Elevator Alley Kayak coming to The Barrel Factory in Buffalo’s Old First Ward!

Buffalo, NY – Another new business is coming to The Barrel Factory in Buffalo with the launching of Elevator Alley Kayak. The start-up will begin operations this spring at the historic, 110-year old landmark currently undergoing redevelopment in the city’s Old First Ward.
Elevator Alley Kayak will specialize in history and nature tours with trained guides, kayaking lessons, as well as kayak, canoe, and stand-up paddle board and accessory rentals and sales. Its home location at The Barrel Factory is just yards from the Buffalo River and Mutual Riverfront Park and Boat Launch.
Elevator Alley Kayak will be the third resident business in The Barrel Factory, joining the recently announced start-ups, Lakeward Spirits and Queen City Malting. Steve Bystran, managing member of Lazarus Properties, which is redeveloping the historic factory building, is thrilled about the announcement. “Elevator Alley Kayak is another very exciting addition to The Barrel Factory, and helps us to achieve our vision for the rebirth of our building and for the increasing appreciation of Buffalo’s historic Old First Ward and the legendary Buffalo River,” he said.
WNY natives Elizabeth Bragg and Jason Mendola are co-owners of Elevator Alley Kayak. They named the new business in honor of the historic grain elevators along the Buffalo River and harbor area of Lake Erie.
Jason Mendola noted that Elevator Alley Kayak will have the best quality fleet of kayaks in the City, with options for all kayaking skill levels. He added, “If you have a kayak already, we will have accessories including life-jackets, paddles, dry-bags and other essentials for a great day of fun and exploring history and nature on the water.”
The new kayaking venture will also be teaming up with Explore Buffalo to provide new on-water tours by kayak.
In addition to Elevator Alley Kayak, Lakeward Spirits, and Queen City Malting, Lazarus Properties is in talks with several breweries interested in expanding their operations and local presence. Discussions are also underway to sign additional artisans, local producers, and a special event caterer at The Barrel Factory.
Lazarus Properties closed on the property on July 11th, and cleaned up the grounds and parking areas which were heavily overgrown. Roof repairs and other infrastructure improvements are now underway. Build-out for the resident businesses will be commencing shortly once local permitting is completed.
In late August, Old First Ward artist Chris Kameck completed a nearly life-sized mural of an Erie Railroad steam locomotive on the outside of the historic structure. Long known to locals as The Barrel Factory, the 45000 SF, multi-level brick structure housed the Quaker City Cooperage Company for many decades starting in 1903.
More information on The Barrel Factory is available on the building’s web site www.BarrelFactory.com and its Facebook page www.Facebook.com/BarrelFactory.
Elevator Alley Kayak will be using www.ElevatorAlleyKayak.com and www.Facebook.com/ElevatorAlley. Their Twitter and Instagram handle is @ElevatorAlley. For more information, you can email [email protected].