Buffalo  Day 3: Jennifer’s thoughts

Yesterday was a lot of fun!! It was warmer for us in Buffalo,  which was nice as we were walking around Hertel. Hertel Ave. is a growing shopping district in North Buffalo. They have a few clothing shops, hair salons, furniture stores and antique shops. Its known as the little Italy of Buffalo with featured Italian deli’s and the Italian festival held there every summer.

We were given a shopping tour by Buffalo’s fashion maven Erin Habes. She’s a social media expert for the boutiques around Buffalo especially some shops on Hertel. She took us to Room, a upscale furniture store that features items made in the US. We had fun looking around at really nice items.

We then went to a consignment shop Second Chic, one of two (soon to be three) locations. This is a very sustainable shop. People can give their gently used items to Second Chic to sell for them. Then after it doesnt sell the clothes can go back to their original owners, or Second Chic will donate them to an organization named Journeys End, a group that helps recent refugees that come to Buffalo. The Hertel Ave. store features more vintage items for mature women. They do sell clothing items for men but they don’t often get men inside the store. They usually get brand names such as Loft, Banana Republic and Free People, but sometimes they get special gems. While we were in the shop we found a Raulph Lauren vintage dress. This shop really knows how to recycle and be sustainable.

We then went to Blue Collar and Modern Nostalgia. This duo store is for men and women And it is actually two different stores that combined to help eachother. They both have similar ideals. They are upscale and pricey, their fashion forward clientele usually spend $250-500 in one stop. They sell items that only have high quality. They sell several brands that are only made in the US, but they also have some that are from Canada. Some of the brands they even carry are fully sustainable: Threads for Thought, Prelove, and Alternative Apparel.

We asked the workers, who were fully enjoying themselves by wearing matching women’s sweaters when we walked in, what they thought about fast fashion. They said that fashion is only good if a customer fully invests in an item. It lasts longer due to high quality and therefore they are paying less due to that fact. Fast fashion is just a huge waste and customers who shop in fast fashion have a short lifecycle with them, rather than customers who purchase high quality items continue to purchase high quality items for a long time.

Through our experiences of visiting our shops on Hertel Ave. (We even visited the historic North Park Theater, which is beautiful inside) we learned that Buffalo is a perfect place for high quality boutiques. Buffalo takes pride in small businesses, and as a Buffalo local, I too can say that I love to shop in these little neighborhoods.

We took our group up to icy Niagara Falls. Saw some beautiful once-in-a-lifetime scenery, and had some great laughs as we took selfies with Anna’s selfie stick. What was really funny was to see how many people in our group slipped and fell on the ice. All but two in our group fell! Of those two, Nick and myself, we’re in no hurry to slip and fall.

We then enjoyed the Niagara Falls Outlet Center. It was really cool to discuss with the other students the difference in prices some of our high end brands ar

Nike Outlet recycle center.

Nike Outlet recycle center.

Frozen Niagara Falls

Frozen Niagara Falls

North Park Theater.

North Park Theater.

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Modern Nostalgia.

Modern Nostalgia.

Moder Nostalgia and Blue Collar team

Moder Nostalgia and Blue Collar team

Vintage Ralph Lauren

Vintage Ralph Lauren

Anna in Room

Anna in Room

e through the different countries.

We are about to fly out to our next location: Manchester! I’m really excited to start going around the world: “circumnavigate the globe in 18 days.”

Lynn Boorady

Written by Lynn Boorady