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American Diabetes Association – Tour de Cure

June 9, 2013

$25.00
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American Diabetes Association is hosting Tour de Cure!   This event is a bike ride, not a race, starting at Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora, Illinois.  All proceeds will go towards research and funding for diabetes patients.  There are five different bike routes consisting of: 10 miles, 20 miles, 35 miles, 62 miles and 100 miles.  There is a $25 registration fee and a minimum $200 fundraising amount that participants must raise.  Participants may fundraise up to four weeks after the event.  Come and bring family and friends to raise support and stop diabetes!

*Registration the day of the event will be $30 along with the minimum fundraising amount of $200.

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‘The Little Mermaid’ is Sea-mazing at Paramount Theatre in Downtown Aurora

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in Featured News | Comments Off on ‘The Little Mermaid’ is Sea-mazing at Paramount Theatre in Downtown Aurora

‘The Little Mermaid’ is Sea-mazing at Paramount Theatre in Downtown Aurora

  “The Little Mermaid” is currently amazing audiences at the historic Paramount Theatre in downtown Aurora. The Disney musical, a beloved film, comes to life on stage under the direction of Amber Mak. The story, a timeless tale of seemingly-impossible love, begins with the dichotomy of life above the sea and below the land. A boat appears and Ariel’s curiosity blooms. From that moment on, the Paramount delivers a visually stunning performance that allows the audience to get lost in a “mysterious and beautiful underwater world,” as Mak writes in her Director’s Notes. The bright and colorful set is enhanced by every carefully-crafted costume, wig, puppet, and painted face. No detail goes unnoticed. Even more so, no detail is ignored. As soon as Flounder woos the crowd with cuteness, the puppetry becomes the show’s biggest star. A show-stopping number comes later as Scuttle seems to multiply before our eyes – great job, Gulls. “Under the Sea” is perhaps the most delicious visual feast of “The Little Mermaid” as black lights and gorgeous choreography come together in a sensory fête. Sebastian, played by Jonathan Butler-Duplessis is a favorite in the show. Kari Yancy does an impressive job as Ariel with her coveted voice. Ursula, played magnificently by Christina Hall, is boosted by Flotsam, Jetsam and some talented dancers, who could easily be listed alongside Hall in the Playbill. Prince Eric is dreamy, yet palatable as played by Devin DeSantis. He fell in love with a voice, and he is not giving up. Of course, Ariel and Prince Eric barely have a second to get to know one another or even kiss, but it is Disney and we end up cheering for them. The father/daughter story holds up well in the stage production with King Triton, played by Evan Tyrone Martin. Kudos to the hair stylist. “The Little Mermaid” is not just for kids, either. It’s for anyone who enjoys an amazing stage performance full of color and life. It’s for anyone who appreciates puppets and well-crafted costumes and dynamic scenery. It’s also for anyone who likes creativity and visual spectacle. With Jeff Awards under its belt, the Paramount is not slowing down or showing any signs of old age. They are clearly in their prime. The Paramount is bringing new life to musicals and we’re lucky to be along for the ride. “The Little Mermaid” is rated G and runs through Jan. 15 at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Aurora. Due to the popularity of the show, the Paramount extended the show by one week. Call the Box Office at (630) 896-6666 for tickets. Review courtesy of Downtown Auroran...

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The Riverfront Playhouse set to open ‘A Christmas Carol’ in December

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The Riverfront Playhouse set to open ‘A Christmas Carol’ in December

For the 23rd consecutive year, The Riverfront Playhouse at 11-13 South Water Street Mall in downtown Aurora will present their own original version of A Christmas Carol. This year’s performances begin Friday, December 9 at 8pm, with additional shows on Saturday, December 10 at 8, Sunday, December 11 at 3pm, Friday, December 16 at 8pm, Saturday, December 17 at 8pm, and Sunday, December 18 at 3pm. Adapted from the classic Charles Dickens story by Riverfront veteran Jack Schultz, this production of A Christmas Carol features 9 songs also written by Schultz. Under the direction of Sherry Winchester Schultz, with assistance from Heidi Schultz and musical director, Kathleen Dooley, the Riverfront’s version of A Christmas Carol has become a tradition for not only the Playhouse, but for many of the actors who frequently revive their portrayals from year to year, as well as many area families who return time and again to relive the unique and sometimes heart-warming but always hilarious retelling of the Dickens’ classic.  Winchester Schultz said, “23 years, that is amazing!  Every year we hear from many of our patrons that coming out to see our version of A Christmas Carol is one of their favorite family traditions.  It certainly has been one of MY family’s favorite holiday traditions. We’re honored to have so many of last year’s cast back and thrilled to have some new players too! New actors help us keep the show fresh and fun.  We’ve got a few new tricks up our sleeves this year…I’m excited to see what our audiences think of them.” This year’s presentation features your Christmas Carol favorites including: John Vinopal as Ebeneezer Scrooge, Douglas Holmes as Bob Cratchit, Jackson Schultz, Heidi Schultz, Kathleen Dooley, Shawn Dooley, Sherry Winchester Schultz, Joe Konopacki, John Wilson, Aaron Hoge, Livia Byrne as Martha Cratchit for opening, weekend Patrick Ramer as Peter Cratchit and Heather Barbre as Martha Cratchit for closing weekend, Erin Hambly, and Gus Hauser as Tiny Tim with Christmas Carol debut performances by Michael Jedlicka as Peter Cratchit for opening weekend, Drew Page, May Regan, Sydney Elliott, and John Regan.  Kathleen Dooley and Eric Prebys will accompany the cast on keyboards and guitar. Musical director Kathleen Dooley tells us, “We’ve added singers to some of the songs, we’ve come up with a couple new arrangements on other songs and with several actors sharing roles during the course of this run, you may want to see the show twice as it will be different every performance!” Technical Director Gene Scheffler, prop designer Shawn Dooley, and choreographer Jackson Schultz have also added some new visual treats to mesmerize and awe. In this version, playwright Jack Schultz has taken the Dickens story and tells it in the traditional way, but with an untraditional spin: imagine that a traveling band of itinerant actors have come into town on a circus wagon to tell the story. This seemingly bizarre twist blends seamlessly into the action of the story, providing the audience with a frame of reference to explain the phenomenon experienced by Ebeneezer Scrooge in the other-worldly visits he receives from his long deceased partner, Jacob Marley, and the three spirits of Christmas, representing the past, the present, and the dreaded future. Jack Schultz had been a Riverfront regular since 1983, performing, directing and writing plays until his untimely passing in September 2012 from a heart attack. He had written a number of shows for the playhouse, including Night of the...

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Paper Bag Art and Acoustic Music at First Fridays on Dec. 2

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in Featured News | Comments Off on Paper Bag Art and Acoustic Music at First Fridays on Dec. 2

Paper Bag Art and Acoustic Music at First Fridays on Dec. 2

Brown paper bears and pastel Parisian landscapes up for auction at If These Walls Could Talk helped pack the pantry in the past three years. The downtown frame shop and art gallery is continuing the tradition this year on December 2 at First Fridays. The monthly art and culture showcase happens on the first Friday in downtown Aurora and includes more than a dozen venues along with free trolley rides and First Fridays specials at several businesses. If These Walls Could Talk, 32 S. Stolp Ave., is teaming up once again with the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry to bring you the fourth annual Pack the Pantry Project Holiday Art Auction. Local artists are challenged to create original works using ordinary paper bags. See what masterpieces are created and help support a great cause. 6 to 10 p.m. David L. Pierce Art & History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl., opens the 19th annual Winter Garden of Youth Art in the Aurora Public Art Commission Gallery on the third floor. The exhibit includes 33 schools and 165 works of art by K through 12 grade. 5 to 9 p.m. The ArtBar at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, presents The Naughty Show, a pop up art gallery with a twist to the holiday theme. 6 p.m. to midnight. Paramount Grand Gallery, 23 E. Galena Blvd., is open with the second exhibit of the 2016-17 season in the festively decorated Grand Gallery, complete with holiday music and giant Christmas Tree. Meet the artists and browse the latest offerings from Randy Benzie, David Bruce, Dan Capo, Nick Freeman, Maureen Gasek, David Hettinger, Ariel Hodge and Cheryl Holz. 7 to 9 p.m. Santori Public Library, 101 S. River St., is open with a special First Fridays preview of this year’s holiday trees decorated to honor many cultures. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Culture Stock, 43 E. Galena Blvd., presents live jazz from 7 to 9 p.m. and spoken word open mic from 9:30 to 11 p.m. River’s Edge Cafe, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 18, is open with live music from Awecoustics at 7 p.m. Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Grill, 28 W. New York St., presents Luis and I, an acoustic duet, and art by Jillian Torres and Luis Torres. Luis and I offers awesome harmonies with a chill vibe. 6 to 8 p.m. Leland Legends, 1 S. Stolp Ave., hosts karaoke every Friday from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Zen Loft Wellness Center, 6 W. Downer Pl., invites patrons to venture upstairs for drumming, yoga, massage, and more. 6 to 9 p.m. SciTech Hands On Museum, 18 W. Benton St., opens exhibits on its first floor for families to explore. 6 to 8 p.m. Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway, invites all ages to create a holiday ornament and enjoy cocoa and cookies while supplies last. 6 to 8 p.m. G.A.R. Museum, 23 E. Downer Pl., is open to the public. 6 to 8 p.m. Pick up a free First Fridays passport at any of the venues. Punch your passport and turn in at your last venue for a chance to win a First Fridays goody bag filled with gift certificates and more. All events are free and art is for sale. Free trolley rides serving parking lots and circling downtown run...

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Inside Downtown: The Mayan

Posted by on Nov 21, 2016 in Featured News | Comments Off on Inside Downtown: The Mayan

Inside Downtown: The Mayan

“Inside Downtown” takes you on a pictorial journey of downtown Aurora. Peek inside buildings, events, organizations, stores, and more. Learn about who and what makes downtown tick. Join us as we discover and learn about places and people in downtown. Take a tour of The Mayan with us.                                                            ...

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Shop Local for the Holidays in Downtown Aurora

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Featured News | Comments Off on Shop Local for the Holidays in Downtown Aurora

Shop Local for the Holidays in Downtown Aurora

Avoid the Black Friday crowd. Shop local in downtown Aurora. We have blocks of fun and unique shops. Here are just some of the things you can fill your bags (or stockings) with at businesses located right in downtown Aurora. Did we mention the free parking and river views? NOM NOM NOM If you have foodies on your list, then downtown Aurora — with around a dozen eateries — is a great place to fill up on gift cards, gift certificates and more. Here is a sampling of tasty options: Gillerson’s Grubbery. Located at 33 W. New York St. along Restaurant Row, this fun burger joint does up burgers right and was recently featured on WGN’s Chicago’s Best for its Rebel Duck burger. Gillerson’s also features a cozy bar with tasty cocktails and an impressive craft beer selection. River’s Edge Café. A favorite lunch spot in downtown, River’s Edge Cafe offers fresh baked scones, muffins, brownies, and muffins – perfect for filling a holiday gift basket. Gift certificates are the perfect gift for teachers, hair dressers, and others who deserve a treat. Leland Legends. Newly opened on the ground floor of the historic Leland Tower, this blues infused restaurant is welcoming with its decor and its comfort food. Fox Valley Homebrew. Two doors down from River’s Edge Café is Fox Valley Homebrew — a beer crafter’s dream. The small store sells beer and winemaking kits plus a whole lot of accessories for the hobby. Visit www.foxvalleybrew.com. Other foodie options: Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Grill, Doughballs Pizza, U Samba? BEAUTIFUL THINGS Wardell Art Glass Studio. You might not need stained glass, but Wardell Art Glass Studio has a small gift shop in front of the large street level workshop. Ceramic art tiles, gift cards and other unique gift items are available. 28 S. Stolp Ave. The Museum Shop. The David L. Pierce Art and History Center is a great place not only to soak in some art and culture, but also to shop. A gift shop to the left of the entrance is filled with handmade jewelry, gift cards, historical Aurora items and books. Check out the new Andy Aurora and Goddess of the Dawn ornaments. Aurora Historical Society puts out a popular calendar available at the end of the year, too. 20 E. Downer Pl. YM Boutique and Glanze Boutique. Shop for stylish women of all ages in downtown Aurora. Delgado Jewelry, Bella Jewelry and Aurora Jewelry. All located along our fantastic Broadway Mercado District, these local jewelry stores will make the holidays sparkle. THEATER Paramount Theatre. Make someone really smile with tickets to entertaining performances, tours and concerts on the grand stage of the historic Paramount. If you want to be thanked for the next 10 years, buy them tickets to the two remaining Broadway Series shows: “Tommy” and “Les Miserables.” Riverfront Playhouse. The Riverfront Playhouse along Water Street Mall in downtown Aurora is a treasure that keeps on giving. Every year, the small local theater puts on quality plays that are worth seeing and telling friends about. Since they don’t have regular box office hours, call 630-897-9496 for tickets or order them  online. THIS AND THAT Aurora Fastprint. Grab some fun notepads, or make personalized cards or calendars at downtown’s print shop. 54 E. Galena Blvd. La France Bakery. A box of cookies or a delicious cake makes...

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Winter Lights Festival in Aurora on Nov. 18

Posted by on Nov 9, 2016 in Featured News | Comments Off on Winter Lights Festival in Aurora on Nov. 18

Winter Lights Festival in Aurora on Nov. 18

Aurora is ready to get the holiday party started with its annual Winter Lights Festival on Friday, Nov. 18. This year, the festival is located on Downer Place and Stolp Avenue from 6 to 9 p.m. in downtown Aurora. Winter Lights includes live reindeer, the tree lighting of the living Christmas tree in front of GAR Museum at 23 E. Downer Pl., and several other festivities. City festivities are from 6:30 to 8 p.m. DANCING, FOOD TRUCKS, POP UP SHOP AKA Dance performs after the tree lighting. Food trucks including Grumpy Gaucho, Taco Grill, and Gobble Doggs will be parked on Stolp Avenue. A Pop Up Shop will be open in the old Waubonsee College building on Stolp Avenue and Galena Boulevard. 6 to 9 p.m. Pop Up Shop Vendors: Val’s Paper Passion. Aroma Roots Thrifty Upenyu Mamie’s Toffee Short Bench Wood Works Forever After Finds Wheatley Design Prints Jeff Weber Candles Spice Theory Off Switch Shop Biscocho’s Baked Goods Bettina’s Tea WINTER LIGHTS PARADE  Miss Merry Christmas and Jack Frost will lead the City of Aurora’s Winter Lights Parade and assist in lighting Aurora’s official Christmas tree during the Winter Lights celebration, which begins at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, in downtown Aurora. WAHS Gospel Choir West High’s gospel choir performs twice during Winter Lights. FIREWORKS A grand display of fireworks is best viewed from the Downer Place bridge. SANTA Don’t miss out on a visit with Santa. Bring your camera! Shop at several downtown shops open late for Winter Lights including YM Boutique and All Spoked Up. River’s Edge Cafe is roasting marshmallows outside starting at 5 p.m. The twinkling lit streets will be filled with, costumed characters, festive photo-ops, live reindeer and much more! Winter Lights is sure to be a night the entire family can enjoy. Kick off the holiday season in downtown Aurora. Winter Lights is organized by the city of Aurora’s Special Events office with assistance from Aurora Downtown and Invest...

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Day of the Dead Celebration in Downtown Aurora on Sunday, Nov. 6

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Day of the Dead Celebration in Downtown Aurora on Sunday, Nov. 6

There will be dancing in the street on Sunday, November 6. There will also be sugar skulls, marigolds, and overflowing altars in downtown Aurora as part of a Day of the Dead celebration on Benton Street. It’s all the vision of local photographer Jose Torres, who has planned Aurora’s Day of the Dead festivities for the last few years with the backing of Alderman Juany Garza and many sponsors. In it’s fifth year, Torres worked with both SciTech Hands On Museum and Santori Public Library to offer a day of activities for the community to enjoy. The celebration starts along Benton Street between Stolp Avenue and River Street with Aztec dancers, food vendors, and traditional Day of the Dead activities from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. SciTech is open with indoor activities as well. Traditional ofrendas, or offerings, placed on altars will be on display at the library from 1 to 5 p.m. Ofendas, favorite items such as candy, baked goods, fruit, and photos, are placed on makeshift altars to honor the deceased. Since Day of the Dead, or “Dia de los Muertos” in Spanish, is really about celebrating and honoring the dead, it’s fitting that the festivities will bring the community together for a lively, colorful...

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First Fridays Nov. 4: Art, Music & Day of the Dead

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in Featured News | Comments Off on First Fridays Nov. 4: Art, Music & Day of the Dead

First Fridays Nov. 4: Art, Music & Day of the Dead

First Fridays on Nov. 4 invites you to explore art, music & more in downtown Aurora. This month, wear Day of the Dead makeup, wear masks, or bring your six-foot paper mache puppet for a Day of the Dead parade at 7:30 p.m. on Water Street Mall near Aurora’s City Hall on Downer Place. First Fridays brings art, music, dancing, and more to downtown Aurora on the first Friday of the month. Join your friends and neighbors in downtown! See the full list of participating venues below. **Free trolley rides from 7 to 10 p.m.** ****Nov 4 Venues**** – Art – Allen + Pepa Architects Art Gallery* (Anton Witek ~ 5 to 9 p.m.) If These Walls Could Talk* (“In Flux” Laura Lein-Svencner ~ 7 to 11 p.m.) David L. Pierce Art & History Center (Camp Hammond, 1861 ~ 6 to 9 p.m.) The ArtBar (The Despair Show ~ 6 to midnight) Repertoire Reservoir Studios (The Humanity of Deities ~ 7 to 10 p.m.) Blue Bird Beat @ Leland Tower (Watershed Watchdogs Photography Show ~ 6 to 8 p.m.) – Music – River’s Edge Cafe (Barn Party @ 7 p.m. ~ 5 to 9 p.m.) Ballydoyle (Jake Mack on the main stage. Artist Nate Velasquez ~ 5 to 9 p.m.) Leland Legends (Karaoke ~ 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.) – More – Culture Stock (Spoken Word Open Mic ~ 8 to 9:30 p.m. & Day of the Dead Parade on Water Street Mall @ 7:30 p.m.) Gillerson’s Grubbery (Tailwinds rum and tequila tasting ~ 7 to 9 p.m.) AKA Dance (Hot chocolate and popcorn open house ~ 6 to 7:30 p.m) Zen Loft Wellness Center (Belly Dance, Yoga, Massage, & More ~ 6 to 9 p.m.) SciTech Hands On Museum (See a Day of the Dead statue! 6 to 8 p.m.) Aurora Regional Fire Museum (New Logo Launch & Fire Safety Mad Libsy ~ 6 to 8 p.m.) G.A.R. Museum (6 to 8 p.m.) PME Cake Decorating (cupcake decorating demo ~ 5 to 6 p.m.) _____ Trolley 7 to 10 p.m. Stops: Downer/Stolp; Fire Museum; New York/River; SciTech. *** *denotes an art opening Pick up a free First Fridays map at any of the venues. Punch your passport and turn in at your last venue for a chance to win a First Fridays goody bag filled with gift certificates and more! *** First Fridays SPECIALS *** 15% off at All Spoked Up from 6 to 9 p.m. 15% off at YM Boutique from 6 to 9 p.m. 25% off of sunglasses and eyeglasses at Eyeland Optical on the first Friday of the month. Open until 6 p.m. Culture Stock is $1 books! 20% off at PME Cake Supplies Food trucks will return for the summer season in May 2017. First Fridays is EVERY month except January &...

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Coming Soon: Endiro Coffee

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in Featured News | Comments Off on Coming Soon: Endiro Coffee

Coming Soon: Endiro Coffee

Q&A with Cody Lorance of Endiro Coffee Endiro Coffee is opening at 29 W. New York St. soon. We chatted with Cody Lorance, director of U.S. operations for Endiro Coffee. Q: How did you start Endiro? A: We started the company as a simple coffee shop in Kampala, Uganda hoping to raise a bit of money to support a handful of children living in a specific home in Western Uganda.  We didn’t expect to be the top coffee brand in the country just a few years later.  Neither I nor my partner, Gloria Katusiime, had any business or even coffee experience – I always preferred energy drinks and she is a tea drinker.  Haha… but the company did grow. We now have five locations in Uganda and our Aurora venture is not only a first for us, but who has ever heard of a Ugandan restaurant coming to America? After Aurora? Who knows… we are having conversations with leaders all over the world. Q: How did you come to work with coffee farmers so closely? A: Just over a year ago, we decided that we could not continue in the coffee business unless we were sure that our coffee was being sourced in a way that was helping farmers and their families.  On a whim, we sent one of our baristas… herself a former “vulnerable child”… out into the farming villages in the Mount Elgon range in Eastern Uganda.  We asked her if she could find five farming women who would like to work with us. A few months later we met her for the report.  She had misunderstood and had come back with five GROUPS numbering some 2,000 small lot farmers.  We didn’t know how we were going to manage such a group, but decided to proceed anyway.  Months later, as the harvest was completed, we have some 12,000 kilos of coffee that was specialty grade – the best coffee these ladies had ever grown. In fact, we just added several hundred more farmers and expect 50,000 kilos this year.  The exciting thing about this is that all our farmers receive training, leadership mentoring, and equipment allowing them to build up their families and communities in significant ways.  Our farmers are transitioning out of poverty and sub-subsistence living for the first time in generations and are now the highest paid coffee farmers in Uganda.  Lives are being changed and in a way that empowers rather than creating dependence. Q: Explain your missionary work. A: Through our hiring and farming practices, we have not only been able to generate proceeds to support a number of projects which support vulnerable children, but we are getting to be directly involved in the process.  We aim to hire youth who have little hope… street kids, orphans, etc… and then we work to teach them skills, mentor them, and inspire them to grow either in our industry or to pursue their own dreams. Q: What does this mean for the Aurora location? A: So, now we want to bring the same ethos to Endiro Aurora.  We are going to focus our hiring on vulnerable youth in the community and will be working closely with local organizations to help raise awareness about the work they do among kids as well as to help them...

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Coming soon: Public Access to 1 W. Downer Pl.

Posted by on Oct 24, 2016 in Featured News | Comments Off on Coming soon: Public Access to 1 W. Downer Pl.

Coming soon: Public Access to 1 W. Downer Pl.

Public Access, a new coffee shop, arcade, and art gallery is coming soon to 1 W. Downer Pl. Public Access is the dreamchild of Mike Mancuso, who runs the Aurora headquarters of The Yetee, an online t-shirt company he co-owns with Canadian artist Glen O’Neill. Mancuso is working with Jenni and Marcus Contaldo of Modest Coffee, a local coffee company that roasts out of West Chicago. Since opening The Yetee in 2011, Mancuso has moved the location from the basement of the Graham Building on Stolp Avenue to a warehouse at 110 Cross St. The t-shirt company now prints their own t-shirts and employees about a dozen locals including a few artists who are well-known in the downtown arts scene. Mancuso also hosted art shows in the ground-floor gallery of The Yetee during several First Fridays and on special occasions. Due to the growth of his t-shirt business, Mancuso has been looking to move the gallery elsewhere in downtown along with the dozens of arcade games he’s been collecting over the last five years. The other player in this game is Kevin Fitzpatrick, who owns the warehouse where The Yetee is located. Fitzpatrick purchased it a year or two ago when The Yetee was already a tenant along with the adjacent building where Mausoleum Gallery is located. Fitzpatrick, who is a big supporter of downtown revitalization, recently purchased the building at 1 W. Downer Pl. at the northwest corner of Downer Place and Stolp Avenue and agreed to lease it to Mancuso. “The building was filled with junk, and it was not aesthetically pleasing. We are gutting the entire building, putting on a new roof, freshening up the exterior,” Mancuso, of Oswego, said. Mancuso and the Contaldos also both applied for and received grant money from Aurora Downtown, an organization of downtown business and property owners, to grow Public Access. “We will be using the money to renovate the neglected building at 1 W. Downer,” he said. “Things are progressing. There was an overwhelming amount of clutter and junk left by the previous owners. We are in the process of meeting with structural engineers to make sure that the building is sound. Years of neglect really shows once we are down to bare bones. But we are going to give the corner the beautiful building it deserves,” he added. They are working with Vara Design on the interior designs for the building. Mancuso is already talking about expanding into the old Colorlab building next door on Stolp Avenue. As far as opening, Mancuso has plans to be part of “Party On! 25 Years of Wayne’s World,” a celebration that kicks off on First Fridays in February 2017, with an art show titled “Waynestock.” Public Access is sure to be a destination and that is most...

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