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Kimberly Behzadi, a product manager for Elmhurst Milked, stands behind a counter at dig Buffalo, a co-working space designed for those in the early stages of a business or idea development. Entrepreneurs stream in for Buffalo Startup Weekend. As they prepare for three days of innovation, she’s here to introduce them to the brand’s line of non-dairy, plant-based milks — ups…

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Early on a Saturday morning, Dr. Laura Wade is already hard at work, tending to a rabbit that’s recovering from an amputation. At her Clarence-based veterinary practice, Specialized Care for Avian & Exotic Pets, Wade and her staff treat birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and small mammals — everything from a tiny hamster to a pair of 125-pound emus Wade once wrangled du…

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Before taking the helm of Shea’s Performing Arts Center last year, Michael Murphy had seen one production at its magnificent theater: "Annie" in the 1970s. He still has the ticket stub — and thousands of others — in a vase in his North Buffalo home. "It was gorgeous, but it needed the restoration it went through," said Murphy, Shea’s president, of the theater at that ti…

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On stage, George Scott is the high-energy bandleader who fronts the George Scott Big Band and performs for large crowds at Canalside, Curtain Up and other shows. Off stage, as president of the Colored Musicians Club, he’s one of the guiding forces who has helped the club become the oldest of its kind in the United States, a living testament to Buffalo and music history. …

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The idea for Oogie Games, a local chain of video game stores, began with a single gaming system — a broken Nintendo NES that Kevin McMullen bought online, repaired and sold for a profit. “After that, I started asking my friends for Nintendos, putting ads in the paper and hitting garage sales,” said McMullen, 35, founder and CEO. “I was never a huge gamer, but I found a …

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

A portobello mushroom eggs Benedict with spinach and smoked gouda. Corned beef hash with a cup of French press coffee prepared tableside. All over town, chefs are elevating their brunch menus with dishes like these, choosing inventive, farm-fresh ingredients and inviting diners to relax, catch up and enjoy a bubbly pick-me-up. (It doesn’t hurt that, thanks to the “Mimos…

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A garden is much more than a collection of plants. For young people in the Massachusetts Avenue Project’s Growing Green program, a garden is a way to develop job skills and learn about food justice. For individuals served by Grassroots Gardens, another local not-for-profit organization, a garden builds community and can help them heal from tragedy. And, for the neighborhoo…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

As Lisa Parks prepared to retire from her career as a public school teacher, she and her husband, Michael, contemplated their next steps. Eventually, they decided to open a bed-and-breakfast and, after exploring several properties, settled on 288 Linwood Avenue: a stunning circa-1870, Second Empire-style home they believe was designed by Oscar S. Lang, the general contract…

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Rosa González never expected to publish a cookbook. With a background in nuclear engineering, she serves as chair of Erie Community College’s Emergency Management and Fire Protection Technology departments and operates her own consulting firm. A Cuban immigrant, González was the first Latina to earn a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering sciences in the United State…

Before the advent of Fitbits and smartwatches, most of us probably thought of a fitness tracker as a clunky device that clipped to your belt and counted your steps. Helpful? Sure. Accurate? Maybe. Since then, wearable technology has exploded as an industry. Fitbit reported $506 million in revenue for the third quarter of 2016 alone, and Forbes estimates the entire weara…

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The story of Homer and Raven Ford echoes a familiar chord for a pair of young Buffalo repats — they met while working together at the former Bistro Europa, had their first date on Dyngus Day in 2008 and left several months later for work in Rhode Island and later New York City. In 2015, they returned to the Queen City. Eager to give back to the community where they got the…

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America’s favorite city. One of the top places to see in 2016. A top 10 food city in America. These are the accolades that Travel + Leisure, CNN and National Geographic, respectively, have showered upon Buffalo recently — and they’re just the beginning. Over the past few years, writers from USA Today, The New York Times, popular travel media and newspapers nationwide ha…

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In more than 35 years on Broadway, Albert Nocciolino has earned four Tony Awards and co-produced shows including Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde, Ragtime, Annie, Peter Pan and countless more. But, looking back on his career, Nocciolino says his proudest accomplishment has been helping to bring big-league theater to cities nationwide. As the Broadway League’s vice chair of the…

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On the surface, the Teacher’s Desk looks like any other warehouse store — a large, simple building with unpretentious shelving and bins with products. This place, however, is much different. Shelves are filled with books, decorations and school supplies — and all of it’s free. “It’s like Christmas — wow!” said Sheryl Barksdale, a teacher at Henry J. Kalfas Magnet School…

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Chef Brad Rowell got his start in the restaurant industry as a teenager, working as a server and bar-back at Dock of the Bay and Coyote Café, near where he grew up in Hamburg. It wasn’t until he moved to Boulder, Colorado, at 21 that the idea of a culinary career came to him — but after that, he never looked back. Rowell’s vast and varied international experience has fo…