Parkside Candy looks much like it did in 1927 when the doors first opened, with its interior restoration now mostly complete.
The candy and ice cream shop in University Heights has a freshly painted pistachio green-colored interior.
The cream-colored dome ceiling had water damage repaired.
Dark walnut wood moldings have been refinished, new LED lights light up an array of chocolates in display cases, and the white-and-black tiled floor is new.
"It came out better than I expected," said Philip Buffamonte, who bought the business with his late brother Ronald in 1981. "It looks spruced up. It looks fresh."
A $125,000 matching grant from the Buffalo Billion economic initiative helped pay for the interior restoration.
New ice cream cases, an old-fashioned draft arm for the soda fountain and kitchen improvements will follow in the spring.
The outside restoration will also occur in the spring.
Customers who came to the shop at the corner of 3208 Main St. and West Winspear Avenue noticed the changes.
"It's just lovely the way they fixed it up in here. It looks like brand new," said Shirley Koziej, who lives in Cheektowaga. "The floor is redone, the furniture is redone, the walls, the ceiling – and that ugly spot is gone," she said, referring to the ceiling.
Tom Feger, who came into Parkside for his daily chocolate milkshake, noticed the new floor.
"The floor looks nice. It was pretty beat up," Feger said. "I'm looking forward to them doing the outside, the signs and stuff, and bringing back the olden days."
There will be new neon signs and new retractable awnings. Crews will repoint, recaulk and repair the two-story brick and stone facade.
Buffamonte said he was most nervous about getting the unusual green color correct. A Sherman-Williams representative came by two or three times to make sure the color was mixed just right. The name on the paint can, rather than a color, says "Parkside."
He said the lighting in the display cases "were a struggle" to keep on over the past 10 years, and he was thrilled with the bright lights now showcasing the candy.
A curvy, upholstered bench for the alcove booth, which is on order, and a few frosted panes that need replacing in the torchiere-style floor lamps also remain to be completed.
Buffamonte said the restoration comes just in time for Valentine's Day, where he hopes to sell a lot of personalized hearts, with engraved names; Buffalo Favorites, with sponge candy, turtles, milk chocolate buffaloes and pretzels with sprinkles; pecan dixies; and almond butter crunches.
"I remember being here when I was 10 years old. It was an amazing place, something special," said Buffamonte, 64.
Buffamonte said the restoration work returned the candy and ice cream shop back to its early splendor.