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Greg Link, the artist behind the Cone Five Gallery, has become a businessman during his 23 years of crafting and selling pottery, but the art is what drives him. “I love creating,” Link said from his workspace in the back room of the gallery. “I’ve become a businessman by default. My passion is creating, I love coming into the shop at night when it’s closed up and I can…

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It took a while for Norman Cramer to find his passion in life. The woodworker and furniture designer tried a bit of everything before settling on the job that makes him happy. “I always enjoyed shop class when I was a kid, but I never thought it would go anywhere,” he said. After high school he tried business school but found that he “just wasn’t into it.” So he emba…

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Whether it’s a family picnic or a Bills tailgate, it’s no secret that Western New Yorkers get pretty competitive. Charlie Sciandra has enjoyed a unique perspective on the region’s fervor for games. As a co-founder of KanJam, Sciandra watched the game grow from a local passion launched in North Tonawanda to a global gaming phenomenon. Sciandra believes KanJam wouldn’t be…

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Sometimes the most interesting and dynamic things come from some of the most unassuming spaces. Custom lighting designer Andrew Emerson of Emerson James is a perfect example. Though he works out of a sparse, unadorned warehouse space on a residential street in Lockport, he produces some fantastic, and extremely unique designs. “It’s a creative outlet for me,” Emerson sa…

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For many of us, pickles are a comfort food that remind us of our parents and grandparents, and the fermented foods they kept in jars on the shelves in basements. Just one sight, or more likely one whiff, of those jars of vinegary, preserved foods brings us back to our childhoods. Now, the pickle lovers among us have a home on Buffalo’s West Side in the form of Barrel + …

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The sweet, warm smell of donuts fresh from the fryer wafts from the kitchen to greet all visitors — an intoxicatingly cheery promise of what’s to come. And while Paula, her family and staff (one and the same, really), have become immune to that delectable scent, their customers — and even the local bank — certainly haven’t. It’s not uncommon, when making their routine depo…

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Letterpress isn’t novel to brothers DJ and Matt Schutt — but rather the old-fashioned technique their father, who had decades of experience in commercial printing, taught them in the garage. That was Donald’s makeshift printing shop, a retirement project turned family business sparked by the discovery of a 1907 Chandler & Price press in someone’s attic nearby. It wa…