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Matthew Biddle


Buffalo Magazine

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. Bu 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 do…

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 …

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

Opened this summer, the Curtiss Hotel feels like a passion project. Mark Croce, the developer and restaurateur behind Statler City and Buffalo Chophouse, spared no expense in reviving the former Harlow C. Curtiss Office Building, designed by Paul F. Mann in 1912. Each of the 68 rooms — from the standard king to the presidential suite — are outfitted with touchscreens ou…

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Kimberly Behzadi, a product manager for Elmhurst Milked, stands behind a counter at dig Buffalo, a co-working space designed for those in the early stages of a business or idea development. Entrepreneurs stream in for Buffalo Startup Weekend. As they prepare for three days of innovation, she’s here to introduce them to the brand’s line of non-dairy, plant-based milks — ups…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

Early on a Saturday morning, Dr. Laura Wade is already hard at work, tending to a rabbit that’s recovering from an amputation. At her Clarence-based veterinary practice, Specialized Care for Avian & Exotic Pets, Wade and her staff treat birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and small mammals — everything from a tiny hamster to a pair of 125-pound emus Wade once wrangled du…

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

Before taking the helm of Shea’s Performing Arts Center last year, Michael Murphy had seen one production at its magnificent theater: "Annie" in the 1970s. He still has the ticket stub — and thousands of others — in a vase in his North Buffalo home. "It was gorgeous, but it needed the restoration it went through," said Murphy, Shea’s president, of the theater at that ti…

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On stage, George Scott is the high-energy bandleader who fronts the George Scott Big Band and performs for large crowds at Canalside, Curtain Up and other shows. Off stage, as president of the Colored Musicians Club, he’s one of the guiding forces who has helped the club become the oldest of its kind in the United States, a living testament to Buffalo and music history. …

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The idea for Oogie Games, a local chain of video game stores, began with a single gaming system — a broken Nintendo NES that Kevin McMullen bought online, repaired and sold for a profit. “After that, I started asking my friends for Nintendos, putting ads in the paper and hitting garage sales,” said McMullen, 35, founder and CEO. “I was never a huge gamer, but I found a …

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

A portobello mushroom eggs Benedict with spinach and smoked gouda. Corned beef hash with a cup of French press coffee prepared tableside. All over town, chefs are elevating their brunch menus with dishes like these, choosing inventive, farm-fresh ingredients and inviting diners to relax, catch up and enjoy a bubbly pick-me-up. (It doesn’t hurt that, thanks to the “Mimos…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

A garden is much more than a collection of plants. For young people in the Massachusetts Avenue Project’s Growing Green program, a garden is a way to develop job skills and learn about food justice. For individuals served by Grassroots Gardens, another local not-for-profit organization, a garden builds community and can help them heal from tragedy. And, for the neighborhoo…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

As Lisa Parks prepared to retire from her career as a public school teacher, she and her husband, Michael, contemplated their next steps. Eventually, they decided to open a bed-and-breakfast and, after exploring several properties, settled on 288 Linwood Avenue: a stunning circa-1870, Second Empire-style home they believe was designed by Oscar S. Lang, the general contract…