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Buffalo Magazine: Feature

As Western New Yorkers shift toward making shopping choices based on more than cost alone, retailers are working harder to appeal to consumers’ hearts and minds. "This one is the cheapest.” “Ah, but this one is produced locally. This one is organic. Cruelty-free. Made in America. Fair trade. GMO-free. Produced by a company that shares my political, social, or religio…

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

Think back to your very first job — was it bussing tables, working the line in a hot kitchen or delivering newspapers? Our first venture into the world of employment developed so many simple (yet essential skills) that we keep in our career toolbox until the day we retire — and perhaps a few life lessons, too. We interviewed a few prominent working women in Western New …

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

There is perhaps no better embodiment of Buffalo’s comeback right now than Nick Sinatra. Not because of the buildings he’s renovating or the game-changing developments he’s championing — although of course they buoy the comeback. It’s more about his personal story, and what it symbolizes: how hard work, authenticity and tenacity pay off.  And how — even after moving in …

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

Fact: Western New York winters — which range from the illuminated, snow-kissed scenes of a Frank Capra film to the dire, snowstorm-ravaged landscape of a George Lucas film — can play with our emotions. Sidewalks go from bare to buried in minutes, and local meteorologists treat every mid-level storm like it could be the second coming of the Blizzard of ’77. These omnipre…

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

Maria Genero loves animals. Right now, she has a cat, Philomena; a parrot named Pickles; and a 60-gallon reef aquarium. And she’s on the lookout for a dog, after recently losing her beloved Bruno, a Mastiff, who she describes as “120 pounds of love.” She knows how much pets can change your life. “They don’t care where you work. They don’t care how much money you m…

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

Think holiday decorating in your own home is an undertaking? Imagine planning a large public space. It requires a delicate balance: décor needs to respect diverse ethnicities, religions, local customs and the architecture of the building — plus be visually appealing. One thing is key: the best decorations are the ones that spark a feeling – nostalgia, reverence, hope, joy.…

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

From street art in Elmwood Village to murals on Buffalo’s West Side, our region is happily part of a trend to make art part of everyday life. And if the recently launched local Public Art Initiative is any indication, Buffalo’s top players — including art leaders, politicians, and developers — have a renewed commitment to bringing art to where people live, play and work. …

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

Louise Carr has lived in Western New York her entire life, but she’s rarely spent summer in Buffalo. Or in the United States, for that matter. For decades, Carr, 63, has spent summer at her cottage in Canada — Crystal Beach, to be exact. It was her parents’, and now it’s hers. Carr remembers getting jolted on The Comet rollercoaster and soaring high on the Ferris wheel …

In our third annual call for Buffalo’s Best Husband nominations, the tributes from spouses across Buffalo rolled in. From our winner, Jack Higgins of Buffalo, who shows his love for his wife by caring for her ailing 87-year-old father, to our many honorable mentions, like Robert Dworak, Jr., who supported his wife’s dream by secretly ordering her an outdoor tent to sell he…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

In Buffalo, we are nothing if not practical; it’s in our collective genetic make-up. Food, though — that’s one thing we can indulge in. Unlike designer shoes or expensive cigars, food is a basic human need. Maybe that’s why food is so big in Buffalo: it’s a socially acceptable luxury. When it comes to food, we are all in. We love talking about it, taking pictures of it…

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

It was my first sit-down with a multi-billionaire. I wasn’t sure what to expect. When you’ve got that much money (and the power/influence that goes with it), I figured there might be a teeny bit of ego involved. Not with Kim Pegula. As half of Pegula Sports Entertainment, the company that owns the Buffalo Bills and the Buffalo Sabres (among other interests), Kim is u…

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Long before influential figures like Kim and Terry Pegula and Howard Zemsky championed game-changing projects like HarborCenter and Larkinville, there was Newell Nussbaumer—a native Buffalonian with an unrelenting passion for his city and plenty of ideas about how to make it better. Among other things, Nussbaumer founded/instigated some of Buffalo’s most beloved events: th…

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

Al Bella lay on his kitchen floor as the muscles in his neck convulsed, leaving him unable to speak and struggling to breathe. His panicked daughter called to her mother, “Daddy is sleeping on the floor." Bella — a fit marathon runner — was having a stroke at age 39. Carin Stahlka thought someone stabbed her in the back of the head. When she turned around, no one wa…

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

‘Tis the season: the shopping, cooking, baking and, oh yes, the decorating. While some find holiday prep overwhelming, other homeowners and professional decorators truly love the season — and show us how they make their homes beautiful (and how you can, too). Kim and Bob Greiner As board members for the Festival of Trees, the annual fundraiser to benefit Women and Ch…

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

The kids now rule the family schedule (and more). What does that mean for now and the future? In Erika Smerkar-Moore’s Amherst home, four o’clock is known as the “bewitching hour.” Relatives know not to call during that ultra-busy time, when she is rushing to get dinner out and her four children — Ava, 10; Gavin, 8; Finn, 7; and Ronan, 4 — are finishing up homework. Each …