BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A seamstress, a photographer, and a collector decided to fill up the empty space in the Parkside neighborhood to create the Parkside Collective.
Liz Brodfuehrer created Buffalo Seamery five years ago. She used her sewing machine to create clothes for her son and people started asking for some of her work. She decided to start selling on pieces on Etsy.
Samantha Carncross owns Loose Moose, an antique shop holding the treasures she has found, but it's also a space for local artisans to display their work.
One post on Facebook, Brodfuehrer was looking for a store front. This post lead her to Carncross who also wanted to find a brick and mortar. Christopher Scinta Photography offered his space on Parkside Avenue, and the Parkside Collective was born.
"It's every businessowner's dream I think to have a permanent location," Liz Brodfuehrer said.
Brodfuehrer creates butter lamb & pierogi leggings, and Buffalo themed apparel for your whole family.
"There's a ton to look at," Carncross said. "People spend a lot of time here and we take pictures and hang out." Carncross says people love to ask about certain pieces in the store and enjoys having so many pieces from talented artists.
"It's kind of like you get to make your own story about the history of where things came from," Carncross said.
The grand opening of the store was last weekend.
"It feels like I made it," Brodfuehrer said. "I have my own place and people, and I can talk about my products all the time, so that's really important to me."
The business owners say this is a great location with a variety of different businesses like Jam Parkside, Fairy Cakes and Lavish Lush eyelash studio.
Plus the Buffalo Zoo is across the street, meaning there's lots of foot traffic.
"Those blocks in the community have really helped for the smaller businesses to come," Brodfuehrer said.
The Parkside Collective is open between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. from Wednesday through Sunday.