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April 20, 2013

Florist moves to Sidney's Main Street

The Daily Star

---- — Lifescapes Florist has moved to a new location at 85 Main St. in Sidney.

The business had been at 358 Main St. in Otego.

“We did this to expand our showroom in a beautiful new way, in a location that would add exciting and new potential business opportunities,” owner Rick Lawson said.

“Sidney’s downtown merchants are working diligently together to revitalize the Main Street experience, and we are glad to be a part of this positive energy.”

Lawson said a grand re-open is scheduled for from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 4.

The new location will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Lifescapes offers, among other services, custom-designed floral creations for home décor, weddings, gifts, funeral tributes. Lawson said the business delivery rates to Otego and Oneonta would not change.

Lifescapes website is

Social-media webinar

The U.S. Small Business Administration and the W20 Group are launching a five-topic social-media webinar series to help small businesses use social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, blogs and mobile marketing, to grow their businesses.

Social media ‘s role in the success of small businesses is growing. It provides the opportunity to build deeper relationships with customers, increases sales and to reach new markets in a cost-efficient manner.

The first webinar, titled, “Introduction to Social Media: Helping You Get Started,” will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. EDT. To register, visit:

Free energy assessments

Homeowners have an opportunity to increase the energy efficiency of their houses and save money on their utility bills under a government program that offers free energy assessments.

The Home Performance with Energy Star Program offers free energy assessments of homes by accredited contractors. It also helps homeowners through the process of financing their home improvements with grants of $5,000 to $10,000, low-interest loans, and an on-bill repayment program, which allows customers to pay for the financing of improvements directly on their energy bills.

The assessments take three to four hours to complete and will identify efficiency problem areas in a home.

For more information or to sign up, call Euphemia Martin at 723-0110 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, email her at or visit

Gym, dance center relocates

The Cardio Club & Delhi Dance Studio in Delhi is relocating after 20 years of operation.

The full- service gym and dance will be moving to a new facility at 17 Elm St. The building, formerly known as the Powerhouse, has been fully renovated.

Owners Raegan and Travis Reed worked with Bray Engineering on the renovation, with Travis Reed Construction doing much of the work.

A grand reopening and has been planned for 5-7 p.m. on May 4. Tours and refreshments will be provided.

Cardio Club will remain a full-service, 24-hour facility with many new offerings including a Kids Zone for potty-trained kids to hang while parents exercise, locker rooms with showers, a running/walking club, a stretching room, the Cardio Club Closet, where apparel and accessories will be available.

Quick hits

The American Red Cross of the Mohawk Valley has named Jamie Reynolds of NBT Bank a captain for the Clara Barton Society Campaign in Otsego County. The campaign seeks to recruit 50 new members for the society, which takes a leadership role in fundraising for the Red Cross. … UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital’s Auxiliary board members have presented a donation of $27,000 to Dr. Drake Lamen, the hospital’s president and chief executive officer. The donation will help to support the hospital’s patient services, providing an upgrade to the phlebotomy room and resources toward MRI breast imaging services.

Richard Whitby reports on business news for The Daily Star. To contact him, call 432-1000, ext. 221, or email