Stores With Stories: Remedy House

By Nancy J. Parisi

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Remedy House is a welcoming architectural beacon in the walkable Five Points neighborhood, one of many locally-owned businesses located at the nexus of Rhode Island Street and West Utica. Housed in a beautifully restored, can’t-miss, three-story triangular building with distinctive hexagonal turret, Remedy House is a community gathering place open seven days a week.

Business co-owner Andrew Trautman (who began Remedy House as a mobile food and drink pop-up and who manages day-to-day operations of the cafe) and friend and partner Justin Smith opened in November of 2017. Since then, he says, they’ve “been adapting and growing to create more space for people to gather and exist in. We made more outdoor seating for our customers and the neighborhood.

“Our business is proudly gay-owned, and our landlord is gay. We’ve worked a ton with GLYS (Gay & Lesbian Youth Services of WNY), which is important to us. We are out and proud, and we want to let LGBTQ youth know that this is okay, and that you have a safe space here to exist in.”

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Nancy J. Parisi

Nancy is a social documentation photographer based in Buffalo, NY.