Blue Sky Design Supply opened up shop in July on the first floor of the redeveloped Savarino building on the corner of Perry and Mississippi Streets. The company is an interior design and home décor business devoted to design work that promotes sustainability and utilizes renewable or salvaged materials. For Tyra Johnson, founder and owner, an important part of her mission is to introduce WNY to products that are not only sustainable, but also innovative. While some may not associate reused or green materials with being reliable or beautiful, Tyra firmly believes that eco-friendly materials can be more esthetically pleasing and durable than regular materials. – Buffalo Rising
Now, five years later, Elmwood Avenue is lucky to have Blue Sky coming its way. The shop is super creative and appeals to many of the environmental philosophies that are (hopefully) being instilled in shoppers today. Upcycled and recycled home and gift items are extremely popular these days.
Blue Sky also offers various gift and home accessories for purchase (ranging anywhere from $6-60), such as kaleidoscope vases (made from recycled magazine pages); serving spoons (made from aluminum); snack and lunch pouches (made from plastic bags); and doormats (made from flip-flops). What struck me about some of these finishing touches is that you would never guess what they’re made from, yet they’re unique, durable and, yes, pleasing to the eye. Not to mention, a conversation piece (read: doormat made from flip-flops. Genius!). – Buffalo Rising
The owner of the Elmwood building has subdivided a large space within the building into three smaller spaces, one of which will be the home of Hero Burger. There is still one more space available. Breaking up the giant storefront was a smart move, since there has been so much turnover in past years. The smaller spaces will be much more manageable, and will increase the various offerings threefold.
Between, Blue Sky and Hero, and a couple other nice businesses on this block (including Gelateria Luca, Animal Outfitters), this prime stretch is a divers and welcome addition the the eating and shopping scene in the city.