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Niagara Street is quickly becoming Buffalo’s newest “it” neighborhood, resulting in a major uptick in upscale apartments. In addition to a flurry of business activity, including Resurgence Brewery, Ru’s Pierogi, Body of Trade and Commerce Gallery, and more recently Love in Motion yoga studio and Bootleg Bucha kombucha brewery, the area has attracted a slew of re…

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Mary Busch Charmed By Wine Williamsville native Mary Busch, creative force behind Charmed By Wine, grew up in a large family that shared a passion for great food. With 20-plus guests at any given gathering, her Italian relatives were forever asking, “Is that my glass?” or “Where did I put my wine?” Necessity being the mother of invention, Busch developed a un…

The locale: Sometimes called “the Dale,” the hamlet is about an hour south of Buffalo, tucked alongside Cassadaga Lake in Chautauqua County. The scoop: The spiritualist community welcomes (for a $15-per-person gate fee) both the curious and the true believers to this quaint Victorian enclave that’s been home to mediums since the late 1800s. Lily Dale’s season ru…

There’s no better time to begin planning your trip to Southern Ontario. With the U.S. dollar still strong, and a region that offers so much in terms of activities, food and accommodations, it’s a great time to explore and visit for a day, a weekend – or even longer. Here’s the nitty-gritty on just some of the possibilities across the river.   Shaw Festiv…

For home tour enthusiasts, the Bellevue Avenue mansions of Newport, Rhode Island are a “must-do” trip. We visited last July but will return this summer because we needed more time to explore the wonderful city. Technically located on Aquidneck Island, the city has a rich history. Founded in the mid-1600s, Newport played important roles in the Revolutionary War befor…

As Lisa Parks prepared to retire from her career as a public school teacher, she and her husband, Michael, contemplated their next steps. Eventually, they decided to open a bed-and-breakfast and, after exploring several properties, settled on 288 Linwood Avenue: a stunning circa-1870, Second Empire-style home they believe was designed by Oscar S. Lang, the general contract…

Last year, the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library asked if I would be willing to donate wine to their gala auction. As literacy and youth are two of the causes we support most at The Buffalo News, I did not hesitate to oblige. Last year, the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library asked if I would be willing to donate wine to their gala auction. As literacy and y…

Three years ago I had my first bottle of Cayuse, and I will never forget it. We were visiting Washington and having dinner at Canlis, one of Seattle’s great restaurants. I was overwhelmed by the wine list; the restaurant employs five sommeliers, so is highly committed to wine. With some help from the head sommelier, we finally decided on a 2005 Cayuse Cailloux. I was …

Here at Buffalo Magazine we like to have our cake and eat it too. And since there is no law against getting something to eat while you shop for something to eat, we offer these great local places where you can stock up on items for your pantry while fueling up yourself. Here are some off-the-beaten-path-places where you can shop while you dine: BreadHive Bakery &…

From the debut of a pierogi festival to a nearly 20-year-old historic homes tour, there’s plenty to eat, experience and explore in WNY. Satiate your appetite for fun with these enticing events, and support some worthy causes while you’re at it.   Women Who Move the City May 10 It takes a village. Celebrate the amazing women who volunteer throughout WNY…

Slowly and quietly, the monks of the Abbey of the Genesee walk to shiny wooden choir stalls for daily prayer. Some are younger, while many are older with an average age of about 65. Some require canes and walkers and almost all wear long white robes with black scapulars draped over their shoulders. The monks belong to the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance…

When some of us think “wallpaper,” we get a soothing vision of quaint floral or fruit prints from our grandmother’s kitchen. Or, if you’ve ever tackled renovations on an older home, discovering layers upon layers of old wallpaper to painstakingly remove, it may be a word that’s not quite so sweet. But one look at today’s options for the centuries-old decorat…

Do you envy participants on home makeover TV shows or salivate while flipping through shelter magazines? Everything looks so dazzling and new, but you can’t justify the expense of an interior redo. Don’t despair. You can jazz up any room with style swaps that carry a powerful punch. Pamela Witte, owner of White Orchard Home Furnishings in Orchard Park, said some of …

By Tim Fenster When Larry Ball, a Cassadaga retiree and part-time farmer, decided to add a solar system to his new home, his financial advisor cautioned him that the savings may not be worth the cost. But Ball knew what he was getting into. His new solar system — bought to supplement his existing solar and wind turbine systems — has allowed him total energy indep…

Over the past few years, tracking the vacant downtown industrial buildings that have been transformed into residential housing has become a challenge. It’s amazing to think that just 15 years ago, residential lofts in Buffalo barely existed; the first major conversion opened for tenants in 2002 at The Lofts @ Elk Terminal in the Cobblestone District. It was a big r…