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What’s the angle on this corner?

If the corner of Elmwood and Allen is truly considered one of the most walkable corners in Buffalo, then what exactly is it that will make people want to walk there? It’s true – this location is veritable walker’s paradise. It’s a hi-profile storefront with plenty of diverse destinations within walking distance, no matter what direction you decide to head. There’s a charter school, a children’s theatre, bars, restaurants, parks, an athletic club, historic homes, boutiques, antique shops… is this corner vacant because of lack of parking?

That’s right – many people are saying that this is a tough corner due to a lack of parking. It’s funny to think that that could be a problem when apparently the walkability in the neighborhood is so convenient. Remember when Eminent Design was at that corner? It appeared to be a very successful store… and they were in business for a long time. The store ultimately closed so that the owners could be closer to their relatives out west. Since that time the corner has struggled, but that doesn’t mean that there’s not a concept that will work there – a concept that will not require additional parking. Or a change of use. Eminent Design was a specialty boutique that garnered a devoted following. There must be another business that could do the same.

We really need something great at this corner since it is so highly visible. I would think that a quality clothing store would do well here. There are other fashion boutiques on the street that manage to do well without an abundance of parking. Allen Street Dress Shop is an excellent example of a boutique destination in Allentown (with very little street exposure). With so many kid’s-related amenities nearby (Sweet Tooth, Charter School, Theatre of Youth), maybe there is an angle for something family friendly?

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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, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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