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Buffalo Magazine: Shopping

You’ve heard it your whole life: "It’s the thought that counts." That’s why a gift card or another boring tie just doesn’t cut it in the gift department. Of course, finding the perfect gift is easier said than done, so we’re here to help. From booze and food to jewelry and cool stuff for kids, we’ve got you covered. Even better, almost everything on our list is available l…

Buffalo Magazine: Shopping

You’ve heard it your whole life: "It’s the thought that counts." That’s why a gift card or another boring tie just doesn’t cut it in the gift department. Of course, finding the perfect gift is easier said than done, so we’re here to help. From booze and food to jewelry and cool stuff for kids, we’ve got you covered. Even better, almost everything on our list is available l…

Buffalo Magazine: Shopping

You’ve heard it your whole life: "It’s the thought that counts." That’s why a gift card or another boring tie just doesn’t cut it in the gift department. Of course, finding the perfect gift is easier said than done, so we’re here to help. From booze and food to jewelry and cool stuff for kids, we’ve got you covered. Even better, almost everything on our list is available l…

Buffalo Magazine: Shopping

You’ve heard it your whole life: "It’s the thought that counts." That’s why a gift card or another boring tie just doesn’t cut it in the gift department. Of course, finding the perfect gift is easier said than done, so we’re here to help. From booze and food to jewelry and cool stuff for kids, we’ve got you covered. Even better, almost everything on our list is available l…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

The connection between holiness and health is a sentiment that has resonated across faiths forever. But as the American list of lifestyle-related illnesses like heart disease and obesity grows longer than a Lutheran Christmas carol, faith and fitness leaders around the country are coming up with new ways to help the faithful rehab those neglected temples. The premise is…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

What happens when gold leaf flakes from a medieval manuscript, a Picasso has been found languishing in an attic, or a modern pop culture treasure needs a little TLC? An art conservationist is called, and there’s a good chance that person learned what to do in Buffalo as a graduate of the Patricia H. and Richard E. Garman Art Conservation Department at Buffalo State Coll…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Aimee, Liz, Sonya and Meghan. These four Western New York women are 40 and over with families and leadership roles in health-related professions whose work weeks far exceed 40 hours. And all of them count workouts as appointments not to be missed. These aren’t superwomen. They don’t have entourages to handle their have-tos. They’ve just been relentless in their pursu…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

There’s something tranquil and enchanting about horses. Their steady, slowly swaying gait gently rocks riders around the ring, providing a regal vantage point that lifts them above their troubles and positions them, momentarily, in the imaginary saddle of a knight, cowgirl or king. At Lothlorien Therapeutic Riding Center in East Aurora and Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Cen…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

All is well inside the calm confines of a greenhouse. Bone-chilling winds could be whipping hail sideways, but under nurseries’ silver-framed translucent cloches, filtered sunlight warms the skin and relaxes the shoulders. The air is humid and alive — an organic aromatherapy spa fragrant with moss, peat, minerals and subtle earthy perfumes. Row upon row of pots and lush…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

If you’re ready to make the leap into houseplants but aren’t sure where to start, a fun, crafty option is to grab a friend and head to a Plant Nite. Held at Western New York bars and breweries, these hands-on parties invite participants to get their hands dirty as they create a take-home tabletop garden of succulent plants, rocks, and accent items like colorful mosses or f…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

Houseplants finish a room like no other knick-knack, throw pillow, or accent lamp. Healthy green leaves complement any color scheme and style, from a Norfolk pine in a woodsy, rustic study to a simple orchid in a minimalist, Zen-like sunroom. They add a touch of life — literally — with foliage that filters the air and brings the outdoors in. But for people who wouldn’t …

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

As a teenager, Jason Jerome played football and ran track at a large public high school in Aurora, Illinois. But while many varsity players dream of becoming world-class athletes, Jerome worked his way up the ranks to become a world-class strength and conditioning coach for professional and Olympic stars instead. And now he’s in Buffalo. Jerome is the director of ath…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

There is something special about dogs. Their fur absorbs human tension, their feet announce the coming of a friend, their tails celebrate seemingly insignificant moments, and their eyes see the good inside every person. They can’t talk, but they sure can listen. Having a dog nearby makes almost everything better. That’s the premise behind therapy dogs, special volunteer…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

As children, most of us are taught not to run away from our problems. Now one local organization is teaching young girls to run through them. Girls on the Run, a 20-year-old national program with chapters around the country, came to Buffalo in 2010 following a conversation between running buddies Meghan Cavanaugh, program director, and Katie Joyce, council director, abo…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

“Personality begins where judgment ends.” “Be a voice, not an echo.” “Lift someone up.” These are some of the rallying points put forth by Gracie & Cameron, a new local clothing line designed for teenage girls. Launched by best friends and East Amherst moms Corey Lazzaro and Jessica Colvin, the messages are meant to infuse some positivity into the trying years of ad…