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Devon Dams-O'Connor


Buffalo Magazine: Home

At its barest, a stage is an empty platform surrounded by seats. But at its best, it becomes another world—set in a spaceship, tomb, bedroom or battlefield—with a rapt audience forgetting, for a moment, what’s real and what’s imagined. That transformation takes place courtesy of a talented group of veteran set designers who transport theatergoers through time and space …

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Few things are as synonymous with summer as a bicycle ride in the sunshine. Slow or fast, fancy or garage-sale find, a bike gives the rider permission to take in the sights and sounds that whir by unnoticed in a car. Whether you’re 5 or 55, now is as good a time as any to start enjoying the world on two wheels—so we rounded up five local routes ideal for beginner bicycl…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

An old firehouse is an iconic building. Alarm bells that sounded the distress signal. Brass poles that delivered a vertical stream of firemen from second-story bunkers to vehicles waiting below. Big bay doors out of which horse-drawn wagons and then roaring red fire trucks rushed out to help. Flag poles jutting from brick facades that flew the stars and stripes over first …

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

A big Italian Sunday supper is like a hug—warm, familiar, comforting, and shared. A tangle of pasta, made from scratch the same way it’s always been, cooked just al dente with enough to feed twice the actual crowd. Succulent meatballs, with the right ratio of meat and crumb, or a link of zesty Italian sausage so familiar it’s like part of the family. And, of course, the sa…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

If freshness were asked to select a representative host that embodies what it truly tastes and smells like, it might choose basil. Few other garden treasures capture that ephemeral state of being alive like a just-snipped sprig of glossy, bright green basil. A gentle crush releases its unmistakable sweet-spicy musk, and a piece torn and chewed just seconds after it was har…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

By now we’ve all heard countless stories about Buffalo’s residential real estate market and how competitive the home search has been for first-time buyers. A shortage of properties for sale, multiple offers, and buyers digging deeper than what’s financially prudent, at times, to finally win a bid. But for homebuyers whose pocket linings only reach to a depth of about $100,…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

Countdowns and ball drops are lovely. Champagne, noisemakers, resolutions, midnight kisses—also fun and festive. But this might be the year to refresh your New Year’s Eve celebration and introduce some new ideas. Whether you’re commemorating a great 2018 or just can’t wait to bid it “buh-bye,” here are a few points of inspiration to challenge traditional norms and welcome …

Buffalo Magazine: Home

But is there truth to the hype that every single home transaction is a dramatic, cutthroat endeavor that results in big money for sellers? Not according to some of Western New York’s most seasoned real estate agents who specialize in the hot and up-and-coming areas. “In Erie County, up to a certain price point – $250,000 – it’s super competitive, and that’s where first-…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

When a bunch of strangers sit down to spend an afternoon together, certain topics of conversation are typically verboten — like politics and death. But for one group in Buffalo, the latter is the whole reason for gathering. Death Café Buffalo, the new, local affiliate of an international movement with chapters in 56 countries, is a discussion group where people get toge…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

There’s “baby & me” swimming, where the little one gets to paddle and kick while dad stands still and provides buoyancy. Soccer and softball usually mean kids running around and parents parked in the bleachers. On family bike rides, tiny legs tire much faster than mom’s. One look at even the most athletic clan’s choice of family activity usually leaves the kids sweaty …

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Tiny goats are just damn adorable. Yoga is centering and rejuvenating. But does it make any sense to combine the two? For aficionados of goat yoga, the answer is a resounding “absolutely.” Yes, it’s a real thing. No, the goats don’t do yoga; the people do. It’s a craze that started a couple years ago in Ohio and spread via social media videos, showing a sunny pasture…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

There’s a two-story brick building with a bright red door near Larkinville, just down the road from Flying Bison Brewing Company. Like most structures in the awakening former industrial district, its century-old neighbors have long been reduced to rubble-filled lots, and its own walls have enclosed countless establishments including a saloon and a shoe store, then for deca…

Buffalo Magazine: Photo Galleries

A husband-and-wife pair of entrepreneurs transformed an abandoned Larinville building into a two-story marvel, with offices on the first floor and their home on the second.

Buffalo Magazine: Discover

What better way to spend a warm summer afternoon than on a boat, casually coasting along the sun-dappled waterfront with friends? With more options than ever to hop onboard a tour boat bound for Buffalo’s waterways, you don’t need to be a yacht owner to enjoy some of the area’s most relaxing and picturesque experiences. Cruise past the places where history happened S…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

We asked a handful of local food fanatics who are nuts about nutrition to share their views on healthy food choices, including go-to staples, misconceptions and tricks to make better eating easier than a walk in the park. Meet our fit five and see what they have to say. Steven Procknal Procknal is a Baptiste Certified yoga instructor and co-leader of the November Project…