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Lots of Love for the 716

In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, the Chippewa Alliance (CA) is planning on hosting a pop-up market on Saturday, February 13 in the parking lot next to D’Arcy McGee’s, behind Frankie Primo’s +39 (11am – 3pm). This is the first initiative of this nature to be held in the Chippewa District, and is hopefully a sign of similar events to come.

“The CA marketing committee was trying to think of a way to not only support our Chippewa area small businesses, but other small businesses in the Buffalo area as well,” said Rachel A. DeDomenico, president of the Chippewa Alliance. “It was determined that a pop-up would be a fantastic way to bring people together in a safe environment where they can shop local, and ideally, once they have enjoyed the market, they will patronize one of the Chippewa area restaurants.”

One of the reasons that the Chippewa Alliance is in place is to determine ways to bring more people downtown, to support the anchor businesses. “With more and more businesses working from home, the hit that the travel and tourist industry has suffered and the lack of events downtown, the downtown restaurants are not getting the traffic that they once had,” said DeDomenico. “[The market] will have a total of 16 vendors, offering retail, baked goods, cigars, and much more. All Covid guidelines will be enforced.”

It’s great to see the Chippewa Alliance making good use of a surface parking lot that could be helping to generate more foot traffic. The D’Arcy McGee’s parking lot is the perfect place to host such an event. Hopefully, if the pop-up market is deemed a success, more of these sorts of outdoor initiatives will be held throughout the year, with additional vendors, seasonal products, and ‘Lots of Love for the 716.’

Lots of Love for the 716

Saturday, February 13 2021

11am – 3pm

Near the corner of West Chippewa and Franklin

See Facebook event

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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