Market Watch: West Side Bazaar

West Side Bazaar is on the move, and is preparing to open up in a building that is significantly larger than what it occupies now. Admittedly, the bazaar’s new home does not have the rustic charm that many buildings have on Grant Street, but that also means that there is an opportunity to improve upon the bland shell. With some colorful paint, a new sign and a storefront filled with handmade goods from all over the world, the bazaar’s new digs (25 Grant Street) should help to revitalize a section of the street that could certainly use a bit of refugee flair. 
In preparation for its move to its new location at 25 Grant Street, West Side Bazaar is holding a huge moving sale. Starting tomorrow, and running through Saturday (hours: 11am-6pm), the bazaar will be hosting the sale at its original location - 242 Grant Street. Seeing that the holidays are right around the corner your purchases will not only save you some money to put towards other gifts, you will also be helping this incredible Buffalo enterprise to transition comfortably to its new location near the corner of West Ferry.
Congrats to Westminster Economic Development Initiative (WEDI), the organization that runs the bazaar. Upon opening in the new space this month, there will be 22 merchants all total, and four ethnic cooks who will be cooking in the building thanks to a brand new kitchen purchased with funds from the 21st Century Fund via the Community Foundation. With all of the talk of markets on BRO as of late, this news couldn’t have come at a better time… and just in time for the holidays.
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10 comments
medea
medea

...good to see but damn you had me dumbfounded with that "refugee flair" comment, all I can say is wow!

JSmith
JSmith

Really? I see constant foot traffic around that intersection whenever I am around there. Much more so than near their current location.

The southern few blocks of Grant Street make up one of the most properly urban feeling places in the entire city. The area contains one of the very few intersections in Buffalo (Grant/Arnold/Ferguson) that still has all four corners intact with traditional buildings that have retail on the ground floor and apartments or office space upstairs. (Allen/Elmwood is one of the other very few such intersections.)

grad94
grad94

been shopping there every week or two (dibbles, rite aid, salvation army, dollar stores) for well over a decade and never had a problem.

Publius
Publius

Although a generic, single-use, one-story strip plaza, this building gets a few simple things right that most of its peers do not. Among them is that it is build up to the street, has transparent windows along the sidewalk and uses traditional brick as a street-level building material.

Grant-Ferry has a long way to go. However, moves like this are the catalyst behind neighborhood revivals. It isn't the big money developers who come in over night and invest millions of dollars, instead, its the grassroots progress of passionate citizens and community groups who band together and implement practical solutions, one at a time, and get the ball rolling.

You rock WEDI and WSB!

I Laugh at Bills Fans
I Laugh at Bills Fans

Thank-you for being the voice of reason, Emigrant. I live just around the corner from Grant and W. Ferry and it always amazes me how many people don't understand that a neighborhood can be turned around if people support those who are trying to make things better.

elmdog
elmdog

Grant near Guercios has character and good space for foot traffic...Sweetness 7, a Ferrentines bakerys, a few other shops and a new restaurant near...all good things...This new location, not so much

Reggie
Reggie

Hmm.. strange move. Don't see them getting much foot traffic that way.

ivan putski jr
ivan putski jr

Grant / West Ferry is Buffalo's Times Square...... before Times Square went all Disney and crap

BuffaloEmigrant
BuffaloEmigrant

And it will stay that away until legitimate businesses and residents move into that area. It will be a slow and difficult process, but the more occupied an area is by good tenants, the less riffraff that will be around.

elmdog
elmdog

Bad idea for patrons , maybe a good idea for the venture .... The nice thing about the bazaar was that it was near guercios and the cafe ...... Grant near ferry is an awful spot and dangerous

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