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Mockingbird Paperie opens in Corning

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Mockingbird Paperie at 32 W. Market Street joins the Gaffer District lineup in Corning, with a grand opening party planned from 5-8 p.m. Friday by owner Suzanne Loesch.

The public is invited to a ribbon cutting at 5 p.m. followed by a book signing, live opera music and refreshments.

Mockingbird Paperie offers wedding invitations, letterpress cards, fine stationery, luxury fountain pens, inks and unique gifts. The store also sells decorative paper from Nepal, Japan, the Czech Republic and Italy.The Corning location of Mockingbird Paperie, like its 3-year-old Ithaca location, will eventually offer bookbinding, stationery making, jewelry making and calligraphy workshops.

“My passion for paper began when my husband and I were geographically separated for 2 years,” Loesch said in a statement. “We wrote back and forth to each other daily and after we were reunited I wrote to him from our home. I would send him a letter addressed to him from me at the same address! All of my letters were works of art. Each letter was decorated with special stamps and ephemera from all over the world. Each letter was written on different paper. Paper from Japan, Prague, Amalfi Italy, Nepal, Israel, and England. Then in addition to my letter writing I began collecting stationery.”

Coleen Fabrizi, executive director of the Gaffer District, said in a statement: “We are so honored when a business owner determines that our downtown is the place to locate their business. I’m not certain what is more intriguing, the story of how the Mockingbird Paperie came to life or the extraordinary ways to make a letter a treasured gift to the receiver.”

For more information about Mockingbird Paperie, visit mockingbirdpaperie.com or call Loesch at (607) 277-0809.

Bucket Bar and Grill opens in Odessa

The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce is holding a ribbon cutting at 5 p.m. Sept. 25 for the Bucket Bar and Grill, which recently opened at 100 Church St. in Odessa.

“I am so thankful to everyone who helped during the remodeling – it was a tremendous project that I could not have done alone,” bar owner Erick Thorpe said in a statement. “I am also very thankful for the great support we’ve had in our first month of being open. We hope everyone will come celebrate with us at the ribbon cutting!”

The Bucket offers a full bar, menu (including a kids menu) and flat-screen televisions.

The ribbon cutting will include remarks by Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Rebekah LaMoreaux, Odessa Mayor Keith Pierce, Schuyler County Administrator Tim O’Hearn, and Schuyler County Legislature Chairman Dennis Fagan.

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