Larkin Square Blog

Call for Art: Submit your Design for the New Larkinville T-Shirt

By Leslie Zemsky  
January 08, 2018

The freezing temperatures have us dreaming of sunny weather and summer wardrobes! With a passion for local art, the Larkin Square team is opening submissions for a new t-shirt design to be sold at public events (Food Truck Tuesdays and KeyBank Live at Larkin) as well as LDG properties throughout Larkinville. For the next month, our team will be accepting design submissions and will choose one winning design to be printed. The winning designer will receive $500 and the chance to have their shirt sold throughout the square!

If interested, please submit a PDF of your one-color design (feel free to show us how your design looks on a t-shirt!) Designs must be family-friendly and incorporate the fun, whimsical and community feeling of Larkin Square. All designs must be submitted by February 5th to and include the artwork application. Submitted artwork without an application will not be accepted.

Click here for the application. 

Seneca Street: South of Larkinville, a preview of exciting new developments

By Leslie Zemsky  
December 26, 2017

Wednesday, January 24 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm, Larkin Square Filling Station.

The Larkin Development Group (LDG) began the transformation of the neighborhood we now call Larkinville in 2002. Through enormous hard work, dedication and investment by the LDG along with  many other developers and businesses, the neighborhood has become a national model for repurposing older buildings to new uses and bringing a neighborhood back to life.

Exciting developments are now in the works down the road from Larkinville on Seneca Street in South Buffalo.  Projects include the former Sheas Theater, a church and school and other buildings finding new life in South Buffalo near the historic Olmsted designed Cazenovia Park.

On Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 from 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm, in the Filling Station,  The Larkin Square Author and Speaker series invites you to join us for a preview  and discussion with developers Gino Gatti, John Otto and Peter Scarcello, Buffalo firefighters and the partners of  Hook & Ladder Development LLC, Jake Schneider, of Schneider Development Services, who is developing the historic Shea’s Seneca Project and Karl Frizlen, of The Frizlen Group, who is leading the conversion of the former St. Theresa’s parish school.

Established in 2012, Hook & Ladder Development is a real estate holdings company owned and operated by three Buffalo Firefighters. They have dedicated their lives to serving our city and are committed to its continued revitalization.Hook & Ladder has redeveloped a series of storefront properties on Seneca Street and is now working on plans to redevelop the 19th century former St. John’s Church.

Jake Schneider is the driving force behind The Shea’s Seneca project, located at 2178 Seneca St,. this is the adaptive reuse of 50,000 square feet of historic infrastructure originally constructed in 1929 by Michael Shea. When complete, the new mixed use facility will include 23 new apartments (The Skyroom Lofts), a 12,000 sf banquet facility (Shea’s Seneca Catering) and new commercial storefronts (Public Espresso Coffee and Bakery and others storefront tenants yet TBD).

Karl Frizlen, principal The Frizlen Group Architects has been actively involved in the transformation and planning of several historic neighborhoods including projects in the Elmwood Village.  He is now near the completion of a school project in the Seneca Street Corridor, the  redevelopment of the old St. Teresa’s Parochial School into the School Lofts @ Seneca, featuring 37 loft style apartments.

Each Developer will share photos of their projects, talk about their interest in South Buffalo and plans for the future as well. There will be time for questions and answers as well.



4th Annual Larkinville Ice Festival

By Leslie Zemsky  
December 21, 2017

Head to Larkinville on Saturday, January 27 for the 4th Annual Ice Festival! This neighborhood wide celebration includes programming and specials from Larkin Square, The Filling Station, Hydraulic Hearth, Swan Street Diner, Buffalo Distilling Company, Flying Bison Brewing Company and Larkin Center of Commerce. Bring the family to Larkin Square to enjoy a range of activities for kids and a local vendor market on the heated boardwalk. Explore the neighborhood through horse drawn carriage rides and grab a bite to eat at the participating restaurants!

A full list of programming is below, stay tuned for updates. As always, Larkin Square has free event parking and this event is free and open to the public courtesy of presenting sponsor KeyBank and sponsor Independent Health.

Larkin Square (745 Seneca Street)
Programming from 11am – 3pm

  • Winter vendor market
  • Ice Throne
  • Sledding Hill (weather permitting)
  • Nickel City Novelties spin art and games
  • Coloring Stations
  • Pickleball, Kan-Jam, Cornhole
  • Independent Health, Fitness in the Parks sponsored Snowga (Yoga in the Snow is a winter edition of Fitness in the Parks presented by the YMCA and Independent Health)
  • Outdoor bar on the boardwalk, including a make your own hot chocolate station
  • Filling Station restaurant open for lunch indoors
  • Performers throughout the square from The Bird’s Nest Acro Circus.

The Ice Fest Vendor Market will include:

  • Kitch Studios
  • Freddie’s Doughtnuts
  • Pretty + Grit
  • Dragonfly Jam
  • Wild Crafters Candles
  • West Side Stichery
  • Overwinter Coffee
  • Bflo Distilling
  • Pastry by Camille LLC
  • Witty Gritty Paper Co
  • Earth Alchemy

Larkin Center of Commerce (701 Seneca Street)

  • Horse-drawn sleigh wagon rides up and down Seneca Street from 12pm – 2pm

Hydraulic Hearth Restaurant & Brewery (716 Swan Street)

  • Burritos and Brooze Brunch with Lomo Lomo: 10:30am – 2:30pm
  • Live music with a Band Named Sue 11:30 am – 3:30 pm
  • The Bavarian Winterfest in the Beer Garden: noon to 4pm
  • Sarah Myers paintings in (716)GAL-LERY, the phone booth art gallery inside the Hydraulic Hearth

Swan Street Diner (700 Swan Street)

  • Open from 7am – 3pm
  • Ice Fest Specials on the menu including frozen hot chocolate!

Flying Bison Brewing Company (840 Seneca Street)

Buffalo Distilling Company (860 Seneca Street)

  • Tasting room open 11am – 3pm
  • Buffalo Groundhog Day specialty cocktails beginning at 12pm
  • The distillery will keep the party going into the evening with live music by Aidan McManus

Holiday Vendor Market Thursday, December 7, 10am – 2pm

By Samantha Epps  
November 21, 2017

Stop by the Larkin at Exchange Building (726 Exchange Street) on Thursday, December 7 from 10am – 2pm to shop our Holiday Vendor Market. Get ready for the Holidays with over 30 vendors (complete list below)!

If you are coming to the market from outside Larkinville, you are welcome to park in the Visitors Lot on Exchange Street or in the Lot next to the Hydraulic Hearth.  Make a day of it and stop by the Filling Station for lunch before or after shopping! 

Vendors Include:

1801 handcrafted
Buffalo Distilling Co
Buffalo Made Co
The Buffalo News
Burning Asphalt
Butter Block
Dragonfly Jams and Jellies
The Flower Stand
Grape Country Soaps
Gretchen Cole Jewelry
Honey Girl Ornaments
House of Olives
Janie’s Emporium
Just Sew Embroidery
Justice Ring
Larkinville Merchandise
Larkin Training Room
Mazurek’s Bakery
Olden Designs

Park Edge Sweet Shoppe
Pet Connection
Pitek Art
Predmore Creations
Pretty and Grit
Stuff Guys Like
Sunrae Love Jewelry
Westside Stitchery
The Witty Gritty Paper Co
Women Folk
Zandra Beauty

6th Annual Holiday Live at Larkin on December 1

By Leslie Zemsky  
November 01, 2017

Kickoff the holiday season at Larkin Square! On December 1, Larkin Square is back with a special edition of KeyBank Live at Larkin celebrating the upcoming holidays. From 5pm – 8pm, guests will be able to enjoy food trucks, specialty drinks including mulled wine and hot cider, alpacas from Thistle Creek Alpaca Farm and shopping with a few vendors in the square. Robot Holiday will be rocking all night long with their unique spin on holiday music. New this year, Larkin Square will feature a tree lighting in the middle of the square!

Don’t miss this special  family-friendly event. Admission is free thanks to Larkin Square’s presenting sponsor KeyBank and sponsor Independent Health. Free parking is located in the event lot at 111 Hydraulic Street. Handicap parking is available in a dedicated lot at Seneca and Emslie Streets. There is additional parking in the lot behind Swan Street Diner at 700 Swan Street. This event will be outdoors, be sure to bundle up!