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Susan Martin

Susan Martin is Home & Style editor at The Buffalo News. She is a native of Western New York and graduated from St. Lawrence University and Syracuse University.


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Name: Phylicia Dove, 31. Who she is: Fashion designer and owner of Black Monarchy, a global artisan and fashion boutique at 527 W. Utica St. in Buffalo's Five Points neighborhood. The boutique specializes in custom clothing and jewelry from around the world, mainly Africa. The Brooklyn native graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y., where she ma…

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The 18th annual Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk is planned for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 13 in the University District (South Campus) neighborhoods, with a Capen by Night from 8 to 10 p.m. Maps will be available at UB Anderson Gallery, 1 Martha Jackson Place, and UHAA-St. Andrew Sculpture Garden, 3107 Main St. Free event. The Buzz Around Hamburg Village Garden Walk will be hel…

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Your plans for the Fourth of July weekend can include a garden tour.  Here are four that are scheduled: Amherst Garden Walk:  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 6. Maps are available at most Amherst garden centers (the Amherst Garden Walk Facebook page lists the garden centers; a map is also posted there). Maps also can be picked up at 111 Campus Drive West, Snyder, or viewed on th…

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Mike and Rose Tucker have been collecting for years. He’s always been keen on old fishing gear, including lures, reels and creels. She’s fond of vintage kitchenware, such as utensils, gadgets and pottery. These and other collections – folk art, antique furniture, architectural pieces – are artfully displayed throughout their renovated ranch on Grand Island. The resul…

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Name: Katherine Kolber, 24. Who she is: Marketing director of Buffalo Dental Group. She graduated from Holy Angels Academy and St. Lawrence University, where she majored in business and psychology. The middle child of five, she grew up in Clarence and enjoys hiking and skiing. What she's wearing: Paige brand jeans she bought at TJ Maxx; linen T-shirt from Brooks Brot…

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Name: Leigh Fox, 47. Who she is: Yoga teacher (Vinyasa style); co-owner along with Carrie Jacobson of East Meets West Yoga with studios in The Foundry, 1738 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, and Village Glen, 162 Mill St., Williamsville. She and her husband, Eric Fox, owner of Mr. Fox Tire Inc., are residents of Amherst and have three children –  Maya, 20; Max, 18 and Eli, 11. A n…

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The Buffalo News asked readers to share stories of the special items they received as gifts or inherited from their fathers or grandfathers. More than just keepsakes, they take on greater meaning, connecting people to the past. These gifts matter, on Father’s Day and every day. Below is a compilation of responses that readers submitted and/or spoke to us about for our f…

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Name: Donna White, 49. Who she is: Library director at Brighton Place library/community resource center, 999 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda. She earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in sculpture at SUNY Buffalo State and taught courses in figure modeling there for eight years. She also worked as a restoration artist; projects included decorative painting and plaster …

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Do you have a nice bird bath in your yard? One where all the cool birds hang out? Then our latest Reader Challenge is for you. As you know, bird baths come in all shapes, sizes, materials and designs. Some hang from trees; others are low to the ground or placed on pedestals. Some are decorative, even whimsical. Others are plain and simple but still beloved by backyar…

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Name: Ryan Dils, 20. Who he is: University at Buffalo student majoring in computer science; Western New York Prosperity Fellow at UB (the fellowship program is supported by the Prentice Family Foundation to assist students from UB and Canisius College "who are actively preparing for careers that further economic development and growth in the Western New York area"); sof…

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The above photo received more than 55% of the votes in our latest Reader Challenge. We asked people to send in photos of watering cans. Apparently, one calico cat thought the challenge should be watering can and cat. Or, more precisely, cat and watering can. The photo was the No. 1 pick after readers voted. "My kitty loves flowers as much as I do," said Marcia Don…

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Ken and Kathy Cathers have lived in their 100-year-old home in the Town of Lockport for 25 years and have made many improvements to the house and property, including to the old barn. They have two grown daughters and four grandchildren. Here is how Ken Cathers, who retired from Ivoclar Vivadent, an Amherst dental manufacturer, described their place in an email for our H…

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As Father’s Day approaches, we’re asking readers – all readers, any age – to tell us about the one special item that they inherited or received as a gift from their father or grandfather. It could be an article of clothing, an accessory such as a watch or cuff links, even a book, photograph, heirloom or something you use daily. Please email a description by June 4 – and…

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Name: Tricia Mekarski, 30. Who she is: Wearer of vintage clothing, often garage/estate sale finds. Soft goods engineer at Fisher-Price in East Aurora where, as she described it, "I manage any Soft Good project from development through manufacturing. This includes technical problem solving, costing, liaising development between supplier, vendors, and design/development t…

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If anyone knows gardens – and Buffalo Niagara gardens in particular – it’s Sally Cunningham and Jim Charlier. The two collaborated on a book published earlier this year – “Buffalo-Style Gardens: Create a Quirky, One-of-a-Kind Private Garden with Eye-Catching Designs” (St. Lynn’s Press, $24.95). The key word here is “quirky” – as many Western New York gardeners – and …