In the past year, Buffalo has experienced quite a few exciting changes. With the revitalization of the city, comes new life and new Buffalo shops! From Elmwood, Hertel, and Allentown to Downtown, business owners are thrilled to be a part of the progress. With that said, here are a few we new(ish) shops recommend checking out.
1. Buffalo Adore
If you’re a Buffalover, like us, you’re always looking for a new place to discover Buffalo-themed items. At Buffalo Adore, there’s an abundance and all made by local artisans. In their new downtown location, inside of Market Arcade, Buffalo Adore is stocked with almost anything you can imagine. Buffalo wall decor, coffee mugs, bottle openers, shot glasses, tees, ties, pillows, jewelry — you name it. Just like the product range, prices vary from $1 to $300+. It’s one of the ideal spots in the city to grab all sorts of gifts that Buffalonians will love.
Address: 617 Main St, Buffalo, NY (inside Market Arcade)
Phone: (716) 602-8503
Hours: Sunday: Closed; Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
2. Fern + Arrow
New to the block, as of November 2015, Fern + Arrow has quickly made a name for itself. This contemporary gift store, located in the heart of the Elmwood Village, offers a little bit of everything. Talented artists bring variety to this gift shop, from clever greeting cards and sassy coffee mugs to trendy totes, beautiful handmade jewelry, and all-natural skin care products. You can also find men and women’s clothing, incense, candles, coasters, kitchen towels, and plenty more. Buffalo is known for having a good sense of humor with a hint of sarcasm. If you fall into this category, you’ll appreciate an item or a few in this shop.
Address: 773 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY
Phone: (716) 882-5858
Hours: Sunday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Monday-Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Thursday & Friday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
3. Fern Croft
If you’d say you have a bit of botanical curiosity, a trip to Fern Croft may be in your future. This non-traditional shop relocated to Bryant St. in December 2015 and specializes in creating custom floral designs that you won’t find anywhere else. The arrangements are mindfully sculpted with specialty flowers and seasonal materials and are beautifully displayed. They take custom orders for all types of events and occasions, and you can even create your own arrangement during one of their seasonal classes. (Keep in mind, space is limited.) Fern Croft also sells pottery made by artists right here in Buffalo, as well as Brooklyn, NY; and New Mexico, and they sell essential oils from Portland Apothecary and Alpine Made soaps.
Address: 291 Bryant St, Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 445-3389
Hours: Sunday-Tuesday: Closed; Wednesday-Friday:11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Furnishings – Gift Home & You is a shop with humor and luxury, all wrapped up into one. The shop offers a curated collection that really sums up Buffalo. There’s something for every budget and personality, with affordable gifts for just $10-$20 and luxury ones well into the triple digits. Since opening in November 2015, the Downtown shop has continued to rotate products frequently. Some favorites range from pillows and mugs with expletives (that we can’t print), portable wine glasses, and cocktail shakers to beautiful hand-milled walnut goblets with glass stems, Italian-made glass barware, and coffee table books.
Address: 500 Main St., Buffalo, NY
Phone: (716) 381-8275
Hours: Sunday: Closed; Monday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
5. Half & Half Boutique
Half & Half reopened in April 2016 with new owners and whole a new look. When mother and daughter Jennifer and Kilby Brownstein took over the business, they did a complete remodel with the goal of making a dimensional style change. The shop is filled with locally-built furniture made of wood from their family’s horse farm, and passionately chosen brands, including Half & Half, their own private clothing line. The boutique now features clothing for men and women, and home goods in all styles from preppy to funky to sophisticated. They also expanded to include a beautiful bedding collection by Roberta Freymann, which includes blankets, pillows, and throws in all sorts of vibrant colors and patterns.
Address: 1088 Elmwood Ave.
Phone: (716) 239-1652
Hours: Sunday: 12 p.m.-5 p.m.; Monday: Closed; Tuesday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
6. Lace & Day
Born and raised Buffalonians and sisters, Emily Constantine Doren and Holly Constantine Ortman moved home with a clear goal in mind: bring great bra fitting to Buffalo. The Allentown shop opened in October 2015, specializes in bra fittings, and carries band sizes from 30-44 and cup sizes from A-I. There’s a lot to be said about fitting by look and feel, and we found out firsthand. At Lace and Day, bra fittings are completely personal. They take the time to get to know you, your body, and your preferences. Then they select sizes, styles, and brands to perfectly fit your body and your lifestyle. Keep in mind any bra you try on can be altered by the on-staff seamstress for an even better fit. In addition to bras, they also carry Hanky Panky panties, Saxx men’s boxer briefs, and sleepwear that ranges from fun and flirty to Buffalo cozy.
Address: 445 Franklin St, Buffalo, NY
Phone: (716) 884-1580
Hours: Sunday & Monday: Closed; Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
7. Rust Belt Love
Rust Belt Love sets the bar pretty darn high for custom paper products. This paperie and wedding co-op opened shop in the Market Arcade building in November 2015 and has been making customers happy ever since. Everything they create is completely custom with original artwork — no stock images or templates allowed. Besides their knack for custom design, they also have a sense of humor. The greeting card wall is arranged from pottymouth, inappropriate, snarky, funny, and sweet. This way, no matter your personality, you can select a birthday, wedding, thank you, sympathy, baby, or holiday card that expresses your emotions. They also design custom greeting cards, personal stationery, invitations, and art prints.
Address: 617 Main St, Buffalo, NY (inside Market Arcade)
Phone: (716) 218-8814
Hours: Sunday & Monday: Closed; Tuesday-Friday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
8 & 9. Wrafterbuilt/Emerson James Inc.
This shop is the product of a partnership between Wrafterbuilt and Emerson James Inc. Designers Andrew Emerson and Sean Wrafterbuilt teamed up to create a cooperative showroom that features locally-made furniture, home goods, and lighting fixtures. They moved to their current Hertel location, attached to Modern Nostalgia, in November 2015.
Wrafterbuilt uses reclaimed wood from Buffalo and the surrounding areas to build impressive creations, including headboards, shelving, benches, desks, tables, home decor pieces, and more. They also sell dining chairs, rugs, and upholstered furniture from EQ3, Cisco Brothers, and Classic Home. Their work is featured locally in homes and offices, as well as Toutant, Buffalo Proper, and other restaurants that will soon open in East Aurora and Black Rock.
Emerson James Inc. produces one-of-a-kind table lamps, floor lamps, chandeliers, globe pendants, and giant boom sconces. Plus, they can custom design just about any lighting fixture you can imagine, and they have. In addition to lighting, they also do steel fabrication for everything from interior accent pieces, server trays, and utility carts to steel legs for desks and tables. Their work is featured in many of the city’s hot spots, including Buffalo Proper, Toutant, Lloyd Taco Factory, Big Ditch Brewery, Thin Man Brewery, Deep South Taco, and Billy Club.
Together, Wrafterbuilt and Emerson James have designed custom wood tables, benches, and desks, complete with steel fabricated bases, and the products of this collaboration are absolutely stunning. What’s even better is that they’re connected to Modern Nostalgia, making the shopping experience that much more fun.
Address: 1376 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY
Phone: (716) 913-5313
Hours: Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Monday & Tuesday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Wednesday-Friday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
ShopCraft was started last year by a group of Buffalo-based crafters in the back room of Thin Ice Gift Shop on Elmwood. Their motto is “crafting a community of handmade and eco-conscious artisans for a unique and meaningful shopping experience.” While there is a core group of vendors involved including C Designs, Paparette, and Lady Fingers, the group regularly hosts events for special occasions and holidays where they bring in even more vendors to round out the selection and the shopping experience with ShopCraft is always a fun one.
Address: Back of Thin Ice, 719 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 218-9511
Hours: Sat-Sun: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Did we miss one? Tell us about it! What’s new and noteworthy in your neighborhood within the last year? Email us at [email protected]; we’d love to hear your pick.
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