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Next to the sprawling parking lots of event-giant Buffalo RiverWorks is a new coffee shop that intersects faith, charity and history. Wonder Coffeehouse held its soft opening Dec. 18, with co-owners Joe and Kate Vacanti welcoming customers to 323 Ganson St. – which had previously been considered for demolition – for coffee, snacks and community. The Buffalo natives a…

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Nestled in a surging Genesee Street corridor in downtown Buffalo, Overwinter Coffee has made the most of its 375 square feet. The small roaster has soared by attracting the daytime business crowd while simultaneously growing its wholesale operation, retail sales and subscriptions. Overwinter announced Sunday the coffee shop will expand to a second location, in what's pr…

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Prish Moran, a landlord and restaurant owner whose Sweet_ness 7 Café was an early part of Grant Street’s resurgence, has decided to sell her properties. The café, which opened in December 2008, anchors a building with three more storefronts and seven apartments. It’s become an anchor to the community, and Moran added the Tabernacle, an intricately painted restaurant, ba…

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Public Espresso opens its second store next week, in the Shea's Seneca building in South Buffalo, it'll be a homecoming of sorts. Both company founders, Sam Scarcello and James Rayburg, grew up in South Buffalo. Both business partners' parents still live about a mile from the building at 2178 Seneca St., at the corner of Cazenovia. Reinvigorated by Schneider Developm…

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The modern coffee joint — whether chains like Starbucks or Spot, or independent neighborhood addresses — often comes with certain expectations from its clientele. Caffeinated drinks, both basic and elaborate. Comfortable seating and free Wi-Fi; breakfast and lunch dishes to satiate those cranking through drafts of term papers; and acoustic indie rock to complement your …

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Iced coffee season for the most devout cold caffeine consumers knows no time limits, but for the rest of us casual drinkers who dabble in hot coffee (depending on the weather), the iced coffee season runs approximately from 70 to 105 degrees, or usually June through September. For the brief window of time when our hands can benefit from holding an icy beverage, here are…

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In the First Ward, an out-of-the-way coffee-and-sandwiches oasis rises above the rest. At Undergrounds Coffee House and Roastery, the enticing, invigorating scents of house-roasted grinds and hearty, creative sandwiches dance to the imaginary tune of an undead mariachi band depicted on a bright back-wall mural. An eclectic choir consisting of departed icons like David …

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Don't stand between the Parkside neighborhood and a cup of good coffee. JAM Parkside, a coffee shop led by Amber Small, Monica Cichon and Jesse Crouse, opened to the public at 10 a.m. March 30, the completion of what's been a concerted community effort through an uncommon strategy. JAM, which stands for "Jesse, Amber, Monica," has more than 70 investors in the projec…

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On March 24, Mambrino King owners Anita and Drew Pfeiffer will lead a procession down Main Street in East Aurora, from their old location, at the intersection of Pine Street, to their new digs at 640 Main, the former EA Wireless. The Pfeiffers hope to have their business back in action, following the move, in the middle of April. Open since 2016, Mambrino King has grown…

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For legions of sleepy Buffalonians, coffee is just a drink — albeit a vital one. It’s poured hot and black, with no importance attached to its origin or intricacy of taste. It’s more medicinal than it is experiential. Whether served as a regular, double-double or as an extra large through a drive-through window, it’s a necessity to keep the day rolling. For others li…

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Working from home often sounds better than it is. Just when you've brewed a cup of coffee in the Keurig and you're ready to sit down and work in your pajamas, you're suddenly reminded of all the cleaning you need to do, plants you need to water and dogs you have to walk. So, you travel to your office-away-from-the-office: your favorite coffee shop. Cafes have a lot o…

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We've seen a wave of all things "craft," specifically pertaining to beverages. The word latches onto all types of beverages: craft beer, craft cocktails, craft soda. It's an ambiguous meaning that's largely up for debate, but meant to imply that the beverage was created with better ingredients and more innovation than say, normal beer, cocktails and soda. In  Niagara Co…

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Powered by a second round of loans from its customers, Five Points Bakery has opened the second story of its West Side establishment, expanded its hours, and its offerings. The whole-grain bakery at 44 Brayton St., run by Melissa and Kevin Gardner, is the rare business funded by its customers. After raising $150,000 in loans from loyalists, projects including the openin…

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A Spot Coffee Express Cafe is now open in the new West Seneca Community Center & Library (1300 Union Road, West Seneca). The cafe serves the usual Spot beverages (coffee, tea, espresso and blender drinks) along with multiple food options from baked goods to desserts, breakfast and lunch and lighter fare. The cafe is open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and is accessible…

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Downtown North Tonawanda will soon see two major developments: the opening of a nano brewery and an overhaul of the former North Tonawanda History Museum building that will bring a SPoT Coffee and other new tenants to the street. The former G.C. Murphy's department store at 54 Webster St. is about to get a significant face-lift. The aluminum and glass façade will be red…