CONVERSATION WITH THE MAYOR December 2, 2002
Wrapping It Up – Village Stores, That Is
In mid- July, eldest grand-daughter at my side, I started visiting the retail stores and service
providers in the Village of Palmyra. Here we are in early December, not quite done. The number and
variety of shops and offices continues to impress me. More importantly, my shopping habits have
changed. If we can buy it in Palmyra, we do. The same item might be a bit less expensive in one of the
malls, but time, gas and now, driving conditions, are a consideration. Buying in Palmyra has multiple
benefits for the buyer, the seller and the community. So let‟s look at more of our local merchants.
TD Motors, on the east end of the village, is the seller of affordable used cars. Open seven days
a week, they invite you into their handsome showroom to see what they can do for you. Immediately next
door is Lane‟s Garage. Robert Lane has been in business here for six years and is looking to make
Palmyra his home as well as his place of business in the near future. He deals with everything except
body work, specializing in automatic transmissions and electronic fuel injection diagnostics. The shop is
open six days a week, 8:00 – 6:00, and his phone number is 945-6268 ( not a typo!)
Directly behind Lane‟s is Snyder‟s Auto Parts, owned and operated by Tom and Anne Snyder. As
a CARQUEST franchise, they do most of their business on the wholesale level with garages in the region.
CARQUEST is a nation-wide operation which provides coast-to-coast warranties for its products. The
same attention to detail and high level of customer service is provided to walk-in retail customers as well
as is to their professional clients. Nice to know, for those of us who are not, is that the staff is
knowledgeable about all sorts of questions dealing with cars and why they do or don‟t do something.
Palmyra Family Chiropractic, is newly owned by Dr. Christopher Lannon, who is based in East
Rochester. Chiropractor Pamela Vandrei Bell is here to serve the people of Palmyra. She made several
interesting points as we talked. She said that chiropractic care is not just to relieve pain or discomfort. As
most people go for annual dental check ups, they should consider preventative chiropractic care to
promote and maintain wellness. Her practice here deals largely with geriatric care, but also with young
athletes. Office hours are by appointment and she can be reached at 597-BACK (2225). Vicki Weber is
located next door at State Farm Insurance. She had a scoop for us – State Farm is now registered as a
bank, complete with checking and savings accounts, mortgage loans and the like. There has been no
national advertising yet, but it is a bank in New York State. The local office is a satellite of the
Canandaigua office and has been open here for six months. Billed as a one-stop destination, Vicki says
personal service is their goal. Reach her at 597-5797, Monday through Friday, 8:00 –5:00.
Then there is Ziggy‟s Car Care, 597-5551, Monday through Friday, also 8:00 – 5:00. Charlie
Ziegler has been in the doll up business for 36 years, first with Harold Contant and then on his own. We
started going to Charlie when he was on the west side of the village and have continued since he moved
to the current location four years ago.
Would you believe our first dealings were in the form of a gift to my husband to have a doll up on
his car? The gift was a winner. I recommend it for the person who has everything. Ziggy‟s also sells tires
and batteries and is a state inspection site.
Next door is Tom Williamson‟s Magick Gas Station, good prices at a good location – lots of
access. Just north and a little bit west of Magick is the soon-to-be-opened Canal Street Sports Bar and
Grill. We‟ll tell you about that when it happens.
On the west end of the village we have still more shops, some on which we have already
mentioned – Parkside Florals & Gifts, R.T. Perry Collection, and right across the street, Total Computer,
all excellent sources of holiday gifts and gift certificates. Further along to the west is Spillway Park, home
to four additional Palmyra businesses. The first is Palmyra Auto Repair, owned and operated by Butch
Tiblow. The garage is open Monday – Friday, 8:30 – 5:00. Mr. Tiblow said he was appreciative of local
support and, it appears that his clients are appreciative of him as well. It is a busy place. Contact him at
597-6261. Immediately next door is the Russell Agency where I met Jim Russell, 597-1611. It is a full
service agency – property, casualty, business, and a part of the Erie Insurance Group. Hours are 9:00 –
5:00, Monday through Friday. Jim promises good rates and good service.
A real contrast is the Razor‟s Edge, Hair – Nail – Tanning Salon. Stylist and owner Lori Hollingsworth and stylists Leanne and Dee Dee, offer the listed services in an attractive setting. They are
open Tuesday through Saturday. Call 5976-CURL (2875) for specific hours. Walk-ins are also welcome.
Use the same phone number for inquiries about Spillway Mini Storage, located behind the building. 62
units in various sizes are available for rent. The most westerly store in Spillway Park is Magnum Auto
Parts, a NAPA distributor. Owners Len VanStaalduinen and Jon Cauwels have been at this location for
eight years providing quality products at an affordable price. A conversation with Jim Payne, who has
been there since the business began eleven years ago, then on the site of what is now Dollar General,
told me they keep long hours, 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Monday – Friday and 6:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on
Saturdays. If they don‟t have what you need, they can get it for you within twenty-four hours.
Directly across the street is Express Mart, where I talked to co-manager Jared Rice. Besides
Mobil gas, they have a variety of items for sale – newspapers, coffee, donuts, batteries, cough syrup, and more. They too keep long hours, 5:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., and until 11:00 on Saturday and Sunday.
This is the part that reminds me of when our kids were little and we had an old fashioned wooden
playpen. We had inherited it from family and it had seen much service.
We used it for one and a half children. The second one with it became adept at removing wooden
uprights faster than his father could replace them. That‟s what it feels like with the arrival of new stores and offices in the village. I am not complaining! The more the merrier. Primamerica Financial Services,
run by Ben Schoenfelder and Tim VanGorder, has as its objective to assist middle income families
become debt free – a worthy ambition. Independent contractors, they are a part of Citigroup, and, they
told me are “100% solutions oriented”. Get in touch at 597-2779 for what they call a „welcome session‟. They are easy to find in the Van Parys Building at 229 East Main Street.
Also brand new is Bob Grolling‟s Zen Garden Café at 208 East Main Street,
585-802-1088, another cell phone. The café opens at 6:00 a.m. with fresh bagels and a variety of coffees
and teas. Lunchtime features chili, soups and bagel sandwiches. It remains open until 8:00 p.m. The stDecember 1 Open House and Ribbon Cutting featured folk singer and guitarist Mike Strobel. Bob
promises more entertainment – music, readings, magic – on Fridays and Saturday evenings.
Thanks to the efforts of the Focus on Business group, some Palmyra merchants are remaining open until 7:00 p.m. on Thursdays. They are doing it for us. Stop in, shop and say thank you.
I rarely make any mention of specific Board actions because coverage of the meetings is
provided elsewhere in the paper. This is an exception. I told you in our last Conversation that among the
things done in the past year was the change of meeting time from 6:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. to accommodate ndthe public. At the December 2 meeting, a majority vote of the Board elected to return to the 6:30 start
time. So, if you plan to join us, make note of that change.
To you and yours, the Happiest of Holidays!
May it be all that you could wish for and more.