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Samantha Christmann

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I cover retail for the Buffalo News and write the Discount Diva column each Monday.

Eastern Mountain Sports will close its Amherst store within six to eight weeks. The company announced this week it will close 47 locations across the country, including the one on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst. The Amherst store is the only EMS location in Western New York. It's located in the Benderson Development-owned plaza called The Boulevard. It will cl…

Spot Coffee is headed to Waterfront Village near the Erie Basin Marina. Spot franchisee Fadi Dagher, president of Cedarland Foods LLC, will open a Spot Express Cafe inside the waterfront business complex. It is expected to open in July. The cafe will serve all of Spot's usual hot, iced and blended coffees and fresh baked goods, as well as some savory items. The lo…

Teen fashion retailer Rue21 will close 400 stores across the country, including four in Western New York. The affected locations are: Walmart Plaza, 5350 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg. Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, 1620 Military Road, Niagara Falls. Quaker Crossing, 3445 Amelia Drive, Orchard Park. Olean Mall, 400 N. Union St., Olean. The company sai…

People were appalled last week when video emerged of a passenger being dragged off a United Airlines flight. In support of the passenger, who suffered a concussion, and in outrage against the company, consumers vowed to boycott United. Some people say a boycott won’t make an impact, since United and three other airlines make up 85 percent of the total market and consu…

One of the first things Ali Carey did after getting engaged last year was look at venues for her 220-person reception. She quickly committed to the Admiral Room, a new event space under construction at the Marin on Main Street in downtown Buffalo. It was unlike anything she had ever seen in Buffalo, with its tall arches and giant, sun-filled windows. She loved it. B…

Former Buffalonian Seth Godin is a successful, famous man. Often described as a marketing genius, he is a sought-after guest on business talk shows, has a wildly popular blog and is a New York Times bestselling author with 18 titles under his belt. Godin lived in Amherst until he was 18, graduating from Williamsville East High School in 1978 before leaving to earn degrees…

An Elmwood Avenue chocolatier. An East Side distributor of environmentally friendly medical supplies. Minority and female subcontractors looking to rise to prime contractor status. What do they all have in common? None of them had what it took to qualify for a traditional bank loan. Each of them turned to PathStone Enterprise Center to secure the funding, training and …

Welcome to Moe's, please drive around. Moe's Southwest Grill will open a new location at 3729 Union Road in Cheektowaga this month. It will be the first in the Northeast to boast a drive-thru. The quick-serve Tex Mex restaurant chain has set an April 20 opening date for the newest Erie County location. Jerry Uvira is the franchisee. He bought it and three other Moe's…

As far as I was concerned, the Summit Park Mall was the center of the universe. All my time as a kid was spent either hanging out at the Wheatfield shopping center or trying to convince someone to drive me there. I don’t know what the big deal was. I hardly remember buying anything, besides maybe a Glo Worm from Kay-Bee Toys (or was it Child World?) and a black-and…

The operator of Darien Lake Theme Park says visitors won't see changes during the upcoming season after the Genesee County attraction was sold this week. CNL Lifestyle Properties completed its sale of Darien Lake Theme Park to EPR Properties on Thursday. http://buffalonews.com/2016/11/03/darien-lake-sold/ The theme park was part of a bundle of entertainment p…

The Walden Galleria will host Easter Bunny meet-and-greets for families with special needs Sunday. Bunny Cares will provide private sessions where families with special needs can visit the Easter Bunny and have their photos taken. The free sessions take place in a more controlled, calm environment than the traditional Easter Bunny visit, with low lighting and no music.…

Office Depot is offering free paper shredding through April 29. Customers can bring up to five pounds of paper to any Office Depot store and have it shredded for free. A coupon is necessary, which can be printed at OfficeDepot.com. The promotion includes free in-store bulk bin recycling only. Staples and paper clips do not need to be removed. Once shredded, the paper…

The Made in America Store will welcome the Korean Broadcasting System to its Elma store Thursday. The TV crew will interview owner Mark Andol about the store's success for a larger story about the world economy. It will air in South Korea in June. It's not the first time the Made in America Store has received national or international coverage. It has also appeared …

Payless ShoeSource will "immediately" close nearly 400 shoe stores across the country, five of them in Erie and Niagara counties. The affected stores are located at: Mid-City Plaza, 301 Meadow Drive in North Tonawanda 5999 South Park Ave. in Hamburg Aurora Village Shopping Center, 123 Grey St. in East Aurora Eastgate Plaza, 5049 Transit Road in Amherst …

Certain Wegmans shoppers might have felt like they hit the lottery Monday when the grocer flooded their inbox with what appeared to be more than $200 worth of coupons. But it was a system glitch that sent duplicate emails to Wegmans Shopper's Club members, some as many as 25 times. The emails notified customers about $9 in digital coupons available on the company's app…