Five Points mixed-use rehab guru Frits Abell has attracted a couple of significant creative business enterprises to his beautifully restored 445 Rhode Island property.
On the first floor, Chelsea Black will be opening Five Points Framing. Black has apprenticed under one of the top framers in Buffalo, and will be bringing that expertise to this new frame shop locale.
On the second floor, Rachel D’Alfonso will be opening Nomel Arts (lemon spelled backwards). Nomel will be a self-serve print studio and design collaborative.
Abell says that he is excited to have both of these driven women entrepreneurs set up at 445 Rhode Island. He hinted that they will be able to play off each other since the owners and the concepts are very like-minded. He’s also happy to say that Black and D’Alfonso have both returned to Buffalo to enhance the creative entrepreneurial landscape.
The addition of two more small businesses to the Five Points neighborhood is another big boon for the district. These types of offerings add to the diversity of Five Points, making it an even stronger destination on the city’s West Side.
Abell adds that the Five Points Business Association has been newly revamped and is an instrumental tool that will help to positively shape the fledgling business district for years to come.
Five Points Framing and Nomel Arts will be hosting a soft opening at the end of August. An official opening will be held at a later date, in tandem with a handful of other businesses that are poised for launch.