Buffalo merchandise shops come and go. Everyone loves Buffalo items to give to loved ones for the holidays, but the question is, “Where do you find good, quality Buffalo goods?” Graphic Designer Michael Morgulis has been on the scene, creating wonderful Buffalo images, for as long as I can remember. If you grew up in Buffalo, chances are that you have worn one of his t-shirts at one time or another.
Best Seller: One of the greatest talents that Michael has is to be able to create his own unique designs, many of which reflect the changing times of the city. At one pint I used to sell Michael’s shirts, and I remember clearly the different reactions that people had upon seeing his different graphic designs (and there are many). There is a fun story behind each one, marking celebrations, denoting book covers, and recounting his whimsical inspirations. Buffalo’s with wings, City Hall as Spaceport of the Future, Rainbow buffalos… whether Michael intended or not, each one of his creations has given the wearer the ability to broadcast his or her love for the city, while suggesting alternate messages that even Michael might not have intended to denote depending on circumstance. This holiday season, why not pick up a t-shirt from Michael and spread the one of myriad messages near and far? Michael’s t-shirts sell for $10 – I suggest buying them in pairs.
Michael’s Pick: Michael’s ‘Homegrown/Intimate Food Portraits’ – If you ask Michael, he’ll tell you that the heart of the home is the kitchen. That’s why he’s chosen his portraits of food as the ideal holiday gifts for friends and loved ones. Each of the prints is vibrant in its own unique way, casting a light on the different fruits that give them added meaning other than just a source of nourishment. The composition of food is art in its own way – when explored by a visual artist, the presentation is thoughtfully magnified. Look to spend from $45 to $75.
New Buffalo Graphics
1417 Hertel Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14216
While you’re there: Stop into the new Spot Coffee located directly across the street. Michael tells me that he has seen a noticeable increase in the amount of foot traffic since Spot has opened, and that’s exactly what he was hoping for. From my previous article:
“The wait is finally over and Spot Coffee has opened its doors on Hertel. As I sit here sipping a cup of coffee along with approximately 30 fellow patrons, the scene is reminiscent of other Spot locations with familiar sounds and sights. From the shouts from behind the counter announcing the various order fulfillments, to a large mural depicting a Hertel street scene, Spot Coffee has introduced a thriving ‘people hub’ to North Buffalo.”
1408 Hertel Avenue (at North Park)