The Neighborhood Collective is a business model that continues to reinvent itself. That’s because the ‘collaborative’ has a tremendous amount of space to play around with. It also has a creative person behind the wheel who understands the creative word – she herself is a creative person with plenty of business smarts. Up until recently there were a host of entrepreneurs collaborating under one roof at The Neighborhood Collective. It was a busy spot that acted as an incubator for a creative collection of commercial entities. Eventually the incubator did exactly what an incubator should do – the small start-ups outgrew the collective and headed out on their own.
Now Annie Adams is, once again, reinventing the 7500 sq.’ of space (front and back) in order to find the right ingredients for the perfect commercial recipe. Of course the components must all work together in order to capitalize on collaborative branding and marketing efforts. The right mix of retail, food, arts, entertainment… there’s a formula… you just can’t throw a bunch of ideas together and hope that they work. And when a machine is not finely tuned, then the individual parts suffer as much as the whole.
After 5 years of operation, Buffalonians will once again be treated to reinvented tastes, sights and sounds of a series of creative enterprises within this unusual complex – though many of the additions will now have designated buildings. “Right now we’re building walls and the back space where the gallery and The Science Museum were formerly located… that will now be for local artists. We’re building on the recent success of the 30 Artists In 30 Days. My jewelry studio will be back there – the main space will be a work space and then there will be a selling space. Artists like Peter Fowler will be featured. Block Club and the Studio 806 Spa will both be located in that area. Also, photographer Lori Joyce’s studio entrance will now be through the gallery, not through the restaurant as it was situated previously.
“The restaurant in the front building, run by Restaurateurs Kate Elliott and Lindsay Malinowski, will be called Juniper. Downstairs will be for dinner dining. Upstairs will be for the lunch crowd. There will be a bar area (full bar) where people will be able to eat (similar to the original May Jen Chinese restaurant layout). The food is going to be American with global influences. They will be serving brunches on the weekends – the pan is to open by April first. The kitchen will be expanded. We’re painting right now – the walls are going up and the electricians are busy working. I’m very happy… I think everyone is landing in the right spot.”
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