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Sign Saved and Delivered!

The Perfection shopfront lettering that was uncovered when the Positively Main Street sign was removed from 773 Elmwood Avenue, has been salvaged. After posting a second story on the gift store transition, the owners of the sign (family of the original Elmwood cobbler) decided that they wanted to give it to the new cobbler on the street – Brian Gavigan. They felt that the sign needed an appropriate home – one that would honor the memory of Perfection Shoe Repair (see back story).

“My family was able to connect the dots and we have made contact with Brian Gavigan,” said Gina LaPlante (granddaughter of the owner of Perfection). “It looks like the new cobbler is the future owner of the “Perfection” sign which is greatly thanks to your articles. I’m not sure how Brian intends to use the sign, but it all just seems so perfect.”


Brian says that he will hang the Perfection lettering inside his new cobbler shop called Sole Man (corner of Elmwood and Anderson). Earlier today Kohler Awning came and loaded the sign onto a truck. Brian (lead image) helped to deliver the letters to their rightful new home.

Apparently the sign was seconds away from being sold to a dealer. It was that close. But at the last minute Gina and Brian connected and the relic was saved. There was even a bit of a dispute towards the end, but fortunately the chips landed on Brian’s side of the table. I’m happy that the signage will stay on Elmwood, helping out a young cobbler who is just getting into the business.


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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