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Every year, the holidays go by way too fast — and we often get far too little out of them. From the whirlwind of cookie-cutter parties to the family gathering that goes south before the first snap of the game, it can get old. So why not try something new? Buck tradition this year and consider incorporating some new ideas into your celebrations. You just may find they …

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

Every morning Diana Donnarumma of Buffalo wakes up and makes an effort — make-up, a nice outfit and a positive attitude to match. You’d never know that the 25-year-old was struggling with a severe autoimmune disorder. "I was going to college in Miami and majoring in Spanish and marketing/PR when I found out I had been undiagnosed with Lyme disease for 12 years. That…

Buffalo Magazine: Style

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…but as any ‘elf’ can tell you, the wonderful doesn’t just happen. With so many celebrations and so much to do, getting in the holiday spirit can seem an exhausting proposition. But there are ways to get from festive point A to joyful point B without losing it. Try these holiday hacks for speedy ways to get your merry on. …

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As our gift to you, we’ve rounded up ten fun and festive ideas that are sure to put you in the spirit, and may just take some of the stress out of the holidays. From small business shopping to a colossal cookie exchange, try these events on for size. Nov. 24: Elmwood Village Black Friday with Boutiques Various shops in Elmwood Village The busiest shopping day of…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

The locale: A five-hour drive northeast, including border-crossing at the scenic Thousand Islands. The scoop: Canada’s national capital has been a major commercial post since its founding as a fur-and-lumber town — the name Ottawa derives from an Algonquian word meaning “to trade.” These days shopping is still a draw, especially around the holidays. Even on sn…

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The hunt for holiday gifts is officially on. Instead of battling the mall crowds this year, consider one of Western New York’s many holiday pop-up shops. From handmade to vintage to Buffalo-themed wares, local holiday pop-up shops are just like they sound: temporary, limited-time-only retail spaces, set up in office buildings, empty storefronts, museums and more. They…

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As with most things in life, "What’s good for the goose is good for the gander." After years of being barred entry to the man cave – that mysterious lair for sports watching, video game playing and general tinkering — the ladies have responded with their own private sanctuaries. The escapes for those of the female persuasion are typically well-appointed and sunlig…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

As all the backcountry campers plodded past us, my husband and I should have known something was different in the Allegheny National Forest. I’d never seen as many trekkers loaded down with gear for multiple days in the woods. There we were, a pair of urban-dwelling tent-and-car campers not prepared for much more than a couple hours’ hike. And that was before we got lo…

Buffalo Magazine: Style

A few generations ago, dressing up in costume was something you did on Halloween…until you grew out of it. But in Peter Pan fashion, an increasing number of adults don’t want to grow up. Somewhere along the line — perhaps when superhero movies started being released annually — dressing up became an adult thing, too. When it goes beyond the annual Halloween party…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

There are so many meaningful organizations that need our help. Recently, a friend asked if I’d help promote awareness for breast cancer research for the local Susan G. Komen chapter. If you’re like me, breast cancer has touched someone you know, and you’ve witnessed the challenges that go along with it. My wife’s cousin, Doris, has been my inspiration; she’…

Buffalo Magazine: Shopping

Mint Berry Market Aubrey Hlavaty Accountant-turned-artist Aubrey Hlavaty is the creative force behind Mint Berry Market. Drawing inspiration from her young daughters as well as vintage items, Hlavaty turns her charming hand-drawn and painted designs into digital images, which she then reproduces to create one-of-kind baby, toddler and adult apparel and accessories.…

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

Nick Bond’s "Quinn Time" starts every morning at 7:00. He walks into his son’s bedroom and lifts him out of his crib, and after a quick diaper change, they lie in bed and watch an episode of The Lion Guard, Quinn’s favorite TV show. Then it’s playtime while Nick feeds him breakfast. Their hour and a half of uninterrupted one-on-one time is baked into Quinn’s d…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

What do you do when you love food, want to be healthy, and have an insanely busy schedule with little time for food prep? Take advantage of one of the new wave of prepared meal services available in WNY. These aren’t make-it-yourself meal kits (á la Blue Apron) or processed frozen dinners. They’re single-serving meals sold in to-go locations most often found in str…

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Jon Duffie spends a lot of time at home working on his projects. While others might toil away fixing up a car or motorcycle, Duffie’s focus is decidedly more otherworldly. He builds droids. "I’ve been working on my R2 unit for nearly a decade," said Duffie. "I spend a lot on parts. He usually needs repairs for something." What Duffie has built is highly impres…

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You’ve probably never been to "Duke’s Pub" in Blasdell. It’s likely you’ve driven right by without knowing what you’re missing. That’s because Duke’s is a man cave, the brainchild of Joe Best. It’s been two years since the 48-year-old Best turned his garage into a full bar complete with a big screen TV, walls covered with Buffalo sports memorabilia an…