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Calling all small retailers! The Queen City Pop-Up program is now accepting holiday proposals

It’s that time of year, the time when retailers and businesses start thinking seriously about the holidays. Mayor Byron W. Brown and the Buffalo Urban Development Corporation (BUDC) are currently looking to attract local small businesses to participate in downtown Buffalo’s pop up retail initiative. Through the 2017 Holiday Edition of the Queen City Pop-up program retailers can apply for free storefront space. All proposals must be submitted no later than Monday, October 23, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

The Queen City Pop Up program says that, “as a result of participating in the Queen City Pop-Up, former participants have reported retail sales increases over 50% and an overall increase to their customer base. Several Queen City Pop Up participants have opened their own permanent retail locations on Main Street following the program.”

Shoppers should plan on visiting the 2017 Holiday Edition of the Queen City Pop Up, November 9 through December 31, 2017, at 50 Fountain Plaza, located along the 500 block of Main Street at the corner of Chippewa.

Retailer’s can get the RFP at BUDC’s office, 95 Perry Street, Suite 404, Buffalo, NY 14203; or by contacting Brandye Merriweather, BUDC Vice President – Downtown Development at 716-856-6525 ext. 131 or

The RFP is also available at,, and

All proposals must be submitted to Brandye Merriweather no later than Monday, October 23, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

Written by Jessica Marinelli

Jessica Marinelli

Jessica Marinelli is a WNY native, born and raised in the Lincoln Park area of Tonawanda. She has been involved in local politics from an early age and is currently a Tonawanda Democratic Committee Member. As an avid equestrian and animal-lover, she trained and re-homed over 40 horses. For over a decade, she was an event planner with the law firm, Hodgson Russ LLP, and now owns her own marketing and event management company. She has worked with international and national organizations on large and small scale events. Jessica writes on politics and local events, as well as working with Buffalo Rising as a social reporter.

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