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A story in New York magazine has stirred discussion on a recurring theme in this area: whether people who have moved away can be persuaded to come back. The article, plus a story in Sunday's Buffalo News, looked especially at people in their late 20s and early 30s who are mulling priorities different from when they were fresh out of college, such as being closer to family …

The annual Inc. magazine list of the nation's fastest-growing companies is out, giving some businesses that don't usually receive attention a chance to share their stories. Inc. has expanded the list to 5,000 members from 500 previously. That has opened the door to more companies from Western New York making the list -- this year, 25 in all. Many of these companies gener…

Several retired workers at the Democratic National Convention talked about the difficulty in making ends meet during retirement. For some, rising costs are outstripping fixed incomes. Many are taking steps to live even more frugally, including growing their own vegetables and cutting back on even meager luxuries. Have your experiences or expectations of retirement change…

There used to be two bills for home phone service, one local and one long-distance. It was after the government split up AT&T. That was a victory for consumers, but it's not a good memory. Having two phone companies was a hassle.    Now most homes have one phone company again — by choice. (Not counting cellular here.) And the phone company isn't just sell…

Save-A-Lot is closing its grocery store in Central Park Plaza, once again leaving a void in the struggling retail plaza. A similar thing happened in 2003, when Quality Markets closed. Save-A-Lot was welcomed as a boost the following year.City officials say it's important to neighborhood residents to recruit another grocery store to that site. But that is just one challenge…

For Brooks Anderson, weathered barns are far from a sight for sore eyes. Anderson, who started Buffalo Barn Board, enlists the help of subcontractors to take apart Western New York barns and then reuse the wood for floors, mantel pieces or display. His customers pay a pretty penny for the high-end products, but other companies and organizations like nonprofit, Buffalo ReUs…

   Halfway through the year, Buffalo Niagara's existing home sales were down 7 percent from a year ago.    The question now facing the local market is, can it close the gap in the second half of the year?    The results for July and August should provide some indication, since they tend to generate some of the highest figures of the year. …

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 …

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…