The View from The Niagara Guide

General observations and musings on how we can make Niagara a better place.

Glitches . . .

Mark Kawabe - Thursday, March 01, 2012

In case anyone's wondering why we hadn't responded to their inquiries . . . we had a glitch in the system.

It's fixed and we're working on getting caught up.

Our apologies for any inconvenience.

Love is in the Air for Niagara

Mark Kawabe - Thursday, January 19, 2012

With a little less than a month away to the most romantic day of the year, Power Two You Productions invites all 18+ to join them for Niagara’s 3rd Annual - Professional “Niagara Romance & Sex Expo” on Sunday February 5th, at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, 7389 Lundy’s Lane, N. Falls, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Full article online at the following URL: 

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A bit behind the times...

Mark Kawabe - Monday, January 16, 2012

We were informed today that Saturn Stables has been closed for the past year.

Of course, The Niagara Guide listing for Saturn Stables is #1 in Google in some web searches.

It's amazing how many other websites have outdated listings for Saturn Stables as well.

I guess we're not alone. One of the challenges of keeping web directories up to date is keeping on top of these things. This is why we've moved to a human-submission-based directory instead of relying on automated listings.

Because of that, sometimes it takes a little longer to get things done, but for the sake of accuracy, I think it's worth it.

Niagara Pet Gallery Updated

Mark Kawabe - Saturday, October 08, 2011

As we transition sites to our new format, it's interesting to see some of things we've done. One of those is the Niagara Pet Gallery.

We've updated the gallery and now give people the opportunity to upload their own photos.

It's as easy as logging into our site (even using your Facebook account) and then uploading a photo and caption. We'll check to make sure it's appropriate (because stranger things have happened) and then your pet will be online.

Check it out and honour your pet today : )

Niagara Event Guide Re-launched

Mark Kawabe - Sunday, September 25, 2011

I'm happy to announce that the Niagara Events Guide has been relaunched as part of the main Niagara Guide website.

The domain still works and will direct visitors to the website.

Events can be browsed by category AND by municipality. I am very excited about this as it's one of the things that I think is lacking among many other event listing websites.

Event submissions are also allowed on the site. We're still checking that real human beings are registering for the website and that the events are valid BEFORE they go online.

Submit your event here:

Change is good indeed : )

Best Regards,

Mark Kawabe

Garrison Little Theatre Open Auditions

Mark Kawabe - Monday, September 05, 2011

Garrison Little Theatre is holding open auditions

to cast Norm Foster's sparkling comedy "Looking",

which will be performed in November 2011.

The director is looking for 2 women and 2 men, late 30s to early 50s.

As well, anyone interested in helping with this production

in backstage volunteer positions is encouraged to attend the auditions:

7:00 p.m.

 Friday, September 9, 2011

at the Italo-Canadian Club, 1101 DiPietro St., Fort Erie.

For more information call Derek at 289-320-9444.

Visit them online at

Welcoming Firewalk Niagara!

Mark Kawabe - Thursday, August 18, 2011

I used to think people who walked on fire were nuts.

Then my wife did a firewalk, so I had to change my opinion.

I also did an arrow break against my throat.

Another opinion change. Hmm. Perhaps there's something to this . . .

Then I met Heather Keeso, of Firewalk Niagara, whose personal experiences with firewalking are quite profound.

I'm very glad to welcome Heather and Firewalk Niagara to The Niagara Guide!

I hope you'll take the time to learn about the path to personal empowerment that firewalking can provide. It may just change your life.

3rd Annual Business Tail Gate & BBQ This Afternoon

Mark Kawabe - Thursday, August 18, 2011

Been through a bit of a rough patch with elderly family members and the inevitable stresses summer vacation brings. However, there's still some fun to be had.

This afternoon from 4:00 I'll be at the 3rd Annual Business Tail Gate & BBQ being put on by "KNOW it ALL" Niagara at the Staples in Niagara Falls.

Hope to see you there!

A few changes...

Mark Kawabe - Saturday, July 09, 2011

Just wanted to let you know about a few changes in The Niagara Guide's services.

We've recently added self-management to company information. Anyone who wants to add their business for free (name, address, phone number) can now do so and can also update their information themselves. Just register for our client portal to do this.

Because of the above change, we'll be phasing out some, but not all of our static free listing pages. Why? Well, when you consider how many companies are in Niagara, it's a lot of work to keep the database updated. For the most part, we'll only be providing information that was submitted to us. There will be some popular categories that will have listings inputted by our staff. We're not going to spam everyone in the region to get them to add their listings - but we certainly encourage you to tell your friends and colleagues to add their businesses to our directory.

Press releases can now be submitted directly in .txt, .doc or .pdf format to us. Again, visit the client portal to register and submit your press releases.

There are more changes coming to our forums in the next few weeks. Never a dull moment here. Enjoy your weekend!

Welcome Carousel Players!

Mark Kawabe - Wednesday, January 19, 2011

It is with pleasure that I announce the addition of the Carousel Players to the Niagara Arts Guide.

How did they get there? Easy - they applied for a free listing through the Non-Profit Niagara website.

Your organization can do this as well and get free online exposure.

Check it out today!

Welcome aboard Carousel Players!


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