Black Friday has come and gone, but holiday shopping is still raging on, as many businesses rely on this time of year to improve the bottom line. For major retailers like Target or Best Buy, the Friday after Thanksgiving is one of the most lucrative days of the year, but for shops in Buffalo’s Elmwood Village, it’s a day later on Small Business Saturday.
Store owners and vendors from all over Buffalo came together Dec. 7 for the sixth annual Peace, Love and Grant Street festival. The event is intended to draw attention to the Grant Street community and create support for its businesses.
Michael Caputi was putting the finishing touches on his store Nov. 28 as he prepared to celebrate the third year in business for the Daily Planet Coffee Co. In a business climate where many small businesses fail and considering there are already a number of major chains competing to sell coffee, reaching year three may make Caputi a coffee super-hero of sorts.
Holiday shoppers were on the hunt Nov. 25 at the 21st annual Buffalo Women’s Gifts show, which featured over 30 female owned businesses and vendors. Some of the crafts included hand-made flowers, artwork of landmarks in Buffalo, colorful crystals and paintings glistening with glitter.
A family with a love for boxing has opened a new facility on Elmwood Avenue that allows people the opportunity to stay fit by training like a professional fighter. Boxstar, which is owned and operated by brothers Drew and Mike Graziadei and Mike’s wife Justine, offers a unique boxing program.
According to a number of recent reports, Buffalo is attracting young people with its affordability and job opportunities. For example, a March list by Realtor.com, ranked Buffalo as the 7th most attractive city for millennials because of a median house price of $158,000 and new attractions along the waterfront.
Lush Cosmetics, known for their unique skincare line, recently received a facelift at the Walden Galleria. Lush first opened in Buffalo almost six years ago and has expanded their shop from 700 square feet to 2,500 square feet, which makes the location one of the largest in North America.