Sunday, October 21, 2012


This week's issue of the Lockport Retailer looks at a Gasport business in its weekly business profile....

It’s been 7 years this month since Helen Fink started her new career path with Creek Edge Alpacas.

Fink, who was born and raised in Cattaraugus County, has spent the last 55 years in the Gasport area.

Her husband William Fink owned a greenhouse and flower shop, where they sold many bedding plants. William was the horticulturist and Helen his helper for 45 years.

When he passed away 10 years ago, Helen said she continued to run the greenhouse for a couple seasons but it became too expensive, with the price of natural gas rising.

Helen decided to try something she was more familiar with. She grew up on a berry farm and knew about raising animals and fencing.

“I started with a couple alpacas and wanted to see where it would go from there,” she said.

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