Archive for November, 2015



It’s been a busy month for new businesses in Buffalo and we could not be more excited for the opening of Furnishings on the 500 Block of Main Street. If you’re looking to kick off your holiday shopping, Furnishings should definitely be your first (and possibly only) stop.

I spoke with Andrew LoTempio, the shop’s owner, about his philosophy behind Furnishings and he had this to say: “Alot of people, understandably, here the name ‘Furnishings’ and are expecting to walk in and see a furniture store. They are shocked when they see the store is so much more than that. Yes we offer furnishings for you home, but we offer furnishings for your body and mind as well. So many shops we’ve seen offer either one or the other and we wanted to offer both.” Shoppers can find ties, scarfs, jewelry and a myriad of other accessories both for you and for your home, making the store a great one stop shop for the holidays. After just spending a short while in the store, I easily found a ton of gifts for family and friends (and maybe a few for myself).

The store offers a lot of truly unique gifts, but naturally Andrew realizes that there will be shoppers coming in looking for “Buffalo-themed” items, which he has done a wonderful job of curating by offering just a few which have a great twist to them like the colorful city map pillow, book ends and Buffalo-shaped cushions. He also has some great curiosity shop-inspired items that are sure to be a hit among downtown’s trendier shoppers, as well as some terrific looking ties from Swell Fellow. Lastly one of my favorite things about the shop is while all of the items look very high end and the shop has a very upscale boutique feel to it, the pricing is incredibly affordable which is something Andrew paid particular attention to. He wanted a shop that would appeal to the diverse clientele that both lives and works in this area and I think he has done a fantastic job creating a great new shop for downtown.

Be sure to stop into Furnishings if you’re planning on doing some Holiday shopping during Shop Small Saturday and also check out some more photos of this incredible looking store below.

500 Main Street
Buffalo, NY


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I like Jimmy Fallon. Aside from attending the same Alma Mater, Jimmy and I seem to share similar passions like dressing well, pocket squares, and J.Crew. When he noticed several of his coworkers walking around the office with phones sticking out of their breast pocket, he began wondering what he could do to take this practical carrying solution to a more stylish level. Armed with a hot glue gun, a little ingenuity and a pocket square, Jimmy came up with a dapper solution and pitched the idea to J.Crew. Together they came up with the Pocket Dial™.

A leather iPhone case with an attached pocket square on the outside, the Pocket Dial™ is actually a pretty clever idea. Even better, J.Crew is donating 100% of the proceeds from the Pocket Dial going to benefit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a Kenya-based charity that protects Africa’s elephants from ivory poaching and extinction. This way you can do good, while looking good.

Pick up yours for a limited time online or at your local J.Crew store for those looking for a unique and dapper Holiday Gift. Because crying carrying your phone in your pants is so 2014.



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Cool Hand Clothing, a new menswear shop located on the outskirts of the Elmwood Village near Bidwell Park, recently opened their doors and offers casual clothing for the fashion conscious man. The perfect clothes for “drinking beer on a Saturday afternoon”, the store features iconic male actors throughout the store who serve as their style inspiration. Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Jack Nicholson… men who no matter what they wore, always seemed to look good. Cool Hand Clothing is looking to offer that same effortless style with a fine collection of casual button downs, chunky knit sweaters, henley’s, fleece zip ups, military inspired outerwear, classic sneakers, diving watches, aviator sunglasses, soaps and cologne, many of which are made in the USA.

The store also features a wide selection of vintage inspired, Buffalo-themed garments like hoodies, hats and tees. A few favorite pieces of mine where the Peace Bridge Crewneck, Buffalo Bisons Hockey Club Hoodie and American Needle Baseball Cap. The store also features Surfside Supply Co, a favorite brand of ours which is also offered by Blue Collar. The store makes it pretty easy to replenish your entire wardrobe while keeping everything affordably priced.

Another favorite item in the store where the solid cologne tins from Men Don’t Stink. These all natural fragrances come in a metal tin and are comprised of waxes and oils perfect for men with sensitive skin who want a more subtle, but still great smelling, scent. Perfect for keeping at your desk and reapplying throughout the day as needed, at only $20 these are sure to be on a lot of Christmas lists this year.

Check out some photos from the store below, and be sure to stop into the store today and get a jump on your Winter wardrobe.

Cool Hand Clothing
1068 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, New York

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