Progress on Grant Street is beginning to pick up speed again, with new development projects rising up. At the same time, there are a number of businesses that we tend to think of that are contributing to the renaissance, including Sweet_ness 7 Café, Rust Belt Books, The Gypsy Parlor, Shakti Yoga, The Pop In, West Side Bazaar, Freddy J’s Barbecue, West Side Stories, among others. Then there are the businesses such as Guercio’s, Meating Place and G&L Flooring that were there well before the city began turn a corner.
Today I would like to draw attention to a business that has been on Grant Street for 15 years. Sweet Sound Music began as a full-fledged music shop, with walls lined with CDs and albums. Due to the location, much of the inventory was dedicated to a very diverse mix of sounds, including Latin and R&B. Over the years, the internet slowly but surely put a damper on the store’s sales, which meant that the owners needed to reinvent their inventory.
Instead of stocking the shelves with music, these days Sweet Sound Music is 100% oriented towards clothing and accessories. The merchandise is still representative of the neighborhood, but there are a lot of items that would appeal to the average Joe Buffalonian. Sweet Sound Music stocks sunglasses, belts, sneakers, jewelry, men’s and women’s outfits, and even jerseys. They carry New Era hats, Day of the Dead sneakers, a head to toe Tupac outfit, Pink undies, incense, sweats, etc. It’s a vibrant array of eclectic street fashions displayed in a way that is easy to navigate.
Sweet Sound Music is a great resource for Buffalo State students who are looking for current and comfortable clothing at exceptional prices.
Congrats to this store for sticking around for 15 years, while completely reinventing itself in a rapidly changing neighborhood.