7th Annual KeyBank Live at O’Larkin

By Leslie Zemsky  
February 18, 2019

St. Patrick’s Day weekend starts at Larkin Square! Join us from 5-8pm for live music by McCarthyizm, Crikwater, and Greater Buffalo Firefighters Pipes and Drums, plus Irish dancing with Clann Na Cara Irish Dance. Food trucks, craft beer, hot beverages and Irish fare from The Filling Station will be available. This event is free to attend thanks to KeyBank and Independent Health.

Free parking will be available in the ramp located behind Larkin Square, with entrances off Hydraulic Street and Van Rensselaer Street. Handicap parking is available in the lot off Emslie Street, across from Larkin Square.

 

Ari Weinzweig, CEO of Zingerman’s in conversation with Tim Bartlett from the Lexington COOP

By Leslie Zemsky  
February 12, 2019

The Larkin Square Author Series welcomes you to a talk and book signing with Ari Weinzweig, CEO of Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Joining Ari in conversation will be Tim Bartlett, general manager of the Lexington COOP. The free event will be held on Tuesday, March 19th, 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm in the Filling Station in Larkin Square, 745 Seneca Street in Buffalo. Parking is free. You may park in Larkin Square, behind the Swan Street Diner or in the lot off of Emslie Street next to the Hydraulic Hearth. Talking Leaves will be selling copies of Weinzweig’s books. Make an evening of it and enjoy dinner across the street from Larkin Square before or after the talk at the Hydraulic Hearth.

Tim Bartlett and the team at the Lexington COOP have worked with Zingerman’s through their ZingTrain program to fine tune their best business practices. This is a great talk for anyone interested in food, small business, entrepreneurship, leadership, creativity, the arts, writing and making books.

Ari Weinzweig is CEO and co-founding partner of Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, which includes Zingerman’s Delicatessen, Bakehouse, Creamery, Catering, Mail Order, ZingTrain, Coffee Company, Roadhouse, Candy Manufactory, Events at Cornman Farms. And the newest business, Miss Kim, which serves great tasting Korean fare.

Zingerman’s produces and sells all sorts of full flavored, traditional foods in its home of Ann Arbor, Michigan to the tune of $60,000,000 a year in annual sales. Ari was recognized as one of the “Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America” by the 2006 James Beard Foundation and has awarded a Bon Appetit Lifetime Achievement Award among many recognitions.

Ari is the author of a number of articles and books, including Zingerman’s Guide to Better Bacon (Zingerman’s Press), Zingerman’s Guide to Giving Great Service, Zingerman’s Guide to Good Eating (Houghton Mifflin), Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 1: A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Building a Great Business, and Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 2: A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Being a Better Leader. Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 3; A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Managing Ourselves, was released in December of 2013. Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 4; A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to the Power of Beliefs in Business was released in summer of 2016. In 2017 Ari was named one of “The World’s 10 Top CEOs (They Lead in a Totally Unique Way)” by Inc. Magazine. His most recent publication is the pamphlet, “The Art of Business; Why I Want to be an Artist.”

Zingerman’s website shares this about The Art of Business: “What would happen if everyone approached their lives as artists? Put together their communication as if they were poets? Designed their spaces—small and large—as if they were architects? Listened to others like a musician? What if business leaders looked at their organizations as if they were making art for the ages instead of being just vehicles for making money? What if everyone—not just those who society calls “creatives”—is capable of turning what they do every day into amazing art?”

For a deeper dive into creativity and leadership, Ari, along with a full roster of interesting speakers, will be presenting the following day, March 20th, 2019, at Awaken 2019, a conference presented in conjunction with the grand opening of the Buffalo Center for Cultural Innovation.

Larkin Square Events, including the author talks,  are presented by KeyBank and sponsored by Independent Health. They are free and open to the public.

Mason Winfield and Daniel Starr: 2 acclaimed local authors, February 20th, 2019

By Leslie Zemsky  
February 01, 2019

The Larkin Square Author Series is pleased to welcome two acclaimed local authors, Mason Winfield and Daniel Starr, for an evening of stories, book sales and signings.  Join us Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 at 5:30 pm for this free event in the Filling Station in Larkin Square.

Mason Winfield is well known for his popular ghost walks in various locations around Western New York. He is also the author of numerous books filled with ghost stories and local lore and legends.  Mason will be sharing a story from his newest book,  The Rose Witch: Supernatural Tales Among Western New York Ethnicities 

Daniel Starr, professor emeritus of Canisius College and life-long Buffalonian, also writes stories set in Western New York. For the past decade, Starr has written the popular Starr Gazing column for the publication Over 50.  The column is the inspiration for his book, Starr Gazing.  Daniel will share some of his stories at the the talk. 

Both authors’ books will be available for purchase at the event through Talking Leaves.

The Filling Station will have refreshments and snacks available for purchase. The Hydraulic Hearth, across the street from Larkin Square is open before and after the book event.

5th Annual Larkinville Ice Festival

By Leslie Zemsky  
January 03, 2019

Bundle up and head to Larkinville on Saturday, January 26th! Ice Fest is back with special programming at businesses along Seneca Street including Larkin SquareThe Filling StationHydraulic HearthSwan Street DinerBuffalo Distilling Co.Flying Bison Brewing CompanyLarkin Center of CommerceEckl’s at Larkin and Kornerstone Cafe Larkin.

 

FULL SCHEDULE:

LARKIN SQUARE: Snowga at 11am & noon, The Filling Station open from 12pm – 3pm, The Bird’s Nest Circus Arts demos, face painting, FREE hot chocolate toppings bar, ALPACAS, ice sculpture, and games. There will also be a vendor market on the heated boardwalk featuring the following local vendors:
– Buffalo Barrel + Brine
– Blue Table Chocolates
– Linwood Candle Co.
– Kitch
– Cipshopbflo
– Janies Emporium
– West Side Stitchery
– Dragonfly Jams & Jellies
– Blue Eyed Baker
– Loti Henna Studio
– SunRae Jewelry
– Buffalo Icon Apparel
– Fresh Floral and Gift Company
– Graetz Stained Glass

**Parking for Larkin Square: FREE parking will be located in the parking ramp behind Larkin Square with entrances on Van Rensselaer Street and Hydraulic Street. Lots along Exchange Street will also have free parking.**

HYDRAULIC HEARTHBavarian Winterfest at Hydraulic Hearth — complete with German food & music.
SWAN STREET DINER: Open 7am – 3pm with special Ice Fest Deals. 
FLYING BISON / BUFFALO DISTILLING6th Annual Buffalo Groundhog Day! Pro tip: purchase your tickets NOW, drink tickets included, plus five bands throughout the day at both venues.
LARKIN CENTER OF COMMERCE: Take a horse drawn carriage ride down Seneca St.! Or stop by Eckl’s at Larkin for a beef on weck.

 

Holiday Vendor Market Thursday, December 6, 10am – 2pm

By Samantha Epps  
November 19, 2018

Stop by the Larkin at Exchange Building (726 Exchange Street) on Thursday, December 6 from 10am – 2pm to shop our Holiday Vendor Market. Get ready for the Holidays with some amazing 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 or Swan Street Diner for lunch before or after shopping! 

Vendors Include:

1801 handcrafted
Adams Apples
BkindCity
Blue Table Chocolates
Buffalo Made Co
Bunny Leighton Jewelry
Burning Asphalt
Butter Block
Caroline Fulkerson
Dragonfly Jams and Jellies
Grape Country Soaps
Honey Girl Ornaments
House of Olives
Janie’s Emporium
JF Vintage
Just Sew Embroidery
Joyful Energy
Kitch Studios
Larkinville Merchandise
Linwood Candle
Loti Henna Studio
Park Edge Sweet Shoppe
Pet Connection
Predmore Creations
Shane Stephenson
Stuff Guys Like
Sunrae Love Jewelry
This and That Co