Shopping is an adventure at the Rustic Buffalo Craft Market


Mel is back at the Rustic Buffalo Craft Market where shopping is an adventure. Rustic Buffalo features 110 local artisans who craft everything from seasonal gifts to unique clothing, home decor items and more

Rustic Buffalo Market co-owner John Pirrone says we’ve all come together and created this amazing shopping experience. They have a two story barn with almost 2,000 square feet inside. John then says that the house has become available and is on the same property; it only makes sense; we have a list of candidates, why not take the show on the road within ten feet, that’s exactly what we did, then another building became available, and we did the same, so that has been a wonderful experience.

If you’re in the mood for shopping, you can stop by the bakery and cafe at Rustic Buffalo’s Artisan’s Market. The cafe offers fresh sandwiches, fresh pasta salads and baked goods. They are not made on site but are brought daily by their craftsmen.

John says people are coming back because there is so much to see and everything is changing so fast. He says it’s not like you go to the store once and it’s the same two weeks later. It’s different, but 48 hours later. Nothing is the same because the craftsmen have permanent access to the buildings. John says they come in and are constantly restocking, constantly restocking, constantly crafting so that we don’t have the supply issues that normal stores do because our artisans are local and they constantly fabricate and it is such an adventure.

There are 110 artisans and Johns says there is a waiting list of over 400 artisans across the community. He says what they do is review their requests. Craftsmen submit entries with photos and John says we have a team of judges reviewing all of their documents to make sure we’re all on the same page and picking the best of the best for Rustic Buffalo.

Ashley Erickson, owner of The Vintage Boutique @Rustic Buffalo, says it’s a wonderful thing when you can have a story behind a product you bought from an artisan.

You’ll need a lot more than one day to get through it all here in Rustic Buffalo. It’s the kind of place you’ll want to come back to again and again.

Rustic Buffalo Artisan Market is located on Shawnee Road in northern Tonawanda.

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