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As the elevator begins its ascent, a young man extends a hand. “Hey Thurman. Tough season, but we’ll get ‘em next year.” With a smile and a nod, Thurman Thomas offers the requisite kind words and exits the elevator en route to his office. It’s the kind of encounter that’s commonplace when you are a Hall of Fame running back who rushed for more than 12,000…

by Jana Eisenberg In a different angle on recent “coming home” stories, interior designer Philippa Radon has officially moved to Buffalo after first visiting here with her husband Peter, a Lackawanna native, almost 20 years ago. “I felt instantly at home here, even as my flight landed for the first time on a snowy tarmac,” recalled Radon, a native of the U.K.…

From a modest second-story converted pigeon coop in Wyoming County, far from the recognized centers of architectural discourse, a Western New York firm is drawing widespread praise for its progressive work designing rural dwellings, and for its environmentally conscious design of a research facility on the edge of the rainforest in Madagascar. The firm has also taken on…

As part of this year’s Athena Awards, The Buffalo News (publisher of Buffalo Magazine) has the honor of naming the first-ever [BN]spired winner, an award given to a local “Say Yes” college scholarship recipient who has achieved the highest levels of academic, community and personal success. The winner is Danielle E. Burruss, a junior Public Communications major at…

by Martin Haumesser Every year, 10 finalists are named for the region’s most high-profile award honoring local women: the ATHENA. And every year, their collective accomplishments – in the business and non-profit world, and in their personal lives – are awe-inspiring. We wanted to find out more about what makes them tick: how they find time to do it all; what…

Feel like you’ve let your social life hibernate over the past few months? There’s no better time to get out and enjoy the perks of living in Western New York. Get a taste of our impressive dining scene, celebrate the area’s craft beverage boom, uncover what’s on trend in the world of home design and more with these carefully curated events. Local Restaurant Week…

For 30 years, Dick O’Neill has been providing customers the kind of honest, gimmick-free automotive service that reminds people of the good old days. Employed at the South Park Avenue garage since he was 16, O’Neill took it over when the previous owner, Paul Wiles, became ill. “I just couldn’t bear not to come in anymore,” said O’Neill. As it turns out, t…

by Tim Fenster Chris Kreiger, co-founder of the non-profit veterans’ assistance organization WNY Heroes, Inc., knows all too well the obstacles veterans face upon returning home from combat duty. A 10-year U.S. Army veteran, Kreiger served a 12-month combat tour in Iraq. He returned home with injuries to his right leg and lower back, hearing loss in both ears an…

They’ve served up laughs on 103.3 The Edge’s “Shredd and Ragan” morning show for more than two decades. They’ve mooed at Canadians, brought notoriety to the Niagara Falls police blotter and held a lawyer’s billboard head for ransom. They’ve also emerged as a ratings powerhouse and a Western New York institution, driving the water cooler conversation, or as…

It’s a frigid Tuesday evening and inside an old stone church in the heart of the Elmwood Village, Garrett Martin gathers his sheet music and readies his baton. On this night he will lead an eclectic group of 70 men through a rigorous rehearsal. Martin, a transplant who arrived here from Tennessee by way of Austin, Texas in 2013, is the artistic director of the Buff…

By Kristi Runyan When a new year dawns, words like “change” and “resolutions” are frequently batted about, usually regarding our physical health. But what about our state of mind? According to the National Institute of Mental Health, there were an estimated 43.6 million adults aged 18 or older in the United States with a mental or emotional disorder in 2014 …

At a time when complaints about stress and busyness are as ubiquitous as long drive-thru lines for your morning latte, it’s no wonder that more people — especially women — are seeking spiritual retreats. Whether it’s a weekend steeped in prayer or five days of intensive yoga and meditation, retreats offer a much-needed respite from urgent texts and emails, the d…

Before the advent of Fitbits and smartwatches, most of us probably thought of a fitness tracker as a clunky device that clipped to your belt and counted your steps. Helpful? Sure. Accurate? Maybe. Since then, wearable technology has exploded as an industry. Fitbit reported $506 million in revenue for the third quarter of 2016 alone, and Forbes estimates the entire weara…

Daniel Dorociak Doro Studios Buff State alum Daniel Dorociak’s dedication to the creative process is apparent in his handcrafted concrete pottery, stone art and sculptures. Working with specialized hand tools, Dorociak expertly transforms humble concrete into one-of-a kind items that project a modern/rustic vibe. His line of pottery and home accents includes kit…