Businesses Cash in on Fat Tuesday

February 21, 2012 Updated Feb 21, 2012 at 9:11 AM EDT

By WKBW News

February 21, 2012 Updated Feb 21, 2012 at 9:11 AM EDT

Today's Fat Tuesday celebrations mean fatter profits for area businesses. Paczki Day kicks off the busiest season at The Broadway Market. Crews at E.M. Chrusciki Bakery have been busy cranking out packzis, or Polish donuts, at the market and their Lancaster shop. Other bakeries across the area were also busy today, along with bars and restaurants celebrating Mardi Gras on the parade route. More consumers are spending this year. The National Retail Federation says retailers enjoyed a four percent jump in sales in January, compared to last year.

A local company is going to Disney World! A report in this week's Business First says Arrow Grinding created a set of steel pins to be used in a ride at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando. They were shipped in early February. The Tonawanda company employs thirty people and plans to add jobs.

Mercy Hospital is looking to kick off a $4.6 million upgrade. Business First says the hospital has filed plans with the state to relocate and replace equipment at its two cardiac catheterization laboratories.

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