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Samantha Christmann

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


Wegmans will open a store inside an upscale shopping mall in Massachusetts.The grocer will lease space occupied by a soon-to-be-shuttered JC Penney store at Natick Mall in Natick, Mass., just outside Boston.The space comprises three stories and 194,000 square feet. Wegmans will put the store in 125,000 square feet on the first floor and half of the second floor, and lease …

Tops Friendly Markets will open a grocery store in Ontario County.The Williamsville-based company will take over operations at Wade’s Market in Farmington, outside Rochester. Wade’s will close in late October, at which point Tops will begin renovating the space, then reopen by Thanksgiving.The 52,000-square-foot store will undergo a complete remodel with new decor, exp…

A local maker of beauty products has signed a deal with Birchbox, a national cosmetic subscription company.EXO Supply will have four-ounce samples of its nail polish remover sent to Birchbox’s nearly 100,000 paid subscribers this fall. The company’s Pure Remover is an organic nail polish remover made from essential oils and plant-based ingredients.Subscribers to Birchb…

When Wall Street imploded in 2008, one bank in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, had its best year ever. That’s because the bulk of its clients were Amish.In her fascinating and often hilarious book “Money Secrets of the Amish,” author Lorilee Craker shares the financial wisdom behind the Amish people’s “generous frugality.”Use it up, wear it out, make do or do w…

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Make room at the bar – two new craft breweries are coming to Western New York.12 Gates Brewing Co. is readying an 8,000-square-foot facility at 80 Earhart Drive in Williamsville in hopes of opening to the public this fall.The brewery will have a 2,000-square-foot tap room where it will serve its beer as well as snacks and other light fare. It will seat 99 people.But the …

California-based technology company NVIDIA has recalled its NVIDIA SHIELD tablet computers because the lithium-ion batteries inside can overheat and pose a fire hazard.The tablets were sold via websites such as Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, GameStop.com, NewEgg.com, TigerDirect.com and in Game Stop stores. They were sold throughout the United States and Canada from July 2014 th…

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Western New Yorkers with fond memories of the Old Red Mill Inn will get the chance to buy a piece of the now defunct Williamsville restaurant.Schultz Auctioneers will hold an on-site auction at the inn, 8326 Main Street, beginning at 10 a.m. Aug. 6. There will be a preview of items at 8 a.m. The contents up for grab include three train cars, the restaurant’s bar, memorab…

F.I.T. Method Studio has moved its fitness and personal training facility to North Tonawanda and will reopen Aug. 1.Formerly located at 67 W. Chippewa St. in Buffalo, the company will occupy the former Ascension Church, 172 Robinson St. at Vandervoort Street in North Tonawanda. The facility offers group and personal training, fitness classes and mixed martial arts as well …

Cheektowaga will soon have two new indoor recreation centers.Billy Beez, an indoor children’s playground, is expected to begin construction at Walden Galleria within two weeks. It will feature 18,000 square feet of slides, climbing tubes, trampolines and obstacle courses as well as a child-sized sports court with soccer nets and basketball hoops. It will be located on th…

Two home brewers from Niagara County have had their recipe produced by Flying Bison Brewery as the official craft beer of the 2015 Erie County Fair.John Crossett of North Tonawanda and Brian Milleville of Niagara Falls beat out 111 other homebrew entries to win “Best in Show” in the Fair’s second annual Home Brew Competition. The drink was chosen by 16 professional b…

This morning, I woke up to my little daughter asking, “Mommy, you can cuddle fo’ one little minute or do ya hafta bring home da bacon today?”Teaching kids about money is scary, especially if you feel like you don’t have a good handle on it yourself. But the good news is, you don’t have to be an expert to talk about money with your kids – you just have to do it,…

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Fast-food workers in New York State working at national restaurant chains were all but ensured a major raise Wednesday when a state Wage Board recommended increasing the minimum wage for them to $15 per hour.The board unanimously recommend that the increase be enacted incrementally by 2018 in New York City and by July 1, 2021, across the rest of the state. The move does no…

Four varieties of toothpaste have been recalled because they may contain wood fragments. The products were sold at Wegmans.• Biotene Toothpaste, Fluoride, Dry Mouth, Fresh Mint Original, in the 4.3-ounce container with the UPC code 0-48582-10050 and the product code of X3J271, X3K171, X3K291, X3N171, X4B061, X4B081, X4C251, X4D291, X4D301, X4E08A, X4G131 or X4H111.• Bi…

Tops Friendly Markets has released its latest list of Price Lock Guarantee items – a seasonal list of price cuts on commonly bought products.The list includes picnic and grilling products, such as strip steaks and ground turkey, as well as household items such as paper towels, Kleenex, Tide laundry detergent and bar soap. Other commonly-bought items on the list are hummu…

Like me, the people at “The Simple Dollar” blog aren’t against going to college, they’re against “paying huge sums of money for an education that doesn’t lead anywhere,” writes blogger Holly Johnson.So Johnson came up with 10 in-demand, growing jobs that can’t yet be outsourced or given to robots, using data from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Bureau …