Welcome to Rise Small Business Friday AND Saturday

Where we remind you that money spent at big box stores leaves Buffalo and rarely comes back, but money spent at locally-owned establishments goes into the pockets of your own neighbors and gets spent again in our community supporting other businesses. The arrival of another chain does not make Buffalo cool, hip, or an attractive place to live. The success of small businesses give our city unique character and make it worth visiting or moving to. Do your part. If you’re hopping on social media this weekend while shopping, use #ShopLocalBFLO.

We’re throwing a party! Both virtually on social media by visiting 10 stores in the morning and early afternoon Saturday, and literally by invading Allen St Poutine Co for Beer, Poutine, and Ping Pong from 3P – 6P.

We’re highlighting 10 stores now on the blog, and you can see us going Live on Facebook, posting from Instagram and Twitter from all of them on Saturday. Let’s shop, eat, drink, and party local tomorrow – and every day!

After the business roundup, we have, of course, the weekly roundup of the best Instagrams in Buffalo from users who included #RiseBFLO in their tags. Keep up the beautiful photography, folks.



Blushing is an emotional response with being in love; defining this online boutique as shopping your desire. Blush provides a variety of merchandise that can be worn countless times and make the transition from day to night a snap. Blush features New York and LA based designers clothing, jewelry and accessories and hopes to make every customer’s fashion utopia a reality.

Friday and Saturday:
9am -7pm
9am-11am 20% off

All 3 locations open at 9am Friday! Spend $75 receive a blanket scarves for FREE. 1 per customer * while supplies last.

1005 Elmwood Avenue – Buffalo
5428 Main St – Williamsville
4218 N Buffalo Rd – Orchard Park

Buffalo Adore


Buffalo Adore allows local artists and makers a venue to sell from that can help them reach beyond Etsy. We supply Buffalo themed Jewelry, Art, Baby Items, Children’s Items, Apparel, Home Décor, Beauty and so much more!

Market Arcade Building, 617 Main St

Fred Handmade Wares


Fred Handmade Wares is a new gift shop on the corner of Franklin St. and Edward St. in Allentown, Buffalo. Our shop focuses on bringing in independent artists that create items that are handmade, local, sustainable, or eco-friendly. Currently, there are over 30 creators that sell their goods at Fred and we are continually growing!

385 Franklin

Her Story Boutique

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For more than 20 years Her Story Boutique has been empowering WNY women through lifestyle apparel, wellness products and community events. A customizable perfume bar sets this Elmwood Ave shop a part with a diverse collection of original, designer, or aromatherapy fragrance oils. Co-owners and mother-daughter duo Susan and Ciara Morreale have an unbelievable passion for their business and the community – utilizing their lifestyle brand to highlight, empower and strengthen women ties in our city.

779 Elmwood

Lace and Day


At Lace & Day, we work with our customers to help them find comfort and confidence through properly fitting and beautiful bras, sleepwear, and swimsuits. Big boobs, little boobs, we do them all! We make it fun to shop for yourself (yes, even bra fitting!) and easy and enjoyable to shop for your loved ones! Lace and Day also carries men’s pajamas and undergarments.

Hours Saturday 10am-6pm

445 Franklin St Near Allen

Revolution Indoor Cycling

RevCity TRX

There are plenty of fitness facilities where you can reenergize your body. But what about renewing your soul?
That’s the idea behind Revolution, a place where people can work out, make friends, and do something good for their community. Revolution offers a range of morning, afternoon and evening classes at their downtown Main Street location (RevCity) and Transit Road location (RevExpress).
Classes include indoor cycling, TRX, and the ever popular hour long fusion of both. The studio has also recently added Indo-Row to their Transit Road location.

Looking for that perfect holiday gift for the fitness enthusiast in your life? Rev offers gift cards and plenty of apparel options, including fresh-off-the-press long sleeve and half-zips for winter and the classic Rev logo black Nike racerback tank.

Stop by between 8:30am and 12pm this small business Saturday to pick up your gift card at 15% off. You’ll also find select apparel at 15% off and be the first to catch the new gear!

1716 Main St near Lafayette

Rust Belt Love


“Stop into Rust Belt Love this Small Business Saturday for snarky holiday cards, fine letterpress stationery, original art prints, and gorgeous ideas for your party planning this holiday season! All of our holiday cards and Buffalo stationery is printed on our 100 year old Chandler and Price letterpress, one at a time. And check out our gorgeous holiday styling by our co-op members for handpainted glassware, desserts, and rental items.”

We’ll be open 10-5 on Saturday, and everyone who makes a purchase gets a free “Freezing my bells off in Buffalo” card.

Market Arcade Building, 617 Main St

Thin Ice


Thin Ice is a gift shop in the heart of the Elmwood Village shopping district providing handmade gifts made by local artists.  Thin Ice opened 10 years ago to bring the work of our talented local artists to the customers who appreciate them. We specialize in local, one of a kind, and handmade.

Hours for Small Business Saturday are 10A-9p.

719 Elmwood Ave

Trend Up Store


Trend Up is located inside the historic Market Arcade and is Downtown Buffalo’s only men’s urban contemporary store. Inside you will find exclusive apparel not found anywhere else in WNY.
We’re open 11am-5pm on Small Business Saturday

Market Arcade Building, 617 Main St

yar mo’s muse


Yar Mo’s Muse is a vintage~modern fusion boutique that specializes in creating beautifully unique looks for any occasion.

700 Main St

You can shop with Rise, and give at the same time

Until December 2, we’re selling winter hats with RISE BFLO on them. By buying one, you’ll be donating another automatically to International Institute of Buffalo, who will supply newly arriving immigrants and refugees who are ill-prepared for our winter. We can all stay warm, together. Check out details here.


Shop til you drop – at Allen St Poutine Co

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While it’s light out, let’s head to a place where the windows are two stories tall! Allen St. Poutine Company has a ton to offer. First thing in the morning, they’ll be wiping down their graffiti wall so its fresh for the best dry erase marker art you on your tip toes can supply.
At 3:00, the party begins with 10 different beers available, 10% off all large orders of poutine, free pop with your order, music cranking, and a ping pong tournament! We’re rocking out until 6:00PM.

Not shopping? No problem!

If you’re following REI’s lead and just planning on going outside this weekend, then take photos and tag them with #RiseBFLO. Our Feature Friday giveaways start back up next week with Allen St Poutine awarding a gift card to the best Instagram of the week. Check these out!


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Buffalo City Hall is just too beautiful! #artdeco #buffalony #risebflo #elevator

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late night grind

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