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Kristi Runyan


Buffalo Magazine: Discover

As awareness grows around the need for inclusion, more and more places are offering activities and events that are tailored for those with special needs. Whether it’s an inclusive playground, special day at a museum or sensory-friendly movie screening, the Buffalo region boasts a lot of fun things to do so everyone, regardless of ability, can enjoy the same experiences.…

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Glorified food court or a novel way to dine out? Food halls are popping up—and increasingly popular—with locals. Best characterized by their convenience-meets-quality approach, food halls add variety to the mix—the concept is, by nature, a collection of multiple eateries—and for many groups, it means there’s something for everyone. The first food hall to hit Buffalo …

When it’s time to seriously start thinking about where to go to college, the number of options can become easily overwhelming. Thankfully, students and parents who have recently been through the process have some tips for vetting colleges to come up with a manageable short list of schools to look into. The biggest things to consider when selecting where to go to college…

There are more options than ever when it comes to passions to pursue in college as well as ways to earn a degree and other credentials. The most popular areas of study tend to include the same things each year, such as business, nursing, engineering, accounting, education, criminal justice, humanities, biology and trades/personal services. But for someone who has a m…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Two local entrepreneurs have come up with ways to help empower people as they plan for the next stages of their lives. Kohota, a retirement lifestyle planning website and the Final Path, a service that offers legacy planning and end of life consulting, both aim to create a more positive narrative about aging. Free service Kohota helps people develop a customized retirem…

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For people who don’t celebrate Christmas, December 25 isn’t some sad day with nothing to do. Despite the rest of the world essentially shutting down, they find different ways to enjoy the day. “We have our own Christmas Day traditions,” said Sharon Kostiner, who’s Jewish and works as membership director at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo. “In my working l…

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Tarot card readings have always been a popular activity, but now people are looking to learn the art for themselves. “Really it’s a tool to drop deeper into yourself and take a look at what’s going on in your subconscious,” said Laurel Flynn, an intuitive tarot reader and abundance coach. “In terms of learning it, it’s definitely a big trend now.” Flynn said stores l…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

In an age when people are taking strides toward living their best, healthiest life, it’s no surprise that natural beauty products are a growing trend. Local entrepreneurs have taken notice, and shops are popping up from Williamsville to East Aurora. Tom Akers was one of the first when he opened Renew Bath and Body on Elmwood Avenue in 2014. He believes natural beauty pr…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

When you hear “Cancun,” you may picture college students flocking for spring break. Or maybe you imagine a quiet resort beach, with nothing to do but relax to the sound of the waves. Or maybe you see ancient Mayan ruins, someone grabbing a street taco or a group of friends going on an adventure to an underground lake. The truth is that Cancun is all of those things and …

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

College is a time of big changes, growth and challenges for young people and their families. The application process to get there can be just as challenging as college itself. Current college freshmen and parents have plenty to say about what they’re glad they did — or wish they’d done differently — when it came to college applications. The Common App is your friend R…

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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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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…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

It makes sense that WNYers love outdoor fitness classes. “When people can finally get outside after being stuck inside after a long winter, they do,” said Julie Leatherbarrow, owner of Budding Tree Yoga in Elma. Leatherbarrow, a certified yoga instructor, is the creator and lead director of the annual Budding Tree Yoga Festival, which offers outdoor yoga classes as w…

Buffalo Magazine: Discover

Many of us are set in our ways, so taking up a new sport may seem a daunting prospect. But summer is an ideal time to get outside, get active and try something new, all while seeing the beauty that Buffalo has to offer. Fortunately, getting involved in a new activity doesn’t mean you have to put your body through the physical stress of a high-intensity sport like soccer…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Many of us fondly remember our magical summer camp experiences — sitting ‘round a campfire in the dark next to a new friend, learning a new skill, just reveling in the joy of being young. But it’s more than just having fun; experts say the experience of summer camp can help children grow in beneficial ways. “Having some structured playtime is important,” said Penny S…