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Samantha Christmann

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


With a wide smile, U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith pointed to the auditorium balcony at City Honors School on Friday, recalling the time she spent perched there as lighting director for her class’s theatrical presentation of “The Music Man.”“It feels pretty special for me to be here because this is the school that built me,” Smith said.The 1982 City Hon…

Jerry Dumais was just 16 years old when his father, a meat cutter at Budwey’s Market, passed away. A few weeks after the funeral, owner Frank Budwey took the teenager on board and trained him to fill his dad’s former position.Today, nearly 30 years later, Dumais is manager of that same meat department in that very North Tonawanda store, supporting a family of his own.…

A franchised Tops Markets store on Center Street in Lewiston will get a makeover this summer, dictated by local customer demand and national food trends, owner Anthony DiMino said. The new format will focus on organic, healthy and specialty foods, local products, and will feature an expanded beer selection complete with beers on tap for refillable growlers.“When we first…

You may not be aware of this, but YouTube is good for much more than just cat videos and montages of people falling off bicycles.It’s shocking, I know, especially since it’s hard to beat a really good video of someone falling off a bike. But YouTube can actually be very valuable if you harness its powers for good. Not only can you learn how to do things you might other…

When Nancy Sterman met her true love Alex Fernandez at Canalside, it was no wonder they hit it off from the start. Both artists and teachers, they bonded over their passion for children’s education and the Buffalo arts community. He invited her to the Belle Center where he taught technology to kids as a volunteer.Today Fernandez is a professional teaching artist at Young…

As a child growing up in Albany, the highlight of Michael DiBella’s summers was sitting in the back of his parents’ Dodge station wagon, watching movies under the stars with his sisters and twin brother. As he grew up, he watched the drive-in movie theaters he had loved – the Mohawk, the Twin City, the Super 50 – close, one by one, and felt his past slipping away.W…

Wednesday is Earth Day. What better way to celebrate going green than saving money?Recycle your old electronics for cash. You can trade in all manner of things (computers, routers, earbuds, game consoles) sold on Amazon.com at the site and get an Amazon gift card in return.You can also exchange your old cellphone, tablet or mp3 player for cash at an Eco ATM machine. There …

Sonic Drive-In is back at the drawing board in its search for a second Western New York location.The fast-food franchise had been in talks with Eastern Hills Mall to build at an outparcel on its property, but that deal fell apart after the mall rejected its offer.“I just don’t think I can meet Sonic’s aggressive timeline,” said Russell Fulton, the mall’s general …

Loaf of bread, carton of milk, table for two.Wegmans will add a full-service restaurant called “the Pub” to its Amherst store at 8270 Transit Road.It’s part of a $40 million expansion and renovation at the store, which will gain 14,000 square feet of space and get upgrades to every department.“We know that our customers sometimes struggle with getting a meal on the…

The Consumer Product Safety Commission alerted the public to several product recalls Thursday.• Gena Accessories recalled about 9,400 silk scarves that did not meet federal flammability standards and could pose a burn hazard. They were sold at boutiques in New York City, as well as online at Amazon.com, GenaAccessories.com and Scarfand.com from Jan. 2007 to Feb. 2015 for…

The clock’s a-ticking, people – Tax Day is Wednesday. If you’re a last-minute filer:• File an extension if you don’t have enough time to make the deadline. Just file form 4868, which is pretty quick and easy, considering there are just a few boxes to fill and some of your numbers are just estimates. You can get the form online at IRS.gov, then mail or eFile it be…

Sabra Dipping Co. has recalled certain varieties of its popular Classic Hummus due to a possible Listeria contamination.The following varieties are affected:• Sabra Classic Hummus, 10 oz., UPC 040822011143, with “Best Before” dates of May 11 and May 15.• Sabra Classic Hummus, 30 oz., UPC 040822014687, with a “Best Before” date of May 11.• Sabra Classic Hummus…

A future component of grocery retailing will land in Erie County Sunday when Dash’s Market rolls out its online grocery shopping and home delivery service.It’s a service already offered in metropolitan areas across the country and around the world. Online grocery shopping is expected to become a $17.2 billion industry by 2019, according to a report from research compan…

I smuggled $100 worth of illegal goods across the Canadian border last week. To be fair, the illegal goods were chocolate Easter eggs and I didn’t know I was doing anything wrong. But after I got home, I found out I could have been fined thousands of dollars if I’d been caught.You see, my 4-year-old daughter is obsessed with Kinder Surprise Eggs – these little chocol…

Orchard Park will lose three independent stores this spring as the Lemon Tree, Francella’s Boutique and B Is for Books all close their doors.The Lemon Tree, 6576 E. Quaker St., has been serving customers since 1969. Sisters Kim Bathrick and Alisa Seeley took over the business from their mother, founder Alice Seeley, 25 years ago. The sisters say that the store was doing …