A popular area is getting even more vibrant in Downtown Buffalo. Several new businesses have moved to the Elmwood Village in the last year, and new events have also been added.
Included in the new storefronts is Buffalo ShopCraft. The shop was renting out a small space inside another business on Elmwood Avenue, but it recently opened its own larger space at 773 Elmwood Ave.
“They take a book and actually cut into it, and there’s a full-working clock mechanism inside,” Christa Penner said, holding a book clock. Penner is the owner of Buffalo ShopCraft.
Inside the ShopCraft, Penner, shows News 4 all the unique gifts available there, like those book clocks. Everything inside is made by more than 30 local artisans.
“It’s a place where artists can carry their entire line of work,” Penner said. “It’s a homebase for them… they can send any of their customers here and they know they’ll find what they’re looking for.”
Other storefronts that have opened include, Charlie the Butcher, Divinity Beauty Bar, Reform Fitness, Revolver Records, Root and Bloom Cafe, Spray Sole, The Finery, Teton Kitchen, and more. Coming soon is the Breezy Burrito Bar.
“There’s a lot of synergy going on right now between the residents (and) the business owners,” Buffalo Common Council Member, Joel Feroleto said. “People are visiting from outside the area. There’s just so many positive things going on right now.”
Elmwood business owners created their own organization, which has helped with this boom: the Elmwood Strip Merchant Group. They’ve partnered with the Elmwood Village Association, and two new events were created over the past year, with more to come.
“Last year we started Oktoberfest, and that was in coordination with the Elmwood Strip Merchant Group, and we can expect that again this year,” said Ashley Smith, the executive director of the Elmwood Village Association.
The Elmwood Village did see storefronts close over the past year, but Smith said more doors have opened, than shut.
These new businesses open the door for more things to do downtown, and for more of your money to stay local.
“You’re supporting your nextdoor neighbor, you’re supporting their ability to thrive and raise their family here and you’re keeping that money here in this community, and then making it a better place to live,” Penner said.
A couple new murals have also been created over the past year. Local artists did both. One of them can be found on the corner of Elmwood and Bird. That one was designed by an Elmwood Village resident.