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Samantha Christmann

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


The United Way’s CASH Coalition will bring financial literacy help to Buffalo neighborhoods this summer.Its Financial Wellness Tour will bring financial institutions and service providers into “hard to reach” communities in the city to spread awareness about resources that are available to help low-income families build assets.The free, public events will feature financial…

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Cabela’s is coming, and it’s expected to be a big lure for outdoor types.For the Cheektowaga store’s Aug. 7 opening, both town police and state troopers will be on hand to control what are expected to be very large crowds and high volumes of traffic.At other Cabela’s store openings, thousands of people have lined up outside in the wee hours of the morning, eager for a peek…

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Scharf’s Schiller Park German Restaurant has been reincarnated as Scharf’s German Restaurant und Bar.The iconic tavern relocated from its longtime South Crossman Street home in Buffalo to 2683 Clinton St. in West Seneca.It held a soft opening Monday night with a limited menu and will host another one tonight to help train staff in preparation for the grand opening on Wedne…

The GenHERation Summer Leadership Series, a leadership camp for high school girls, will be offered in Buffalo for four weeks beginning Tuesday.It’s the brainchild of GenHERation CEO Katlyn Grasso, a senior at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, whose goal is to help women bridge gaps in power and become “catalysts of social change.”“Although women now out…

If you could just win the lottery, all your problems would be solved, right?Maybe so, but the path to financial security is much less glamorous and far more practical than that.Michael Finley, a self-made millionaire and author of the blog, TheCrazyManInThePinkWig.com, says finding lasting financial peace is not a pipe dream for most people – it’s a doable, realistic goal …

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The owner of Toro Tapas Bar and Faherty’s is selling both Elmwood Avenue hot spots to open a distillery downtown. Nick Kotrides, with partner Eric Heuser, will open Niagara Distilling Co. at 459 Ellicott St. this winter.“This is a career change for me,” Kotrides said. “It’s a dream I’ve had for a long time.”The craft distill…

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The owner of Toro Tapas Bar and Faherty’s is selling both Elmwood Avenue hot spots to open a distillery downtown. Nick Kotrides, with partner Eric Heuser, will open Niagara Distilling Co. at 459 Ellicott St. this winter.“This is a career change for me,” Kotrides said. “It’s a dream I’ve had for a long time.”The craft distillery will produce gluten-free spirits from scratch…

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As a teenager, there was nothing Bonnie Michlin loved more than a shopping trip to the Summit Park Mall in Wheatfield.As an adult mom, she still goes to malls regularly, but there are plenty of other retail options vying for her affection.“It used to be that the mall was, like, the place to go,” she said. “But now it’s like there are so many different places that offer so …

Moving? You have my sympathies.Unless you can afford to hire a moving company.Then you have my condolences.After years of schlepping my own junk from one apartment to another, I was so happy to finally have the help of a moving company when we moved into our house.Fortunately, our moving company was pretty good. But for many people, hiring movers can spell serious trouble.…

Travers Collins & Co., a well-known Buffalo advertising and public relations firm, has been acquired by the Martin Group, a branding and marketing company owned by a former protégé of Travers Collins’ co-founders.A handful of public relations employees will move to the new firm, and co-founder William M. Collins will stay on into the fall as a senior consultant to help wit…

It’s summertime, and the slimeballs are kicking into high gear, according to the state attorney general.The attorney general’s office released a list of the most notorious scams specifically targeting elderly New Yorkers. Each one is a ruse to get your money or personal information.They are:The grandparent scam. A caller pretends to be your grandchild, saying they’re in so…

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Catch the Brose family at a red light and you’ll hear the five Brose children (and even mom and dad) belting “Let it Go,” the Oscar-winning song from Disney’s smash hit “Frozen.”Back at their Cheektowaga home, it’s all Frozen all the time. The four girls – ages 1 through 11 – take turns pretending to be Princess Anna and Queen Elsa, act out scenes from the movie and watch …

Just a little more than a year after announcing plans to build its first New York store in Cheektowaga, Cabela’s has announced its grand opening date. The store will open at 11 a.m. Aug. 7 – about six weeks ahead of schedule.Cabela’s quick turnaround cuts a stark contrast to the nine-year saga in which Buffalo engaged Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s biggest competitor. After drag…

Last week, I wrote about some really cool activities families can enjoy this summer without breaking the bank.But Western New York has more free family fun than you can shake a Discount Diva column at, so here’s round two.• Young Audiences Western New York. The programming offered by this non-profit group of highly-trained, professional teaching artists could keep you busy…

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Is Paula’s Donuts coming to a corner near you? It could be.Owner Paula Huber is on the lookout for the popular donut shop’s third store, which will be located somewhere in the Southtowns, she confirmed Friday.An exact location has yet to be determined. “We haven’t even started looking yet,” Huber said. “But everyone keeps saying, ‘Come to the Southtowns, come to the Southt…