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Samantha Christmann

Samantha Christmann covers retail for The Buffalo News and writes the Discount Diva column.


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When Paramount Pictures approached the Village of Orchard Park for a film permit ahead of shoots at its railroad depot, all Mayor Jo Ann Litwin Clinton had to offer was the application she gives charities when they want to hold a 5K run or a chicken barbecue. So, the village crafted a new law to address "significant filming" in the area. It also set permit fees of up to…

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It's National Hot Dog Day. If you want to celebrate (and who doesn't?) Ted's Hot Dogs has a deal for you. The chain's regular hot dogs are on sale for just 92 cents Wednesday. A regular hot dog is usually priced at $3.19. If you go, go hungry – but not too hungry. Lines have been known to twist throughout the store and snake outside the door on days when the chain ha…

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Every year since 1937, Latter-day Saints have made their way to a 10-acre patch of land east of Rochester to stage a pageant on their sacred Hill Cumorah, where they re-enact scenes from the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Members of the faith believe it was on that hill that an angel called Moroni met with church founder Joseph Smith in 1827 to reveal golden plates that wou…

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More than 40 organizations will assemble at Project Connect Niagara to provide services, information and free care items to those in need. There will be free dental checks, medical checks, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis tests, personal care items, gift cards and lunch. Organizations will have information about how to secure health care, social services, legal advice, veterans b…

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The operator of Western New York's last Perkins restaurant has filed for bankruptcy protection. Pennsyvania-based Campbells Land Co. owns 27 Perkins locations, including the one on West State Street in Olean. It comes after its corporate parent company, Perkins & Marie Callender's LLC , filed a lawsuit against the operator, saying it defaulted on more than $2.2 mill…

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Say it ain't so. Four Seasons Cinema, the beloved second-run movie theater tucked behind Military Road in the Town of Niagara, will close next month. My memories there stretch back to the 1980s, when it was one of the few places my mom could afford to take me – plus my siblings and even our friends. Later, as a teenager dating other broke teenagers, it made for a gre…

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Local food makers don't have it easy. Sure, consumers have more supermarkets to choose from as national food retailers such as Trader Joe's and Whole Foods have entered the market. And it's more convenient to pick up a loaf of bread now that dollar stores, gas stations, drug stores and big box discounters have gotten into the grocery game. But what shoppers can't do …

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Another too-good-to-be-true coupon went viral on Facebook Thursday, this time offering $80 off a purchase at Wegmans. Once clicked, it takes you to an inane three-question survey ("Have you ever shopped at Wegmans? Yes/No/Don't Remember). At the end, you're prompted to share the same link on Facebook with the message "Thanks #Wegmans", then go back to the survey and cli…

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Would you like free fries with that? And would you like them delivered to your doorstep? If so, Saturday is your lucky day. Starting at 11 a.m., McDonald's will offer a free medium fry with any purchase made via Uber Eats. Take into consideration, though, that Uber Eats charges a delivery fee based on distance. So while a medium fry costs $2.79 plus tax, Uber Eats…

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It's that time again. As it does every year on the 11th day of the seventh month, 7-Eleven will offer one free small Slurpee to each customer. The offer is available in stores from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. But this year, you can make it a double. If you join the store's 7Rewards loyalty program, you can scan your free Slurpee and you'll be credited another free…

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After half a century, the screens at Four Seasons Cinema in the Town of Niagara will go dark next month. The company cited a number of causes for the decision to close, and they echo greater trends across the movie theater industry: steep declines in ticket sales, more people watching movies at home and the cost of keeping up with technology. "We can no longer contin…

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It's a Mohan! The Buffalo Zoo's baby rhinoceros officially has a name. Mohan, a Hindu name from the Sanskrit mohana, means fascinating or infatuating, according to the Dictionary of American Family Names. It comes from "muh," which means charming, delightful or bewitching. In the Hindu religion, Mohana is used to describe the gods Shiva, Kama and Krishna. Mohan's nam…

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A fire that sent flames through the roof at Eastern Hills Mall on Monday night “looked worse than it was,” according to Chuck Breidenbach, managing director of retail properties at Mountain Development Corp., which co-owns the mall with Uniland Development. The fire broke out in the former Bon-Ton building, which is being renovated by Raymour & Flanigan for a new st…

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Chef's Restaurant was closed Monday afternoon after a broken water line put it out of commission Monday morning. "We are unfortunately closed due to a major water line break! We hope to open up for dinner today. Sorry for any inconvenience!"  the restaurant's official Twitter page said. The break cut off the restaurant's water supply but did not cause any damage to t…

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The North Tonawanda History Museum will hold a dedication ceremony to officially cut the ribbon on the Oliver Street location it has made its home since January. The ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. Friday, July 12, followed immediately by free admission to the museum, at 712 Oliver St. in North Tonawanda. The 8,000-square-foot museum features an archive and resear…