Once Upon A Time in Alfred, NY
In 1999 David Williams, his wife
Cathy and their three children returned to the area they called 'home'
here in Western New York. After leaving a fast-paced career as a manager
with the world's largest retailer they thought it best for the family to "get back to basics."
Dave took up photograph restoration,
digital photography and web design as a creative outlet and began
publishing his work to a personal website including a page filled with
links to Alfred, NY area businesses he and his family frequented.
In 2002, at the urging of friends and family
members to offer these same services professionally, Dave did some
internet market research and learned that the same local businesses his
family enjoyed shopping with were either under-represented or not
represented at all on the internet.
After months of careful consideration and
planning, and with with a strong desire to give something back to the
community he and his family had come to call 'home', Dave decided to
offer his web design services professionally by creating an online
presence for the Alfred, NY area to showcase the goods and services
offered by local merchants.
So it came to be that in the latter portion
of 2002 and early 2003 Dave began the long and laborious process of
collecting contact information for area businesses in the town and
village of Alfred, New York and sorted them into relevant categories.
In January of 2003 Dave purchased the
AlfredNY.Biz domain name and began publishing the information and
resources that would make AlfredNY.Biz what it is today... A community
website that designed to represent Alfred, New York area businesses online.
There is no charge to local
merchants for Basic listings and area business owners are invited to
participate in the AlfredNY.Biz website. Visitors from over 100 countries have
visited Alfred NY online through this site looking for everything from A-Z Which in local language
means everything from A21CG - Za.
Here are some comments from
I can't tell you how helpful your website was to my husband and I
when we needed to make an emergency trip to Alfred when we learned
our daughter became ill while attending college. We're not from the
area and we had no idea what we were going to do. My husband 'Googled'
your site and we found a place to stay, restaurants, coffee (much
needed) and we even got our car serviced before returning home.
Our daughter was and is fine - it ended up being a GI illness that
was easily treated. Just the same, we can't thank you enough for the
Alfred, NY website! ~ sign us, "Grateful Parents" 04/21/08
Your contribution to Alfred New York Community is unbelievable.
I'd like to think that I have "given
back to the community" when I have donated to my Alma Mater (AU). I
write a check once a year, but your gift is perpetual - it takes
ongoing time, effort, and is longsuffering. God Bless You for your
gift to Alfred, NY ~ O.T. 07/05/07
Thank you for your
site. I haven't been back to Alfred since I graduated in '77. Main
Street sure looks different from the days we spent eating burgers
and shakes and hangin' out - what great memories. Maybe I'll make
time for the 30 year reunion and we'll take the trip. ~ RT 01/06/06
Its wonderful for small
businesses to be acknowledged in such a way. Alfred is a community
that has a lot to offer and its important for people to realize
what's available. Thank you for taking your time in organizing a
site that provides this opportunity. ~ JF 10/20/05
Thank you for allowing
us to place our info on your web page. It has been helpful in
securing rentals. ~ NR 10/18/05
RE: Listing information
for alfredny.biz site~ Thank you Dave!
It looks great! Thank
you for all you do. ~ CW 09/16/05
Thank you for your help
reaching the editor of the Alfred Sun - how do you find the spare
time? ~ RC 08/08/05
Dave, Thanks so much
for adding us to the House of Worship listings! Try and stay cool...
God bless you! ~ HK 07/21/05
LOVE the Lake Alfred
Celebration Photos! Only in a town that celebrates a traffic light
anniversary, right? What a hoot! You're the best, keep it up. ~ AC
Thanks Dave, your
terrific and Becky did get back to me. I look forward to hearing
from her soon and I couldn't have completed the research without you
and your website. Fantastic, thank you so much! ~ KM 05/10/05
Beyond Productions in
Australia (Kath was researching the Traffic Light Festival of 2004
for an International Series on Life in the 21st Century for the
Good Morning Dave, Once
again I want to thank you for the photos of Alfred, they are great!
When I was growing up there there was almost a tangible feeling in
the air of how good a town Alfred was. I always knew I was in a
special place. It is a little bit hard for me to describe. Summers
were wonderful there. The University always had activities for the
children to participate in. I was happy to have the students gone in
the summer, because when I was young I was a little bit shy. We
spent a lot of time, my family and myself, having picnics at
Foster's Lake. ~ And Thank so much for the pictures of my old home
and of the town. My heart has always been back in Alfred. I like the
smallness of Alfred. KC ~ April 05
AlfredNY.Biz is not; a part of, nor associated
with the Alfred Business Association. I believe in the mission
and purpose of the ABA - this is simply a statement of fact to clarify
any confusion surrounding the misconception that the ABA & AlfredNY.Biz
are one and the same ~ which is not the case.
AlfredNY.biz exists due to the efforts of one local business
person who owns and operates the AlfredNY.biz domain and website. The
owner, Mr. David A. Williams has donated over 1,000 man hours to the
community, it's residents and visitors to the town & village of Alfred
New York through the graphic design, web design and organic search
engine optimization of AlfredNY.biz which has undergone three (3) major
re-designs since it was launched January 22, 2003.
AlfredNY.Biz has had over 1 million pages viewed by
over 750,000 unique visitors looking for local goods and services!
If you wish to join the AlfredNY.Biz family - email
If you are trying to reach the Alfred Business
Association - their mailing address and phone number is:
43 North Main Street
Alfred , NY 14802
AlfredNY.Biz Ownership reserves the right to deny/delete business listings at
the owner's discretion.