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Cars are manufactured to get us from point ‘A’ to point ‘B,’ but they haven’t been about transportation since 1929 when Paul Galvin invented the first car radio. People choose cars to match their style. Sure, economics play a role in whether your ride is pimped or proper, but your car selection still says a lot about you. The Lone Ranger had Silver. You might no…

While there’s something to be said for umbrella-drinks-on-the-beach vacations — and the mental break that comes with them —  there are also getaways that expand your mind instead of emptying it. You can spend a week (or a whole summer) exploring some of life’s most important questions just 90 minutes south of Buffalo at The Chautauqua Institution, a 750-acre lake …

BFLO Distilling Company bflodistilling.com One Foot Cock Apple Brandy ($38-$48) Owners Andrew Wegrzyn, Owner/Distiller Frank J. Weber III, Owner/Distiller Eric “The Chief” Kempisty Owner/Distiller, Chief Engineer Daniel “Drigz” Ricigliano Jr., Distiller/Head of Craft Cocktail and Bitters Development A secret blend of local apples is used to create One Foot Cock …

My mother had a great expression: “Mutton dressed as lamb.” Loosely translated, it’s when a woman of a certain age insists on trying to look like she’s still in her twenties. I sometimes think I’m guilty of this, mainly because I’m not ready to dress like a middle-aged woman, even though at 48, that’s exactly what I am. So how do “I still want to be funky…

Looking for a novel way to spend a night in Toronto? Many of the city’s top family attractions offer sleepover options you (and the kids) won’t soon forget. Sleep with the fishes Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada offers an overnight adventure called “Sleep with Sharks,” where families can spread their sleeping bags out in a 315-foot-long acrylic tunnel under the Dang…

Is financial stress leaving the “hot sauce” in your marriage not-so-hot? Or perhaps you’re planning your wedding, and the subject of money and finances is already a sore spot. Whether you are walking down the aisle for the first, second, or third time — or you’ve been married for years — love and money are a challenging mix for most couples. Years ago, as a t…

Ever since the first horseless carriage was introduced, Buffalo has played an important role in the automotive industry. From the Thomas Flyer to the Pierce-Arrow, from the Playboy car to Chevys and Fords, plus tires, windshield wipers and more, our area boasts a rich automotive heritage. Many Buffalonians have auto industry connections so it’s no wonder car collec…

I’ve been married more than once. I maintain they add up fast. There’s the starter marriage in your 20s. (It’s good to get the first one over with.) Once the training wheels are off, you’re ready for your first varsity shot in your 30s. (You knew all along there were serious issues, but you convinced yourself it was you, not your spouse. Guess what? It was your spo…

The trouble with our second annual Buffalo’s Best Husband contest?  With 128 very eligible nominees, only one could be named winner. Choosing him wasn’t easy. The nominating essays that poured in this year were heartfelt, thoughtful and appreciative. It took us weeks to read, re-read and narrow down the entries, until 12 finalists were put to a final staff-wide vote.…

There is a hierarchy in any family. I am the youngest of seven kids, so our house was very much a battleground of wills. My parents, of course, were in charge, dispersing responsibilities to maintain a properly functioning household. Dad had absolute and unquestioned control over every manner that mom didn’t feel like governing. Once you got past my parents, there was an…