In business, breaking up is not only hard, it’s expensive. Adam Pratt, the president of Town of Tonawanda fastener manufacturer Sherex Fastening Solutions, is learning that the hard way. His relationship with James Pickren, Sherex’s minority owner, turned sour just a year after Pickren was named as the company’s CEO, roiling relationships with staff and eventua…

The MedLaw Cancer Partnership of Western New York, an effort to provide free legal assistance to Erie County Medical Center patients, opened Thursday at the hospital. The partnership is a project of the Center for Elder Law & Justice, ECMC, Western New York Breast Health and the ECMC Foundation. It intends to link lawyers with doctors, nurses, social workers and oth…

Two rival developers who teamed up to bid on the right to build a second hospitality high school say they will proceed independently on their downtown properties if Buffalo Public Schools turns down their proposal. Uniland Development Co. and Rocco Termini's Signature Development Buffalo LLC won approval from the city Planning Board this week to construct a comple…

Life Storage's earnings rose by 30 percent during the fourth quarter as higher rent and rising occupancy at its self storage facilities helped the Amherst-based company's profits top analyst forecasts. Life Storage, which was known as Sovran Self Storage until its $1.3 billion Life Storage acquisition in July, had funds from operations of $60.7 million, or $1.31 per…

A Buffalo construction firm that has been headquartered for years in the Larkinville area plans to turn a neglected Genesee Street building into its new office and equipment storage. Hayes Construction Services, owned by Jeff and Mindy Hayes, bought the two-story building at 656 Genesee St. with plans to renovate the dilapidated building. The company has outgrown …

The $24 million makeover of the 1912 office building on Franklin into a boutique hotel with rotating bar and restaurant is nearly complete. An April opening is planned.

Bon-Ton will expand its shop-local initiative, tripling the number of "Close to Home" shops in its stores and soliciting more local vendors. The department store launched the regional shop-within-a-shop concept last fall, featuring community-themed merchandise and products made by local artists, designers, artisans and entrepreneurs. Five Buffalo-area shops offer items …

West Seneca has a new barber shop. Armstrong's Barber Shop is open at 2852 Seneca St. in West Seneca. There are four master barbers wielding the scissors, from age 21 to 30, including owner Zachary Armstrong. The 425-square-foot shop aims for an old-school feel offering modern haircuts and "laid-back and relaxing environment." Services are by appointment only.

ClearView Social, a Buffalo social media analytics startup, has signed its first local law firm as a client, Colligan Law in Buffalo. ClearView Social's services are designed to make it easier for companies to share content from social media and position them as being knowledgeable in their area of specialization, while also encouraging interaction with clients and pote…

Krog Corp.'s redevelopment of the Trico Building in downtown Buffalo will cost about $10 million less than previously planned, under a new plan that no longer includes the Emerson School of Hospitality. Krog is still trying to regain the popular Buffalo public school as a tenant in the sprawling 10-story complex at 791-817 Washington St. But it faces an uphill battle af…

The tuxedo-clad gentleman from Monopoly, with his top hat and white mustache, would be jumping for joy over how many new hotels are going up and old hotels are undergoing renovation throughout Buffalo Niagara. But is it sustainable? From bare-bones basics and airport convenience to suites and luxury-level high-rises, developers and hotel operators have offered a host…

The long-awaited Curtiss Hotel is scheduled to open on Franklin Street in April. Nearly eight years after the project was first proposed – and after multiple construction delays – the bulk of the work on the $24 million project is complete. The building’s infrastructure, elevators, mechanical systems, walls and floor coverings are in place. [PHOTO GALLERY: A lo…

A small Buffalo historic developer who has specialized in restoring long-neglected homes and other buildings in Allentown is branching into hospitality with a proposal to turn a Delaware Avenue home near Gates Circle into a small boutique hotel. Noel Sutton's Sutton Development Group wants to transform a three-story brick-and-masonry building at 1296 Delaware into the …

In the Ransom Oaks community of Amherst, the raging neighborhood argument isn’t about schools, suburban sprawl or crime. It is about a golf cart trail. A 4-year-old lawsuit over the trail is causing turmoil in this community of about 1,100 residents next to the Glen Oaks Golf Course. Neighbors are taking on the Ransom Oaks homeowners’ association over the laws…