Evans Bancorp is stockpiling financial fuel for the future. The Hamburg-based parent of Evans Bank on Wednesday rolled out a common stock offering of $14 million worth of its shares, priced at $35 a share. Institutional investors bought up the shares. David J. Nasca, Evans' president and CEO, said the timing was right for the offering, with an eye toward growth. "…

Former Buffalo Bills' head coach Rex Ryan's home is on the market. The Orchard Park home at 50 Grand View Trail he shared with his wife, Michelle, was listed this week for $1.1 million. Here's the listing, which includes photos. Amy Pfister, the broker from Realty USA, describes the hilltop home as a "premier lot with scenic views of the city ... most exclusive area…

Firefly Cupcakes, a popular bakery at 700 Main St. in East Aurora, closed Saturday. "I have made the incredibly difficult decision to close Firefly Cupcakes," owner Wendy Egloff wrote on the company's website. "Thank you for being so supportive over 6 and a half years." The company had also expanded to a second location at 1008 Elmwood Ave. in the former Zillycakes s…

The Buffalo Planning Board on Tuesday postponed action on the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority's proposed project to redevelop its A.D. Price Courts housing project, citing hesitancy over a pending state report about the historic merits of the existing buildings that would be demolished. BMHA, together with affiliate Bridges Development Inc. and partner Norstar Dev…

Northwest Bank plans to add 70 jobs within a few months when it opens a New York region headquarters and operations center in Amherst. The office at 375 Essjay Road will have a total of 100 employees, including 30 existing jobs that the bank will consolidate there from other locations in the Buffalo Niagara region, said John J. Golding, Northwest's New York region presi…

SolarPark Energy wants to build a $7.5 million 18-acre solar farm on Grand Island with an option to expand to another 40 acres on undeveloped industrial property on Lang Boulevard, off of Grand Island Boulevard, according to town officials. Deputy Supervisor James R. Sharpe told The Buffalo News that the company's proposal is to build two 9-acre farms - each with two me…

David S. Mingoia has held the title of interim executive director and chief financial officer of the Amherst Industrial Development Agency, but that is about to change. The board of directors of the IDA plans to remove the interim tag when it meets Friday. Mingoia has held the position on an interim basis since April 15, when James J. Allen retired after 36 years ove…

A one-story brick building and almost one acre of land near the entrance to Niagara Falls State Park has been donated to Niagara County Community College Foundation, NCCC  President James P. Klyczek announced Tuesday. The Cordish Companies, which is based in Baltimore, donated the property at 333 Prospect St. in Niagara Falls to the college. The parcel includes a …

After more than 10 years, Wegmans is shutting down the cooking class program at the Menu Cooking School in its Pittsford store to make room for more culinary development. The store's kitchen has hosted cooking classes since 2005. It has been used part time for cooking classes and part time as a culinary development kitchen, where Wegmans' chefs experiment with new rec…

Spot Transit Cafe, also known as the Spot Coffee at 5205 Transit Road in Clarence, will get a drive-thru. The drive-thru will help the coffee shop take full advantage of the high volume of cars that pass through the cafe in what is a busy, commercial section of Transit Road, said Spot president Anton Ayoub. Construction will begin in March, or sooner if the weather brea…

A proposed senior housing project planned for Buffalo's Symphony Circle neighborhood will be geared toward upscale independent living for seniors, rather than the originally planned assisted-living facility. The $30 million project, which was previously approved last year by the city, has been taken over by Ellicott Development Co., which replaced an out-of-own firm tha…

Tops Markets is exploring a plan to consolidate its headquarters from several locations into a single site in Amherst, according to paperwork filed with the Amherst Industrial Development Agency. Tops would move into a building now occupied by PHH Mortgage at 1760 Wehrle Drive, at Youngs Road across from the Erie Community College North Campus. The grocery-store cha…

Gordon Restaurant Market, a wholesale restaurant supplier, has opened at 1959 Elmwood Ave. near Regal Cinemas. The store is open to members only. To become a member, customers must be affiliated with a restaurant. Shelves and coolers are stocked with fresh and frozen produce, spices, meat, seafood, dairy, and dry goods in bulk sizes. The store also stocks non-food re…

Buffalo Niagara manufacturers had a strong finish in December to an otherwise down year at local factories. The region's manufacturers finished 2016 with four straight months of growth, including the biggest increase in 18 months during December, after struggling for most of the year, a new survey of local purchasing managers found. "We had an overall strong month to…