and other exercise times.

Canalside had a session to explain to small businesses how to do business there and what the operation is looking for. says Canalside offers small businesses unusual opportunities.

"That's a wonderful opportunity that happens when you are vending and you're doing business with Canalside," said one of the session's attendees,  Melonya Johnson of BSMART Coaching. 

"You are going to have exposure that you never were able to have before. And, I think that all of us can appreciate diversity in the sense of: We like to taste different foods. We like to hear different music. We like to have the opportunity to sample and buy different artisan products."

General Manager Ryan Coate says he's looking for unusual things and products, especially things that can be purchased quickly, what he calls "grab and go items."

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.