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2011 ‘Buy Local’ Holiday Shopping: Day 16 – Destination by Lee Powers

The Ellicott Square Building has landed a fashionable clothing and accessories boutique. Owner Leanne Powers (lead photo), along with her buyer Kat Cosgrove (photo below), has done a smashing job in selecting fun-yet-practical, comfortable and stylish clothing lines that are super affordable. Leanne’s concept is one that pulls from Buffalo’s days of shopping glory. “I wanted to model the decor after LL Berger in the 60’s,” Leanne told me. “It reflects my taste in clothing – classic and retro. The style that you will find here is timeless and ageless. We carry hats and mittens, we have 200 scarves in stock, lotions, soaps, belts, boots, the Blank denim line, handbags, jewelry and next week we’re expecting our formal dresses. Everything that you see has classic and retro elements. Plus, if you spend over $100, we put your purchase in a retro hat box.”

Not only are all of the displays neatly organized and tastefully arranged, the window displays are simply eye-catching. All in all, Destination by Lee has a cool vibe and is a welcome breath of fresh air for downtown shoppers. “Our customers are residents living down at the waterfront,” Leanne pointed out. “And they are also downtown workers who don’t have time to shop at night, so they are thankful to have a place to pop into during lunch breaks. This time of year the Ellicott Square building is festive with holiday decorations and live music. There are more businesses here than people may think… and we’re happy to add to the mix. Many of our clothing lines you will find nowhere else in Western New York.”
Best Seller:
The vintage and modern style cuff bracelets have done wonders for sales since the boutique opened two weeks ago. These ‘one size fits all’ bracelets may look expensive, but they are surprisingly priced between $20 and $40. 
Lee’s Pick:
The Zoa poncho is just what you need to keep warm, without being overly cumbersome. Made of 100% wool, waffle weave material, the poncho has pockets, a hood, and offers the ability to dress up or down. Perfect for the office worker who needs to run a downtown errand or two. Also doubles as an attractive piece to wear out for happy hour after the 9 to 5 is over. The poncho comes in black, chocolate and navy and is on sale for $88 throughout the holidays. 
Destination by Lee
Ellicott Square Building
295 Main Street 
Suite 101
Buffalo, NY 14203

What else to do while you’re there:
Upstairs from Destination by Lee is Diamond Cutters, a business that I was really unfamiliar with. Diamond Cutters started off in the Ellicott Square Building in 1984 in an 800 sq.’ space. Today the business occupies a 5800 sq.’ showroom on the second floor. There is a full time diamond cutter on the premises. Diamond earrings are the hot seller this holiday season – they start at $300 and go up. 
Diamond Cutters
Ellicott Square Building
Suite 214
295 Main Street
Buffalo NY 14203
Bonus Stop…….
After you’ve loaded up on fashion and diamonds, you may want to collect yourself at the Ellicott Square Trading Company Cafe and Bakery, located in the atrium of the Ellicott Square Building. Grab a coffee, breakfast sandwich or a pastry and sit out under the atrium’s glass roof and take in the sights of one of the city’s architectural masterpieces.  
Bonus, Bonus Stop………..
If you live or work downtown, there’s a new fitness center in the Ellicott Square Building that is open until 11pm. Ellicott Square Fitness Center offers massage, reflexology, body treatments, hydrotherapy, reiki, facials, parrafin hand dips, salt glow, foot detoxification and chiropractic care. They also sell herbs and vitamins, candles and all sorts of relaxation and wellness supplies.
Ellicott Square Chiropractic and Wellness
295 Main Street
Suite 118
Buffalo NY 14203
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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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