What I’m Doing Now

I connect people with each other.

I work for pay selling reclaimed building materials as the store manager at ReUse Action in Buffalo. ReUse Action is a for-profit continuation of Buffalo ReUse, a not-for-profit we founded in 2006, now defunct. I’m also responsible for communications, promotion and publicity and a fair portion of the technology. I direct our web presence and I manage and maintain The Guild @980, a business incubator we run in our building on Buffalo’s East Side. I’m a co-founder of The Foundry, a business incubator and makerspace, started up in 2012.

My community initiatives are DesignBuffalo, where I’m in charge of communications and the Preservation-Ready Sites website, which I started in 2013. I launched Brick Streets in early 2020, a revival of an earlier list of Buffalo’s brick and stone streets. I’ve recently started up Grain Elevators, a site about Buffalo’s cluster of grain storage buildings, at this point the beginning of an improved front end to the awesome HAER reports from the early 90s.

I’m on Mastodon Social as @kevinphayes.

My small biz craft initiatives are woodworking, bookbinding, web development, CNC fabrication and print production.