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Forget the cheeseburger and fries — fast food is getting a makeover. These relatively new spots are serving up quick, gourmet takeout that won’t leave you feeling (as) guilty. La Divina Mexican Store 2896 Delaware Ave., Kenmore No need to head south of the border; now you only need to go as far as Kenmore for authentic Mexican cuisine. La Divina, a Mexican grocery s…

Spring may be half over, but activities are in full swing. From high-drama plays to high-energy roller derbies, there’s plenty of fast-paced action to keep you busy in the coming weeks. May 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 27-29: Detroit 67 Paul Robeson Theatre, African American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Ave., Buffalo In this play that received the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for D…

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Chef Brad Rowell got his start in the restaurant industry as a teenager, working as a server and bar-back at Dock of the Bay and Coyote Café, near where he grew up in Hamburg. It wasn’t until he moved to Boulder, Colorado, at 21 that the idea of a culinary career came to him — but after that, he never looked back. Rowell’s vast and varied international experience has fo…

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At over six feet tall, Len Mattie towers over his wife, Nancy Abramo, but stature is the only inequity between this entrepreneurial pair. Last fall they gave an old building new life, opening the Parkside Meadow in their North Buffalo ‘hood. To say the duo is not easily deterred is an understatement. After being approached by their neighbor, Bob Barends, to help reno…

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If you live in Buffalo, and you like food and good beer, by now you’ve heard the name Mike Shatzel. He is the co-owner of many of Buffalo’s hottest eateries including Allen Burger Venture, Liberty Hound, Moor Pat, Colter Bay, and two anticipated new openings: Thin Man and The Terrace (in the Marcy Casino in Delaware Park). He was also co-owner of craft beer pioneer Blue Mo…

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Local businesses are finding new opportunities in Buffalo neighborhoods. Whether it’s a new shop or relocation, some of the most unique home décor and accessories can be found in the city. If your home is in need of an update or you’re looking for the perfect gift, check out these three local businesses for inspiration. Fresh style in a classic location Buffalonians may …

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Buffalo’s Brown Bag Brigade will be happy to learn that the city’s first downtown food hall — EXPO — gives them a reason to leave lunch at home. Following the trend in cities like San Francisco, Chicago and New York City, EXPO — which opened last month — brings diverse up-and-coming local restaurants together in a communal gathering space with open seating. The idea cam…

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When Alyssa Wolfe goes to work every day, she doesn’t head to the office or clock in at a traditional 9-to-5 gig. Instead, after dropping her three kids off at school, the Williamsville mom sits down in her at-home workshop — and gives flight to thousands of little superheroes around the world. Wolfe and her husband, Brian, co-own Pip & Bean, an online business that…

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Whether you’re at the Sabres game, watching it on TV or reading about it the next day, there’s no shortage of data. You can see everything from penalty minutes and ice time to short-handed goals for each player. But in every watercooler conversation or article about the game, there’s also a lot of hidden information. From guys who care about data — John H. Johnson, PhD,…

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It’s officially spring. Whether you’re hitting the wine trail, running a 5K or just strolling around town, there’s plenty to keep you out and about. Here are some recommendations: March 28: Dyngus Day Buffalo Various venues in Historic Polonia District, Cheektowaga, Depew, Kaisertown, South Buffalo, Black Rock, Larkin District and more Pussy willows, pierogies and p…

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A dog loves nothing more than to be completely unrestricted — let off the leash to socialize and play. Fortunately there are plenty of local dog parks where they can do just that. Grab your pup and check out some of the best places where Western New York dogs can roam free. Knox Farm Dog Park Knox Farm State Park, East Aurora If you’re looking for a dog park with a …

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Jeff Musial is reminded of his notoriety in the most unusual places, like a Waffle House in Indiana, the Norway pavilion at Epcot Center, even a Piggy Wiggly in Myrtle Beach. Wandering down an aisle of the supermarket searching for Pop Tarts for his daughter, Musial looked up to see a mom pushing her young child in a shopping cart. The woman flashed him a grin, and with…

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Buffa-boo With Western New York’s long, rich history, spooky lore should come as no surprise. Beyond Ghosts is sharing that local history through ghost tours. Tour group founder John Crocitto said his goal is not to scare people, but to use eerie, funny and interesting stories to explain WNY’s historical sites. “We’re make history fun by giving a ghost tour,” said Crocitt…