Lumber City Development Corporation supports all forms of business in North Tonawanda. Local businesses, both large and small, help contribute to the overall economic vitality of our community and we would like to thank them for making North Tonawanda their home.


The Old Chapel Antique and Artisan Market, located at 172 Robinson Street, is a cozy family friendly shop full of antiques. It's a great place to enjoy a coffee or do some shopping for your loved ones. One of the owners, Jacob Wankasky, sat down with Lumber City Development Corporation so we could learn more about him and the business he runs with his wife, Jennifer.



Q: Can you describe what your business is all about?

A: "We're an antique and artisan market. We have over 130 vendors and we also have a cafe."

Q: What do you like about having your business in North Tonawanda?

A: First of all, the location. Specifically being here at the old ascension church. My family grew up here and I was also baptized at this church. My parents were even married here."

Q: Can you tell us about your cafe?

A: "We sell breakfast sandwiches, belgian waffles, baked goods, cheesecakes, lunch items and a whole line of specialty coffee drinks." 

Q: Do you have any advise for new business owners?

A: Take your time and make sure you have a good business plan."

Q: Do you have any events?

A: "We have events usually once a month and they're normally based around specific holidays."         

Q: What is the most rewarding thing about being a business owner?

A: Being able to put your ideas into motion and being able to work with my wife and have set goals together."

Additional comments:

"I think a lot of people are pleasantly surprised with how our shop is set up and how we kept the church. Everything we do here we try to respect the fact that it was a church for over 100 years."