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Naomi Sakovics


Buffalo Magazine: Real Weddings

Allina & Matt June 2019 Niagara University Alumni Chapel Most couples don’t fall for the first venue they visit, but that’s exactly what happened for high school sweethearts Allina and Matt Bolea the moment they stepped inside the Wurlitzer Building. “We knew in our hearts that this was it,” said Allina (formerly LaMorticella). The recently renovated North Ton…

Buffalo Magazine: Out & About

Giving handcrafted gifts this holiday season isn’t just for the crafty thanks to an abundance of local classes geared toward the novice DIYers. Hosted by resident experts there to guide you so you can craft to impress, these outings offer a variety of present potential, from cozy blankets to ornaments to lip balm. All it takes is a few hours and a can-do festive spirit.…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Picture a birder—aka someone who’s into the hobby of birding—and you probably imagine a gray-haired figure clad in cargo shorts, a pocketed vest and Tilley hat. While that image may be historically true, these days a birder is just as likely to be an Instagramming, skinny-jeans-wearing millennial. “It’s legit like real life Pokémon Go,” says avid birder Nathan Johnson, …

Buffalo Magazine: Home & Style

Wake up feeling tired and stiff? We’ve all been there. Often, we’re not sure where to turn for solutions, and answers can be conflicting. Salespeople, it seems, will always say you need to replace your sleep setup—mattress, pillows or sheets—but what’s the real deal? In the end, it comes down to comfort. If you’re waking up feeling anything but well-rested, that’s the b…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Stress. We all experience it—it’s just a matter of how much. With work, family, striving to be healthier and trying to have a social life on top of it all, well, life gets to be a whole lot of crazy daily balancing. The most important gift we can give ourselves to combat stress is a good night’s sleep, and that begins with relaxation. Here are three techniques to foster th…

Buffalo Magazine: Community

Between work and family (and self-care!), life gets complicated. Oftentimes the right app can help—like these must-download Buffalo-centric ones designed to guide you through life in the Queen City with a little more finesse. We promise they’ll make your life easier, and more enjoyable, as you get on with the business of living your best life locally. And did we mention, t…

Buffalo Magazine: Ideas & Advice

Cristina Anderson and her husband, Tim, didn’t want a traditional honeymoon. Instead, they opted for a mini-moon. Following their wedding, the Buffalo couple spent three days at an all-inclusive resort in the Poconos—a stay that cost them a total of around $300 after finding a Groupon discount. “Our honeymoon wasn’t fancy and luxurious, but it was the perfect getaway…

Buffalo Magazine: Out & About

You’ve heard of checkers, Parcheesi and Backgammon, but what about Clumps, Cribbage and Reversi? Buzz, Old Sledge or Stops? These were popular games people played during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Now, because of the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, you can play them, too. The TR Site is resurrecting these and many other board, card and “parlor” games from the…

Buffalo Magazine: WNY Weddings

Channel 7 anchors Ashley Rowe and Katie Morse share more than just their place of employment. They’ve also been wedding planning at the same time, with Rowe’s big day this month and Morse’s next month. Although they work opposite times — Rowe at night and Morse in the morning — when they do see each other, the talk is all budgeting, decor and vendors. They recently shar…

Buffalo Magazine: Community

Weego The Albright-Knox Art Gallery continues its colorful public art initiative with the addition of three recent works. Hertel Avenue’s business district became brighter — and more imaginative — with an acrylic and spray paint mural by artists and longtime friends Chuck Tingley and Matthew Grote. The mural, titled “Weego,” spans the west wall of the Lloyd Taco Factor…

Buffalo Magazine: Shop Local

Heidie Buffomante knows the power of a gift. Most importantly, it strengthens the connection between two people. It’s seeing this connection — and the deepening of relationships — that motivates her to create buffBOXes. Buffomante started the business from her Amherst home, where she curates collections of items from small businesses around Buffalo. Each gift is spec…

Buffalo Magazine: Community

When you think “book club,” perhaps wine, women and an excuse to be social come to mind. While women may comprise the majority of book clubs, there are men in Buffalo who defy the stereotype — men so dedicated to their book club that they even created a logo and T-shirts for it. Meet The Buffalo Men’s Book Club. This group of seven men have been meeting monthly since…

Food and Drink

By the time we realized we were in a blizzard, it was too late. We were already downtown, navigating the snow-coated roads as we headed for the Filling Station on Seneca Street. The Filling Station is part of the Larkin District’s renaissance. Once, the building housed a fueling station for vehicles. Today, it fuels something of a different sort: midday meals to Buffalo…

Food and Drink

During my days as a newspaper reporter and editor, my coworkers and I often packed into one of our ramshackle cars and headed for one of the best lunch spots in the area: Wok & Roll. There, we would enjoy a savory, hot, sit-down lunch for less than $7. Not many places in the area offer that kind of value for your lunch buck. Tucked in the Williamsville Place Plaz…

Food and Drink

Emily's Family Diner in Clarence is the kind of place where you can stick a quarter in a gum ball machine, see "God Bless America" on the wall and buy a Tootsie Pop on your way out the door. To eat here is to revisit a simpler time, a time before free-range eggs were a thing, gluten was a craze and non-GMO a buzzword as much as a religion. Sometimes it’s nice reversing …