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It’s February and that means the throes of winter are starting to take its toll on our skin. In need of a fix, I set out in search of locally made lotions to quench the dryness. Here are the hand-tested findings: Zandra Beauty’s Hand & Body Lotion For a lotion to keep deskside, here’s your go-to moisturizer. Spread this light but creamy lotion deep into your skin …

Buffalo Magazine: Shop Local

You might think you’re a plant killer with no hope, but with the right greenery and customer service anyone can become a successful plant parent. Stopping by a local plant shop and chatting with its owners—who care for the plants and know them well—is a surefire way to help ensure you end up with options that will continue to thrive once you bring them home. “In additio…

Buffalo Magazine: Shop Local

As the holiday season winds down and the infamous Buffalo winter ramps up, we have one wardrobe essential top of mind—the scarf. So we went searching for the ones we couldn’t help but bundle up in. Walk into Beulah’s General Store on a frigid winter day and you won’t find farm-fresh eggs for sale. Instead, you’ll find yourself immersed in what Heather Sprague, the d…

Buffalo Magazine: Shop Local

It’s difficult enough to figure out what to get your friends and family for the holidays, let alone your furry companions. Some even say it’s harder when you want to shop local—but we beg to differ. Whether they chew everything you own, love to swipe food off your plate or are just flat-out not interested in anything you give them, local pet retailers are stocked with find…

Buffalo Magazine: Shop Local

With so many markets popping up around town come holiday season, I made it my personal mission to explore as many as I possibly could last year. One thing I realized in the process? Different markets pair best with certain personality types and shopping styles. Our abundance of options made for great variety: some are more low-key while others are packed with people. So wh…

Buffalo Magazine: Shop Local

A jewelry maven on her self-taught passion turned beloved, ever-evolving brand. Why this medium? I’ve always loved and had a fascination with jewelry. I’m not sure why, but I have either collected it or coveted it from afar. As a kid, I can remember taking out my mom’s jewelry boxes, trying on all the necklaces, bracelets and rings, studying them, then putting it back an…

Buffalo Magazine: Shop Local

When Traci Ackerman decided to start a company that handmade wallpaper featuring Charles Burchfield’s original designs, she knew she wanted to keep the whole production local. But she didn’t realize that it would be so easy to do. “Serendipity has been the theme from the beginning. I never thought I’d be doing this,” Ackerman said from the C2 paint warehouse in Amherst …

Buffalo Magazine: Shop Local

Our region boasts an impressive selection of museums. And you know what that means? That’s right: gift shops! These include the biggies, like The Buffalo History Museum, Albright-Knox Art Gallery (sadly closed for a few years during its major expansion and renovation project) and the Burchfield Penney Art Center. But don’t leave out the retail setups at smaller institut…

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Picking up a book to read remains a valuable (and enthralling!) activity for all ages, regardless of social media and cell phones. Reading encourages our ability to think creatively, speak articulately and write and engage more efficiently—and what’s a better gift than that? When a book is correctly matched, the reader becomes even more invested in its topic, characters…

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A thrifting maven talks the rush that comes with a good-quality find—and helping others experience it, too. First fashion memory? Having my mom drop me off at the Goodwill in Clarence with my best friend before we could even drive ourselves there. I’ve always loved the thrill of searching the racks and finding a piece that I love. It’s calming and exciting at the same ti…

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Two college friends on turning a UB senior capstone project into a Buffalo startup that leaves them free to riff. When did you first pick up a guitar? Ryan: Sophomore year of high school. I bought a used guitar on Craigslist and had been dying to teach myself to play. The first song I learned was “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones. Shane: In middle …

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Kait Niland was just looking for a unique Christmas gift to give to her friends and family when she made her first batch of candles. Now, 14 years later, it’s her full-time career. “I found a make-it-yourself kit and I made these little teacup candles that didn’t smell like anything and I’m sure no one ever even burned them,” says Niland, the owner and sole employee of …

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One fed up mom describes how necessity was the mother of invention behind her chemical-free baby wipes. The impetus for your product? As a first-time mom, dealing with the horrible diaper rash my son Archie was experiencing was heartbreaking. We went to the doctor, only to be told my son was reacting to all the chemical preservatives in the baby wipes I was using. We sta…

Buffalo Magazine: Shop Local

Art can make your place feel like a home—especially when it has meaning. Here in Buffalo, we’re proud of where we live, so it’s only right that we display our city love. Local graphic designers have created beautiful pieces to do just that, highlighting our classic sites, buildings and even our favorite foods in a clever, visual way. Here are a few of our favorite pieces a…