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Buffalo Magazine: Style

To illustrate just how diverse consignment fashion can be, we teamed up with Annie Adams, owner of Second Chic, to create three distinct outfits solely from the assortment in her Williamsville store—then enlisted Jane Dewey of Synder, a licensed psychologist by day, to model our finds. Hair and makeup by Angel Cobb of Excuria Salon & Spa in Williamsville. For those ca…

Buffalo Magazine: Shopping

Bring along batteries. Always test small appliances and electronics; the seller may not even know if they work. Likewise, it’s a good idea to screw in a light bulb before you invest in that antique brass floor lamp. Carry cash. While professional companies may be equipped to accept credit cards, family-run sales may be cash-only. Call ahead to confirm they accept plasti…

Buffalo Magazine: Shopping

Usually the result of one of the three Ds–divorce, downsizing or death–estate sales are a way to liquidate someone’s belongings, not just get rid of some stuff around the house. With the goal of unloading as much as possible, you can expect to find anything from wingback chairs to wax paper…and hopefully some great bargains along the way. Whether you’re a seasoned shopp…

Buffalo Magazine: Shopping

In this age of fast fashion and other throwaway goods, shopping at consignment stores is a better-than-ever option. Not only does it reduce waste and promote reuse, you’ll also benefit from pre-loved pricing. These shops—for clothing or home goods—pride themselves on offerings that have been previously used but are still in great condition. Experienced consignment shopp…

Buffalo Magazine: Shopping

Take your holiday cards up a notch with greetings crafted in Buffalo by Witty Gritty Paper Co., Great Arrow Graphics and artists for WNY Book Arts Center.

Buffalo Magazine: Shopping

A lot has been said about shopping local. One more benefit? Retailers who wrap. My sister, a mom of two young children, actually strategized her entire holiday shopping plan last year based on stores that wrap. Local shop owners understand that it’s time-saving services like these their customers appreciate. “I take call-aheads, help pick out the gifts, and even customi…

Buffalo Magazine: Shopping

We all have those moments when we’re torn between the simplicity of knocking out our holiday shopping on Amazon versus supporting small local businesses. But this year you don’t have to choose, with these gifts from local shops and artisans that are also available online. Here are nine of our favorite finds. Straight talk $16 / Buffalovely Buffalovely owner Amanda…

Buffalo Magazine: Shopping

Not to rush the seasons, but Christmas is roughly 58 days away. If this sends a wave of panic through you, don’t worry. We’re here with tips and tricks to get your list checked off…with a Western New York focus. Boutiques or bust At the (mostly) locally owned shops on the Elmwood strip and on Hertel Avenue, you can shop for–and find—one-of-kind items. Doubly local…

Business

Alex and Ani, the jewelry brand known for its bangle charm bracelets, will open a new store at Walden Galleria later this year, the mall announced Thursday. The Alex and Ani store will be 1,200 square feet and will be on the mall's lower level, next to Zara. “We’re thrilled to welcome one of the country’s fastest-growing jewelry brands to our unique mix of shopping, …

Business

If you like your Tim Hortons doughnuts by the box, you are now paying a little bit more. Prices went up slightly on a handful of items at Western New York Tim Hortons shops Wednesday. The most notable menu item to have its price change from Tuesday to Wednesday was a dozen doughnuts, which are up 40 cents from $8.99 to $9.39, a rise of 4.5 percent. The cost of a h…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

Tail wags for aisles Daisy’s Doghouse on Hertel and Norwalk Avenues is a pet boutique for local dog owners on the hunt for something a little different. You could also say it’s Lisa Samar’s pet project. Samar opened shop in 2015 after 25 years with Great Arrow Graphics. Or maybe it’s her pet’s pet project: Her longhaired Akita, Daisy, is the store’s namesake. “I…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

Watching Erin Lalley-Bauer thoughtfully craft a wreath is to witness pure creativity at work. The owner of Fern Croft Floral has cultivated a reputation for her fresh, inventive creations — her style an effortless ode to the natural beauty that surrounds us. Here, she proves just how dynamic sustainable design can be by creating a wreath for both fall and winter from th…

Health and Fitness

Kathy Border, a registered dietitian and professor of nutrition in the Dietetics Department at D’Youville College, shared six ways to get the most out of farmers markets. 1. Look before you leave home See what you have in the fridge and pantry before heading to the market. It helps avoid duplication and reduces food waste. 2. Plan right "I've got college-age kids who m…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

In an age when people are taking strides toward living their best, healthiest life, it’s no surprise that natural beauty products are a growing trend. Local entrepreneurs have taken notice, and shops are popping up from Williamsville to East Aurora. Tom Akers was one of the first when he opened Renew Bath and Body on Elmwood Avenue in 2014. He believes natural beauty pr…

Buffalo Magazine: Style

When cabinetmaker John Thiesen gets his hands on a piece of wood, he lets the lumber tell its own story. “If I’m building a Mission-style vanity or turning a burl bowl on the lathe, I let the wood talk to me,” explained the master craftsman. His process depends on whom he’s working for. “I let the creative process flow when I’m doing design work for myself and all…