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Lazlo Hollyfeld, 5 p.m. July 12, Buffalo Place's Queen City Social (20 Fountain Plaza), Free. Long-running instrumental act Lazlo Hollyfeld will entertain the happy hour crowd at Fountain Plaza this week. The experimental post-rock band's performance, its first since sharing the stage with Aqueous at a New Year's Eve engagement at Town Ballroom, is part of Buffalo Pl…

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Paul Ciminelli is happy to be in downtown Buffalo, and even happier not to be in downtown Rochester. The owner of Ciminelli Real Estate Corp., which just moved its corporate headquarters from Amherst to Fountain Plaza a couple of weeks ago, said he and his employees are thrilled to be in the heart of the city. "Everyone loves it. People were a little skeptical, but w…

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Buffalo Place is once again seeking $500,000 through the state's New York Main Street grant program to support facade renovations and other improvements on several blocks of downtown Buffalo. The nonprofit business improvement district, which has administered the program in Buffalo in the previous efforts, is planning to submit an application for money to cover an area …

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Despite aggressive marketing and a deadline extension, the city-sponsored Queen City Pop-Up program failed to draw any small or startup retailers to take up free storefront space on Main Street for the summer. "We didn't get a ton of interest this cycle, which was a little surprising to us," said Brandye Merriweather, vice president of Buffalo Urban Development Corp., o…

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The deadline for new and small businesses to apply to participate in the next round of the Queen City Pop-Up retail program has been extended by 10 days. Retailers now have until May 24 at 4 p.m. to apply for the "2018 Spring Edition" of the initiative, which offers free storefront space to new stores looking to boost their business. This new round – supported by Key Su…

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Buffalo Place officials are starting to look ahead to the next potential round of funding for the New York Main Street grant program, even as the final touches are being completed on the last project of the previous round – the $7 million restoration and redevelopment of the former Baker Shoes Building. As Ellicott Development Co. and McGuire Development Co. wrap up wor…

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The Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park is planning a renovation and expansion to spruce up its offerings and create new programming space so it can meet growing interest in veterans and military history. The nonprofit organization is preparing to undertake a three-stage project to upgrade its facilities. Plans call for: Renovating a red corrugat…

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Buffalo Place needs your input. The nonprofit downtown business improvement district is conducting a "downtown access" study with the City of Buffalo to figure out ways to make it easier for people to get downtown and be able to enter buildings and businesses. The group says that building managers, owners and real estate agents say they have a hard time finding tenan…

Buffalo Place officials are getting ready for the next season of the Downtown Country Market this summer, even as snow covered the ground and more flakes started to fall. The 35th annual annual farmers market program held on Main Street between Court and Church streets will take place from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily May 11 through Oct. 26. The market, sponsored by M&…

Two years ago, Buffalo Place decided it was time to more than double their Rangers security and escort program in downtown Buffalo, in recognition of the increased activity in the city's core, including among residents. The investment has paid off, officials said Wednesday. The nonprofit business improvement district organization increased its Rangers staff from thre…

Work is wrapping up on several state-funded downtown renovation and rehabilitation projects along Main Street, as Buffalo Place officials look ahead to the spring, when activity may pick up again. Board member Steven Carmina, a downtown architect and property owner on the street, told the rest of the Buffalo Place Board of Directors Wednesday that eight of 10 projects t…

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The president of Shea's Performing Arts Center is concerned about the limited availability of downtown parking for patrons, and particularly whether the recent reports of price-gouging by private lots will affect theatergoers. "There are people who get very concerned about the price of parking, and they express to us that it's not fair and very high for Buffalo," said M…

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Hockey fans from around the world are expected to come to the World Junior Championship later this month in Buffalo. But surprisingly, one group is coming in fewer numbers – the Canadians. Canadians bought 60 percent of the tickets when Buffalo hosted the 2010-11 World Juniors. This tournament, Canadians account for 35 percent of ticket sales with one week to go. …