Wednesday, March 9, 2011
If you've never been to Buffalo City Hall's Observation Deck, known as 'Window's on Buffalo', you've been missing the best view in town.
Buffalo City Hall, completed in 1931 in Art Deco style is one of the largest City Halls in the nation. It's observation deck has recently been updated with local information on old and new Buffalo. While there, you can view photos of old downtown from years past, and learn area history. If you're unfamilar with the area or new in town, photos of current Buffalo are also provided with names of buildings and public spaces. A great first stop to bring any new comers in town.
One thing of note; On a clear day, you can literaly look straight over Niagara Street and see the mist and skyline of Niagara Falls in the distance. This space is open to the public for viewing Monday - Friday from 8:30am - 5pm (except Holiday). And it's FREE. Simply take an elevator to the 25Th. floor and walk three short flights to enjoy this amazing view.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
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Saturday, February 26, 2011
Here are just a few of my favorite things to do when I'm downtown:
1. Theater District - Over a dozen live theaters in and around Main Street's Theatre District with a variety of choices to chose from no matter what time of year it is. If film is more your cup of tea, check out the Market Arcade Film & Arts Center for both independent and mainstream movies.
2. Architecture and Tours - No matter where you look, you're going to come across some amazing architecture that you cannot find anywhere else in the world. From the Guaranty Building to Ellicott Square to Buffalo City Hall to Shea's Performing Arts Center, grand archiecture is everywhere to be found in Buffalo. Be sure to take advantage of a free tour of City Hall every weekday at noon that ends with a magnificent view of the city on the 28th. floor observation deck called 'Windows on Buffalo' or enjoy it anytime Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5pm.
4. Nightlife - With last call at 4am, you can party at just about any hour in Buffalo. With the main party avenue being Chippewa Street, known as the 'Buffalo Entertainment District', you have a variety of dance, lounge, pubs, cafe's, upscale to casual, dance lessons and more. In the northern section of downtown, be sure to check out Allentown along Allen Street and it's many side streets for a more local atmosphere. From daily drink specials, to meal specials and of course, check out the famous, Anchor Bar for nightly LIVE events and of course try some 'original Buffalo Wings' where they were invented in 1964.
5. Festivals and Events - Buffalo is known as a party city and city of festivals. Many of the regions festivals take place in the downtown core all year long. From the Taste of Buffalo, Allentown Art Festival, National Wing Festival, sporting and concerts at HSBC Arena, Bisons baseball at Coca Cola Field, free concerts along the waterfron and Lafayette Square for Thursday at the Square and many more. You will always come across something fun to do while staying downtown.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
With recent talks about downtown retail space, one needs to look no further than the original Mini Mall of Downtown Buffalo. The Market Arcade at 617 Main Street, located in the heart of our Theater District has over 600 square feet of space on the first floor, with countless 2nd and 3rd floor spaces available.
Rents vary; higher on the first floor, and less on the second and third floors. There is even the possibility of FREE rent while renovations take place for your space/s. The building comes with security and is open daily, so new tenants can be open on weekends or late at night.
If the Market Arcade can get just five or six retailers in here, think of the difference it would make to the building and the Theater District as a whole.
Hunt Commercial Real Estate
Christopher J. Malachowski
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
A longtime business owner with over 37 years of experience expanded to the Ellicott Square Building this past September. Chayban Chayban of Chayban's Custom Tailoring has been tailoring since the age of 11 in Tripoli, Lebanon. Mr. Chayban moved to the U.S. in 1973 to Buffalo with only $50 in his pocket. Within two weeks, he got his first job on Elmwood Avenue as a tailor.In 1978, he and his wife opened their first Chayban's Custom Tailor Shop on Elmwood. Since then, great sales has spread through word of mouth, and the stores have also spread all over Western New York, with locations at the Galleria Mall, McKinley Mall, Transit Road in Lancaster & Williamsville, Elmwood, and now the Ellicott Square Building in the heart of Downtown Buffalo.
From leather repair, alterations, dry cleaning, weaving, and custom made clothing, doesn't matter where you purchased it, just bring it to Chayban's and have it fixed. Find a one-of-a-kind outfit in the Chayban store and it just doesn't fit exactly right? You can have it fitted on the spot.
The downtown Chayban's is owned by both Mr. Chayban and his son, Joe. Both guys have a great eye for fashion and are very helpful in finding just the right look to fit your personality. I believe this is the only store currently located downtown where you can find a suit and big named designers under one roof. It's definitely worth the trip. And ladies, you can come in too if you need alterations, leather repair, weaving, dry cleaning, and you can get a gift certificate for that special man in your life.
295 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
Mon Fri 10AM-5PM
Monday, December 14, 2009
Looking for a gift that will last a lifetime?
Weisberg's Jewelers, one of downtown Buffalo's oldest jewelry stores is offering big discounts right now through the holiday season. All gold pieces are now 50 percent off, and diamond rings are anywhere from 20-30 percent off. This is only from now till December 24th.
A neat little background on Weisberg's is that it has been in Downtown Buffalo since 1914. They have always had a presence on Main Street, and were one of the original retailers in the Main Place Mall until 2001, when they moved to the current Court Street location. Owner, Ed Wicks has been with the business since 1963, and he can tell you anything you'd like to know about --from diamonds, to gold, to Downtown.
11 Court Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
Open Mon-Sat 9am-5pm
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Owner, Edwin Jablonski (that's his design, above) opened this new retail location in late August after eyeing Downtown for some time. The store is located on the ground floor fronting Main Street with an entrance on Main Street, as well as from inside the Mall. There is a great window display along Main Street that changes often, and the store is huge!
The Gift Loft is THE place to find original T-shirts and hats, designed and printed by Edwin and his family, for only $10 each. Among the variety of design choices, there are shirts that pay homage to The Aud, the Buffalo Logo, Buffalo Bills, the Polish, the Irish and more. Also, if you're looking for a poster of the city, a book, calendar, or postcard, this place has them all.
Know that this store doesn't carry only Buffalo related items. The Gift Loft also has a wide selection of amusing coffee mugs, beer mugs, jewelry, scarves, ties, winter hats, picture frames, wine glasses - and new items come in every other week.
It's a great place to shop for a family member, friend, co-worker, or yourself this holiday and beyond.
Open Mon - Sat. 9AM-5:30PM
(Free Parking under Main Place Mall on Saturdays)