If there’s one thing we love it’s seeing Buffalo get its mojo back. From Harborcenter to Canalside to Larkinville and everything in between, we’re watching Buffalo revive itself before our very eyes and we’re rooting for it…which is exactly why we love Queen City Pop Up.
Queen City Pop Up’s mission is simple: encourage retail activity along Main Street by creating new “pop-up” shops that feature local retailers. Now in its second term, the project “activates empty storefronts by filling them with retailers on a short term basis, free of charge.” This spring promises a fantastic group of five handpicked retailers from all over the city for your shopping pleasure, selling modern & vintage fashion apparel, jewelry, backpacking gear, event related merchandise and planning services, and of course, Buffalo themed products and accessories. This season the shops will be popping up in the historic Pierce Building located at 653 Main Street and their storefront windows will be beautifully designed by Buffalo State College’s Fashion Technology students (can you say Instagram goldmine?). Here’s what you can expect from all these amazing shops at this one-of-a-kind shopping experience:
MMW Style Studio – MMW Style Studio is a clothing line for the trendy fashionista whose closet everyone wants to steal from. There are three main “personalities” to this brand: Brooklyn, the “fierce and funky” one; Nia, the glam yet “classy and professional” one; and Kai, the “chic, luxurious, timeless, fabulous, cemented, no-questions-asked, no doubt about it style icon”. No matter which one you identify with most, you’ll be sure to find head-turning jewelry, bags, clothing, and accessories that you’ll become immediately obsessed with…all for less than $100.
Life & Love Events – Do you like celebrating great moments in your life and in the lives of those you care about? Life & Love Events is here for you. Whether you want to do something special for holidays, a birthday, a boring work function that needs some oomph, or literally anything else, let these gals do it for you (‘cause they’ll do it right). They also sell things like invitations, gift boxes, and other items to make your friends, family, coworkers, and most importantly you feel like a million bucks, for way less than a million bucks.
Ginametrical Designs – If super cool stationary, posters, greeting cards, note cards, and illustrations are what you want, Ginametrical Designs is where you want to go. Citing minimalism, abstract art, and modernist architecture as her main influences, designer Gina Quadrone serves up gorgeous, chic, organic, geometric realness in all shapes, sizes, and colors. You’ve definitely seen/lusted over her artwork at various art shows and street festivals throughout the years, now it’s time to pick up one of her stunning pieces at her limited time pop-up shop.
Yar Mo’s Muse – Yar Mo’s Muse is fine-tuned vintage shopping at its best. A fur hat? Check. Metallic kimono? Check. Gold tone Dior clip-ons? Check. This is like raiding your super cool aunt’s closet but better, because the best stuff is already picked out for you. And don’t worry gentlemen, there’s lots of goodies for you too…any by goodies we mean things like navy pinstripe cufflinks and golden retriever tie pins. How YOU doin’?
Survival of the Gear – Are you an outdoorsy-person who also loves looking good and not spending a lot? Meet Survival of the Gear. Survival of the Gear specializes in buying and selling quality used outdoor gear, and you can score (and sell!) everything from Camelbacks and tents to hiking boots and zip-up fleece jackets for a fraction of what you’d pay at a retail store. And bonus: some pieces are even brand new and unopened with their original tags. As the saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s brand new never opened survival blanket.
Queen City Pop Up runs from May 1 – June 30, 2015, and store hours are Monday – Friday 10am to 6pm and Saturday noon – 5pm. While you’re down there why not make a day of it and hit up some restaurants and/or bars in the area. Encore, Bambino Bar & Kitchen, Seabar, Soho Burger Bar, and The Lodge are all within walking distance, just to name a few. For updates on the current and future Queen City Pop Ups, follow them on Facebook.
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