Buffalo in the 80’s: Remembering Ziggy & Zon’s, one of WNY’s all-time most interesting shops

By Steve Cichon

The mention can bring only two reactions, either a confused, rumpled brow for those who never made it to the store with the strange-sounding name or a wide smile as the memories of one of Western New York’s all-time most interesting shops come flooding back.

Before the arm and leg, it was Ziggy & Zon’s that made the Airport Plaza famous with its menagerie of unique and hard-to-find-elswhere stuff.

In the days before the internet, it was one of those places you might go if you really needed it but weren’t sure where to buy it.

This ad appeared in The News in March, 1985.

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Steve Cichon

Steve Cichon writes about Buffalo’s pop culture history. His stories of Buffalo's past have appeared more than 1600 times in The Buffalo News. He's a proud Buffalonian helping the world experience the city he loves. Since the earliest days of the internet, Cichon's been creating content celebrating the people, places, and ideas that make Buffalo unique and special. The 25-year veteran of Buffalo radio and television has written five books and curates The Buffalo Stories Archives-- hundreds of thousands of books, images, and audio/visual media which tell the stories of who we are in Western New York.