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Furnishings Brings Good Fortune to Buffalo

Finally, a home furnishings and gift shop has opened on Main Street in Downtown Buffalo that resembles the type of shopping experience that people once took for granted. Entrepreneur and design guru Joe Incao (see more) has taken a bold business leap, leading the way for others to do the same. “The restaurants are opening on this block,” Joe told me. “Now it’s time to bring retailers in.”

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The retail inventory at Furnishings is across the board. There are lush and lavish oversized pillows, eccentric gadgets and books, timeless retro-modern chairs, Buffalo-themed gifts (see street grid pillow), fashionable statements, lighting elements, recycled bags (made from rubber tubes and seatbelts), products with edgy statements, dog books and beds, decorative items, playful men’s ties, stylish home goods, cleverly built side tables, and even some humorous gags.

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Joe has scoured the world for a sampling of products that speak of tales and times throughout the history of fabulous modern design. Whether it’s the colorful umbrellas (I couldn’t resist buying a couple), or the modern retro coffee mugs (bought a couple of those too), Joe’s delivery of zingy taste, infused into handsome contemporary crafts, is just what the doctor ordered (along with a stiff martini).

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Let’s hope that Joe’s ability to lead by example, and his knack to cobble together a collection of spirit-lifting gifts and furnishings, inspires Buffalonians to not only shop, but spread the word that there’s a captivating new store on the 500 block of Main Street. I dig what Joe is doing, and will think of Furnishings whenever I’m in the market for something refined, fantastical and flecked with flair.

FurnishingsBFLO.com | 500 Main Street | LL Berger Building/The Belesario | (716) 381-8275 | Facebook

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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. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette, and the Madd Tiki Winter Luau. Other projects: Navigetter.

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  • BuffaloBoi

    This store looks amazing! I hope this encourages others to set up shop in the other empty storefronts and replaces the first floor offices too.

  • BuffaloBoi

    This store looks amazing! I hope this encourages others to set up shop in the other empty storefronts and replaces the first floor offices too.

  • Hopefully there is a big reward for this investment downtown. He is sure homesteading for retail downtown… (On this block and for this type of product) Way to go main st!!!
    I pledge to buy atleast one Christmas present here! Who else is in!?

  • Hopefully there is a big reward for this investment downtown. He is sure homesteading for retail downtown… (On this block and for this type of product) Way to go main st!!!
    I pledge to buy atleast one Christmas present here! Who else is in!?

  • KevinRyan1

    Congratulations and thank you!

  • KevinRyan1

    Congratulations and thank you!

  • BuffaloBoi

    Caug124 I’m eying a few of those ties for myself.

  • BuffaloBoi

    Caug124 I’m eying a few of those ties for myself.

  • Buffalove27

    Proper. Very inviting. Can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for Downtown Buffalo!

  • Buffalove27

    Proper. Very inviting. Can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for Downtown Buffalo!

  • OldFirstWard

    It reminds me of an estate sale.

  • Rand503

    BuffaloBoi Agreed.  IT’s tough to make it when you are the only thing around.  What the city or the landlords should do is somehow encourage more retail of this type along Main St within a block or two.  
    Once we have a critical number of retail shops (and I don’t know how many, maybe four or five) all within walking distance, it acts more as a draw and business increases for all of them.

  • LouisTully

    See a lot of those in your dumpy neck of the woods on Mackinaw? All the old people dying, huh. I hope no young people move in, ya know, so the dumpy neighborhoods just die off. Or, God forbid, people of color or with tattoos!!!

  • Buffalove27

    Can anyone tell me what that new installment over the entrance is called? Hope more businesses downtown go the extra mile and create a real shopping scene like this guy. Perhaps more competition will produce the incentive to invest more in the aesthetic aspect of the shopping experience. Makes you wanna hang out in the area even longer.

  • Buffalove27

    Hey can anyone tell me what that new installment over the entrance is called? Hope more businesses downtown go the extra mile and create a real shopping scene like this guy. Perhaps more competition will produce the incentive to invest more in the aesthetic aspect of the shopping experience. Makes you wanna hang out in the area even longer.

  • Buffalove27

    Hey can anyone tell me what that new installment over the entrance is called? Hope more businesses downtown go the extra mile and create a real shopping scene like this guy. Perhaps more competition will produce the incentive to invest more in the aesthetic aspect of the shopping experience. Makes you wanna hang out in the area even longer.

  • Buffalove27

    Hey can anyone tell me what that new installment over the entrance is called? Hope more businesses downtown go the extra mile to create a real shopping scene like this guy. Perhaps more competition will produce the incentive to invest more in the aesthetic aspect of the shopping experience. Makes you wanna hang out in the area even longer.

  • Buffalove27

    Hey can anyone tell me what that new installment over the entrance is called? Hope more businesses downtown go the extra mile to create a real shopping scene like this guy. Perhaps more competition will produce the incentive to invest more in the aesthetic aspect of the shopping experience. Makes you wanna hang out in the area even longer.

  • Anti-Obamoid Interlopers

    LouisTully Damn kids with their estate sales.  Yeah, you keep doing your emoji-es, OFW…

  • Anti-Obamoid Interlopers

    LouisTully Damn kids with their estate sales.  Yeah, you keep doing your emoji-es, OFW…

  • KevinScherer

    I like it, something different Downtown!  This place has a nice edge to it! The more retail down here the better…

  • Neat. Now please, lets get TONS OF PEOPLE moved downtown!!! What’s so hard about this?

  • flexme

    Looks great. Will definitely check it out

  • Stopped in on Friday night on our way to the game, place looks great. Wish them luck.
    I can not understand why the city just spent all that money redoing 500 block of Main Street to put cars on it and it still looks basically the same, except the fact that it is shinny and new. The side walks are still way to wide, and there is no curb side parking like they did in the Theater District. I just don’t get it, they could have saved a lot by just installing a few signs and street lights and say cars can drive here now.

  • VirginiaHolloway

    urbanBFLO Cars will be able to park at the curb. The layout is not the same as north of Chippewa, but once the street is open there will be parking.

  • VirginiaHolloway urbanBFLO Maybe these light pylons which line the street are removable but why on earth are they there in the first place, plus there is a 5 inch curb cut from the track up to where these lights pylons are.

  • OldHayesHall

    urbanBFLO VirginiaHolloway They recess into the ground, providing a mountable curb

  • OldHayesHall urbanBFLO VirginiaHolloway 
    Sounds like over engineering for no reason.

  • BeardedBuffalonian

    urbanBFLO OldHayesHall VirginiaHolloway 
    I agree. I’ve always thought the sidewalks were way too wide and there should be two lanes of traffic on each side street. URBAN is right they really could have just put up a sign saying, “Car Accessible” and been done with it. Hopefully the 400 block would be as big of a cluster fuck.

  • FirstRingSuburban

    “Finally, a home furnishings and gift shop has opened on Main Street in Downtown Buffalo…”
    Yes, FINALLY.  We can stop wishing for other things now.

  • BuffaloBoi

    urbanBFLO I don’t get it either. I thought the rest of Main St. was (as in the original drawings) going to match what we have in the Theatre District; actual ‘curbs’, bike lanes and a street that looks like well, a street. Although the 500 block does look a lot better now than before, I still looks too pedestrian mall like and has a ‘dead block’ feel to it still.

  • BuffaloBoi

    urbanBFLO I don’t get it either. I thought the rest of Main St. was (as in the original drawings) going to match what we have in the Theatre District; actual ‘curbs’, bike lanes and a street that looks like well, a street. Although the 500 block does look a lot better now than before, I still looks too pedestrian mall like and has a ‘dead block’ feel to it still.

  • Furnishings

    urbanBFLO The bollards are removable, once the street opens to traffic they will be moved to the inside to allow parking. The nice part of the design is that when we feature a street event, like chalkfest, the bollards will be moved to prevent parking. This flexibility is a great asset to the 500 Block.

  • paulbuffalo

    Rand503 
    ‘What the city or the landlords should do is somehow encourage more retail of this type along Main St within a block or two.’
    Over the years, many commenters on BR have used the word ‘encouragement’ as it applies to wanting new retail options in the city.  Unless you’re talking about begging or giving out fruit baskets, encouragement means financial incentives.  Do you want the city and/or landlords to offer retailers money to set up shop?  Can you be specific about the ‘encouragement’ you want to happen? 
    From my perspective, all retail requires is more foot traffic, more people with money in their pockets, and more folks living downtown.  The answer is easy:  the road to that end is a longer one.

  • BuffaloBoi

    paulbuffalo Rand503 the ‘encouragement’ we mean is for the landlords to be reasonable on the rent, for the city and building owners to be on the same page for once and keep spaces for ‘retail only’ instead of allowing just anything to move in; private offices, a parole office, social services, telemarketing, collection agencies, government offices, etc. Our downtown is not going to ever become a ‘retail destination’ again with storefront scattered as they are now, with those offices taking up most of the spaces currently which create dead zones. That’s where the ‘encouragement’ is needed.

  • paulbuffalo

    BuffaloBoi 
    You want the city to rezone/regulate selected first floor spaces as retail only?  Fair enough.  Main Street development would slow to a crawl with that requirement.
    From your statement, you obviously know what landlords on Main Street are charging — I don’t — and you think it’s too much.  How much lower should these landlords go before you think it’s reasonable?  Should they take a loss on their property investment?  Your form of encouragement still comes down to cash.

    Regarding foot traffic, I know of no national retailers that would set up shop on Main Street.  Traffic numbers are far too low and pockets far too empty.  Again, that will change over time but it won’t seem to happen soon enough to put you at ease.

  • le80

    OldHayesHall urbanBFLO VirginiaHolloway They don’t recess, they move to the outside holes.  I believe they did this to prevent cars from parking for special events, which seems like overkill except for the newly built part of Genesee

  • 537MainSandra

    Thank you, Joe, for bringing such a beautiful shop and huge ray of hope to our block. Will see you later today my dear friend! It’s time for some serious Christmas shopping to begin and I know you will have something for everyone!!

  • OldFirstWard

    I’ve got to be honest here, if someone opened a store selling good quality men’s underwear, socks, belts, ties, and gloves, I would be a loyal customer. Any other shopping requires a female presence and that means mall walking and spending money.
    I miss the Kleinhans Men’s Store in Lafayette Square.  I once bought a really nice umbrella along with a London Fog trench coat.  Bernstone’s Cigar Store at Main and Swan was always a good source for things that Terrapin Station now offers.

  • OldFirstWard

    I’ve got to be honest here, if someone opened a store selling good quality men’s underwear, socks, belts, ties, and gloves, I would be a loyal customer. Any other shopping requires a female presence and that means mall walking and spending money.
    I miss the Kleinhans Men’s Store in Lafayette Square.  I once bought a really nice umbrella along with a London Fog trench coat.  Bernstone’s Cigar Store at Main and Swan was always a good source for things that Terrapin Station now offers.

  • OldFirstWard

    Anti-Obamoid Interlopers
    Oxford Dictionary just announced the 2015 word of the year…..emoji!  How about that.

  • OldFirstWard

    Anti-Obamoid Interlopers
    Oxford Dictionary just announced the 2015 word of the year…..emoji!  How about that.

  • OldFirstWard
    Any other shopping requires a female presence and that means mall walking and spending money.

    huh?  you can’t pick out a microwave on your own?  women won’t set foot on allen, elmwood, hertel, grant, etc.?  and buying menswear can be accomplished by spending something other than money?

  • OldFirstWard
    Any other shopping requires a female presence and that means mall walking and spending money.

    huh?  you can’t pick out a microwave on your own?  women won’t set foot on allen, elmwood, hertel, grant, etc.?  and buying menswear can be accomplished by spending something other than money?

  • BuffaloBoi

    grad94 OldFirstWard ? where in the hell downtown can one buy a microwave? He meant, their is no ‘men’s’ retailers downtown.

  • BuffaloBoi

    OldFirstWard Get Dressed was once located on this block about ten years ago. They said they did well, but who knows exactly why they didn’t stay?

  • FirstRingSuburban

    Female presence? Kleinhans? Bernstones? Seriously, OFW, HOW OLD ARE YOU? And are you completely oblivious to the fact that the world has changed since our boys came home from the war? Good lord.

  • FirstRingSuburban

    Over or under on whether they’ll be closed in 12 months, Sandra?

  • BuffaloBoi OldFirstWard
    i’ll take your word for it.  the entire sentence was a string of bizarre claims.

  • buffloonitick

    OldFirstWard Anti-Obamoid Interlopers
    OFW you’re as trendy as a millennial…

  • suzstyle

    Tom of Finland!

  • suzstyle

    Tom of Finland!