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Lockport grants go to app developer, juice bar and heating contractor

The City of Lockport's economic development agency approved microenterprise grants Thursday to three startup businesses.

Yardaroo, owned by Andrew Mitchell, is a web-based smartphone app that directs users to yard and estate sales and enables on-site credit card payments. Mitchell received $10,000 from the Greater Lockport Development Corp. and will lease space in Lockport's Harrison Place.

The owners of Scripts Café in the Historic Palace Theatre building on East Avenue in Lockport were granted $20,000 to help open Scripts Juicery, also in the theater complex. The juice bar is expected to open by June, said Brian M. Smith, city planning and development director.

Erick Powell was granted $20,000 to move Powell's Heating and Cooling from his Lockport home to Harrison Place.

Yardaroo will create one full-time job. Powell promised one full-time and one part-time job. Scripts committed to two full-time and two part-time jobs, Smith said.

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