Small Business Saturday

It’s that time of year again, when shopping becomes the lone, daunting task on everyone’s mind. The time when people voluntarily skip Thanksgiving dessert and desert their loved ones to stand in long, possibly cold, outdoor lines with crowds of sleep deprived people who are all unhappy about shopping at a time you’re not supposed to shop.

Sounds like a blast. (heavy sarcasm)

Folks, your shopping experience can be so much more rewarding, for you and your local community!

Enter Small Business Saturday. It’s a national campaign that draws a contrast to big-box “Black Friday” and is based simply on shopping local. Last year I vowed to do my part in Buffalo and had a great day split between the shops in the Elmwood Village and on Hertel Avenue.

Small Business Saturday

Blue Monk Christmas AngelAs I walked from store to store, I was energized by the hustle and bustle taking place miles away from the malls. I was greeted by friendly and appreciative shop owners and I found truly unique gifts. It felt great to be supporting the folks that really are the lifeblood of our community (and that wasn’t just the “Christmas Angel” beer I had with lunch at Blue Monk talking).

So this year, use the Black Friday ads to stoke the fire beneath your roasting chestnuts, relax and rest up for Small Business Saturday!

Oh, and while you’re out and about, you might as well hang around for the North Park Tree Lighting taking place at 6 pm near Room.



Salumeria Belsito is now open

Don’t be fooled by the bare façade over the door of the former Gino’s Bakery building. The lights are on, the staff is hired, and the wine is stocked.

Salumeria Belsito announced their soft opening the other day so we took a walk down to check it out.  Here’s a few snaps from our evening:


Wine served in old-school juice glasses.  My Grandpa D’Agostino would be proud! And with $4 Happy Hour prices, he’d be giddy too.


Meat, cheese, bread and wine are the foundation of a solid first course Italian meal.

Wine2We didn’t have time to stay for a panini but the bill came with a nice touch. Tax included. Who doesn’t love a nice rounded number?

According to the owners, the official grand opening will take place during the Hertel Holiday Walk – December 6th & 7th. I’d recommend you hold off on your visit until then to give the owners a chance to get the sign out front, artwork on the walls and put the rest of the finishing touches on the place. Or go there today if you just can’t wait.