Small Yet Mighty: Small Business Holiday Guide

Ho, ho, ho! ‘Tis the season for shopping and you cannot skip out on supporting small businesses. After all, you find the best stuff at smaller shops. We’ve got some amazing small businesses in Buffalo and we jotted down a short-list of some favs:



Locally-made KitchStudios has the cutest tea towels that will make your kitchen complete for the holidays! Her holiday best sellers are online now and you need to get them quick!

Linwood Candle Co.

Yes, you’re right. This local candle company started on Linwood Ave. and can be found online and at local stockists (check their site to see). Every scent is hand poured and delicious.


Indie Twenty

Rachel of Indie Twenty designs and makes all of her own boho-inspired jewelry. Located in Hamburg, you can find her pieces in store, online, and markets she announces on her Instagram.

Peg’s Hardware

I fell in love with PH when I first moved back to Buffalo. The beautiful simplicity of the metal-design earrings are stunning. The Palm Ear Jackets are my personal fav!


Normal Bicycles

Built in Buffalo at The Foundry, this unique bike build is designed then made out of (mainly) hard maple wood and is ultimately the perfect gift for the cycle-lover in your life.

Acme Cabinet Co.

The masterminds behind Acme design and build beautiful cabinets for your home at a more affordable price. Check out their showroom on Elmwood and see the beauty.


Talking Leaves

A local bookstore in the heart of Elmwood. You can find a book for any type of bookworm here- fiction, mystery, kids. You name it, they have it.

The Second Reader Bookshop

This bookshop is filled with gently-used books…and some are super unique finds. Perfect for those who have a new home and need some great coffee table books!


Cooked Buffalo

Cooked Buffalo has been helping us eat healthier at lunchtime (and sometimes even dinner when we get home late and have no time to cook. This is perfect for the person who could use a super yummy food delivery (right to their door!) to keep them on track. Buy 5 meals online and get 2 FREE with promo code ‘Buffalovebirds’!

Entertainment Coupon Book

Omg, yes, we said it. Remember those big books filled with coupons your parents bought every year in the 90s? Bring ’em back, people! There is now a digital version where you can access hundreds of businesses and restaurants in WNY for a good deal.

Explore Buffalo: Food Tours

Why not grab a gift certificate to Explore Buffalo so someone can book one of their food tours? A great idea for a newlywed couple, your grandparents, or an aspiring chef in your life.


B Kind City

We first came upon BKC inside of Mod/Nos on Hertel and simply liked the statement it was shouting out: fricken be kind. It’s a unisex East Coast meets West Coast vibe that will be perfect for anyone.


Carrie, creator of Rusterior, clearly loves what she does and creates because you can see it in her Instagram and on her site. These t-shirts and onesies (yes, she covers all ages and genders) should be at the top of your Buffalove list.

Lace & Day

Guys- this one is easy. Bras. Lingerie. Sleepwear. Locally-owned by two sisters. Win. Or maybe it’s a treat-yo’self moment and you get a bra fitting in, ladies. Either way, you’ll find better fitting items here than anywhere else that is beautiful and will make you feel even stronger.


This one’s for the boys. Joe and Jon at Bureau have created a cool-vibe atmosphere with curated accessories and clothing items for men. This is where we custom-ordered Beau’s wedding suit and there is no other place we would go for finer detail and quality.


Animal Outfitters

This place has everything for your four-legged friends! Collars, toys, grooming items…you name it. They have two locations (Elmwood and in 500 Seneca) which are all pet-friendly.

Elmwood Pet Supplies

We’ve spotted some cute Buffalo-themed collars here! Find some cute sweaters for your fur bud this winter.


Copper Shop Gallery

Located on the historic Roycroft Campus, over 100 local artisans have one-of-a-kind pieces in the Copper Shop Gallery. You can find glassware, decor, and hand-carved pieces perfect for those who like unique craftsmanship.

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

What? yes. BPO is a small biz, technically. And the cool thing here is you can gift packages of performances for anyone online or by calling. It’s a great way to gift someone or perhaps yourself!

Buffalo Spree

Buffalo’s local magazine has everything you need to know from food to fashion, gardening to events. And they have an incredible promo for the holiday season: 3 year subscription to the Buffalo Spree, 2 tickets to the Faces Cocktail party at 500 Seneca, 2 tickets to the Best Of at Larkin, 2 tickets to the BBQ & Bourbon event at the Wurlitzer, and some Spree swag for only $50. Oh, yes you read that right. Probably should get one of these for yourself while you’re at it! See the insider deal here.

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