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Business renovations beautify the village

The towering new design for the building on the corner of Oswego and Tulip streets features faux Ionic columns that exude both class and European charm. The shop remains open while the work is completed, so phone in your take-out orders to 451-4200.

Heid's tower

Liverpool's landmark hot dog stand, Heid's, is having its art deco tower revamped. Upstate's wicked weather and simple aging have led to recent deterioration, so owner John Parker called in a contractor to shore it up.

Turns out the trapezoidal tower is fabricated from parts of a deco display at the 1939 New York World's Fair in Flushing Meadows.

For Heid's info, visit heidsofliverpool.com.

Meat mania

Twice a year Nichols Supermarket hosts a three-day Meat Bonanza, and the autumn event is this week, Wednesday through Friday, Oct. 6, 7 and 8. Nichols meat department manager Jerry Miles and his assistants, Dick Potts and A Fabrizi, have plenty of inexpensive specials ready for customers. There's fresh beef, fresh chicken, USDA Choice domestic lamb and veal all cut and hand-trimmed right at the First Street grocery.

Call ahead for "Butcher Block" selections, 453-MEAT; nicholsliverpool.com.

I recommend the new Cajun-style Nicholini sausage, a real deal at $1.87 per pound. Trust me: it's not too hot for your Yankee palates. Serve it with red beans and rice.

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