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Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Laura Klein winces when asked what her monthly budget for groceries is, admitting she doesn’t really have one. Though she tries, life has a way of making that difficult for her and her husband, Tom, who both work full-time. Raising two teenagers, with their son Jeffrey playing on two travel hockey teams and a travel baseball squad, means much of their life is spent on the …

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

Akron native Patrick Winney works behind a bar on Buffalo’s Hertel Avenue. He makes complicated drinks for lines of patrons, exchanges money with customers, and exhales friendly banter between orders under the jamming hum of a Phish soundtrack. One would think that tipping a busy man like Winney is a given. But it isn’t — because he serves coffee, not cocktails. Such…

Buffalo Magazine: Style

Over the last few years, shoppers have witnessed the rapid transformation of the retail market. Rules on how we shop, where we shop and when we shop have changed dramatically. The emergence of e-commerce and the so-called “Amazon Effect” have disrupted the industry and created an ongoing consumer shift to online shopping. That has created havoc for traditional retailers…

Buffalo Magazine: Shopping

If you’re like me, you know you need to clean out your basement/attic/garage, but feel daunted by what to do with all the stuff — your daughter’s long-abandoned clarinet, that lavender bridesmaid’s dress you wore ten years ago, the desktop computer you no longer use. And when you open a storage bin to see the Furby you scrambled to put under a long-ago Christmas tree, y…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

Store owners who re-purpose make the case that not only are their goods more affordable, they’re also better quality. “They don’t make furniture like they used to,” said Donna Kennell, owner of ReFab-ulous Furniture. Kennell turned a hobby into a business; she and her fiancé restore and repurpose old furniture and sell it from their Elma store. They also recently compet…

Buffalo Magazine: Shopping

CipShopBflo Katie Cipollone By day, Tonawanda resident Katie Cipollone runs a Head Start preschool program on the West Side of Buffalo…at night she’s crafter extraordinaire! Her pieces mostly focus on Buffalo-themed gifts and décor, including wine glasses, coasters and pallet signs, and she receives orders from Buffalovers all over the country. See more at Etsy.com/sho…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

In Buffalo, the questions “Who makes the best wings in town?” and “Where’s the best beef on weck?” are met with fiercely defended proclamations by factions of fans who swear by their picks, and theirs alone. These alliances are often sworn based on family favorites and ever-so-subtle differences in flavor, texture or presentation that most out-of-towners would never notice…

Buffalo Magazine: Style

We spend all day trying to look and feel our best, so why do we throw on the first pair of ratty pajama pants and sweatshirt we find once we’re home? The good news is that you don’t have to compromise comfort for looking good. Here are three flattering pajama sets just in time for Valentines Day...all available from locally owned stores. Cute and cozy Check out this …

Business

In 2018, the eldest millennials will turn 37. Their generation is greater in number than the baby boomers, and their purchasing powers are just beginning to peak. So it’s no surprise the consumer landscape will continue transforming as retailers adapt to keep up with millennial preferences. As the first digital-native generation, millennials’ expectations are vastly dif…

Clarence

The Town of Clarence has created a new zoning designation that will encourage developers to repurpose sprawling indoor malls such as the Eastern Hills Mall into town centers with smaller, upscale shops in a walkable community with new housing. The concept, called Lifestyle Center Districts, is designed to promote planned developments that could include upscale shopping,…

Buffalo Magazine: Shopping

The Witty Gritty Paper Co. Melinda and Meredith Preve Mother and daughter design duo Melinda and Meredith Preve create clever cards, cute art prints and all manner of paper hoopla from sticky notes to pencils and notebooks. The pair uses high-quality watercolor paints and illustration inks as well as 100 percent recycled materials whenever possible. Find their prod…

Business

Dave & Adam's Card World will close its Town of Tonawanda location next month. The retailer's lease ended at 2217 Sheridan Drive and it will consolidate to its Clarence location near the Eastern Hills Mall. Its last day is set for Jan. 28. The store is currently running a going-out-of-business sale, which excludes trading cards. It sells sports memorabilia, Buffa…

Buffalo Magazine: Shopping

Christmas sweaters, personalized ornaments, fresh-baked cookies, a full stocking hanging by the fire — this holiday, your pet can enjoy all the seasonal trappings you do. From festive accessories to treats to toys (and gifts for pet-lovers, too), there’s no shortage of pet-centric holiday spirit at Buffalo’s local pet shops. Animal Outfitters Need to cross something off …

Buffalo Magazine: Shopping

You’ve heard it your whole life: "It’s the thought that counts." That’s why a gift card or another boring tie just doesn’t cut it in the gift department. Of course, finding the perfect gift is easier said than done, so we’re here to help. From booze and food to jewelry and cool stuff for kids, we’ve got you covered. Even better, almost everything on our list is available l…