November 22 – Mayor Byron W. Brown today called on City of Buffalo residents to support local businesses when they head out to shop on Small Business Saturday, which is celebrated November 25, 2017.“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and are owned by people who have a vested interest in our community, in our schools, and in Buffalo’s quality of life. Please show your support on Small Business Saturday, and throughout the holiday season,” Mayor Brown said.
“Small business owners in the City of Buffalo are among the most generous supporters of civic groups, local charities and youth sports in Buffalo, so it’s important to support them through your holiday purchases,” Mayor Brown added.
Small Business Saturday is a national event, co-sponsored by the federal Small Business Administration and American Express. The “Shop Small” initiative has celebrated small businesses on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving since 2010.
Mayor Brown also noted that there is no charge for on-street parking on Saturdays and Sundays in the City of Buffalo, which makes allows shoppers to visit the diverse collection of home-grown businesses even easier.“This has been very successful in past years, putting our city retailers on an even playing field with suburban mall sellers who benefit from free parking lots. We’ve found this is a great enticement for non-city residents to come into Buffalo and get acquainted with our unique small business community,” Mayor Brown said.As part of Small Business Saturday, parking will be free of charge in the Gallagher Ramp, located at 489 Elmwood Avenue. This will aid visitors to the Elmwood Village, as well as, serving as a connection to the free Holiday Shuttle.
Delaware Common Councilmember Joel Feroleto, in conjunction with the Elmwood Village Association, is once again offering free shuttle rides next Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The shuttle will make 8 stops between Allen Street and Forest Avenue to make it easy to shop and dine along Elmwood Avenue.