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Colorful Stories Inspire Us on the West Side

Grant Street is experiencing an ongoing transitional stage. Until this point, it’s been a fairly slow moving organic shift, but recently there have been some very exciting developments occurring near Buffalo State, and also near the corner of West Ferry. There are additional living accommodations and storefronts coming online. These amenities are being housed in new builds and restored historic structures.

Thinking back, it’s interesting to see how certain factions on the street led to this rebound. Most people would point to Prish Moran at Sweet_ness 7 who initially invested on Grant. She purchased a significant building at the corner of Grant and Lafayette, and filled it with grassroots businesses. That investment/vision prompted a series of other business owners to take chances on Grant Street, including Westside Stories back in 2011. Bookstore owners Joe and Jeanenne Petri have continued to plug away on the street. Not only has the business expanded a couple of times over the course of its existence, it recently underwent a colorful facade improvement at the hands of artist and entrepreneur Casey Milbrand (The Pop In).

Hopefully this wonderful facade enhancement will lead to some of the apathetic Grant Street building/business owners to get their collective acts together (examples to come shortly). In the meantime, I wanted to give a big shout out to the business/building owners on Grant that continue to lead by example. We’re behind you all the way.

West Side Stories | 205 Grant Street | Buffalo NY | (716) 803-8173 | Facebook

*If you’re wondering about the building to the right of Westside Stories in the lead image, the story can be found here

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. 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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  • Superhaunt Chaps

    West Side Story is a 1961 American musical romantic drama film directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. The film is an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was inspired by William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet.

    • McNutt

      Thanks for the quick Wikipedia search. Please leave this garbage out of the comment section. I see that you’re new here… you’ll learn!

      • Superhaunt Chaps


        • Mr. B


          Use it while you still can . . .


      • Alex


        Connecting the business name to a well known classic film isn’t garbage at all. Its rising the bar by adding some kind of historical significance to a name that people outside of Buffalo are aware of.

        If you’re referring to the person using Wikipedia as the basis, then perhaps you may want to consider that Newell has used Daily Mail as his primary source on many occasions for articles on this site. Wikipedia has gained traction in its credibility and used widely as a point of reference.

        Comments open to the public mean there is no binding rules of what can be posted other than the standard (no violence, inciting violence, no personal info posted, etc = typical stuff on most media these days.)

  • Mr. B

    “Hopefully this wonderful facade enhancement will lead to some of the
    apathetic Grant Street building/business owners to get their collective
    acts together . . .”

    Because, facade enhancement is the only true measure of a business owner’s commitment — not customer service, inventory, or product quality . . .