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Holiday Pop-up days to support small business in Buffalo

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Posted at 5:42 PM, Nov 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-13 17:42:39-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — “I just show them a lot of love at first to let them know I really love them and I thank God for them."

That is how you can expect Leslie Thomas to greet you at Leslie's boutique on Fillmore avenue.
It's a featured business -- along with its neighbor “Anderson's Flower Shop" for the holiday pop-up shopping event.

The Community Action Organization is putting this on -- as we head into a difficult holiday season.
“So that businesses don't become discouraged, we need some cooperative economics among us,” said Pamela James, business development director for the CAO.

The goal is to identify a few businesses each week to highlight and push people to check out.

“What we want to do is help businesses to upgrade the quality of their lives and their families,” said James.

The business owners say the revenue will help them... help others.

“[I hope] that I'd be able to do that to support the community,” said Thomas.
“For those who have lost their jobs, I can sell the items pretty cheap for them and they could have something real nice.”

The pop-up days started Friday, November 13 on Fillmore avenue -- an area the CAO has spent a lot of grant money to build up in the past few years.

“Leslie Thomas received signage. We have the African banners up and down Fillmore avenue, and then the facade improvements. Then people became inspired and they wanted businesses as far as entrepreneurs.”