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Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

From an unassuming storefront on Buffalo’s East Side, one of the city’s most widely renowned craftsmen puts as much energy and artistry into the single hat ordered from a local walk-in as he does from his big orders from Hollywood costume designers. Gary White is as humble as the generations-old tools of the hat making trade that surround him at The Custom Hatter on Bro…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

In Buffalo, the questions “Who makes the best wings in town?” and “Where’s the best beef on weck?” are met with fiercely defended proclamations by factions of fans who swear by their picks, and theirs alone. These alliances are often sworn based on family favorites and ever-so-subtle differences in flavor, texture or presentation that most out-of-towners would never notice…

Buffalo Magazine: Shopping

The Witty Gritty Paper Co. Melinda and Meredith Preve Mother and daughter design duo Melinda and Meredith Preve create clever cards, cute art prints and all manner of paper hoopla from sticky notes to pencils and notebooks. The pair uses high-quality watercolor paints and illustration inks as well as 100 percent recycled materials whenever possible. Find their prod…

Buffalo Magazine: Shopping

You’ve heard it your whole life: "It’s the thought that counts." That’s why a gift card or another boring tie just doesn’t cut it in the gift department. Of course, finding the perfect gift is easier said than done, so we’re here to help. From booze and food to jewelry and cool stuff for kids, we’ve got you covered. Even better, almost everything on our list is available l…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

It was a simple request: find a few of the area’s hidden gems in the world of artisanal residential work. As it turns out, finding these master craftspeople wasn’t hard; Western New York is rich in talented, creative souls. The hard part was choosing from so many of them. Here are the stories of four local craftspeople, whose passions include metal, fire, wood, glass, pain…

Buffalo Magazine: Shopping

City gardening center The concept of Urban Roots began with the seed of an idea. Tired of driving to the suburbs to get their gardening supplies, a group of neighbors on Buffalo’s West Side came together to create a gardening center in the city. The group pooled their funds and Urban Roots opened its doors at 428 Rhode Island St. in 2007; today, it’s still the only garden…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Artisanal foods — the opposite of mass-market-produced fare that defined American food consumption in the 20th century — are making big inroads in Western New York. Options are growing for small, locally-crafted foodstuffs ranging from sausage and ice cream to coffee and gin. Part entrepreneurial, part consumer driven, local farms and small businesses are developing foo…

Buffalo Magazine: Shopping

We know that shopping locally keeps retail dollars in the community. But now more than ever, shopping independently-owned boutiques also supports local creative people whose lines of jewelry, clothing and accessories are offered there. Fortunately for WNY shoppers, the word “boutique” doesn’t necessarily mean “expensive.” So whether you’re searching for formalwear, gift…

Buffalo Magazine: Shopping

You see it every Sunday — Buffalo fans wearing jerseys, hats and T-shirts to cheer on the team. Wouldn’t it be great if that same gear could also help a family in need? That’s the idea behind 26Shirts, a charitable initiative founded last fall by Del Reid of Kenmore. Every two weeks, 26Shirts debuts a new limited edition, Buffalo sports themed shirt, and all proceeds be…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

If there’s one thing that local quilters agree on, it’s that quilting has never been strictly a craft. Quilts are also examples of art, as planning and admiring them transcends decades. What’s more, quilting creates a respite in our increasingly busy lives. “Fabric is fun to do, but it is also tactile and soothing,” said Ann Shaw, owner of Sew What? Quilt Shop in Wil…

Buffalo Magazine: Shopping

For many, bikes were our first tastes of freedom — leaving the doting world of mom and dad behind to pedal toward endless exploration. They took us on our first adventures and to the places we needed to go: the public pool, the neighborhood kickball game. Nickel City Cycles wants to tap into that nostalgia by creating custom bikes that adults will feel comfortable ridin…

We’ve all heard the phrase, “There’s an app for that” — and for the most part, it’s true. In 2013 alone, ABI Research estimates that consumers downloaded 56 billion smartphone apps and another 14 billion tablet apps. Portio Research predicts that by 2017, more than 200 billion apps will be downloaded every year. Local firms are diving head first into the ever-growing mo…

A secret blend of local apples is used to create One Foot Cock brandy. The fermenting, distilling and bottling takes place by hand on the whiskey farm in Bennington, an 8-acre gentleman’s estate owned by Frank Weber. One Foot Cock apple brandy starts as raw cider from Smith Orchard in Wheatfield that’s fermented into a hard cider and then distilled using a custom pot st…