Holiday Pop Up Shops


{Gridlock Lacquer photo}

There are a few holiday pop up shops that are making there way back to the Queen City over the next few weeks. A majority of the ones listed below, this will be my first time attending so I’m looking forward to comparing them and sharing what I like best from each one after the fact.

One thing I like about pop up shops is the fact that you get a variety of local business owners under one roof, so you don’t have to drive store to store for different items you may be looking for. The other reason I like these shops is you can meet local owners who may not have a store front and only sell there stuff online. That instant gratification you get from having your purchase in your hands right away is always nice.

What are some pop up shops you enjoy going to this time of year? I’m sure there a ton more that aren’t listed!


Queen City Pop Up Shop – Open now thru December 31st – Mondays -Fridays 10 am-6 pm, Saturdays Noon to 4 pm {Note- closed on Sundays}

CIty Sidewalks – Opens December 3rd and runs thru December 23rd – 464 Amherst Street {Note – closed on Mondays and Tuesdays}

Holiday Pop Up Shop at Resurgence Brewing Co. – December 4th 1-5 pm at Resurgence

A City of Buffalo Artists Market – December 7th, 4:30-9 pm at the Ellicott Square Building

Elm Street Holiday Market – December 17th – 5-9 pm at 17 Elm Street in East Aurora {MuseJar location}


Shop Local

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{Picture -MuseJar November 2015 Just a Blonde in Buffalo blog post}

As we enter the Holiday time, its one of my favorite times to shop local. While I am a big fan of shopping local during the year, I especially like this time of year – seeing the storefronts decorated differently and all the people out on the streets walking from shop to shop. I also love all the pop up shop collaborations that take place this time of year. Having a variety of businesses all under one place makes it convenient, especially as we get closer to Christmas. There are a variety that take place in the upcoming weeks and I’ll be sure to feature them on my blog in the next week.

Today however is Small Business Saturday, a perfect day to hit up local businesses and see what they have to offer. Not only are there local stores on Elmwood, Hertel, Main St. in East Aurora and Williamsville, but there are also local businesses with online shops. I find is a great place to look if you are one who prefers to stay indoors. Whatever it is, happy shopping and supporting local businesses in your community!




Five Stars for Five Points Bakery


{Outside Five Points Bakery}

A couple weeks ago I met with one of my favorite business owners {Amy from Linwood Candles} it was a nice morning catching up, meeting her newest addition to the family, baby Violet and checking out a new spot I have not been to yet; Five Points Bakery.

Located in Buffalo’s lower west side, it is a hidden gem. The toast is to die for, the set-up and vibe is friendly, positive and represents Buffalo very well. When I first arrived the line was out the door and sitting was very limited, but after a few minutes we were able to find a table and enjoy catching up.


{Cinnamon Raisin toast with peanut butter and sliced apples and a cup of Chai Tea}

If you are looking for a place to check out for breakfast, coffee, tea or toast Five Points is a place to go.

Until next time..


{Just a Blonde in Buffalo photos}

“Let us be Thankful not only today but everyday”


There is a lot to be thankful for every single day, but today as we come together with family, friends, those who are special in our lives, we should celebrate all the goods things. Those things don’t have to be materialistic, but are, our health, our ability to love one another, the laughs we can share and the opportunity to just have today to share with the important people in your life.

As I think about what I’m thankful for I realize I’m so incredibly lucky to have the family and friends that I have in my life, my career and the opportunities and people I’ve been able to meet as each day goes by.

Whatever it may be that you are thankful for, I hope everyone has a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.


Breadhive Bakery – so, so good!


A couple weeks ago Kelsey and I paid a visit to Breadhive for lunch and man it was delicious! I’ve been to Bagels and Brooze at Hydraulic Hearth so I was familiar with Breadhive’s delicious bakery, but I didn’t know what to expect at their storefront.



I loved everything about it. Located on Connecticut Street on Buffalo’s West side, everything from the decor, to the set-up, music and food was cute and defiantly my style. Kelsey and I both got the Gwen and it was so good, I highly recommend it!


If you’re looking for fresh baked bread, bagels, pastries or yummy sandwiches stop in for a visit!


{Just a Blonde in Buffalo photos}


Harlie’s Adventures -November


{Harlie at Como park in Lancaster last week}

Its been a little while since I posted about Harlie. While she is still her rambunctious self, she is more alert and aware of her surroundings. She listens to her commands and she loves the visitors that come over. She has graduated to adult dog food too!

Making the decision to get a dog, was the best thing for me. She helps with my anxiety of living on my own and also makes me feel safe. If you or someone you know is looking to adopt or foster an animal during this time of year Diamonds in the Ruff is truly an amazing animal rescue group and I’m so happy I went with them.


{Harlie went for her first run with me at Delaware Park at the beginning of November, she did so well!}

As for what’s next with Harlie, I’m looking  forward to celebrating her first birthday next month and to see how she behaves with the Christmas decorations up, I have a feeling she is going to jump on the tree for the ornaments and pull down the stockings, boy I hope I’m wrong.

Until next time.


The Mahony

Its very rare with mine and my friends schedules that we can text each other with a couple days notice and get together, but that’s what happened at the beginning of the month. It has been forever since I’ve seen my friends Sandra, Karen and Jen so we all decided to get together for drinks and dinner at the Mahony, located inside the Fairmont Creamery building.


{chicken burrito with fresh salsa and red wine of course}

It was the middle of the week when we met, I think a Tuesday night and their was an optometrist meeting taking place. The bar area is spacious and the food is delish. I had a chicken burrito and it was good; nice and fresh and the seasoning was perfect. Sandra and Jen had the burgers and they raved about them.


{i’m usually not a big dessert person, but I couldn’t pass this up}

The only thing I would say that was a negative, is the parking, the parking lot spots all had reserved signs on them and Scott St. is not very well lit in my opinion so it was pretty dark when I left and I didn’t like that, but all in all though, the staff was friendly and the food was good and I got to catch up with friends in a nice space that represents Buffalo well.


{Just a Blonde in Buffalo photos}

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