Buffalo is lucky enough to host some amazingly talented artisans that are a part of the new craft revolution in our city. From master clay potters to hand crafted wood workers, you could spend a whole day soaking up the insanely cool treasures!
Start your artisanal morning off right with a trip to Five Points Bakery, which recently moved into a beautiful 115-year-old structure on Brayton Street. Five Points is a toast lover’s dream, with breads made from scratch with all the best local ingredients. Take some time in the morning to sip a cup of coffee, have some toast and prep for a day of artisanal finds. (Make sure to snag a loaf of the cinnamon raisin bread; it’s to die for).
Next stop: Elmwood Avenue, featuring a select group of Buffalo’s most-up-and-coming artisans, designers, and more. Head to Ro and savor their Scandinavian style. This trendy furniture and home décor store is packed with local creative wares, featuring furniture by custom carpenter and local designer WrafterBuilt. A local favorite!
For the foodies, a trip to the charming Nickel City Cheese will cure any craving for specialty foods and a quick bite to eat. Next stop, head to The Farm Shop and try their world-renowned yogurt. Who knew we were such dairy lovers?
If you love pottery, put Cone Five Pottery on your artisanal list. Located in North Buffalo on Hertel Avenue, this local shop features hand made pottery and sculpture by ceramic artist Greg Link, plus the work of local and regional artists.
During the warm weather months Canalside comes alive with markets, concerts and family fun. Check out the local artisan vibe on Saturdays at the Saturday Artisan Market. There’s nothing better that spending a leisurely day browsing a market filled with handcrafted goodness.
What better way to embrace Buffalo than with one-of-a-kind finds from local artisans. Make sure to leave room in your suitcase if you find yourself in one of these retail hot spots!
By Erin Habes