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Buffalo Magazine: Discover

This Fourth of July, Canalside is playing host to a history-making celebration—a fleet of majestic tall ships docking on Buffalo’s waterfront for the first time in more than a century. Here’s a sneak preview of the dozen grand vessels sailing in for Basil Port of Call Buffalo July 4-7: Barque Picton Castle Type of ship: Three-masted barque Year built: 1928 How tall…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Christi Allen dreams on a grand scale. As a teenager in Los Angeles, acting on shows like “Married with Children” and “Santa Barbara,” she was inspired to tell her own stories through filmmaking, so she eventually moved behind the camera as a producer and launched her own production company. Fast forward to today, and Allen’s latest big idea is lighting up the downtown …

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Several months ago, Raymond Castro and Ronald Fraser wandered into the Schupper House in South Buffalo. The pair was looking for meatloaf, and though it wasn’t on the menu, the owner asked them to come back the following week. Sure enough, a week later, “Ron and Ray’s Meatloaf Special” was displayed proudly on the chalkboard, and the friends enjoyed a savory, well-cooked m…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

Jason Lang has been to 47 countries—and hasn’t paid retail for a flight or hotel in over a decade. Lang strategically uses credit card rewards, bank bonuses, hotel loyalty programs and airline miles to fund both stateside and international travel, often in business or first class. He’s armed with more credit cards than 99 percent of Americans and his accounts often have…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

As we enter the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss, our daughter’s eyes light up as she takes in the bright colors and delightful characters. Around the corner, the museum’s first room, lifted straight from the pages of “Oh, The Places You’ll Go,” is full of yellows, purples, blues and greens—and shelves of Seuss books, classics and obscure titles alike. Our 2-year-old grabs “Hop …

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

Dionne Williamson has seen, time and time again, the power and joy that a safe, comfortable home can give to those who need it the most. A woman, who finally feels at home, is moved to tears by seeing her kitchen cabinets stocked with dishes and glassware. A child beams from ear to ear because she finally has her own bedroom after living in a homeless shelter. Less stresse…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

Staring at a supermarket shelf, inundated with claims like “natural” and “low fat,” it can be difficult to determine what’s actually healthy. Three local entrepreneurs took matters into their own hands, launching good-for-you food products that have found passionate fans. Look for them at stores across the area this winter. Crackers made from seeds Growing up in New …

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

At least 10 feet off the ground, Erica Cope pulls herself up and twists around two long pieces of silk fabric suspended from the ceiling. As she contorts her body and flips forward, she’s not thinking about the precarious distance between her and the floor, or even the next skill she’ll perform. Instead, she’s feeling the music and concentrating on creating an exciting per…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

When the Bills ended their 18-year playoff drought last season, it electrified the city and brought us together the way only Buffalo sports can. It’s that spirit the Buffalo History Museum celebrates with “Icons: The Makers and Moments of Buffalo Sports,” which opened in November. The interactive exhibit showcases artifacts from the museum’s collection — as well as item…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

Ayla Abiad arrived in Buffalo from Syria in 2009, hoping to earn her master’s degree in architecture and return home to teach. Two years later civil war broke out and it wasn’t safe to go back. Overwhelmed but undeterred, she completed her degree at UB and began building her life here and working to help her family escape the violence. “[Syria] was the place I wanted to…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

“I think I just joined Globo Gym,” Robert Buckley said after the first dodgeball game with his new team. Buckley, 25, had played several seasons in a league run by nonprofit Healthy Buffalo. But after taking last season off because of his work schedule, his old team was full. Undeterred, he approached Healthy Buffalo founder Chas Kirsch and said, “I want to play. I d…

Buffalo Magazine: Discover

The wind whips across your face as you begin your ascent, zooming around the curved track as you climb 40 feet into the air. When you finally reach the top, you’ll look out over the lights, sights and visitors of Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls, Canada, before lurching forward and down the hill. If this sounds like a roller coaster, you’re not far off — it’s the Niagara S…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

On a clear winter day, Mike Anderson sits inside the East Side office of his firm, Abstract Architecture. A few folders are placed neatly on his desk, and his two dogs lie on the red carpet, ready to barrel over to the door and greet guests. An original wooden beam above pays homage to the building’s 126-year history, while the artwork — a lion with a scarf, a nearly floor…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

When tragedy strikes, our natural inclination is to help — to give our time, money and resources so people can get back on their feet. But after last year’s devastating hurricanes, another theme emerged which experts term a “second disaster”: when too much generosity results in donations that are difficult to manage or not needed, adding extra strain to the relief effor…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

In many ways, Melissa Winkler’s wine boutique, Winkler & Samuels, seems like fate. Opened in August at 500 Seneca downtown, the shop is only two blocks from the former site of F. X. Winkler & Sons, the grocery business that was founded in 1857 by her great-great-great-great-grandfather and operated by her family for 111 years. Growing up, Winkler was surrounded …