Serendipity Shoppe, the thrift store that was once located in the basement of the Lafayette Church, is opening on Amherst Street at the corner of Bush. The facade of the building has already been reworked, creating a much better example of what a proper street corner should look like.
The thrift shop was founded in 2008, and features a mixed back of merchandise ranging from antiques to oddities to collectibles and other treasures. The business is operated by the Buffalo AIDS Plus Fund of WNY, Inc., which was founded in 2003. According to their website, the proceeds from the sales go directly towards people living with HIV/AIDS in the eight counties of Western New York. AIDS Plus Fund is also the organization that runs Gay Bingo in Buffalo (see here).
Serendipity Shoppe is a great place to find books, jewelry and furniture, and just about anything else under the sun. The only item that it doesn’t carry is clothing. It will be good to see what the operators can do with a freestanding space that is not buried in the basement of a church.
When Lafayette Church began to look at options to convert the building into mixed use, with a residential component (see here), Serendipity Shoppe began to look at its options. Amherst Street has become a desirable commercial strip for a number of businesses looking for a new start, with affordable rents, and great quality of life.