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From gorgeous gardens to diverse neighborhoods, Buffalo is truly a vibrant city. Whether taking in a world of ethnic food and fun, embracing the local craft brew culture or meandering through fragrant flower fields, these events offer plenty to see, smell and savor in WNY and beyond. June 30: Taste of Diversity Grant Street, between Lafayette and Auburn, Buffalo Celeb…

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Chris Naugle knows what you are going to ask. When is the show going to air? It was supposed to be in February, then March. Now it’s scheduled to premiere June 24 at 2 p.m. on HGTV. Chris and Lorissa Naugle’s Williamsville enterprise has caught fire in Western New York, with local media attention surrounding the debut of their home-flipping TV pilot featuring Buffalo, “…

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We can't stop watching this Visit Buffalo Niagara Right Here. Right Now. video. What's not to love about a five-minute montage, created by Paget Films, that captures the best of this city we call home. Then our true Buffalo pride (and love of trivia) kicked in, and we had to know if we could guess the subject of every frame...so we made our list, then double-checked with t…

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After losing his job in the economic downtown of 2008, Bret Blakely’s career dramatically changed course – he moved home from NYC to cofound OnCore Golf with his dad, Keith, and friend/partner Steve Coulton. Their first ball, the hollow-core CALIBER, was designed by a local engineer who wanted to reduce his own side spin. Now in business for six years, the company offers a…

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I call it a furry cyclone of happiness. It’s the whirling bundle of unadulterated joy I wake up to every morning. Buck sits next to the bed and stares at my eyes, waiting for them to open. As soon as he sees the whites, he starts spinning in a circle. This kickstarts Meg (our other dog) into action. She runs into the room and proceeds to hop up and down like a white guy at…

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Another Father’s Day, another gift-wrapped tie? Let Buffalo entrepreneur Shelden Gibbs help give your traditional Father’s Day gift a funky twist. At Classic Knot, Gibbs sells bow ties with an updated flair that only an 11-year-old could bring. Gibbs had been wearing the ties himself for years, but found the selection in men’s shops lacking in modern panache. He took…

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When you think “book club,” perhaps wine, women and an excuse to be social come to mind. While women may comprise the majority of book clubs, there are men in Buffalo who defy the stereotype — men so dedicated to their book club that they even created a logo and T-shirts for it. Meet The Buffalo Men’s Book Club. This group of seven men have been meeting monthly since…

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“I think I just joined Globo Gym,” Robert Buckley said after the first dodgeball game with his new team. Buckley, 25, had played several seasons in a league run by nonprofit Healthy Buffalo. Bu after taking last season off because of his work schedule, his old team was full. Undeterred, he approached Healthy Buffalo founder Chas Kirsch and said, “I want to play. I do…

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Buffalo is in the midst of a craft brewing and distilling renaissance. The city is flush with new establishments looking to help residents celebrate the return of good weather with their favorite beers and spirits — and one of the first opportunities to celebrate this summer is Thin Man Brewery’s Second Anniversary Summer Solstice Street Festival, taking over the Elmwood V…

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This month, get out there and enjoy the company of friends and colleagues, and maybe even make some new acquaintances along the way. Whether you’re mingling at waterfront tastings, perusing the works of master artisans or surrounding yourself with remarkable WNY women, the following events offer plenty of opportunity to find inspiration, appreciation and camaraderie. June…

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Moms have the toughest job in the world – just ask us. In fact, it hardly seems right that we only get 24 hours of official recognition a year. And while we wouldn’t trade our children for anything in the world, we do have some pretty specific ideas for how we’d really like to spend that one glorious day that is supposed to be all about us. Hint: It doesn’t include maki…

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Growing up on Buffalo’s East Side, Alexander Wright remembers being sent to get groceries. “My mom would give me $5 and a list, and, at around 12 years old, I became aware of food prices and money worries,” he said. As a big kid living in tough neighborhoods, he had to fight to defend himself. Then, through the Buffalo Prep program — because he was economically disad…

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What do Monroe, WI, Plymouth, VT, and Cuba, NY, have in common? Each burg is home to a museum devoted to cheese and cheesemaking, the only three in the United States. “The Cuba Cheese Museum is important to people interested in the dairy business and regional history,” says Michele Conklin, the third generation Conklin associated with cheese in this charming Allegany Co…

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What is soul food? Ask 13 different people, you’ll get 13 different answers. Remember the lyrics to the 1978 movie theme song, “Greased Lightning?” None of those words are about a quart of dense, black liquid manufactured by Pennzoil…and yet they are. It’s the same for soul food. It’s not just chicken, collard greens or sweet potato pie. Soul food is, indeed, a time, a …

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Whether celebrating our great city at an annual love fest or bringing the excitement and grandeur of the Kentucky Derby to a first-ever Junior League party, Buffalo is the place to be — and be seen — this month. These events will lift your spirits, boost your day and elevate your shopping game. May 5: Derby Day Party The Barrel Factory, 65 Vandalia St., Buffalo Indulg…