COMING SOON! Downtown Bazaar
617 Main Street, Buffalo (formerly Expo Market)
WEDI’s Downtown Bazaar is a small business incubator where aspiring entrepreneurs test retail concepts and learn the fundamentals of running a business. It is also a community gathering space where people of all races, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds share a love of delicious food and unique products.
The Bazaar has food kiosks featuring Ethiopian, South Sudanese, and Filipino cuisines and a Puerto Rican bakery; and retail kiosks selling items from Africa, and Sri Lanka. It is located on Main Street in the heart of Buffalo's theater district.
To learn more about incubating a business at the Bazaar and get on our waiting list, please fill out this form. A WEDI staff member will contact you to schedule an introductory call.
Your Downtown Bazaar Businesses
The West Side Bazaar
On the morning of September 20, our West Side Bazaar on Grant Street suffered a horrific fire that caused it to close. We're thankful no one was at the Bazaar when the fire broke out and no one was hurt. We are grateful for the outpouring of community love and support we have received since it happened. Your support in all ways is appreciated as we navigate the aftermath of this traumatic event.
To make a contribution to help our West Side Bazaar entrepreneurs, please donate here.
We are assessing and working with our small business owners to establish what they need to recover and reopen. Their businesses are vital to their families' economic security and to the cultural life of our city. The new West Side Bazaar at 1432 Niagara Street will not be open until fall 2023. Immediately, we are looking for below-market-rate commercial kitchen and retail space for our current Bazaar businesses. Financial donations to WEDI are gratefully accepted as we work with our businesses to come back better than ever.
For questions on donations, please contact Erin Kelly, Director of External Relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you Buffalo Firefighters for your quick response.
Akec and Garang of Nile River survey the damage.
Tired of the same old pizza and sub tray for your office lunch?
Try West Side Bazaar to you! Perfect for office lunches, parties, and events. Choose a selection of savory meals and tasty treats from any of our restaurants on the catering menu to create your own feast.
Support Our "Graduates"
Through our incubation process, business owners learn how to capitalize on their strengths and identify which business model works best for them, be it storefront or e-commerce.
You can support graduated businesses that incubated at the West Side Bazaar at these sites:
007 Chinese Food -84 Lake Street , Hamburg, NY 14075
Atinga Project -736 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222
Becki's Bakery -HomeBased/Mobile, Oil City, PA
Family Thai -836 Tonawanda Street, Buffalo, NY 14207
Gajmer Jewelers -3054 West Henrietta Road, Rochester NY 14623
Global Villages -242 Grant Street, Buffalo, NY 14213
Jolie's Dumplings -Online from Buffalo, NY
Mandalay Restaurant -6621 Niagara Falls Blvd., Niagara Falls, NY 14304
Macramé by Nadeen -20 Longmeadow Road, Buffalo, NY 14226
Rangoon Income Tax -271 Ontario Street, Buffalo, NY 14207
Sasmita Batik -43 1/2 Allen Street, Buffalo, NY 14202
Providence Farm Collective -5701 Burton Rd, Orchard Park, NY 14127
Zandra Beauty -Online shop with a partnership with Target