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November 21, 2012

After a trying year, NT business owner ready for comeback



”It took a while for everything to come back together, but it’s finally coming around,” Rechin-Fassl said. 

Joyce Santiago, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas, was on hand for a symbolic ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday, along with politicians and representatives of the Lumber City Development Corp. 

Santiago said having grown up in North Tonawanda, she seen Designer Sportswear reinvent itself under the direction of its owner in order to stay with the changing clientele more focused on niche shops that continue to spring up downtown.

”Sue’s business is very corporate driven,” Santiago said. “She really didn’t depend on those walking down the street, but now she’s trying to reach out to that.” 

And with the upcoming holiday shopping season officially underway this week on Black Friday, Rechin-Fassl plans build on the trying times with a positive outlook, one she said she couldn’t have achieved without a little help. 

”Without their support, I don’t know if I could have done it,” she said. 

Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.

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