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Buffalo Magazine: Shop Local

You might think you’re a plant killer with no hope, but with the right greenery and customer service anyone can become a successful plant parent. Stopping by a local plant shop and chatting with its owners—who care for the plants and know them well—is a surefire way to help ensure you end up with options that will continue to thrive once you bring them home. “In additio…

Buffalo Magazine: Real Weddings

Mary & Ryan August 2019 Hindu Cultural Society of Western New York, Getzville A friend of a friend of a friend—and a dash of serendipity—is to thank for bringing Mary and Ryan together on St. Patrick’s Day 2017. Every year before the parade, Mary and her roommate, Alex, host a brunch at their apartment. And in walks Ryan, a friend of her roommate’s friend. The tw…

Buffalo Magazine: Shop Local

With so many markets popping up around town come holiday season, I made it my personal mission to explore as many as I possibly could last year. One thing I realized in the process? Different markets pair best with certain personality types and shopping styles. Our abundance of options made for great variety: some are more low-key while others are packed with people. So wh…

Buffalo Magazine: Out & About

Life can be a little stressful at times, so finding ways to let go in a positive way is important. Some people turn to yoga to relax or box to help get that aggression out—but Niagara Falls has a different idea. Smash Brothers Rage Room lets you work through your stressors by absolutely destroying a bunch of glass and electronics in a safe environment. My first quest…

Buffalo Magazine: Out & About

Located just off the I-90 north of Boston, it’s an easy seven- to eight-hour drive (depending on traffic on the Massachusetts stretch). Lay of the land Set along the north coast of Massachusetts, Salem is full of history and year-round interest—but especially in the fall when the whole city turns into a Halloween destination. The city’s Haunted Happenings Festival takes …

Buffalo Magazine: Food & Drink

Pumpkin spice lattes have become so popular in the fall that, dare we say, we’re getting a little tired of them. Now, let’s be honest: We’re not here to declare you should give them up completely. There are, however, plenty of alternatives popping up on seasonal coffee shop menus that showcase other delicious fall flavors you know and love. Head to these local spots to try…

Buffalo Magazine: Out & About

A strong sense of community courses through the City of Good Neighbors. Our pride in supporting local businesses, and each other, is immeasurable. And now you can turn your calendar into another way to support causes you care about—and we’re not talking black-tie galas. Here are some of our favorite ideas for giving back to charity in creative ways, whether out for drinks …

Buffalo Magazine: Out & About

A getaway doesn’t have to involve boarding a plane to jet halfway across the world—and neither does staying in a storied spot. Top-notch style and rich history await at these hotels and bed and breakfasts, all less than a three-hour drive away. The Broadview Hotel, Toronto The historic Broadview Hotel, built in the late 1800s, was restored to a charming 58-room bouti…

Buffalo Magazine: Out & About

Hate sitting on a bar stool for long? There are countless places where you can get your game on while sipping your favorite craft brew or local spirit. “I think the growing trend of games in bars is mostly attributed to the younger generations, who are way more here for experiences than things,” said Erica Ambrose, manager of the Lafayette Brewing Company. “People these…

Buffalo Magazine: Food & Drink

No dish and drink combo says summertime like fresh tacos and ice cold margaritas, and we’re here to point out some of the best options in Buffalo. Crispy fried cod taco & cucumber cilantro serrano pepper margarita You won’t know you love crunchy cricket brittle in creamy guac if you don’t give it a try, and Casa Azul owner and chef Zina Lapi is all about getting cust…

Buffalo Magazine: Food & Drink

Flights of everything from wine to bourbon to beer have become very trendy, and it’s no wonder: They give patrons a chance to try multiple brands or flavors in one sitting. But an ice cream flight? Now that’s something different. An offering at Hamburg’s Carte Blanche, don’t go there thinking you’ll get a Neapolitan trio. Roo Buckley, who also serves as the restauran…

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With a good amount of competition, it's important for bar and restaurant owners to establish an element of surprise and authenticity. Bartenders are challenging themselves to think creatively and experiment with flavors and ingredients to stand out. In the first of our new occasional series on cocktails, here are five colorful drinks to try. These stood out because of t…

Buffalo Magazine

We might be a little biased, but there’s no better place to experience college than Buffalo. There are countless reasons why you should stay in the city for school, from food and nightlife to affordable living and the community of people. Let’s dive into the nitty-gritty of why you should think about staying in the Queen City for the next chapter of your life! The options…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Locals have lots of Buffalo pride, but it’s no secret that we all get a little sick of long winters. When cabin fever sets in, it’s important to find something to do—whether by embracing a cold, snowy day or escaping it with a novel activity. Here are some suggestions. Escape: Climb the walls This winter you can warm up while trying a new kind of workout at the Niagara C…

Buffalo Magazine: Out & About

Every spring break, Buffalonians flock to Siesta Key in droves. With Sarasota County being voted the top shoreline in the U.S. and 5th in the world by TripAdvisor, it’s no surprise this beach captures the attention of sun-starved locals. So I decided to ask an expert (a.k.a. my dad) if he’d consider going to other waterfront destinations. “With sand this soft and waters…