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If you’ve been at Genesee and Oak Street — say in the last 121 years — you’ve seen it. The colossal porcelain wonder spanning two storefronts doesn’t light up at night anymore, but you can’t miss it: The Scherer & Sons Furniture sign designates the oldest furniture store in Western New York. Since 1877, Scherer & Sons Furniture has been calling downtown Buffalo …

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Just when you finally grasped the concept of feng shui, there’s a new Eastern-inspired concept making an impact in the design world: Wabi sabi. A mash-up of two old Japanese words, over centuries it’s come to express an important philosophy. “‘Rustic elegance’ is a quick translation of wabi sabi,” said Josh Smith, co-owner of Buffalo’s Sato Restaurant Group, who has …

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Caroline Barr describes it as a lightning bolt: The moment she realized she was supposed to be a designer. From there, she says, everything sped up. She got her degree at arts-focused Villa Maria College; moved to Cape Cod; began working at a small furniture store and secured her first clients; then brought that experience back to Buffalo to be closer to family. Her wor…

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Ayla Abiad arrived in Buffalo from Syria in 2009, hoping to earn her master’s degree in architecture and return home to teach. Two years later civil war broke out and it wasn’t safe to go back. Overwhelmed but undeterred, she completed her degree at UB and began building her life here and working to help her family escape the violence. “[Syria] was the place I wanted to…

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Heidie Buffomante knows the power of a gift. Most importantly, it strengthens the connection between two people. It’s seeing this connection — and the deepening of relationships — that motivates her to create buffBOXes. Buffomante started the business from her Amherst home, where she curates collections of items from small businesses around Buffalo. Each gift is spec…

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Mention concrete to a homeowner, and a walkway or patio project probably comes to mind. But the durable material has officially moved indoors, with installations ranging from countertops and polished flooring to shower stalls and coffee tables. Once considered a novelty material in home décor, concrete has grown in popularity. “I think people are finally seeing the v…

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From gorgeous gardens to diverse neighborhoods, Buffalo is truly a vibrant city. Whether taking in a world of ethnic food and fun, embracing the local craft brew culture or meandering through fragrant flower fields, these events offer plenty to see, smell and savor in WNY and beyond. June 30: Taste of Diversity Grant Street, between Lafayette and Auburn, Buffalo Celeb…

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Chris Naugle knows what you are going to ask. When is the show going to air? It was supposed to be in February, then March. Now it’s scheduled to premiere June 24 at 2 p.m. on HGTV. Chris and Lorissa Naugle’s Williamsville enterprise has caught fire in Western New York, with local media attention surrounding the debut of their home-flipping TV pilot featuring Buffalo, “…

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We can't stop watching this Visit Buffalo Niagara Right Here. Right Now. video. What's not to love about a five-minute montage, created by Paget Films, that captures the best of this city we call home. Then our true Buffalo pride (and love of trivia) kicked in, and we had to know if we could guess the subject of every frame...so we made our list, then double-checked with t…

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After losing his job in the economic downtown of 2008, Bret Blakely’s career dramatically changed course – he moved home from NYC to cofound OnCore Golf with his dad, Keith, and friend/partner Steve Coulton. Their first ball, the hollow-core CALIBER, was designed by a local engineer who wanted to reduce his own side spin. Now in business for six years, the company offers a…

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Another Father’s Day, another gift-wrapped tie? Let Buffalo entrepreneur Shelden Gibbs help give your traditional Father’s Day gift a funky twist. At Classic Knot, Gibbs sells bow ties with an updated flair that only an 11-year-old could bring. Gibbs had been wearing the ties himself for years, but found the selection in men’s shops lacking in modern panache. He took…

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When you think “book club,” perhaps wine, women and an excuse to be social come to mind. While women may comprise the majority of book clubs, there are men in Buffalo who defy the stereotype — men so dedicated to their book club that they even created a logo and T-shirts for it. Meet The Buffalo Men’s Book Club. This group of seven men have been meeting monthly since…

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Growing up on Buffalo’s East Side, Alexander Wright remembers being sent to get groceries. “My mom would give me $5 and a list, and, at around 12 years old, I became aware of food prices and money worries,” he said. As a big kid living in tough neighborhoods, he had to fight to defend himself. Then, through the Buffalo Prep program — because he was economically disad…

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What is soul food? Ask 13 different people, you’ll get 13 different answers. Remember the lyrics to the 1978 movie theme song, “Greased Lightning?” None of those words are about a quart of dense, black liquid manufactured by Pennzoil…and yet they are. It’s the same for soul food. It’s not just chicken, collard greens or sweet potato pie. Soul food is, indeed, a time, a …

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Whether celebrating our great city at an annual love fest or bringing the excitement and grandeur of the Kentucky Derby to a first-ever Junior League party, Buffalo is the place to be — and be seen — this month. These events will lift your spirits, boost your day and elevate your shopping game. May 5: Derby Day Party The Barrel Factory, 65 Vandalia St., Buffalo Indulg…