Category: Niagara Falls Shopping

Photography business rising from the ashes

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

It was a nightmare.

K.J. Dong Jia was at home on January 15, 2016 when he received a call from his alarm company.

A fire, deliberately set, had swept through his themed photography business on Victoria Avenue near Clifton Hill.

“I came right away,” the 35-year-old father of three recalled. “It was such a nightmare.”

Damage was pegged at $300,000.

“I had to rebuild everything,” he said.

Jia had opened Allways Antique Photo in the heart of the city’s tourism sector in 2012 after operating similar operations in Toronto and Alberta.

The business is a combination of what Jia knows best – business and photography.

Niagara Square to close

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I know this isn’t directly related to tourism, it is still something that may affect tourists coming to the area.

From the Niagara Falls Review:

Niagara Square will close May 1 as part of plan to re-invent the beleaguered north end shopping centre.

RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust Company, which owns an interest in the 404,351-square-foot property, sent notices to tenants Friday on behalf of the mall owners.

The notice states tenants must vacate the property in April and the mall will close May 1.

While officials at RioCan were unavailable for comment, Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati said he has had regular contact with the corporation and has been told the inside of the mall will be demolished and replaced by an outdoor-style mall similar to the Outlet Collection at Niagara in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Changes coming to Souvenir City

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Another notice I saw on the city website (or here if the city website link changes) was about some changes at Souvenir City on River Road. I can’t really tell what the changes are physically, but they are trying to change some parking requirements, as well as increase the floor area of the development.

Antica Pizzeria & Ristorante expanding?

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As a follow-up to my “Center Gift Shop” torn down for a parking lot posting last week, regular visitor Drafty found a document on the city web site (or here if the city website link changes) that indicates that Antica Pizzeria & Ristorante will be expanding into the space where Center Gift Shop was. A public meeting was held back at the beginning of November.

I guess until they are ready to expand, it’ll be used as a parking lot.

“Center Gift Shop” torn down for a parking lot


The former “Center Gift Shop” store that was on Victoria Avenue has been closed for several months. I’m not sure why, and I never noticed any signs on the window that indicated that they would be closing. Just one day I noticed it was closed.

Well, now the building has been torn down, and it is a parking lot. This happened just before Christmas.

Here are a few other photos showing the work as it happened.

Finding a Niagara Falls t-shirt

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I was away for a few days last week and ended up in Peterborough, Ontario. It’s 2.5 – 3 hours away from Niagara Falls. We stopped at a second-hand store called Talize, and this shirt was hanging on the end of an aisle as we walked into the store.


Niagara Brewing Co. takes the Falls

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From the Toronto Sun:

Falls Avenue Resort in Niagara Falls has welcomed the Niagara Brewing Co. to the heart of the city’s tourist district.

The brand-new craft brewery is on Clifton Hill and offers innovative and refreshing brews crafted in celebration of Canada’s rich brewing heritage, with locally sourced ingredients.

While visiting Niagara Brewing, guests can indulge in delicious beer on the outdoor patio, pair the brews with tasty appetizers fresh from the brewery’s kitchen, and purchase merchandise from the on-site store.

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