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

Ohio native Mark Zeller was studying marketing, on course for an advertising career when he realized he only cared about one of the industry’s hallmark “four P’s.” Forget placement, price and promotion – all he cared about was the product.That led him to a career in product design that has spanned more than 20 years; first as a senior designer at behemoth toy con…

Tuesday morning, Nunie Williams woke up in North Carolina and saw a Facebook post about something she didn’t like at a store back home in Buffalo. She tweeted the company, Lululemon, about it, and went outside to walk her dogs.“When I got back an hour later, my phone had blown up,” she said.One can only assume the command center at Lululemon lit up, too. Over the nex…

Wegmans is changing the way it offers plastic eating utensils in its Market Cafe, and the new system is getting mixed reviews.Instead of setting out forks, spoons and knives that are individually wrapped in plastic, the store is rolling out machines that dispense unwrapped utensils one at a time.The new system was the brainchild of two Wegmans store employees. In an attemp…

Foul, Lululemon.That’s the message Buffalo sports fans had for the high-end yoga accessory retailer for putting a “wide right” and “no goal” tile floor mosaic at its Walden Galleria store.In response, the store quickly covered the mosaic and is in the process of designing a new one.As all Buffalonians know, “wide right” refers to Scott Norwood’s missed 47-y…

Foul, Lululemon. The Twitterverse is exploding with comments from Buffalo sports fans annoyed with a tile-work mosaic in the store's floor that spells out the phrases "wide right" and "no goal." [bn_tweet url=https://twitter.com/arkandove/status/521989461505499136] The yoga apparel and accessories store, located in the Walden Galleria, initially responded Wednesday …

Need extra cash for the holidays?Walden Galleria is hosting its third annual holiday job fair to help match job seekers with employers looking to beef up their employment rolls for the busy holiday season.“We must ensure that stores have the necessary staff to give our customers the best holiday shopping experience possible,” said Sarah Graf, marketing director at the …

Ready, set, reset.Wegmans is in the middle of a “reset” at several of its stores, including its locations on Alberta Drive in Amherst and McKinley Parkway in Blasdell.“Each store is making different changes to the general merchandise departments,” said Michele Mehaffy, a Wegmans spokeswoman. “Alberta is the most noticeable.”The bulk section is moving to where t…

If there’s anything that can make you feel better about not being filthy rich, it’s watching any of the “Real Housewives” franchises on Bravo TV.Sure, it’s fun to see how the other half lives – tiny dogs in tuxedos drinking from crystal champagne flutes, $60,000 parties the four-year-old birthday girl cries or sleeps through.But it’s even more fiendishly grat…

In 1914, Charles E. Roesch was manning a butcher shop in Buffalo’s Broadway Market. Harry Lockwood Sr. was hoeing corn on a patch of land in Hamburg. And John Palisano was using his horse and cart to help families move their belongings from one house to the next.A hundred years later, each of those local businesses is thriving.Charlie the Butcher has six restaurants, a c…

Buffalo’s Black Rock neighborhood is evolving, so the Tops grocery store that serves it is changing to meet its needs.That’s the strategy behind the supermarket chain’s $3 million overhaul of its store at Amherst and Grant streets on the city’s West Side.The demands of the diverse tapestry of cultures surrounding the store dictated many of the decisions Tops made d…

This Halloween, I’m tempted to dress up like a bank robber. And then walk in my costume to an actual bank and rob it.I’m kidding of course (Please do not rob a bank!) But seriously, when did Halloween get so expensive?I thought I was all set this year. My daughter, Chloe, wanted to wear my niece’s old costume and be Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. I’d have everythin…

In real life, 26-year-old Amanda Brown is a graduate student of anthropology at the University at Buffalo.But Sunday, she was a Cthulhu cultist, draped in lime green from crown to toes and living out her fantasy as a pulp magazine character by horror author H.P. Lovecraft.Joining her were Spider-Man, Supergirl and all manner of zombie, villain and superhero, descending on …

Thousands of families have gathered to watch movies under the stars at the Delevan Drive-In since opened in the late 1950s.Generation after generation have driven their cars to the grassy strip of land just off Route 16 in the Town of Yorkshire, coasting to a stop in front of the big screens. Some set up lawn chairs and blankets, others cuddle up inside their vehicles. Chi…

Party City will pay a $95,000 fine and change its hiring policies after the state Attorney General’s Office found it discriminated against applicants and employees with criminal records.State laws prohibit employers from rejecting applicants solely based on criminal history. Employers are required to evaluate each applicant according to their suitability for a job and to…

Planning to pick up seasonal work this holiday season? You’d better get a move on.Though summer ended barely a week ago and the Christmas season seems worlds away, retailers are already busy as elves building their holiday workforces.In fact, 68 percent of retailers will have done the majority of their holiday hiring well before the first snowflakes fall, having their ho…