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Home > Leadership > Mayor > News Room > Press Releases > Mayor Brown, BUDC Kick Off 2016 Holiday Edition of Queen City Pop-Up

Mayor Brown, BUDC Kick Off 2016 Holiday Edition of Queen City Pop-Up

Mayor Brown also helps kick off Small Business Saturday, urging city residents to shop locally during the holiday season; city will suspend parking meter enforcement on Friday, November 25th, making parking free at all its metered spaces on “Black Friday

Buffalo –Mayor Byron W. Brown, Buffalo Urban Development Corporation (BUDC), Buffalo Place and Working for Downtown today kicked off the 2016 Holiday Edition of Queen City Pop-Up at 50 Fountain Plaza, Suite 110 located along the 500 block of Main Street near the corner of Chippewa. Queen City Pop-Up is downtown’s first pop-up retail program designed to encourage retail activity along Main Street by creating new “pop-up” shops that feature local retailers. The project activates empty storefronts by filling them with retailers on a short term basis, free of charge. Key Success, LLC and Ciminelli Real Estate have agreed to sponsor the retail space for Queen City Pop-Up participants this holiday season.

“The city’s investment in the ‘Cars Sharing Main Street’ project, improvements to Fountain Plaza and the Queen City Pop-Up are program are attracting more people to downtown Buffalo, increasing economic opportunity for our local business community,” said Mayor Brown, as he also helped to promote Small Business Saturday, a day to support local businesses that create jobs and boost the economy. “As a community, Small Business Saturday is another way we demonstrate our support for our small business owners, located in Buffalo’s business districts citywide. Everyone can find unique, special items from our city merchants, as well as our new Queen City Pop-Up participants.”

Mayor Brown issued a proclamation, declaring November 26th as Small Business Saturday, a day to support the local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country. Hoping to drive business to stores and restaurants in our shopping districts, he announced that the City is currently in the process of suspending parking meter enforcement on Friday, November 25th, making parking free at all its metered spaces on “Black Friday”. Created by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday serves as the ceremonial kickoff to the holiday shopping season for small businesses across the United States.

A Request for Proposals was issued in September to identify local retailers interested in participating in the 2016 Holiday Edition of Queen City Pop-Up. A selection committee, made up of representatives from the Queen City Pop-Up partner organizations, reviewed the proposals and determined the program finalists. Six local retailers were selected to participate this year: Kissed by the Sun Spices; Silver Kaleidoscope Jewelry; Whimsy Confections; FilmXposed; Djuana Munn Skincare and Popcorn Kernel. These small businesses offer a unique mix of items including local artwork, organic spices, silver and gemstone jewelry, all-natural hair and skin products, as well as gourmet popcorn and specialty chocolates.

The Queen City Pop-Up program transforms empty storefronts in to vibrant retail spaces that attract shoppers to downtown Buffalo. The goal of the program is to inspire participating retailers to locate their businesses along downtown Main Street by allowing them to set up shop, rent free for a 2 month period to test their retail concepts. Recent Queen City Pop Up graduate, Nikita Williams has now located her jewelry and accessory business Phenominal Xpressions at 517 Main Street as a result of a positive experience with Queen City Pop-Up. She now joins several other Queen City Pop Up graduates who have opened permanent stores, following successful runs at Queen City Pop Up.

Brandye Merriweather, BUDC Vice President of Downtown Development says, “We are thrilled to continue this small business retail initiative in downtown Buffalo! The program is continuing to gain momentum and is proving to be a catalyst in helping to attract small business retailers to Main Street.”

Queen City Pop-Up: 2016 Holiday Edition will run from now through December 31st. Store hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from noon - 4:00 p.m. Queen City Pop Up will be open extended hours from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on November 26th in observance of Small Business Saturday. For more information contact Brandye Merriweather, BUDC Vice President of Downtown Development at 716-362-8373 or go to, or