Holiday Pop Up Event Friday Promoting Businesses on Future Black Lives Matter Way


November 12, 2020

Contact: Shannon Polvino

(716) 597-5188


Holiday Pop Up Event Friday Promoting Businesses on Future Black Lives Matter Way

(Buffalo, NY) – Local businesses, Leslie’s Boutique and Anderson’s Flower Shop are hosting weekly Holiday Pop Up Events beginning Friday, November 13 to promote businesses on Fillmore Ave. in Buffalo, NY. Owner of Leslie’s Boutique, Leslie Thomas is a graduate of the Community Action Organization of WNY’s (CAO) Business Development Workshop Series. Thomas opened her boutique in 2017 located at 1474 Fillmore Ave in Buffalo, NY.

Leslie’s Boutique sells new and used clothing for men, women and children. On Friday, she will be having a sale on winter items such as gloves, hats, coats and boots. Thomas owns the building she operates her business out of on Fillmore Ave, and leases the space next door at 1476 Fillmore to Darren Anderson, owner of Andersons’s Flower Shop. Anderson will be having a sale on roses and houseplants this Friday.

“CAO’s business development workshops helped me reach my dreams of owning my own business,” Thomas said. “CAO was with me every step of the way by educating me on personal and business financials, business loans, grants and even business plan development. I am proud of our community and the continued transformation.”

CAO’s Business Development Workshop Series came to fruition after the organization was awarded a grant in 2015 to transform the MLK business district to create a more viable, walkable and aesthetically pleasing area. The workshops have been very successful, with more than 300 attendees and 60 graduates over the past few years, and news businesses launched. Thomas was provided signage for her business thanks to the Buffalo Main Street Initiative.

CEO of CAO, L. Nathan Hare wants to promote the success stories of Buffalo residents who graduated from their workshop series and the empowerment entrepreneurship has in the MLK district.

“Our Business Development Workshop series has helped so many individuals gain confidence to achieve entrepreneurship,” Hare said. “The facade improvements and business activity is incredible because it is transforming Fillmore Avenue. These individuals are reaching goals they never thought were possible, and are able to work for themselves, hire family members and put business back into the community they live in.”

CAO’s Business Development Director, Pamela James has wanted to highlight the incredible work ethic of their students.

We teach our business development participants to believe in their dreams and to reach beyond the stars,” James said.

The series offers a holistic approach to help aspiring entrepreneurs get to where they want to be. By working with CAO and the Masten Resource Center, workshop participants have access to WiFi, computers, meeting space, child care, and even food pantries so they can prioritize their business planning. 2020’s Business Development Workshop Series students will graduate December 14. Learn more at

Schedule for Holiday Pop Up Events

November 13, 2020 from 1-6pm

Leslie’s Boutique & Anderson’s Flower Shop – Sale on Winter Items & Flowers

1474 and 1476 Fillmore Ave, Buffalo, NY 14211


November 20, 2020 from 10am-5pm

Nikki’s Chocolates, Assorted Chocolates for Sale

27 Chandler St. 2nd Fl. Ste. 205, 14207


November 27, 2020, All Day Online Event

LadySuperb, Women’s Handbags & Accessories

Sale: 30% Off Women’s Apparel



December 4, 2020 from 10am-6pm

Ansar Fragrances and More, Essential Oils, African Shea Butter & More

1371 Fillmore Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14211


December 11, 2020, All Day Online Event

People Helping All Mankind (PHAM), T-Shirts and Hoodies



December 18, 2020 from 8am-3pm

Soulfully Prepped LLC, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinners and Desserts

Pre-order for Pick Up Available Online or by calling 716-465-1447

68 Tonawanda Street Buffalo, NY 14207



The Community Action Organization of WNY was designated in 1965 as the official anti-poverty agency for Erie County with a mission to serve the unmet needs of the low-income populations. Today, CAO serves more than 50,000 families and individuals within Erie and Niagara Counties through a variety of programs and services. Visit for more information.