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After nearly two decades at Visit Buffalo Niagara (“Best gig in town if you ask me!”), this avid traveler and Lancaster mom of two is a literal pro on all the great things to see and do right here in Western New York. Were you always a Buffalo booster? Back in college I remember my classmates talking about what city they were heading to after graduation and yet I thought…

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Victor Parra Gonzalez owns Las Puertas, a small unassuming restaurant on the West Side’s Rhode Island Street. He mixes Acapulco-based influences (from where he grew up) with classic French technique for what Buffalo News food critic Andrew Galarneau says will “take you to a world you’ve never tasted.” The 30-year-old is perhaps Buffalo’s most-buzzed about chef du jour, …

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Jill Atkinson admits she is a little “borderline OCD” when it comes to clean spaces. “I feel I’m most productive when the spaces around me are clean,” she explains. A former teacher, she founded Neat Freaks in 2004 to fill the summer work gap. It’s since grown into one of WNY’s leading cleaning services (and has become Atkinson’s full-time job). Who is your most common cl…

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Amy Jo Lauber is a certified financial planner and founder of the “I hate budgeting (but I like having money)” support group. She works with people at all income and wealth levels and speaks locally on issues ranging from “You Can’t Take it with You” to “Women, Wisdom and Wealth.” What is the biggest money mistake you observe? Many people come to me saying they’re 'a mes…

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Curtis Cook is a 24-year-old living his childhood dream. After growing up a Sabres fan, he became the team’s organist in 2016 and now gets to live out his sports-fan fantasies as part of the Sabres game day presentation. Where are you from? Grew up in East Amherst, now live in Getzville. I went to Williamsville North. What do you do for work outside the Sabres? I am a …

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When it comes to pollution and environmental cleanups, Martin Doster has seen it all. Over the course of a 33-year career with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the former remediation engineer has observed some of the best and worst in corporate behavior. He's been involved with addressing some of the worst environmental disasters in the region – in…

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Opened in 2016, The East Aurora Co-op is a member-owned food store founded in part to give the community better access to healthy, local foods. As the new year begins (and we all vow to be healthier), we asked two store managers, Sheila Conboy and Monique Brannon, how it all works…and why co-ops matter. How do you select where you source from? Monique: We work with many …

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You could say David Troutman is one of Santa’s most dedicated helpers. He’s been portraying Ol’ St. Nick at private parties, corporate events and school visits across Western New York for more than 30 years. A graduate of Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School, Troutman knows the perfect ‘ho ho ho’ comes from the heart. And this modern Santa even has his own website: Santada…

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The Food Bank of WNY distributes 15 million pounds of nutritious, fresh and shelf-stable food each year to its 318 partner hunger-relief agencies throughout the region. In any given month, the Food Bank and its partners assist as many as 43,000+ households. In this season when food is the center of so many family gatherings, we asked CEO Tara Ellis a few questions. You…

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Author, researcher, storyteller and supernatural historian Mason Winfield is the founder of Haunted History Ghost Walks. He has written or edited 14 books, and most recently appeared on Travel Channel’s “Mysteries at the Museum.” His September release, “The Rose Witch,” is a study of Western New York’s ethnic supernatural lore and traditions. His newest book, the second no…

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Five years ago, Janne Sirén moved from Finland to take over as director of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. There’s been a flurry of activity since, including the largest single private donation ever given to a Buffalo cultural institution: $42.5 million. That and additional funds will support a major expansion project to house the museum’s growing collection. You’ve done a…

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Mighty Taco CEO Russell Jasulevich is relatively new to the gig…but he’s not new to Buffalo’s most beloved tacos, having served the last 10 years as company COO. He’s ingrained in the quirky company culture, a brand backed by food that Buffalo expatriates crave by name — and that multiple generations of locals still inhale on the regular. This month, Mighty Taco celebrates…

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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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For more than 25 years, Henry Cisneros has been one of the nation's leading figures in urban development and affordable housing. As secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development for five years under former President Bill Clinton, Cisneros oversaw the federal government's efforts to address the needs of cities to create more housing opportunities, particul…

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NYC-based writer Arthur Bovino spent months eating (and drinking) his way around Buffalo as research for his upcoming books. The first — Buffalo Everything: A Guide to Eating in Nickel City — is out this June. What surprised you the most about the food scene here? How much I became obsessed with it! I was expecting great wings, weck and pizza, sure, but I didn’t expect t…