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Press Raw Food & Juice

The Horsefeathers Market has landed another tenant. This time it’s a foodie who is not only new to the Buffalo culinary scene, she’s also new to Buffalo. In a twist of fate, Esther Pica was conducting online real estate searches from her home in NYC, on the Lower East Side, when she got her signals crossed. “I put the wrong zip code into the search field and a house in Buffalo came up,” she told me [laughing]. “But by that time, I had fallen in love with the house (and the price), so I arranged to fly to Buffalo. Originally I had been looking at warm weather college towns. Buffalo had not been on my list… but the West Side house drew me. I flew to Buffalo and bought the house almost the same day (with pocket change compared to NYC). Then I started following Buffalo Rising Online and learned about the Horsefeathers Market. I paid a visit to the market and told myself that that is where I needed to be.”
It turns out that Esther had started the first juice bar in the East Village just about 20 years ago with a partner, and she wanted to get back to that lifestyle again… but in Buffalo. As of late, she had been managing a bar/music venue near her home in NYC and, “It wasn’t for me,” she said. “I had been doing a lot of juicing in the city at all of the well-known places, and was keeping up with the latest trends. In Buffalo I’ll be making juices to order, all organic, all vegan, with organic foods like fettuccine alfredo made out of zucchini noodles and cashew cheese, and a wilted kale salad with creamy chipotle dressing, and a sunflower falafel… basically I torture nuts and make them do things that they really don’t want to do. I’ll have a line of nut-based cheeses too. I’ll be serving cold brewed coffee, which is 75% less acidic, without the bitterness, and naturally sweeter. It’s the least damaging coffee that you can drink. There will be a core group of bottled juices (bottled in-house) with a shelf life of three to four days since there is no oxygen added – bottled juices are part of the different cleanses that I will be offering, some all-juice, some smoothie, some raw foods. There will be deposits on the bottles, which customers will bring back and then the glass will be sanitized. All of my serving products are eco-friendly – knives forks, cups… all biodegradable. I’m jazzed to see how little garbage we will produce. In the future I am going to be offering wraps and other foods – at this time I am sourcing bread substitutes.”
Esther is excited to be experimenting with this new market that she is just starting to delve into. Personally, I can’t wait to try the flash frozen Thai coconut water that she tells me “…is so good that you’ll never go back to the store-bought stuff.” Esther is willing to work with people and their dietary needs – her energy bars will be made with enough care and attention that she will be able to accommodate customers will all sorts of dietary restrictions. Then there’s the triple layer water purifier/alkalizer that she had installed… and the pulp project that she is working on… and the home made kombucha… not to mention the “insane chia seed pudding”. Just what the doctor ordered!
Press Raw Food & Juice will be opening in early June, 2013
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Horsefeathers Market Building
346 Connecticut Street, Buffalo NY 14222

Written by Sarah Maurer

Sarah Maurer

I moved to Buffalo to attend Canisius College in 2007 and began writing for Buffalo Rising as a journalism intern in 2010. Working with Newell and meeting numerous entrepreneurs, activists and everyday folks who were working to make their city better made a huge impact on my decision to stay here. After witnessing all the positive development and grassroots initiatives happening in neighborhoods throughout the city, I was inspired to pursue a term of service in AmeriCorps and a career in Buffalo’s non-profit sector. I currently work in the housing department at the Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center of WNY and am excited to be a part of their ongoing efforts to revitalize the Broadway Fillmore neighborhood. I also volunteer as the project coordinator for Artfarms Buffalo. I continue to write for Buffalo Rising because I love having the opportunity to stay connected to those working toward positive changes for the Queen City.

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  • KimMcH

    Can’t wait to check it out. Another great venue for the West Side!!!

  • elmdog

    This is the type of place that with the right marketing and quality can and will bring people from all over WNY to Ct street to try her offerings….It is a simple formula that Elmwood and other streets and people should follow…Be creative and passionate about what you are doing, do it well and people take notice….

  • JSmith

    That story about the ZIP code is pretty funny!
    The entire Horsefeathers project is so fantastic. I’m so glad things came together for it.

  • Noothgrush

    I am delighted to hear the great news! This is exactly what Buffalo needs. We would like to see Buffalo move in a new and healthier direction. Your menu sounds wonderful! The Horsefeathers Market is really coming together. Welcome to Buffalo! We are so lucky to have you. I can’t wait to try your juices and healthy cooking – enough pizza and wings.

  • buffgalesq

    This is great! After recently falling in love with Five Points Bakery and now hearing about all these new developments at Horsefeathers, I am starting to wish I lived on the West Side!

  • boricuabella5

    Very excited about this business. My husband and I purchased a home in the Prospect Park (Peace Bridge) neighborhood 8 months ago after living in NYC for 7 years. Being able to walk to this lovely establishment makes me very happy 🙂

  • Travelrrr

    I agree with Elmdog–I encourage other retailers to take note. Good health, passion, creativity is what this embodies–this is the new Buffalo. You want to be competitive? Step it up/get with the program.

  • LouisTully

    This is awesome. I’ve been waiting to hear this story since you gave a teaser a week ago. Best of luck.
    I’m sorry if I sound like a broken record like some of the venerable commenters here, but with Horsefeathers flourishing I’d love to know what’s up with the building on the SE corner of Plymouth and Connecticut. It’s such a gorgeous building with potential… and an enormous price tag.

  • Cam33r4

    I get so happy when I read of people from NYC and other highly-desired parts of country find and fall in love with Buffalo. This is the kind of progress and growth that we need! Best of luck, Esther!

  • Buffalobooster7

    Serendipity happens.

  • thisoldcrackhouse

    This makes so much sense. Yeah East Village is a cool, vibrant place if you want to spend a minimum of 3k a month to live in a closet. Hopefully word continues to spread to other frustrated NYC folks about the great quality of life our city offers.

  • Buffalori

    Me and my guy are moving into a Horsefeathers apartment in June and are VERY excited about this juice place! Can’t wait to meet Esther and support her amazing venture..Welcome to Buffalo, Erica!

  • Buffalori

    Me and my guy are moving into a Horsefeathers apartment in June and are VERY excited about this juice place! Can’t wait to meet Esther and support her amazing venture..Welcome to Buffalo, Erica!

  • amera

    I love this idea. I have been dreaming about this idea since I moved here from Portland, OR. Something resembling Pike’s Place in Seattle or Hawthrone St in Portland, OR. Streets and buildings teeming with little simple vendors that host a myriad of things to see and taste. A place where people willingly spend half the day and hang out with friends.
    That has been the one thing I feel Buffalo has truly  been lacking.  An outdoor urban culture. I expand the definition of ‘outdoor’ to mean ‘being out on the town during day time hours.’
    I go places in Buffalo but it’s usually just one place, I don’t do much walking or much exploring because there’s not much inviting me in from the outside.
    We need more of this!