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Buffalo Magazine: Style

Too tight. Too loose. Too long. Too short. Size four in one store. Size eight in another store. It’s a sizing conundrum, a retail maze without an exit. Picture this: you are desperate for a new pair of skinny jeans — that perfect pair that hugs your hips and lifts your butt without being too tight. You walk into Gap, where you have always worn a size 8, but the size 8 j…

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When David Kaplan of Williamsville sees a Playboy magazine, it likely makes him think of his late grandfather, Lou Horwitz. But the reason why may surprise you. Lou Horwitz — along with his friends Charlie Thomas and Norm Richardson — created a revolutionary new car called the Playboy, which made its debut in February 1947. Dubbed “the nation’s new car sensation,” the P…

Cars are manufactured to get us from point ‘A’ to point ‘B,’ but they haven’t been about transportation since 1929 when Paul Galvin invented the first car radio. People choose cars to match their style. Sure, economics play a role in whether your ride is pimped or proper, but your car selection still says a lot about you. The Lone Ranger had Silver. You might not wear a…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

While there’s something to be said for umbrella-drinks-on-the-beach vacations — and the mental break that comes with them — there are also getaways that expand your mind instead of emptying it. You can spend a week (or a whole summer) exploring some of life’s most important questions just 90 minutes south of Buffalo at The Chautauqua Institution, a 750-acre lake community …

A secret blend of local apples is used to create One Foot Cock brandy. The fermenting, distilling and bottling takes place by hand on the whiskey farm in Bennington, an 8-acre gentleman’s estate owned by Frank Weber. One Foot Cock apple brandy starts as raw cider from Smith Orchard in Wheatfield that’s fermented into a hard cider and then distilled using a custom pot st…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

Looking for a novel way to spend a night in Toronto? Many of the city’s top family attractions offer sleepover options you (and the kids) won’t soon forget. Sleep with the fishes Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada offers an overnight adventure called “Sleep with Sharks,” where families can spread their sleeping bags out in a 315-foot-long acrylic tunnel under the Dangerous Lago…

Is financial stress leaving the “hot sauce” in your marriage not-so-hot? Or perhaps you’re planning your wedding, and the subject of money and finances is already a sore spot. Whether you are walking down the aisle for the first, second, or third time — or you’ve been married for years — love and money are a challenging mix for most couples. Years ago, as a traditional…

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Ever since the first horseless carriage was introduced, Buffalo has played an important role in the automotive industry. From the Thomas Flyer to the Pierce-Arrow, from the Playboy car to Chevys and Fords, plus tires, windshield wipers and more, our area boasts a rich automotive heritage. Many Buffalonians have auto industry connections so it’s no wonder car collecting …

I’ve been married more than once. I maintain they add up fast. There’s the starter marriage in your 20s. (It’s good to get the first one over with.) Once the training wheels are off, you’re ready for your first varsity shot in your 30s. (You knew all along there were serious issues, but you convinced yourself it was you, not your spouse. Guess what? It was your spouse.) Th…

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

The trouble with our second annual Buffalo’s Best Husband contest? With 128 very eligible nominees, only one could be named winner. Choosing him wasn’t easy. The nominating essays that poured in this year were heartfelt, thoughtful and appreciative. It took us weeks to read, re-read and narrow down the entries, until 12 finalists were put to a final staff-wide vote. …