Au(d) Natural Seating: The Beauty Behind The Brawn @ S7

Ever wondered what one of the highly sought after Memorial Auditorium seat would look like if it were stripped-down, varnished and powder-coated? Probably not. As a matter of fact, there are probably a lot of hockey fans out there that might look at this and call this original state a sin. “I felt guilty doing it,” Paul Proctor, Manager of EB Iron Art told me. “But at the same time you have to see the end result… the seats are beautiful.”

Indeed the seats were beautiful. Paul was asked to perform the audacious stunt for a charitable organization that intended to auction of the finished product. When I first took a look at the stripped-down version of what had been seats from the Blue Section I was stunned to see the beauty behind the brawn. “When I peeled the paint off I discovered that there was another coat of paint under the blue,” Paul told me. “From what I’m told, the blues were originally grays… and under the gray layer of paint I found this beautiful white ash. Who knew that there was such a nice wood under there?”

And just when you think that the guys at EB Iron Art might call it a day, another custom creation shows up at a nearby coffee shop:

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As luck would have it, I happened to be at Sweet_ness 7 Café yesterday when Ed Hogle, owner of EB Iron Art, walked through the door carrying a hand wrought S7 branding iron. I had heard that the branding iron had been commissioned by café owner Prish Moran who was in need of a tool to permanently brand the unusual patio seating on the Lafayette side of the building. You see, she had taken a previously felled West Side tree and sliced it up in order to make her own unique seating arrangement. Sounds par for the Sweet_ness course. Then she commissioned EB Iron Art to fabricate a branding iron so that she could stamp the stumps, thus laying claim to the au natural additions. Soon customers will be able to enjoy a cup of coffee outdoors while seated on a custom branded tree stump thanks to the iron art shop.

A word of warning to the employees at S7 – look out, because Prish is really excited to use this new marketing tool and the necklaces worked out so well that she’s now on a rampage.   

If you’re interested in learning more about EB Iron Art, call Paul at 716-876-7510.

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About the author  ⁄ queenseyes

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. Catalyst behind the Pierce-Arrow Film Arts Center. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette. Themed New Years mayhem at various locations. Next up: Porchfest... Also offers package tours of the city for groups or individuals. Contact Newell Nussbaumer | Newell@BuffaloRising.com

10 comments
sbrof
sbrof

I would agree that keeping this new shop in people's mind is important to trying to build a new future for Grant. It gives many people a place to go that they would have never dared to venture to before.

Maybe if Starbucks or HSBC ever did anything interesting they might get some attention as well.

georged
georged

Urban success stories? Opening up a coffee shop and having a successful business are too different things. Lets wait a few years before calling this and all the other start-ups success stories. i wish them all the best, but history points that they will all fail.

heathersmiles
heathersmiles

@Phrank - Someday we will pine for our lost years in Starbucks coffee shops and the good memories of the HSBC Arena.

I can't wait to get back to Buffalo to check out the new coffee shop/.

The Kettle
The Kettle

A coffee shop opening in this part of town is a huge deal. I for one could read about urban success stories all day long. Small, subsidy free development is always a good thing. Dont sit back and wait for pie in the sky.

Speaking of Grant St. any amature real estate developers interested in the building up the road at Potomac + Grant? On the market for only 79k and has a ton of potential.

buffbuff
buffbuff

Like you, I can make a comment. If you did not like mine you did not have to finish reading it, let alone make a comment. As to the damn aud seats and sweet_ness 7, the story is boring, anyone would think that coffee shop is the save all for a getto street. The reason they are using tree stumps for seats is they will be to heavy to steal. As to the Aud seats, what is all the bother about? If there is so much "history" and "sentiment" in them, shoulda kept the Aud. I bet there are housewives all over the city, pissed as hell tripping over those ugly things.

phrank
phrank

Should we discuss Starbucks coffee shops and HSBC seats instead? If you're not interested, you don't have to finish reading the story, let alone write a comment.

hamp
hamp

I'd like to hear more about Grant Street. And I loved hearing about EB Iron Art!

britannica
britannica

For the record, here is one vote for *not* tired of hearing about Sweet_ness 7 and Grant Street.

galaxyjay
galaxyjay

Then go do a story on them, submit it, and hope that BR runs it.

buffbuff
buffbuff

Tired about hearing of Aud seats and sweet_ness 7. There are other coffee shops in town that would like this coverage.

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