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Grand Openings galore

July 19, 2011
WESTFIELD — The Westfield/Barcelona Chamber of Commerce celebrated the recent opening of four business locations in downtown Westfield, some new, one in a new location and one returning.

One of the new businesses is Portage Pies, which is co-owned by Connie and Jack Thayer. Located at 42 Portage Street, or Route 394, in Westfield, Portage Pies opened around a month ago after years of successful pie making for a local fruit stand.

“(The area) needed something new and something different,” Jack Thayer said.

Portage Pies uses only locally grown fruit and homemade crusts to make two different sized pies. Some of the fruit comes from the Thayers five acres and the rest is bought from local fruit growers.

“We’re really careful what we do with our fruit,” Jack Thayer said. “It has to be top of the line. That’s what makes the pies so unique.”

Connie Thayer’s favorite pie is sour cherry and Jack Thayer’s favorite is mixed fruit.

Connie Thayer described the first month of business as “unbelievable” and said she is overwhelmed by the community support.

“The pies are wonderful,” customer Kitty Niemi from Ohio said as she was picking up her order.

The Thayers recommend those with specific requests or a large order call and order in advance at 720-1004. Portage Pies offers a wide variety of pies and can be purchased during their summer hours Sunday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, the Thayers said if their lights are on, they are in and to stop on by.

Another new business is the Thrifty Kitty thrift store. The store, located at 59 East Main Street in Westfield, was started to help support the Westfield Stray Cat Rescue after two weeks of supporters and volunteers working to get it up and running.

“We want it to be a nice, neat place to rummage through,” WSCR President and Store Manager Judy Loomis said.

While cats cannot be adopted or dropped off at the store, what the Thrifty Kitty does offer is used clothing, jewelry, home decor, furniture, toys, books, dishes, knick knacks and decorations.

So far, the reception has been great with people leaving happy and returning for more. In addition, the Kitty’s location on Main Street in the old veterinarian’s office is, “better than we could have hoped for,” Loomis said.

The goal of the new business is to make enough to buy a location for a permanent cat shelter. In the meantime, the profits will go to keeping the cats the rescue has healthy, pay for vet visits, and for shots and spay/neutering of new cats.

The Thrifty Kitty’s hours are still being worked out, so call 326-2404 to check when it is open. Donations for the store are accepted during store hours. Those looking to donate cats should call 581-0463.

With the Thrifty Kitty moving into the old vets office, the Village Veterinarian Clinic, PC has moved to its new location at 13 Elm Street in Westfield.

“It was a need to grow and this facility gave us the square footage,” veterinarian Robert Rogers, DVM, said of his practice. “It’s fantastic. it’s a joy to have the facility.”

After purchasing the space, it took five to six weeks to get the space ready for the pets of the Westfield area. From there, it was a smooth transition since the new office is not very far from the old one and old office’s new occupants, the Thrifty Kitty, was willing to put a sign in their window with directions to the new office.

The Clinic, in its fifth year in business, is currently accepting new clients and its hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and alternating Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon.

Finally, Shawn and Rachel Brewer have brought their restaurant back to Westfield with the opening of Shawn and Rachel’s, Too located at 29 Elm Street.

The restaurant offers the areas largest selection of Perry’s Ice Cream, old fashioned custard, subs, sandwiches, wraps, pizza, calzones and hot dogs. Additionally, Shawn and Rachel’s, Too is one of only two locations in the state to sell Blue Moon flavor ice cream.

Shawn Brewer said the decision to return to Westfield was made after hundreds of people asked them to come back. The grassroots campaign was successful and the restaurant is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and can be reached at 326-4100.

“We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for them,” Shawn Brewer said.

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Article Photos

Photo by Jenna Loughlin
From left to right: Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Todd Traneum; Village Trustee Rick Raynor; Village Trustee Dave Brooker; Executive Director of Westfield Development Corporation John Rawlinson; Deputy Mayor Chris Jaynes; Village Mayor David Carr; Portage Pie co-owner Jack Thayer; Portage Pie co-owner Connie Thayer; President of the Westfield/Barcelona Chamber of Commerce Tony Pisicoli; Westfield/Barcelona Chamber of Commerce board member Marilyn Hemmer; Village Clerk Vince Luce; and Westfield Town Supervisor Martha Bills.



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