Working in Niagara Falls

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Over the last couple months there has been mounting pressure to find a place to call home that is a little closer to work and much easier on gasoline.

Business in Niagara Falls

Seems as though there is a lot that the businesses in Niagara Falls have to do in order to play catch-up with other major cities. Digital services are in demand across nearly every service oriented business. This includes restaurant point of sale systems, digital imaging, online marketing, and revision management systems. The good part is that we're able to skip the rebuild issue that many older businesses in Toronto and New York suffer from when they migrate to a new platform. No legacy data means that there are no problems.

Niagara Falls Real Estate

I like the idea of living close to where you work, and Niagara Falls is close enough to my hometown to make the switch without too many issues. The down side is the idea that everyone that I work with daily also lives in communities outside of Niagara Falls. There is something strange about the disconnect between locals and some of the top jobs in Niagara Falls. Maybe we're able to appreciate the value - everything loses its sheen once it is a part of the .

Niagara Falls is essentially "under the power lines", a fact that sticks in my head every time I look at Niagara Falls Real Estate listings. I shouldn't be one to judge since I grew up next to a steel forge with a considerable amount of electrical current passing through the lines leading to the factory.

i'm waiting for a great deal in a great location, even if it needs a little work.

Working Digitally and Bi-nationally

Another plus about Niagara Falls is that the proximity to the US Market and easy ability to collaborate with offices in the United States give the entire region a competitive edge. Sitting on top of some of the fastest digital infrastructure in the world, with a short drive to a local farm... almost better than anywhere, save for California. I'm not one to go to California and give up on the Canadian lifestyle though.

Better conditions for business, good real estate in a variety of options, and situated perfectly for bi-national partnerships. Things seem to be working in Niagara Falls.

Canada's Wonderland Haunt

Canada's Wonderland Haunt

For Canadian Thanksgiving my entire schedule has been cleared in order to attend Canada's Wonderland Haunt, a haunted carnival experience that takes over the part throughout the fall season.

Night Carnival

There is something about the dimly lit park accentuated by beautiful lights ever 20 meters. The rides and haunted tours are ablaze in a rainbow of light. While rainbows may not be scary, they are a pleasant way to let your guard down before the next surprise.

Club Blood

This is a perennial favourite, Club Blood needs to be a real club that is separate from the attraction. Haunted beats and wonderful costumes are the closest that Southern Ontario gets to a perfect 'surprise' rave. Get pumped by listening to some SomaFM (Link - http://somafm.com/ ) - the mix is comparable in quality at the park. Anyone that misses Club Blood needs to get off their high horse (Leviathan), and join in the fun.

Louisiana Bayou

In years past this has been one of the darkest and most aggressive haunts at the park. Music is a huge factor in keeping things moving in the attraction. I almost missed this one during my first year at Canada's Wonderland Haunt due to a medical complication experienced by another person in the attraction. The kind of scares that cause medical complications are worth a second look.

Hopefully I'll have more photos and video to share after the trip.

Black Lantern Experience - F**ked up S**t Show

Black Lantern Experience - F**ked up S**t Show

Recently there have been plenty of haters making things difficult for artists and art lovers in the city of #Welland. Used to be that if you didn't like someone or something that it was as easy as walking away. Unfortunately we no longer have that capability to make peace through ignorance, due to technology. The Black Lantern Experience has been quietly criticized by establishment artists, politicians, and bureaucrats. This criticism isn't unwarranted, since the Black Lantern Experience has been a hotbed of anti-establishment art and discussion, due to the fact that the establishment is no longer participating with a large part of the community.

Time to read between the lines, if you or an organization that you work for takes a shot at #BLX then the Black Lantern Experience will respond. The last group art show, Hostile Takeover, proved that the Black Lantern Experience is as organized as any other arts group in the city. The upcoming show will take on some new ideas about destruction, construction, and the function of art in a damaged community.

F**ked up S**t Show - Art and Entertainment

Come out to this public event and get out of your comfort zone. Doors open at 20h00 (8pm) on October 19th, 2013 to a disturbing collection of paintings, photography, and performance art. Organized by James Takeo at his studio on 75 West Main Street with the assistance of all of the #BLX volunteers, artists, and benefactors.

F**ked up S**t
75 West Main Street
Welland, Ontario
October 19th, 2013
Doors open 8pm

Black Lantern Experience Teaser Video

Visit BLXTV for More Information - http://blxtv.ca/fed-up-st-show/

KurtisMcCartney.com Calling Cards

KurtisMcCartney.com Calling Cards

For years I've been bothered by people that constantly insist that in order to make a proper introduction between business people a business card is essential. Those people have nothing to worry about thanks to a collaborative set between James Takeo and Craig Hotrod, two Welland artists that typically specialize in Tattoo art.

Made from Recycled Material

The card material is recovered from office materials intende to add structure to paper pads. I used to scribble on grid paper any ideas that I would have and have a substantial collection of older works that could be moved from pads to binders, scanned digitally if anything of importance is in the pad, and permanently filed in the blue cube filing system.

Hopefully this is the last time I'll ever need paper calling cards - people should be able to find me by name just about anywhere on the Internet. At this point the secret is out.

Includes Social Media Contact Information

Just about everything except a direct link to my Google+ page is included on this card. Email, Twitter, Website URL - I've been lucky enough to secure my oversized name on just about every social media tool that exists.

Calling Cards - More Than Business

For anyone that isn't familiar with Calling Cards the purpose is to ensure that other residents or grounds staff at a residence know that you're supposed to be there. These cards are an invitation to connect and collaborate, nearly anytime or anywhere. Given that we live in the age of global telecommunications I can't guarantee that I'll be in one place for too long. This card is an open invitation to the next venue, digital or embodied.

Welland Construction Blitz

Welland Construction Blitz

It is really surprising how much has changed in Welland since the 2008 recession came into effect, there are signs all around that the recession is over and Welland is ready to get back into business. Just as soon as progress starts to be made, especially in the downtown area there is always another wave of infrastructure projects. This time around the WElland Construction blitz is focused on roads.

East Main Street Backups

As a frequent driver along East Main Street and daily user of the new roundabout I've grown a healthy feeling of dread regarding infrastructure projects along my daily commute. East Main Street between Wellington and Empire Street is a completely avoidable stretch, that I never seem to remember to avoid at eight o'clock in the morning.

The dread will be back in full swing during the upcoming snowy season when road lines are less than visible, folks from out of town may be unfamiliar with the roundabout, and the smooth stretch of East Main Street will be packed with people looking to barrel down the oversized roadway at full speed.

King Street Grinds

King Street is also under rapid reconstruction, given that the last repaving took much longer than expected there are already concerns from residents and businesses on the street. It has already been a tough year despite any of the best efforts by Illuminaqua to bring people back to the downtown area of King Street. There are literally to many barriers to development along the canal trails and King Street, given the combination of fences at Illuminaqua, steep parking rules along an empty street, and broken equipment turning the street dark or tripping out people enjoying Merritt Park and its fountain.

King Street South is about to experience the same kind of frustration, including the newly reopened restaurants, bars, and a cupcake cafe. The only consistently successful business in that area appears to be the Bamboo Restaurant. It seems as though nothing can stop great take-out.

Pavers Move Faster than Banner Staff

The most surprising part about the repaving in Welland is that the asphalt was removed so quickly, less than a week between the start of the grind and the whole section being turned into a tire grinder. I've included a picture with this article to demonstrate how October construction overlaps the remaining Canoe Niagara and World Championship banners from the event held in August 2013.

Hopefully the banners will come down before the Panam Games. Although we may be waiting for winter decorations to come down first.

Welland Market Square - Saturday Mornings

Welland Market Square - Saturday Mornings

Welland has an excellent market that is still colloquially known as the Welland Farmers Market. The Welland Market itself goes beyond farm fresh produce and includes bakers, producers of meat products, and the occasional non-food vendor looking to sell jewelry or affordable bed sheets. Want to know more about the Welland Market? Check out the local highlights.

Welland Market - Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

The North Side Pavilions are the heart of the fresh, organic, and from-the-farm produce, featuring hard to find and certified produce. The West Awning has some of the best deals from larger local farms, including eggs and fresh baked pie.

Welland Market - Fresh Bread and Meats

The West Building, also known as "The Alamo" is home to meat, cheese, and vegetarian alternative vendors that require freezer space and other amenities. Pick up some spicy sausage, fresh samosas, and a variety of fresh deli meats at some of the most competitive prices in Niagara.

Welland Market - The Community and Customs

The Welland Market Square is also a great place to meet with locals and catch up on the news. This includes the news highlights and opinions that aren't always seen in publications with journalistic integrity. Stick around for long enough and you'll have a chance to meet up with local volunteers, bureaucrats, lawyers, and historians. The community itself is typically a good draw.

Welland Market - Democratizing Prices

Just about anywhere there seems to be an excellent market, bazaar, or plaza that allows small businesses and farmers to compete with grocers or other vendors that would otherwise keep prices out of sync with what the farmers deserve. If you feel as though it is worth the effort to find Fair Trade Coffee then you should probably look into local markets like the Welland Market to keep prices low and farmers happy.

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