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A round-trip plane ticket from Buffalo to Paris costs about $1,000, which is an expensive way to live like a Parisian for a Queen City dweller. Whoever says one needs to travel all the way to Paris for a French experience doesn’t understand the magic of a picturesque brick wall, a croissant, a beret and a particularly lively, romantic imagination. To feel like you’re…

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Who: Sandra Wilkins, owner and CEO of Systems In Inc., owner of Raclettes restaurant and Buffaloaf bakery, and co-owner/developer of 537 Main St. What she's doing: Wilkins, a 53-year-old Niagara Falls native, took over her husband's 23-year-old computer software development firm in 2000 but after years of creating customized databases and other programs, she has turned …

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Raclette is to 2016 what fondue was to 1965: The latest way for diners to engage in do-it-yourself meals without actual cooking. A French and Swiss dining technique named after the melting cheese of the same name, raclette is new to the states but all over Paris. When Raclettes owner Sandra Wilkins decided to open a spot with her husband and sister, she thought back to th…

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Raclettes, a French-centered restaurant with a specialty of melted cheese, plans to open March 21. The restaurant, at 537 Main St., will be open for lunch on weekdays to start, and dinner seven days a week. Sunday brunch should start after Easter, owner Sandra Wilkins said, and breakfast service should follow. Wilkins and her husband Paul bought the building in 2011, and …