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It's thinner. It's faster. It comes in white.   Thousands of people around the globe waited in line for the launch of Apple's iPhone 3G Friday. Though many of them already own the original iPhone - some of them paid hundreds of dollars for it just months ago - early adopters are dishing out another $200 for the souped up version.      But, is it worth…

With huge coffee chain Starbucks announcing it will close 600 stores nationwide, local consumers are wondering whether the specialty cafe is just too expensive for Buffalo.      With increased pressure from rival chains Tim Hortons, Dunkin' Donuts, and McDonalds, Starbucks no longer has a lock on the market it helped launch in Seattle nearly two decades ago…

Performance Transportation Services has folded, shutting its Niagara County terminal and eliminating jobs.But the Teamsters is hopeful another carhauler will fill the void, and bring employees back to work in the process. It's not a great time for the car business, with new car sales slumping. But the union thinks the site will have appeal as a "backhaul" locatio…

As Canadian shoppers account for more and more of U.S. retail sales, savvy Western New York retailers are tailoring their offerings to Canadian tastes.      According to Jimmy Lee, clothing designer and president of gown shop TT New York, Canadians want simple, classic dresses without a lot of "pouf and beading."      "Everyth…

The strike continues at Performance Transportation Services, a walkout that includes 140 people at the car hauler's terminal in the Town of Niagara. The company argues the strike threatens PTS's survival and has urged workers to come back to work. The Teamsters say they are striking to enforce their position at the bargaining table. PTS's says its financial woes are part…

Call them what you may, direct sellers from The Pampered Chef, Mary Kay, and other companies are making the profits that few would imagine. It turns out that with a lot of hard work and tons of calls, direct sellers can run their own independent businesses. And as Marilyn Kowal, a seven year Mary Kay consultant, said "It's one of the businesses that recession doesn't …

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The stars of hit reality TV show "American Chopper" rolled into town Friday to unveil their custom creation at Darien Lake Theme Park Resort.       Pauly and Mikey Teutul, from Newburgh-headquartered custom motorcycle shop Orange County Choppers, displayed their latest work for a crowd of about 500 cheering fans. The motorcycle, inspired by …

  As federal economic stimulus checks continue hitting mailboxes this summer, several questions remain.     Will the influx of cash clear up the gloomy economic forecast?     Will people in Buffalo Niagara splurge on flat-screen TVs?     Will they squirrel their share of money away in anticipation of an economic meltdown?&n…

Some people spend money on shoes and sports collectibles. Others spend money on storing those items.    In a country where more is better self storage facilities are popping up. But along with pack rats, business people, divorcees, and the transient are paying for extra rooms to store their stuff. Items run the gamut from seasonal gear like snowblowers and lawnch…

   When the summer job is over, memories remain. From mopping the flooras a janitor, to sitting high in a lifeguard chair, such entry-level jobs are teachthe basics: showing up on time, dressing properly, and dealing with a boss.    Summer jobs also bolster the economy by filling lower level, less desirablepositions and pumping money into the consumer m…

   Well, we asked for your help. And we got it.    First, here's my story: I was recently approached by a friend who was having trouble installing his new DTV box. He said he went back to the big box store, where the help tried to sell him a new antenna ("digital-ready," which ALL antennas are).  It turned out it was a matter of using t…

     For years, upstate New York economic activists have been dreaming about a legislative overhaul of the Wicks Law, which requires local governments to hire separate contractors for heating, plumbing and electrical aspects of publicly contracted jobs larger than $50,000. But, thanks to an 11th hour addendum, critics said, that long-awaited reform has becom…

According to a UAW official, 81 percent of Buffalo-area UAW members who cast ballots on Monday voted in favor of an agreement to end a strike at American Axle & Manufacturing. The fate of the agreement won't be known until all the workers have voted, and a large UAW local in Detroit will not vote until Thursday. Workers acknowledged they were facing tough choices in …

Is the American Axle & Manufacturing strike near a resolution? It depends on who is talking. Early this week, UAW president Ron Gettelfinger told a Detroit radio interviewer that negotiations were thrown off track when American Axle introduced a proposal last Friday to close the Cheektowaga plant. He said he couldn't predict when the strike would end, and said many di…

Electronics retail giant the Apple Store refuses to accept cash for sales of its wildly popular iPhone, and also limits sales to five phones per person. Applerepresentatives say these policies are in place in order to guard against peoplewho might alter the phone so it can be used outside the AT&T network and resellthe phone at a higher price.     Indust…