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A long underutilized shopfront on Bryant Street is landing a fun new business. Called Froggy, the store will specialize in vintage and retro goods, from candy to repurposed furniture. Owner Mario Campana told me that the shop is dedicated to those people who still relish possessions that they have lost along the way, and are open to reintroducing those items back into their lives. So many people have nostalgic memories when it comes to such things as dolls, clothing, toys and yes, even candy. 
I asked Mario how he came to call the store Froggy and he told me that his family once had a ‘froggy’ that was passed down from child to child. No matter the family member, Froggy was a special toy that evoked happy memories (until Froggy bit the dust in a tragic spackling accident). “It’s possible to buy back memories,” Michael reminded me. “You should see people’s eyes light up when see things that they used to have and love.”
Mario and his life partner, Michael Prezioso, recently moved back to Buffalo after being gone for ten years. In February of this year Mario opened up his first store (Froggy 1) in Williamsville and is now working on his second storefront, which should be open soon. The business will be perfect for new homeowners and young couples getting their first starts in the city. Some of the furniture and accessories will be repurposed, while other items will be new and sporting retro images (such as tote bags). 
Froggy’s overlying theme is whimsical, much as the endearing name suggests. And while Froggy may be long gone, his (or her) memory lives on, inspiring a new generation of vintage and retro fans. As for me, I may be looking for my old Eeyore (from Winnie the Pooh) in the display window come the holidays. 
289 Bryant Street
Buffalo NY 14222
Tues – Sat

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is ‘queenseyes’ – Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world’s largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette, and the Madd Tiki Winter Luau. Other projects: Navigetter.

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  • Travelrrr

    Yes! Welcome, guys.

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  • JSmith

    Yes, although EOR is how he writes his own name in the books (must have got his spelling tips from WOL).

  • Slu

    This sounds like that store “Cockamamie’s” in that old Simpsons episode where Homer thinks Bart is gay.

  • paulsobo

    Look at that storefront…is that really the best the owners could do for their property…and for the community that patronizes that store?

  • ForestBird

    Do you, pauls-o-blah, have any idea who owns or rents this building? No? Of course not, because … well, because you are the way you are. Go spend some money at this place, give the shopkeepers some income, and then whine about how you don’t like the exterior. Or just shut up.
    I wish the new shopkeepers much luck. Many years ago, in this very shop, I bought a terrific electric fixture (3 lights, new wires, pink glass shades) for $40 , a red velvet Morris Chair ($60), and a great brass floor lamp with shilk shade for $45 – all of which survived more than 3 moves & still do service right now. Used and “re-purposed” stuff can be the best & most loved “stuff” of all.

  • ivan putski jr

    I haven’t been by there lately but has the exterior of the Place been painted with the new renovations going on? That brown paint has been peeling off for the last 10 years at least

  • brownteeth

    They’re not even open yet..jeez! I’d like to come to your home or business and critque it but unfortunately I’m not allowed in your mom’s basement.
    As for this place, it sounds like a good little venture and it’s nice to see another shop open up off Elmwood that sells items I can actually use on a regular basis as well as unique items that I can buy for my nephew. Good luck!

  • Buffalo All Star

    Hate on the guy for speaking the truth huh…the store front is deplorable. I would hope the store owners are getting a deal on rent. It can’t be legal to have that much pealing paint and raw wood on the front of the building.
    On that note…man o man..I was just thinking about the chronic shortage of thrift stores in the City of Buffalo and how much I do NOT like purchasing new things.