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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.

The Market in the Square's meat department has been overhauled to introduce new, designer beef. Beginning Wednesday, the West Seneca grocery store will primarily sell Simply Essentials beef, which it says is healthier and better tasting than regular beef. The Simply Essentials program has been in development for 15 years. The steers in the program are fed a propri…

Coffee Crazy, a K-Cup retailer, will open its second location this week. The store will be located at 4401 Transit Road in Clarence near Eastern Hills Mall. Its current store is located at 4232 Delaware Ave. in Tonawanda. The store sells individual K-Cups to be used in single-brew coffee machines. It sells more than 350 varieties of coffee, such as Banana Fosters Fl…

Last year, 233 Airbnb hosts in Buffalo earned a total of $2.2 million by renting their spare rooms, apartments and homes to travelers. That’s more than double what they earned in 2015. It comes out to about $7,500 per host, more than the state average, and some hosts make more. Buffalo listings on Airbnb.com range from a private room in a converted West Seneca garage …

Ninety pounds of Chef's rigatoni,  100 pounds of Wardynski Polish sausage and six half-kegs of Labatt beer are making their way to Sarasota, Fla., this weekend. All to satisfy the cravings of 750 snowbirds and Buffalo expats looking for a taste of home. Chef's Restaurant, Wardynski and Labatt are among 30 Buffalo businesses that will offer everything from Sahlen…

Fans of Ted's Hot Dogs jammed the restaurant's stores from Chippewa Street to Tempa, Ariz., during the lunch hour on Wednesday to nab its anniversary deal. The local restaurant chain offered unlimited hot dogs for 90 cents each in honor of its 90th anniversary. [Photo Gallery: 90-cent hot dogs draw crowds to Ted's] More than 80 people waited in line at the r…

It has been nine decades since Greek immigrant Theodore Spiro Liaros began selling hot dogs out of a shack near the Peace Bridge. To celebrate those 90 years in business in Western New York, the company will hold a customer appreciation day, selling its regular hot dogs for just 90 cents. The customer appreciation day will be held all day Wednesday at all Ted's locat…

For some families, winter break can seem like the longest week of the year. But not if you get out there and have some fun. Here are seven ways to stay busy this week on the cheap. • Try Hockey for Free Day. At various times and locations Saturday, participating rinks across Western New York will open their doors for free to give children ages 4 through 9 a taste of y…

Some southtowns residents began seeing a familiar sight in their mailboxes Friday. The Hamburg Sun, now produced by The Buffalo News, is back in circulation after its previous owner declared bankruptcy last year. A free, four-week trial will be mailed to residents in Hamburg, Lake View, Blasdell and Eden. After that, the paper will be available by subscription. The n…

A recent boycott of Trump Winery products at Wegmans stores in Virginia seems to have had the opposite of the intended effect. A women's rights group, unhappy with Trump's policies, asked the grocer last week to stop carrying Trump Winery products. The group said its members would stop shopping at the store if Wegmans failed to do so. The wine, as a result, has be…

Bon-Ton will expand its shop-local initiative, tripling the number of "Close to Home" shops in its stores and soliciting more local vendors. The department store launched the regional shop-within-a-shop concept last fall, featuring community-themed merchandise and products made by local artists, designers, artisans and entrepreneurs. Five Buffalo-area shops offer items …

West Seneca has a new barber shop. Armstrong's Barber Shop is open at 2852 Seneca St. in West Seneca. There are four master barbers wielding the scissors, from age 21 to 30, including owner Zachary Armstrong. The 425-square-foot shop aims for an old-school feel offering modern haircuts and "laid-back and relaxing environment." Services are by appointment only.

Tops Markets will host an appearance by a member of the Buffalo Sabres this week. Zach Bogosian, a defenseman for the hockey team, will appear at the store to talk about the season. He will also meet with fans and sign autographs. Bogosian will be at the Tops store at 3980 Maple Road in Amherst from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.  

Crosby's has completed renovations at three of its convenience stores. Stores in Albion, Childs and Mendon underwent complete remodels. Changes include full cosmetic upgrades, new restrooms and increased beverage offerings. Crosby's has 48 stores in New York and Pennsylvania. It's a division of the Reid Group, which is headquartered in Lockport.  

Furnishings, a posh home decor and gift store at 500 Main St., will close. Joe Incao, a former vice president at Prada, opened the store in 2015 hoping to be part of downtown's resurgence. Ultimately, he realized he had come in years too early, he said. "There is just not the density needed to sustain a business that is not need-based, nor is there an economy in this…

Some consumers in Virginia are crossing Wegmans off their shopping lists. Unhappy shoppers are asking the Rochester-based grocer to remove Trump Winery products from its shelves or face a boycott. About 300 members of the National Organization for Women in Virginia have lobbied the store chain to pull the Trump-branded wines. The non-profit women's rights organizatio…