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Without Buffalo’s Kevin Guest House, Ronald McDonald House may never have existed. It’s true: the international Ronald McDonald House charity, which provides housing for families of children receiving cancer treatment, was inspired by Kevin Garvey’s parents. In January, 1972, Cyril and Claudia Garvey brought their son Kevin to Roswell Park Cancer Institute from Penns…

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In her 14 years as an accredited staging professional and interior decorator, Julie Dana has seen it all — from small starter homes to million-dollar mansions, and everything in between. For each client, Dana provides step-by-step instructions for redecorating or staging their home to sell. “My favorite part of the job is when people just feel so good about their house,…

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With warm weather upon us, why spend time shopping indoors? Two city markets recur throughout summer to satisfy your shopping itch while soaking in the precious summer weather. Shop, Rock n’ Stroll June 24, July 29, Aug. 26, and Sept. 30 from 6-9 p.m. Hertel Avenue, from Saranac Avenue to the historic North Park Theatre block Hertel Avenue in North Buffalo is hopping…

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Behind the unassuming storefront on Abbott Road in South Buffalo, Dog Ears Bookstore & Café is more than just a place to buy books. It is also a warm and friendly respite and home to the Enlightenment Literary Arts Center, which offers reading and writing programs for children and adults. “Our mission statement is simple,” said owner Tom McDonnell. “It’s not just ab…

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On the surface, the Teacher’s Desk looks like any other warehouse store — a large, simple building with unpretentious shelving and bins with products. This place, however, is much different. Shelves are filled with books, decorations and school supplies — and all of it’s free. “It’s like Christmas — wow!” said Sheryl Barksdale, a teacher at Henry J. Kalfas Magnet School…

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Through social media, two Canisius College graduates are contributing to the rebirth of Buffalo by promoting local businesses and cultivating a culture of growth. Born as an online blog and apparel store that was an outlet for small businesses and nonprofits, Rise Collaborative has evolved into a promotional tool for businesses — and for new ways of thinking, say propri…

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From music to fairy dust, there’s definitely something in the air. Discover the magic of summer in Western New York — including beautiful homes you may not have seen, bands you may not have heard and mouthwatering foods you may not have tried. June 16: TR Site Twilight Tour of Homes Tour headquarters: Buffalo Seminary, 205 Bidwell Parkway, Buffalo New neighborhood, …

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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…