BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — ‘Tis the season for picking out that special item close to your heart and this season that item often reflects ‘Buffalove.’
The owner of Everything Elmwood, an eclectic gift shop in the Elmwood Village, says she has customers looking for Buffalo-themed items.
“It seems that anybody that’s ever lived in Buffalo, they love Buffalo and they want something from Buffalo,” Kelly LaMartina said. “They want to be reminded of Buffalo.”
It makes sense that along with the resurgence of the Queen City from Canalside, to the Medical Corridor, to Larkinville and more, the Buffalo brand is red hot. And, those who create Buffalo artwork, crafts, and souvenirs will tell you their sales have picked up.
Artist Dan Predmore said, “There’s something about Buffalo that people have a pride in this city.”
Predmore has been creating Buffalo-themed artwork for close to 20 years. This Western New York native has seen the market change and he’s been able to support himself full-time as an artist for about six years.
“It’s taken a while, and I’ve taken years and years to perfect some of my drawings that seem to work well now on my products,” Predmore said in his North Tonawanda studio. He has worked with mentors and business advisors and has built a network of local stores that will stock his art.
Glassware etched with Buffalo landmarks is his biggest seller. He is perhaps most proud of a Buffalo skyline print that was given to a President of the United States by then-Mayor Anthony Masiello.
“He was giving this print to President Clinton as a gift from Buffalo and I found it interesting that he was talking about my artwork with the President of the United States at the time,” Predmore says with a smile.
The rise of Buffalo is lifting residents in many ways, including local artists who have have long labored in the city they love.
Predmore said, “Buffalo allowed me to accomplish something that I’ve been working on for as long as I can remember.”
To reach Dan Predmore at Predmore Creations, send an email to email@example.com.