A new day for borderline alcoholics


It’s hard to think of Grant Street without thinking about Frontier Liquors, a business that has been around for more than 70 years. About a month ago, I noticed that there was some serious change going on, which made me go to the store. I spoke to the store manager, Cole Reeves, who told me that they were still about to finish another month and a half, mostly because of a pandemic of building materials in order. But see what happens is going on is not only refreshing, but inspiring.

Over the years, I had hoped that this great corner piece would get a fir tree, mainly because the Frontier is such an outstanding Buffalo business – does anyone remember the white horse that once stood in front of the business?

Aside from the white horse, the business itself has been a trusted favorite of the neighborhood for decades. Unfortunately, the wear is finally reinforced by the best structure that the ragtag had, with high-rise windows, paint, and other weather signs with their overall appearance.

Now, those historic days are over as a new building emerges from the ashes.

“I’ve lived in the neighborhood since the 1990s,” Colin told me. “I saw the neighborhood go up and down. It’s starting all over again – now a lot of businesses are fixing their seats. The owner of the neighboring Asian market just came in and said, “Now I have to paint.” And some other companies nearby say that when spring comes, they will build their places. ”

I asked Cowlin who was in charge of the new Frontier, and he said, “The owner is Culvinder Kaur – he bought the building and the business ten years ago. She waited until it was time to fix it – she would also be renovating the inside of the liquor store by the end of the year. Once done, you won’t even know it – it looks great. He is also renovating the beverage side and renovating his upstairs apartment buildings. She rents a place for a barber shop in her corner and upgrades to Cricket – Cricket in the spring. ”

Cowlin told me that Culinder got a funding boost Grant Street Rehabilitation Project, but that the project was also a huge investment out of pocket. “She also plays an active role – she comes in every day and customers love her,” Cowlin said.

What about the status of an outstanding white horse?

“You mean White? The police department didn’t want us to put it on the sidewalk anymore because it was an obstacle, ”Colin said. [chuckling]. “Now she’s going to be on top of the bar!”

This is thanks to the dedication of an entrepreneur who understands the importance of renovating a significant building in a commercial district, which can be more good news that can benefit more people by example. I will keep track of all these developments when they happen, and hopefully even more so than other building owners are aware of … and stockpile in their neighborhoods. ”

Border Liquors | Grant Street 121 | Buffalo NY 14213 | (716) 883-6277


Newell Nussbaumer is the ‘queenseyes’ – Queen City Eyes and the founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder of the Elmwood Avenue Arts Festival. Co-founder of the Powder Keg Festival, which created the world’s largest ice cream beetle (Guinness Book of Records). The temptation is behind the emerald beach in the Erie Basin Marina. Flurrious together! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. The provocateur is behind Saturday’s Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of the retro and vintage market The Peddler in Elmwood. The provocateur behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws the magic ball to Statler City, Hertel Street Arts Festival and Flutterby Avenue.

Contact Newell Nussbaumer | Newell@BuffaloRising.com

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