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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2015 Archives > Small Business Saturday 2015

Small Business Saturday 2015

In an effort to encourage holiday shopping downtown and citywide, the city of Buffalo will offer free parking at metered spaces on Black Friday

November 19, 2015 – With the start of the holiday shopping season just around the corner, Mayor Byron Brown and city-wide retailers gathered today at The Golden Cup on Jefferson Avenue to encourage people to shop local this holiday season and support small businesses in Buffalo on Saturday, November 28, 2015,  a day labeled as ‘Small Business Saturday’.  Hoping to drive business to stores and restaurants in Buffalo, the city will suspend parking meter enforcement on Friday, November 27th, making parking free at all its metered spaces on “Black Friday”.  (Regular parking rates will apply in public parking garages and private lots. The city will still enforce parking restrictions in loading zones and disabled-only parking spaces.)

Mayor Brown stated, “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and usually owned by people who have a vested interest in the community, in its schools, in the quality of life.  Please show your support this holiday season for small business owners, among the most generous supporters of civic groups, local charities and youth sports in Buffalo.”
American Express (AmEx) coordinates the annual Small Business Saturday campaign nationwide, which is aimed at helping independent small businesses compete with big-box stores and chains on the Saturday in between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. AmEx provides small businesses with various tools and support to get the message out to consumers to “shop small.”

Small business owners from city-wide shopping districts joined Mayor Brown at today’s news conference:


  • Ahmed Saleh of Mandela Market
  • Nadin Yousef of Macramé by Nadin

Main Street

  • Vincent Mastrantonio of Music City

Kensington Avenue

  • Kenchata Carter of Salon Soar


  • Ethan Cox of Community Beer Works
  • Ma Theint of Moon Lady Arts & Crafts

Elmwood Village

  • Melissa Parish of Lovely Day Photo
  • Tyra Johnson of Blue Sky Design Supply

South Buffalo

  • Thomas Heneghan of Tara Gift Shoppe
  • Tom McDonald of Dog Ears Bookstore & Café

Jefferson Avenue

  • Larry and Jackie Stitts of The Golden Cup

Fillmore Avenue

  • Duane Madyun of Ansar Cellular Communication & Fragrance
  • Merline Bell of Promises Beauty Salon

Downtown Buffalo

  • Kellie Klos & Tera McElligott of Clayton’s Toys

 Additionally, Mayor Brown has waived parking fees in the Gallagher Parking Ramp (located on Elmwood between Hodge Ave. and Utica St.) for shuttle riders each Saturday as part of a new free Holiday Shopping & Dining Shuttle program in the Elmwood Village.  The pilot program, sponsored by Delaware District Councilmember Joel Feroleto, begins on Small Business Saturday – November 28, 2015 - and continues through Dec. 19th.  Stops will be located every few blocks along Elmwood Ave. from Forest Ave. to Allen St.