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Samantha Maziarz Christmann News Business Reporter


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…

All too often, when a local company is ?acquired by one outside of Western New York it's just a matter of time before that company closes or moves elsewhere.But when 100-year-old Mentholatum was acquired by Japanese health product company Rohto Pharmaceutical in 1988, the acquisition made both companies stronger, assuring Mentholatum would last and continue to grow for dec…

The Lofts at 136, a student housing complex on North Division Street, has finally filled up – at least while Buffalo State College's student housing is under construction.The 91-unit building has reached full occupancy and has a "long waiting list," according to the student housing company.Buffalo State College has partnered with The Lofts to place more than 175 of its stu…

Tops Friendly Markets launched a new school fundraising program that allows BonusCard and BonusPlus users to rebate a portion of certain purchases to the schools of their choice.Shoppers who sign up for the Tops in Education program can choose to link their card account to a participating elementary, middle or high school. Whenever that shopper buys Tops, Full Circle or To…

Tops Friendly Markets launched a new school fundraising program that allows BonusCard and BonusPlus users to rebate a portion of certain purchases to the schools of their choice.Shoppers who sign up for the Tops in Education program can choose to link their card account to a participating elementary, middle or high school. Whenever that shopper buys Tops, Full Circle or To…

Summer doesn’t officially end until Sept. 21. But ask any parent or student, and they will tell you the real end of summer comes when that first school bell tolls. For most of us, the start of the new school year comes next week. That means we in Western New York have just a few precious days to enjoy the glory of summer. Knowing family budgets are as limited as our summer…

Get ready for more competition in the doughnut wars.Dunkin' Donuts has announced it will add up to eight more locations in Western New York.The first of the coffee and bake shop's planned locations celebrated its grand opening today at 2225 Colvin Blvd. in the Town of Tonawanda's Colvin-Eggert Plaza.The additional locations, which will be developed over an undetermined per…

Summer doesn't officially end until Sept. 21. But ask any parent or student, and they will tell you the real end of summer comes when that first school bell tolls.For most of us, the start of the new school year comes next week. That means we in Western New York have just a few precious days to enjoy the glory of summer.Knowing family budgets are as limited as our summer s…

Your grandma probably had the same coffee table her whole life.If you're thirtysomething, you've probably already been through two or three of them.When cheap, Chinese goods became plentiful, our society began looking at consumer goods as disposable. But MoneySmart folks have held fast to the notion that repairing high-quality used items is a better bang for your buck than…

The Buffalo News will launch a major advertising campaign today to unveil a new branding concept and feature its mobile and tablet apps.The move comes as the newspaper prepares to begin charging a subscription fee for its digital content on Oct. 1."We want people to know they can always access information, whether it's on their smartphone, their tablet or in print," said W…

After being seized for unpaid taxes three weeks ago, Ulrich's Tavern has filed for bankruptcy and announced plans to reopen Sept. 4.Owner James Daley confirmed that the iconic Ellicott Street bar and restaurant will hold a reopening party beginning at 3 p.m. Sept. 4, sponsored by Flying Bison Brewery. Lunches will resume Sept. 5, dinners Sept. 6.Daley said he has met with …

The Village Beer Merchant, a gourmet beer and food store at 547 Elmwood Ave., will open a second location at 1535 Hertel Ave., the site of a long-vacant, former law office.Owners Mel and Louise Weston are aiming to open the first or second week of September.Construction is currently under way, transforming the site near Parkside Avenue to look almost like the Elmwood store…

The former Hector's Hardware store at 2600 Grand Island Boulevard on Grand Island could soon become a combination restaurant and retail space.The Town Board voted Monday night to approve a request by Cheri's Goldmine Inc. for change of use and site plan approval for that location.Gregory and Cheri Surniak, owners of the property, requested the change and approval in order …