Fuse Salon & Gallery Grand Opening and ELAB Party

I had an eventful Saturday night in Buffalo attending two events; Fuse Salon & Gallery’s Grand Opening Party and ELAB’s Party at the Larkin Center of Commerce and both were promoted through Facebook events.

My first stop of the night was the grand opening of Fuse Salon & Gallery at 984 Elmwood Ave. in Buffalo. Fuse is a new full-service salon and in addition to haircuts, coloring and styling services for both men and women, it also offers natural manicures, nail art, gel lacquers, and facial waxing.

The inside of Buffalo's new Fuse Salon and Gallery, 984 Elmwood Ave.
The inside of Buffalo's new Fuse Salon and Gallery, 984 Elmwood Ave.

Fuse opened in a space formerly occupied by another salon and is located in-between the former HOME store and Elmwood Village Fabrics. The inside of the salon is clean and modern and works by local artists adorn the wall which will be changed out periodically, thus giving local artists a gallery space to display and sell their works.

The new salon utilized social media and promoted their Salon’s opening through their Facebook page. The grand opening itself was a major success judging by the crowd of people inside and outside the salon. The owner, Meredith Greno, even offered her party guests a $5 off coupon good on any salon service.

Fuse Salon & Gallery’s Grand Opening Party
Fuse Salon & Gallery’s Grand Opening Party

Visit Fuse Salon on Facebook for hours of operation, photos from their grand opening party and general information. You may also visit my Facebook page for photos from the party as well.

My second event of the night was the ELAB Party at the newly renamed Larkin Center of Commerce at 701 Seneca Street. I have been to this building before as the former home of Buffalo’s Hackerspace/Buffalo Lab, which has moved to the third floor of 523 Main St. in Buffalo. I was incredibly impressed by the new lobby of the Larkin Center, which looks fantastic. Upstairs on the seventh floor where the party was, the industrial/warehouse space is pretty much still the same.

Painting at ELAB’s Party in the Larkin Center of Commerce Building.
Painting at ELAB’s Party in the Larkin Center of Commerce Building.

ELAB, which stands for Emerging Leaders in the Arts Buffalo, is part of a nation-wide movement/organization to bring together artists, art professionals and art supporters to, according to their website, “support each other’s professional and artistic growth through networking activities, critiques, workshops and community art projects.” ELAB holds professional development workshops along with “ARTworking” and “ARTlab” events regularly around Buffalo.

ELAB’s Party at the Larkin Center of Commerce
ELAB’s Party at the Larkin Center of Commerce

Saturday’s party helped to promote the organization, as well as provide a chance for artists and other creative types to mingle and network. Along with food, music and drinks, a large blank canvas was tacked up at one end of the room and acrylic paints and brushes were provided so that artists can do what artists like doing best – creating. Check out some of my photos from the party on this blog and my Facebook page and view more photos at Buffalo.com’s photo gallery of the Big Ass ELAB Party.

For more information about ELAB Buffalo, visit their website.