Buffalo Artisan Food Traders is Your Go-To *All Local* Specialty Food Market

Food & Drink, Shopping


Written by Step Out Staff

Published on October 29, 2022
Photo courtesy of Buffalo Artisan Food Traders

What do Issa’s Pita Chips, Nunda Mustard, Top Seedz, and Pasta Peddler all have in common? They’re locally owned specialty food brands from Western New York and they’re all available at the brand new Buffalo Artisan Food Traders shop that just opened this week in Amherst. Located in the Whole Foods plaza, Buffalo Artisan Food Traders is the first of it’s kind specialty market and eCommerce shop offering over 70 Buffalo brands.


Photo courtesy of Buffalo Artisan Food Traders
Photo courtesy of Buffalo Artisan Food Traders

Everything they offer is made by local producers and purveyors from around Western New York. Started and carefully curated by Amherst native Rick Fickhesen, owner of Kissed By The Sun Spice Company, the idea came to be when he noticed the struggles of many of the small family owned businesses who frequent farmers markets and festivals to sell their products.

“As we talked to other small batch food makers and saw that our pain was being felt across the small business community we decided to do something more. Something to help not just our business but also all the small food makers who we stand in unity with.”

From there, the concept of the new store was born and has snowballed quickly from its inception in April 2020.


Photo courtesy of Buffalo Artisan Food Traders
Photo courtesy of Buffalo Artisan Food Traders
Photo courtesy of Buffalo Artisan Food Traders

One of the most noteworthy features of the store is the online version of the shop and the fact that they will ship any of the products they carry to anywhere in the country, making for an exciting gift giving opportunity for out-of-towners and expats.

Want The Sweet Whisk delivered? Done.

Have a craving for What’s Pop-In Gourmet Popcorn? It might sound deliciously dangerous, but Buffalo Food Traders will deliver it to your house.

Have a holiday party coming up this weekend and need some charcuterie board essentials or hostess gifts to bring? Order online and get it delivered.

Or you could just go there and browse for yourself, of course.

The geographically curated collection of gourmet goods includes a variety of pierogi, cheeses, popcorn, spices, oils, mustards, pickles, jellies, coffee, tea, seafood, chocolates, and more. And every last one of the products are made here in WNY by family owned businesses.


Photo courtesy of Buffalo Artisan Food Traders
Photo courtesy of Buffalo Artisan Food Traders

The new shop is located at 4558 Bailey (across from Whole Foods) and offers in-store pick up in addition to the local delivery options.

“The response from the local community has already been overwhelmingly positive,” says Rick who hopes the store and initiative will continue to grow and put more money back into the local economy.

Stay up to date as new businesses join Buffalo Artisan Food Traders by following them on Facebook and Instagram.


Buffalo Artisan Food Traders

4558 N Bailey Ave Buffalo, New York 14226

North Towns

  • Shops/Retail
  • Curbside Pickup

Buffalo Artisan Food Traders was created to pool strengths and create a one-stop shop for people to buy local and get the added benefit of safe home delivery


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