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New Year motivation levels at the gym always start out on a high note, but boredom and monotony can quickly set in. That’s where new programs and gyms like CKO Kickboxing come in. Newly opened in Amherst, CKO offers a cardio-based group exercise program that’s appropriate for all fitness levels. “You won’t waste time thinking about what to do, or waiting for equipmen…

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As we age, the muscle around the lens in our eyes diminishes in strength and doesn’t allow us to focus up close the way we used to. “It’s an unavoidable anatomical change,” says Dan Leberer, optician and co-owner at Visualeyes. The question becomes how to deal with it. Most people’s first solution is to grab what are essentially a pair of magnifying glasses — commonl…

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“Clufffalo Institute” is what artist Charles Clough has dubbed his current studio space, located on the Roycroft Campus in East Aurora. But his story goes way back. In 1974, Buffalo native Clough (pronounced “cluff”) was a cofounder of Hallwalls, along with Cindy Sherman and Robert Longo. He’s lived, worked and taught in New York City and Rhode Island; his artwork is…

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The announcement did not seem real. Producers with The Biggest Loser television show decided to open another health and wellness resort, and it was going to Java Center. “There was a lot of disbelief that it was happening,” Sandra Schoellkopf said. “People didn’t know how we were having this world spotlight on Java Center, N.Y.” It was Schoellkopf’s persistence five …

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When Ashlee Lonergan, 32, was looking for a catchy, meaningful and inspiring name to call her new fitness studio in Hamburg, she kept writing words and phrases down on a piece of paper. Gym. Fitness. Grungy. Hard work. Nothing seemed to fit. Then, Lonergan thought of “grit.” Something about the sound of the word resonated with her, and she quickly Googled its definit…

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Let’s face it: fitness can be boring — likely why there’s always a hot new class or program to keep people motivated. The latest to hit Buffalo? Drum workouts like POUND that combine a fast, full-body workout with the fun of being a rock star. Judy Siniscalchi, owner of Garage Fitness Studio in Angola, said the workouts are pretty straightforward: Participants use drums…

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Kimberly Behzadi, a product manager for Elmhurst Milked, stands behind a counter at dig Buffalo, a co-working space designed for those in the early stages of a business or idea development. Entrepreneurs stream in for Buffalo Startup Weekend. As they prepare for three days of innovation, she’s here to introduce them to the brand’s line of non-dairy, plant-based milks — ups…

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Sometimes we all need a little help keeping our New Year’s resolutions. Whether you’ve vowed to exercise more, spend quality time with family or forge a deeper connection with yourself, these events make it easier to stay fit, focused and on track. Jan. 9 and 23: Healthy Options cooking classes D’Avolio Olive Oils & Vinegars Kitchen, 5409 Main St., Williamsville; Sun…

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Picture this: a family sits down for a holiday meal. The table is set, anticipation for the meal has been growing throughout the day, and stomachs are growling as visions of holiday staples fill their heads. Only there’s no food. It’s a situation many families face in WNY — during the holidays and throughout the year. In any given month, the Food Bank of WNY provides…

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The Chabad House of Buffalo will once again host a handful of Hanukkah activities this year, including a Hanukkah Wonderland, an “electric menorah” parade and more. Rabbi Moshe Gurary, the Chabad House’s program director, said the season will kick off on the first night of Hanukkah, Tuesday, Dec. 12, when the first candle of the Menorah will be lit at an event held at T…

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If Dave Gordon has learned anything in the last 40 years while running a family business in Buffalo, it has been that people love shopping for Christmas and holiday decor. From upside-down Christmas trees to wreaths in pastel colors decorated with strawberries, his business has seen every trend imaginable. Dave’s Christmas Wonderland in Cheektowaga is the flagship store…

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In 1979, disco music was at its peak. Bell bottom jeans, afros, tight shirts with eye-popping patterns, platform shoes, and lots of gaudy gold jewelry were in. And dancing — lots and lots of dancing — was the best way to spend an evening. That same year, the Buffalo Convention Center first opened its doors. They needed a larger-than-life event to help mark the occasion,…

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Every morning Diana Donnarumma of Buffalo wakes up and makes an effort — make-up, a nice outfit and a positive attitude to match. You’d never know that the 25-year-old was struggling with a severe autoimmune disorder. "I was going to college in Miami and majoring in Spanish and marketing/PR when I found out I had been undiagnosed with Lyme disease for 12 years. That tur…

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As our gift to you, we’ve rounded up ten fun and festive ideas that are sure to put you in the spirit, and may just take some of the stress out of the holidays. From small business shopping to a colossal cookie exchange, try these events on for size. Nov. 24: Elmwood Village Black Friday with Boutiques Various shops in Elmwood Village The busiest shopping day of t…

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The hunt for holiday gifts is officially on. Instead of battling the mall crowds this year, consider one of Western New York’s many holiday pop-up shops. From handmade to vintage to Buffalo-themed wares, local holiday pop-up shops are just like they sound: temporary, limited-time-only retail spaces, set up in office buildings, empty storefronts, museums and more. They’r…