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On the tree-lined corner of Lexington and Ashland avenues, a blue, metal cow denotes the Farm Shop. The store's exterior is coated in a homey pale yellow with baby blue trim. A milk jug reads White Cow Dairy, the name of the East Otto farm that sells its goods at this Elmwood Village storefront. Inside, the place is as cute as a button. Grab a silver metal basket and fi…

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Sixty-two years ago, a group of Allentown business owners started an outdoor art festival. In the ensuing decades, the Allentown Art Festival has connected locals and tourists on the streets of Allen, Delaware, Virginia and Franklin, to shop booths of arts and crafts, eat fried dough and drink frozen lemonade, finding rare shade under the blanket that is Delaware Avenue…

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Iced coffee season for the most devout cold caffeine consumers knows no time limits, but for the rest of us casual drinkers who dabble in hot coffee (depending on the weather), the iced coffee season runs approximately from 70 to 105 degrees, or usually June through September. For the brief window of time when our hands can benefit from holding an icy beverage, here are…

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Welcome to our weekly grab bag guide of things to do and places to go in and around Buffalo this weekend. Friday Pizza, craft beer and skeeball A lot of change happens slowly, but some change happens all at once, especially when $50 million is involved. Black Rock's Chandler Street is metamorphosing from an area of abandoned warehouses, siphoned off by residential str…

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How do cities earn reputations for having nothing to do? A city, by nature, bleeds with things to do. Where there are people with interests and needs to make money, there will always be things to do. If we were planning your weekend, here's what we would do. From gaming over Breadhive baked goods and iced tea at a new board game cafe to drinking $3 mimosas inside an …

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Nineteenth-century American poet Emily Dickinson once wrote a poem about Saturday afternoon, in which boys and girls "ecstatically" leaped into the "only afternoon that prison doesn't keep." Like Dickinson knows, and you know, and we know, a mild jean-jacket-weather May afternoon can't go to waste. For this weekend, our itinerary focuses on quaint East Aurora. As a vill…

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We all know about some of Buffalo's most famous landmarks. Our architectural king Frank Lloyd Wright steals much of the spotlight (deservedly) and the rest of it is lent to the silos of our rust belt roots, massive contemporary art gallery and those big waterfalls a little to the north. But wait, there's more. We have a tree that is 309 years old. As part of our Satu…

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Wake up. Go to class. Do homework. Work. Do more homework. Go to another class. Go to a coffee shop. (Do some more homework.) At least we're nearly in the final stretch. There's just that one paper, a couple of quizzes, maybe three exams and one more paper between you and waving a final goodbye to the professor who clearly doesn't understand that his c…

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You could spend this Saturday afternoon doing the same old thing. Or you could follow this (admittedly fairly bizarre) itinerary of carousel-riding, American raga music, bubble tea and Italian food. North Tonawanda is home to all of the above, and who says you shouldn't explore it all in one afternoon? By Saturday night, you should feel more well-rounded. You did, af…

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We've grown guarded of our free time, for good reason. We learn about new restaurant openings instantly through the internet at our fingertips. Buffalo's rapid growth in the restaurant and brewery department leaves us with the lingering feeling there is always somewhere new to explore. Saturday afternoons seem to be good for that. In between sleeping in and predetermine…

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What a week. April Fools' Day pranked us into thinking we would have a chance to taste chicken wing flavored coffee. SkipTheDishes pulled out of the whole country. Another Restaurant Week has come and nearly gone. Now that it's the weekend, start to consider how you're spending it. As part of our new Saturday afternoon series, we've compiled a few geographically close p…

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"Cheers to the freakin' weekend," Rihanna sang in her viral 2010 pop ballad, reverberating the Friday feeling so much of the working-class experiences in unison every seven days. After work or school is done for the week, we retreat home, free to stay up all night (or crash immediately) with the comforting knowledge that we don't have to turn around and do it all over agai…

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Wine makes you feel warmer. Now, it doesn't actually make you warmer – contrary to what you might think after downing a few Labatt Blues at a Bills game or when dashing between bars in Allentown after a few margaritas – but it does make you feel that way because alcohol restricts blood vessels. This is also why your face might look flushed while drinking. Regardless,…

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A hidden gem could be anything. When you think of Frank Lloyd Wright in Buffalo, what comes to mind? The most likely answers are the Darwin Martin House and Graycliff Estate. But a local blogger recommends a lesser-known, posthumously-built landmark designed by the architect. Another blogger suggests a boutique hotel above a meadery and a cocktail bar for a staycatio…

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Everyone has their own definition of hidden gem. It's an idiom that can send you on long, country roads for an hour or through your own neighborhood to a place you never thought to check out before. When I asked bloggers about their favorite hidden gems, I expected a range of answers. Surprisingly, there seemed to be only two categories: food and attractions. Foodies…