I would like to extend an official village welcome to the Manlius KeyBank now open at Madison Row.
KeyBank is the first phase of what is to become a distinctive destination point at routes 92 and 257. Once completed, Madison Row will feature a mixed use of retail, commercial, restaurant and residential components which will redefine our Village Gateway and set the tone for future development.
I am equally proud of our robust well-established Village Commercial/Retail District, which despite the continuance of a challenging economy, has seen many exciting changes just in the past year alone:
Bella Cigna restaurant, owned and operated by Rick and Joey DeCuffa, has become one of the most popular features at the Swan Pond.... Second only to Faye, Manny, LaVerne, Holly, Dazzle and Bella!
Lune Chocolat is serving up delectable hand-made confections in Manlius Mart.
New Dimensions and Dazzle have created some glam and glitz at Fayette Street and Stickley Avenue.
East meets West on East Seneca Street at the Hong Kong Cafe. Across the street is In Stitches, a unique yarn and knitting shop. Further up the street near Gabriel Point, is a bright yellow church building where birds of a feather are flocking together at the Wild Bird Center of Manlius.
From feathers to fur, Precious Pets Grooming is open in the Manlius Mart and Mother Nature Pet Supply has all the “bits and bobs” for our village four legged friends at Limestone Commons (formally Smith’s Plaza).
Speaking of Limestone Commons, Geddes Federal Savings, Oviatt Hearing and the Manlius Pharmacy are open for business.
Summit Physical Therapy has relocated next door to Cardinal Cleaners and the Webb Insurance Agency has moved into the former Erisa building across from the Swan Pond.
The Village of Manlius now has one-stop shopping for antique collectors at Kinloch Commons with the opening of the Audobon Eclectic and Nothing New antique shops.
And there is even more coming soon in the months ahead!
So I would encourage all those who enjoy shopping to participate in the Town of Manlius Chamber of Commerce “Buy Local” event this week... And come visit our great village… Say hi and buy!
As the oldest village in Onondaga County, Manlius has always had something special to offer everyone for nearly 200 years, but especially now!
Mark-Paul Serafin is the mayor of Manlius.