Realtopia, Springview Sweets partner to help Lockport Montessori school

Customers gather inside Springview Sweets Bakery during a brownie giveaway by Realtopia Real Estate. Proceeds from the bakery during the event benefitted Lupine Montessori School.

Lockport — Guests who visited Springview Sweets bakery in Lockport on Wednesday were treated to a free chocolate treat, courtesy of Realtopia Real Estate.

The two Lockport businesses teamed up to draw traffic to the bakery, located inside the Lockport train station at 133 W. 13th St., and to raise money for the Lupine Montessori School, 936 N. State St., which is in the process of expanding its facility.

“Since Springview Sweets is a newer bakery in the area, we wanted to help get people into her space,” said Ashley York, owner and designated managing broker at Realtopia. “We’ve partnered with Megan [DiCaro], the owner, already for the Sweet and Savory crawl, so we thought we’d buy brownies to give away to draw people in.”

The giveaway quickly turned into a fundraiser, with DiCaro offering to donate 10% of all sales made during the three-hour event to the Montessori school, which both businesses have previously supported.

The school is in the process of expanding into the former Barrett’s Hardware building next door, which it purchased and began renovating after more than a year of vacancy.

“It’s really showing all-around great community involvement,” York said. “Lockport is really good with that.”

One hundred brownies were bought and given to visitors between the hours of 3 and 6 p.m., and guests were encouraged to enter a free raffle for a $25 Springview Sweets gift card courtesy of Realtopia.

“The brownies are so good,” York said. “They’re fudgy and delicious, and it felt like a good opportunity for people to get out during the day after all the cold this week.”

“We had pretty steady traffic all day, which was nice,” DiCaro said. “We’ve had such a great turnout for these events. It’s great to see that the community wants to be involved in making a change.”

Although not all of the free brownies were claimed, they did not go to waste. Realtopia and Springview Sweets gave the leftovers to Lockport police.