As Buffalo began to awaken to new possibilities, the Block Club team noticed new businesses and great restaurants opening. Their exploratory instinct, as well as their proclivity for encouraging similar behavior in others, led them to establish the third part of Block Club: City Dining Cards. Each deck of cards — rendered in that signature crisp, fun Block Club aesthetic — is a curated guide to the best, local-only food spots in the city, with discounts to boot. The decks have expanded beyond Buffalo, and are available for Rochester, Syracuse and the Capital-Saratoga region, as well as non-NYS cities, including Boston and Philadelphia. A triple bottom line company, Block Club puts their money where their mouth is by donating 5 percent of all sales to local food banks.Having Block Club on your side when you visit Buffalo is a boon, and the city is lucky to have such ardent, persuasive ambassadors (read: proselytizers). A day with Block Club leads to a flurry of introductions to local writers, to the owner of Five Points Bakery, to the Executive Director of Buffalo First, and a fortuitous run in at a coffee shop with Bernice Radle, a local blogger, urban planner, preservantionist and all-around Buffalo cheerleader. Block Club’s fingerprints are everywhere around the city, including at room, an interior design firm that helped re-decorate The Hotel @ The Lafayette, a historic hotel, and which also has several shops in town.
Inside Block Club's new offices. Miles the dog looks out onto Main Street.In thinking of all that Block Club has achieved for themselves and their community in just five year’s time, the seed of a beautiful, staggering thought takes hold: If the Block Club team and their friends — a group with an irrepressible love for, and belief in, their hometown — choose to live in such a way as to promote economic and creative growth on the local scale, and then raise children with those same values, it suddenly seems very possible that a city could be revolutionized in only a generation or two. Assessing the Buffalo zeitgeist in 2012, Mr. Finan said: "There's this incredible energy in Buffalo right now. There's a spirit of invention and a spirit of reinvention. Block Club succeeds because of the team, the people who work here, the people we work with, because we're in Buffalo. Because of our surroundings and the things that inspire us every day. It works because everyone we interact with every day...we all want better." Right on. Block Club: We Want Better from Block Club. All graphics are photos from Block Club Magazine, created by Block Club Creative.