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The last-minute Christmas shipping deadlines are here. More people are shopping online this year than ever before – even more than last year, when the underestimated glut of last-minute purchases threw the shipping industry into the lurch and left some gift givers empty handed on the big day. Delivery companies have already begun warning about shipping delays. UPS, w…

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Get Fried, a french-fry centric, quick-serve restaurant based in Buffalo, continues to expand with newly signed franchise agreements to open stores in Texas, California and in Cairo, Egypt. Early next month, a Get Fried location will open in Santa Clara, Calif. Another 10 mobile locations are planned for Cairo, Egypt over the next three years, through Premier Food Servi…

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Wait! Don't order that gift until Friday! Free Shipping Day begins one minute after midnight Friday. For 24 hours, hundreds of retailers will offer free shipping on all orders, and promise to ship them by Dec. 24. There are 840 confirmed retailers signed up so far, and more will be added until the event goes live. The roster of participating stores is expected to gro…

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Dave & Adam's Card World will close its Town of Tonawanda location next month. The retailer's lease ended at 2217 Sheridan Drive and it will consolidate to its Clarence location near the Eastern Hills Mall. Its last day is set for Jan. 28. The store is currently running a going-out-of-business sale, which excludes trading cards. It sells sports memorabilia, Buffa…

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MacGregor’s Grill & Tap Room has closed, according to its official Twitter account. “A bit overdue, this location is closed. Big thanks to all our loyal customers over the years. One last time #cheers,” said a tweet posted Wednesday said. The business is listed as “permanently closed” on Google and no one answered the phone during normal business hours at the restaur…

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Business reporter Samantha Christmann has been following Sonic Drive-In's Western New York opening since it was announced, and then delayed. At noon Thursday, the popular fast food chain finally opened in Cheektowaga.   Sonic was one of 35 chains that Western New Yorkers told The News they wanted. Other hotly anticipated chains include Nordstrom Rack, which opened in Sept…

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Colter Bay Grill is up for sale.Owner Dennis Brinkworth has sold or closed the rest of his bar and restaurant holdings in recent years, including Brinks, House O’ Quinn and Morrissey’s. The latest location was looked after by his father Dennis Sr. until his death in 2007. Since then, Brinkworth has been running the restaurant in addition to a full time job as a beer distri…

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If you like pretzels, Sattler's is the stand for you. Pretzel dogs/brats * Cinnamon pretzel * Original pretzel Sattler's Concessions is located in G5 on the Erie County Fair map. Pretzel dogs/brats Pretzel dog: Greasy hot dog inside, hugged by a high-quality pretzel on the outside; it's buttery, flaky and hearty. Return to main #ECFare list Back to Meat Lovers --…

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The Dog House has more specialty hot dogs than you can shake a wiener at. Mac and cheese dog * Bomber dog * Reuben Dog The Dog House is located in J7 on the Erie County Fair map. Mac and cheese dog Mac and Cheese Dog: The bacon expertly breaks up all that cheesiness. The hot dog is charred nicely. Return to main #ECFare list Back to Meat Lovers ------------------…

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American Food Service, AKA Caramel Apple Sundae. American Food Service is located in K6 on the Erie County Fair map. Caramel apple sundae Caramel apple sundae: Tastes like a McDonald's sundae with fresh green apples, which are hard to navigate. Return to main #ECFare list Back to Desserts

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CinCity Donuts, a mini-doughnut franchise, is behind Chester's Gators and Taters. S'mores doughnuts * Maple and bacon doughnuts Cincity Donuts is located in I8 on the Erie County Fair map. S'mores Gourmet Donuts S'mores doughnuts: The freshly fried doughnut cake is not too sweet, and the chocolate melts right in. Yum! Return to main #ECFare list Back to Desserts …

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Sweet fries, fresh-cut fries, chicken fingers. Fry, frying, fried. Taco in a Bag * Giant Taco * Sweet Fries * Chocolate Strawberry Fried Dough * Fried Dough Nuggets Jack's Delicious Fries is located in K6 and I5 on the Erie County Fair map. Taco in a Bag Taco in a bag: I usually ❤️ gobs of cheese/sour cream, but the beef was too bland to support them. Return to mai…

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Everywhere Debbie Tracy turned, people were talking about Not Your Father’s Root Beer, so she set out to find it.Her first stop was Premier Gourmet in Amherst, but they were sold out. She called three different Wegmans stores, two Tops stores and Consumer’s Beverages’ headquarters with no success.“Finally I made one last call to Tops on Harlem Road,” she said. “They had it…