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Imagine uprooting your family and starting over in a new country, hoping for a better life. Assimilating to a new culture, needing to learn a new language, just to survive day-to-day life. For many of Buffalo’s newest residents, this is the reality. The city’s refugee population continues to grow, especially on the West Side, and it’s hugely diverse; Lafayette Hig…

Good interior design entails more than picking out a paint chip and a couple of funky throw pillows. The following tips will help you create spaces so beautiful you may just never want to leave the house. Build around one piece Whether it’s a hand-painted vase, a tapestry that’s been in your family for generations or a unique fabric, an “inspiration piece” can …

Just as everyone has a hairstyle, a speaking style or a bowling style, there’s your home style. A quick Google search of “homestyle” yields something fried or with gravy. Anecdotally, (and thanks to cable TV) we know that’s not true. One’s home style is a deeply personal expression of their tastes in decor and a reflection of the energy they wish to convey in t…

Some folks call them the Charlie’s Angels of real estate. They may not take on crime-fighting tasks via speakerphone, but they did work as a team to double their volume in the first year of business, and are on pace to double it again this year.The Elizabeth Stablewski group of Nothnagle Realtors in Orchard Park was formed two years ago to offer home buyers and sellers a…

Tending good bar takes more than mixing a decent drink, particularly in a city that ranks #10 in the nation for bars per capita. Many of Buffalo’s favorite bartenders are so popular because of their ability to make you feel at home from the very first time you walk in; an elusive skill that can make or break a bar experience. From the entertaining trivia night at Foundin…

There are brands I love: Heinz Ketchup (“Slow Good”), Hellman’s (“Real Mayonnaise”), Coca-Cola (“It’s the Real Thing”), and my favorite brand of wine, Robert Mondavi. I don’t remember exactly when I had my first glass of Robert Mondavi, but I do know it was in the 1970s. Mondavi wines are available at a range of price points, and I’ve found all of th…

When the summer hits, many Western New York families head for the highways. But a road trip is not as simple as it sounds, and there is some planning to do for successful — and safe — travel. From making sure you have your car prepared in the unlikely event of a roadside emergency, to keeping the kids occupied and staving off the “I’m boreds," we’ve got you cover…

There is something to be said about the four walls that protect you from an often-cold world.  In his winning MVP speech recently, basketball star Kevin Durant opened up about being virtually homeless as a boy, bouncing from apartment to apartment with his mom and older brother, until one day they got their own place. He choked up describing how they sat down on the fl…

Donna Propis, 67, rushes to the yoga class she takes twice a week at the Amherst Senior Center. She’s in a hurry but the hooting from the lounge makes her stop for a moment to see what’s going on. A group of seniors are clapping, sighing, and catcalling as two 80-somethings square off against each other … at the bowling alley … on the computer screen. Totally eng…

Western New York is like “a big secret." At least that’s how Christie Rothschild, the president of the Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors sees it. She joked, “We should do more PR on what a great place it is to live.” Well, the “secret” is starting to get out. In the last year, Forbes magazine put Buffalo at the top of its list for most affordable cities…

Let’s face it; very few husbands are good at everything (even though they might argue otherwise). When it comes to home repairs, they usually fall into three categories: 1) those who tackle any project with ease; 2) those who think they can; and 3) those who call an electrician to change a light bulb. “I definitely have my limitations and know pretty quickly if a job…

Zandra Azariah Cunningham has her future pretty well planned. She’ll graduate from Tapestry Charter School in June, attend Nardin Academy in the fall, and then college. Along the way, she’ll grow her product line, hire more staff, and plan her manufacturing facility. Unlikely? Not at all. At 13, Cunningham is one of Western New York’s youngest entrepreneurs. She s…

Summer is on the horizon, which means burger season has officially opened. While the warm months give weekend grillmasters the opportunity to hone their skills at home, who doesn’t enjoy a burger even more when it’s expertly prepared out on the town? Here is an informal and incomplete (yet highly satisfying) burger tour of WNY. The Delaware Pub & Grill 3410 Delaw…

Ambient lighting, soothing aromatherapy fragrances, soft music piped in from a sophisticated sound system and a relaxing massage. A luxurious day at the spa? No, just a few new features of the S-Class Mercedes-Benz. And while this euphoria on four wheels may be among the sexier auto features today, cars ranging from high-end to more affordable have more unique (and prac…