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Whether you think of them as a smaller motorcycle or a powerful bicycle alternative, scooters are beloved for one thing: fun. Touted as a starter ride, commuting vehicle, or backup transportation, scooters have more going for them than just kicks. High fuel efficiency, lower insurance cost and easier parking are among the other benefits. Steve Sortisio, owner of Erie Co…

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It seemed like it would never get here, but summer is finally in full swing. From old favorites like the Erie County Fair to a new BPO show at the Richardson Olmsted Complex, these events will help you make the most of the rest of the season. Galbani Buffalo Italian Heritage Festival July 13-16 After 29 years on Hertel Avenue, the second-largest festival of its kind i…

By Jim Cobran Sometimes it takes a little while for trends to catch up in WNY. But, when they do, they really do. Right now we’re in the midst of a burgeoning mass of bike trails — both on-road (a.k.a. streetscape bicycle lanes), and off-road hike/bike paths. I’ll admit to being a latecomer, rejoining the area’s cyclists three summers ago. But with the …

The idea for Oogie Games, a local chain of video game stores, began with a single gaming system — a broken Nintendo NES that Kevin McMullen bought online, repaired and sold for a profit. “After that, I started asking my friends for Nintendos, putting ads in the paper and hitting garage sales,” said McMullen, 35, founder and CEO. “I was never a huge gamer, but I …

For most of us, summertime means entertaining. And Buffalo loves a party in the summer, which begins for many sun-starved Western New Yorkers when the thermometer crosses 60 degrees. While meeting friends out at a local establishment is always fun, it can get expensive — and there’s something special about getting friends together at your home. Instead of throwing t…

Is this the year you make the leap and purchase a new home? Even as interest rates and home prices inch up, buying a home can still be the better option over renting. One of the biggest benefits of home ownership is the ability to build equity over time. Then there are the tax deductions. Not to mention the freedom to make your house your home. (When you rent, you can’t …

One of the best things about summer is Western New York’s farmers’ markets. Here’s where to get your hands on fresh produce, homemade goodies and more from spring through fall. Buffalo Clinton/Bailey 1443 Clinton St., Buffalo Sunday–Friday, 7 a.m.–6 p.m.; Saturday, 6 a.m.–6 p.m. Clintonbaileymarket.com Downtown Main Street between Court & Church s…

Shuck, salivate, slurp. Feeling clammy yet? That may not be a bad thing, especially when it comes to summertime traditions like clam shacks in Western New York. When the “Open” sign clicks on after a long winter, dining on shellfish al fresco is a sure sign that the living is easy and the heat is on. While the number of clam shacks in the region has diminished ov…

By Devon Dams-O’Connor There’s something tranquil and enchanting about horses. Their steady, slowly swaying gait gently rocks riders around the ring, providing a regal vantage point that lifts them above their troubles and positions them, momentarily, in the imaginary saddle of a knight, cowgirl or king. At Lothlorien Therapeutic Riding Center in East Aurora and …

By Devon Dams-O’Connor All is well inside the calm confines of a greenhouse. Bone-chilling winds could be whipping hail sideways, but under nurseries’ silver-framed translucent cloches, filtered sunlight warms the skin and relaxes the shoulders. The air is humid and alive – an organic aromatherapy spa fragrant with moss, peat, minerals and subtle earthy perfumes. …

As the proverb goes, “necessity is the mother of invention.” In the case of Christian Johnson, the necessity was having a son who was about to get his driver’s license. Like most parents, Johnson was terrified thinking of her teenager behind the wheel. She knew she couldn’t always be in the car with him, so the 40-year-old Buffalo native did the next best thing …

Congratulations! You’re moving into your dream home. Or maybe you’re relocating for a new job. Or downsizing now that the kids are gone. Whatever your reason, packing and moving can take away from the excitement of a new home. Here are some tips to help you get organized, save money and ensure a smooth move. Part one: Packing and prep The first step, of course, is…

Worshiping in the great outdoors is something Cathy Linden Leathers loves about summer. Her parish – St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in South Buffalo – conducts mass out on the church lawn when weather permits. This shows we are alive and also serves as an outreach. You never know when that one soul who has been searching just might cross your path, and our parish…

A portobello mushroom eggs Benedict with spinach and smoked gouda. Corned beef hash with a cup of French press coffee prepared tableside. All over town, chefs are elevating their brunch menus with dishes like these, choosing inventive, farm-fresh ingredients and inviting diners to relax, catch up and enjoy a bubbly pick-me-up. (It doesn’t hurt that, thanks to the “M…

Shoppers caught up in buying “fast fashion” — trends on the cheap — may not realize there can be high ethical, social and environmental costs. And while a growing number of national and global clothing designers are making ethical practices a priority – companies like Patagonia and Alternative Apparel – what if you also care about shopping local? Luckily,…