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Buildup Buffalo

Build Up Buffalo is a boutique brokerage firm owned by Erin Carmina and Maggie Hamilton Winship. The firm specializes in representing small businesses, nonprofits and startups, and assisting property owners with unique spaces in local, walkable neighborhoods. Buyer and seller representation for commercial and investment sales and real estate development consulting is also available. For more information, visit

This article is the first in a series by Buildup Buffalo, exploring the unique and often overlooked corners of the real estate world here in Buffalo, NY. When you first meet Lisa Menchetti, you might not think “real estate developer.” Like so many others who find themselves renovating commercial properties, Lisa was forced to make the most of an unexpected opportunity. The Gridlock Lacquer Buffalo owner, purchased the former Nancy’s Salon in Kaisertown for her business production and retail sales a few years ago. In a short time, like most small businesses do, Menchetti’s company evolved and she no longer needed the storefront…

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