When you go to the Broadway Market for this Easter season, you'll still be able to find Dorothy Malczewski's butter lambs.
You can still get smoked ham and Polish sausage from Camellia Meats.
And you can still buy placek and paczki from Chrusciki Bakery.
These favorites -- and more -- should be on your Easter tables for years to come, thanks in part to a new generation keeping alive old traditions.
"I'm so proud of what my family has accomplished, so tradition is a big deal to me," said Adam Cichocki, 21, the retail manager for Camellia's Broadway Market location.
Adam Cichocki -- pronounced Sy-hockey -- is the fourth generation of Cichockis to operate Camellia Meats, dating back to 1935, when his great-grandfather, Edmund Sr., started the business using his family's century-old recipes for smoked ham and sausage.
At one point, the Cichockis considered pulling out of the Broadway Market -- their main store and plant are on Genesee Street -- but Adam wanted a chance to turn things around on Broadway. Since taking over in 2008, sales are up, said his father, Peter, president of the company.
Adam was also a driving force behind the company recently buying the butter lamb business from the Malczewskis, Peter Cichocki said.
Now, Camellia Meats is keeping yet another tradition alive by making and selling the popular Easter butter lambs. You'll find them in their familiar white, blue, yellow and green packaging at the same stand in the Broadway Market where Dorothy Malczewski sold them for years.
"Adam is like the new generation," Peter Cichocki said Friday. "That's what the market needs -- some young blood, some new ideas -- to keep it going."
Ania Gurnari is another one of the Broadway Market's new generation.
Last year, she took over at Chrusciki Bakery, which her parents, Hanna and Tadeusz Robieniek, started in 1987, only a few years after arriving from Poland with two suitcases and $100.
As a young girl, Gurnari used to help out at the bakery after school. She went on to college and a job at Paychex, but she kept her hand in the family business. Her parents are semiretired, and after opening a store in Lancaster last year, Gurnari took over as company president.
She's helped market their products -- particularly the chrusciki, the popular fried Polish dessert -- at a number of local outlets. Business is good, and she's proud of what her parents have accomplished.
"I realized that our roots are here at the Broadway Market. My soul is here," Gurnari said. "The bakery business, I don't know how to live without it."
That's welcome news to patrons making their annual Easter season trek to the market.
Theresa Fisher drove all the way from the Rochester area on Friday to pick up some Easter fixings at the Broadway Market, where she was eyeing up the Malczewski's butter lambs.
"They're just a tradition for my family," said Fisher, of Caledonia.
She noted that the butter lambs also are sold in some local supermarkets.
"But I'm going to buy it here," said her friend, Jenny Tubbs, of Lima, "because it's from the Broadway Market."
While the Broadway Market struggles for much of the year, it is encouraging to see a new generation of family members sticking with the East Side landmark, said Eddy Dobosiewicz of the Despensata Corp., a nonprofit focused on improving Buffalo's historic Polonia.
"I'm extremely optimistic," Dobosiewicz said. "At times, I may be very frustrated and vocal about how this [market] is handled, but administrations come and go, people come and go. This institution has been here for well over 100 years and will continue."