BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Friday turned out to be one of the busiest first days of the Easter shopping season in quite some time.
According to Ania Gurnari, president of Chrusciki Bakery, “We’re so excited. It’s such a great tradition. Easter time at the Broadway Market is nothing like anywhere else. It’s fantastic.”
It wouldn’t be Easter without the Broadway Market and this time of year they migrate back to their roots from near and far, even from Bradford, Pennsylvania. That’s where Rogers Peters traveled from.
“While we’re here we need to go to the Broadway Market because I have to buy horseradish for my friends.”
“I collect Polish eggs Every year I stop by and buy some,” added Larry Glodowski from West Seneca.
Thursday marked the beginning of the hectic holiday shopping season at the market. And even though it has gone through some rough times, this time of year this Buffalo gem does what it does best: deliver the sights, tastes and scents of Easter.
Camellia Meats has been in business since 1935 and opened up shop at the market in 2006 because of Easter.
“To be in the Broadway Market and to experience the volume of shoppers coming down here this time of year…it kind of made sense to us to be down here,” said Adam Cichocki from Camellia Meats.
After Easter, people can still shop at the market and that’s the overwhelming message from the business people we spoke to on Thursday. Those business people also know what would help to increase business throughout the year.
According to Ania, “Vendors, advertising, a lot of funds for marketing and to remind people that the Broadway Market is not here just for Easter.”
“I wish the people would come back at least once a month,” added Elaine Pasternak from Camellia Meats.
One of the greatest improvements taking place this year: the City of Buffalo invested $200,000 in solar panels which have reduced the cost of the electricity for the vendors. Now those vendors are just looking for your business.