We've heard of the butter lamb that is popular at the Broadway Market. Another, even sweeter lamb, is also keeping a local business going.
About 75 percent of Easter sales at Melanie's Sweets Unlimited are lamb cakes. They begin as a pound cake that is baked, shaped like a lamb, dipped in a sweet glaze and then frosted carefully by hand into a work of art.
Founder Melanie Krygier-Lamastra makes them the old fashioned way or with a modern spin.
"The traditional lamb is usually made with white frosting and coconut and the ribbon and the red flag which represents the resurrection," she said. "And this is a more modernistic lamb cake as everything changes so did the lamb cake and people are always looking for something new."
After running her bakery for decades, Melanie is considering retirement. At one point, Melanie's Sweets Unlimited had four locations in Western New York, but now you'll find Melanie at her sole location at the market where she originally got her start.
She says she thought last year would be her final year at the market, but she won't sell the business until she finds the right buyer with the passion that she has.
Melanie says she loves to see crowds return to the Broadway Market at Easter time and she knows what brings them back. "It is unique and we always go back to our roots," she said. "And I keep thinking of all they're doing downtown we're more important now than we ever were."
She would like to see free public transportation, like a trolley from the market to downtown Buffalo at lunchtime. She says that concept works in other cities.