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Buffalo's Great Retailers:
The Sights & Sounds of The Heyday of Buffalo Shopping
By Steve Cichon,

Buffalo's Great Retailers

AM&As Southgate Plaza Location

Ever get attacked by a babcia's chicken from the Broadway Market on the bus or trolley to 998 Broadway?

Brand Names, Niagara Falls Blvd, 2004
Tom Jolls Brand Names Commercial

The Charga-Plate

WEBR's Jack Eno & Buffalo's First indoor mall, the Boulevard Mall. 1962

Hengerers Eastern Hills Mall location

Hengerers Seneca Mall

A Hens & Kelly Charge Card...
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S&H Green Stamps, from those big rotary dial machines at the Hens & Kelly check-out

Hills is where the toys are!

Kings Department Store, Hertel near Elmwood

How many of us took the bus downtown for shopping?

How many took the street car, and got warm by the open fire inside the trolley car?

AM&A's: Buffalo Owned and Operated, 1867-1994

Oppenheim Collins

Buffalo Braves Star Randy Smith lovin' his Transcendental Sound System

Twin Fair

Wardynski & Sons, Buffalo Meat sellers for generations

BUFFALO, NY ( - The outporing was amazing... After agreeing to give a lecture at Buffalo's Forest Lawn Cemetary about some of the city's great retailers of the past, I was deluged with people offering up their memories, and thirsty for the memories of the stores of Buffalo's retailing past.

Consider this page a taste of what it to come, and check back often for updates on future retailing lectures, and a forthcoming book project.

If you have photos, objects, or just some wonderful memories you'd like to share about Buffalo retailing, don't hesitate to e-mail us here at!

Take a stroll down memory lane, and play some classic jingles while looking over some images of Buffalo's by-gone retailers.

Download the jingle montage here.

Shoppers outside(above), decorated windows(below) AM&As downtown, 1980s

Hens & Kelly ad, 1954 (above), Hengerer's, Main Street, 1940s (below)

Danny Neaverth, Bells Markets spokesman (above), Grants (below)

The Sample Shop, Hertel Ave (above), 1976 newspaper ads for Twin Fair and Two Guys (below)

LL Berger, Main Street (above), Sattlers, 998 Broadway (below)


As John Otto would say, in reference and deference to the billboards which aired during the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, 'The more to come sign is up.' Much more on Buffalo retailing to come.

What are your memories of Buffalo's great old stores?

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Christmas in Buffalo 1954: takes ads and epherema from the pages of December 1954 editions of the Courier Express and Evening News. A classic, viewed by thousands every holiday season!

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