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SAMANTHA MAZIARZ CHRISTMANN AND STEPHEN T. WATSON


Hang onto your gotchies: Buffalo is getting a Polish food truck.The truck, dubbed Betty Crockski, will roll out in March and officially launch April 21, Dyngus Day.Owned by Buffalo natives and lifelong amateur cooks Kate Hey and Dana Szczepaniak, the truck will feature a core menu of homemade pierogi and kielbasa.“We're doing riffs on very traditional Polish flavor combina…

For 10 the past 10 years, Stephanie Haefner rose as early as 3 a.m. on Black Friday to stake out stores for the best sales. She and her friends made a party of lining up outside, hunting down the items on their lists and stretching their holiday budgets as thin as they could make them go.But this year, Haefner’s shopping tradition will come to an end. With many retailers k…

Rich Products has dramatically expanded a voluntary product recall to include all foods manufactured at its Waycross, Ga., facility, out of a concern they could potentially be contaminated with E. coli bacteria.Rich recalled a number of Farm Rich Products last week after an E. coli outbreak sickened 24 people in 15 states. Two of the 24 cases, affecting consumers in New Yo…

Nothing is more touching than a charitable heart during the holidays. So it's infuriating to hear from the state attorney general that many fundraisers keep the lion's share of donations for themselves.I learned this firsthand. During high school, I worked as a telemarketer at Campaign Headquarters Inc. in North Tonawanda, which was just named the region's worst …

The Noco Express store near Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Cheektowaga has had a dramatic "green" makeover.The new location, which reopened Tuesday, was built using technology to reduce the store's energy consumption, including a "light harvesting" system that adjusts the store's lighting based on how much natural light is being let in through skylights.S…

Do you have a new baby in the family? Congratulations! This holiday season is going to be extra fun.But while you're picking out itty bitty baby outfits and tiny, fuzzy toys, I want to point out a few other gifts you might consider -- for both the new baby and the new parents on your list.None of them will break the bank, but I promise they're worth their weight in…

The folks at Tops have plenty to be thankful for this year.Sales and profits were up at Tops Holdings Corp., the Amherst-based parent of grocery chain Tops Markets, according to its third-quarter financial report posted Tuesday.Inside sales were up by 1.5 percent, to $491 million -- an increase of $7.5 million -- thanks to a 2.1 percent increase in same-store sales…

Benderson Development is planning some changes to Boulevard Consumer Square on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst.A site plan presented to the Amherst Town Board last week shows two new buildings proposed for what is now parking lot space in the area north of Barnes & Noble and Babies 'R Us and south of the Christmas Tree Shops plaza.The developer is considering bu…