Marketing Department

Marketing Department at Buffalo PlaceThe Buffalo Place Marketing Department promotes Downtown Buffalo as a great place to live, work and play.  They also work to promote the thriving theatre and entertainment districts in Downtown Buffalo.  As the lead Marketing organization for Downtown, Buffalo Place promotes Downtown Buffalo through special events and commercial advertising, as well as public and media relations.  The Marketing Department also produces and distributes promotional materials on Downtown Buffalo while concentrating on positioning Buffalo Place as the premier Downtown organization.

Many non-Buffalo Place produced events are held in Downtown Buffalo annually. Buffalo Place works with the local organizers to provide a variety of support services, ranging from setup to marketing and promoting the events. These events include the Gus Macker Basketball Tournament, the Taste of Buffalo, Curtain Up! and World’s Largest Disco.

Each year, the Marketing Department of Buffalo Place Inc. continues a targeted and energetic marketing approach intended to stimulate economic growth for Downtown businesses and positively impact the experiences of visitors and residents to Downtown Buffalo.  We are working to improve Downtown Buffalo’s image through special events, aggressive public and media relations and our overall communicating efforts.  Our focus will be to ensure our Downtown Patrons experience a clean, safe and fun Downtown.

What we do

Downtown Country Market

Downtown Farmer's MarketThe Downtown Country Market will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from May 15th through October 23, 2014 on Main Street in the heart of Downtown Buffalo (Main between Court & Church Streets). The 2014 season will mark 32 years of bringing the freshest goods and finest wares to Downtown Buffalo. A celebrated Downtown Buffalo mainstay, the Market takes place on Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

For office workers, residents and visitors of Downtown, the Market is the perfect place to pick-up fresh produce, purchase baked goods for home or even prepare a summer garden filled with beautiful beds of annuals and perennials. The Downtown Country Market is a proud member of the Pride of New York Program and all of our vendors take pride in growing, processing and selling a diverse range of food and agriculture products all produced in New York State. Join us on Main Street between Court and Church Streets for the 30th annual Downtown Country Market - where we bring the best of country living to the heart of Downtown Buffalo!

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Christmas Tree Lighting

Christmas Tree LightingThis annual holiday event is held at Rotary Rink at Fountain Plaza (Main at Chippewa Street) and marks the official opening of the free ice-skating season at Rotary Rink.  Buffalo Place officials countdown the lighting of the tree and Santa Claus lights a fireworks display over Fountain Plaza.  This year, the Tree Lighting Celebration will take place on Saturday, Decemeber 6th starting at 5:00 p.m.

Distinguished guest speakers at the event include Anthony J. Colucci III, President and Vice Chairman of Buffalo Place Inc. and Michael T. Schmand, Executive Director of Buffalo Place Inc. The guests speak briefly and then lead a countdown to the official lighting of the Christmas Tree and an amazing fireworks display over Rotary Rink.  Immediately following the Tree Lighting, the fun continues with visits with Santa, holiday gifts and free ice-skating.  There is a $2.00 skate rental fee for children and $3.00 skate rental fee for adults. Bring your own skates and enjoy free ice-skating. The Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration is proudly produced by Buffalo Place Inc.

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Rotary Rink

Rotary Rink2014 - 2015 marks the 17th Annual free ice skating season at Downtown Buffalo’s only outdoor ice rink.  Located at the corner of Main and Chippewa Streets in Fountain Plaza, Buffalo Place will once again operate Rotary Rink for the winter season.  In 1998, Buffalo Place Inc. entered into a partnership with the City of Buffalo to operate the Rink and offer FREE ice-skating.  The program has proven to be very popular and offers families the unique opportunity to skate outdoors in an urban setting surrounded by many of Buffalo’s architecturally significant buildings.  Buffalo Place has taken on the added responsibility of operating all parts of the skating program internally, adding to rink operations with concession and skate rental counters.  Buffalo Place expanded the menu and added more programming throughout the season.  Rotary Rink opened in 1991, the result of 10 years of design and planning.  The name Rotary Rink is derived in recognition of the Rotary Club of Buffalo’s commitment to the project and their generous donation of $500,000.  If you would like to book a party at Rotary Rink, call Buffalo Place Inc. at 716/856-3150.  For complete details, click here.

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Public Relations

The Marketing Department provides communication and marketing support in the form of press releases, press conferences, informational brochures and other communication pieces. We provide this support to various departments, including Operations, Security and the Buffalo Place Ranger Program. Materials that the Marketing Department produces include the “Downtown Map & Directory,” the “Downtown Buffalo Calendar of Events,” the“Rotary Rink Ice Skating Brochure,” and the Buffalo Place “Ranger Program Brochure.” Additionally, the Marketing Department publishes annual palm card/pocket schedules for theDowntown Country Market.

Non-Buffalo Place-produced events are held in Downtown Buffalo annually. Buffalo Place works with the local organizers to provide many support services, ranging from setup to marketing and promoting the events. These events include the Taste of Buffalo, Curtain Up!, the Buffalo Ball Drop, World’s Largest Disco and American Diabetes Association Walk for Diabetes

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