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When Margaret Kolodziejczyk adopted Conrad — a Labrador German Shepherd mix — eight years ago, she never suspected he’d inspire her to start her own business. “He had a lot of digestive issues,” Kolodziejczyk said. “Nothing seemed to make a difference until I started experimenting with homemade diets.” Kolodziejczyk said she has always been careful about her own heal…

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From the hottest jazz festival in the area to chilling by the river for a great cause, make the most of your summer days and nights. Use these events as your guide and you’ll find plenty of fun and excitement — and possibly even a new place to live! July 31-Aug. 4: Music and Arts Festival of the Tonawandas Various locations in Tonawanda and North Tonawanda This inaugu…

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Whether it’s a family picnic or a Bills tailgate, it’s no secret that Western New Yorkers get pretty competitive. Charlie Sciandra has enjoyed a unique perspective on the region’s fervor for games. As a co-founder of KanJam, Sciandra watched the game grow from a local passion launched in North Tonawanda to a global gaming phenomenon. Sciandra believes KanJam wouldn’t be…

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You could say every comic book shop, like the stories on the shelves, has its own arc. There’s Collector’s Inn in the Village of Kenmore, which in addition to comics offers designated areas for “unplugged gaming.” That’s a space for gamers who dabble in Dungeons & Dragons, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Magic or Pokémon. At Gutter Pop on Elmwood Avenue, there’s a lot of real estate ded…

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Mighty Taco CEO Russell Jasulevich is relatively new to the gig…but he’s not new to Buffalo’s most beloved tacos, having served the last 10 years as company COO. He’s ingrained in the quirky company culture, a brand backed by food that Buffalo expatriates crave by name — and that multiple generations of locals still inhale on the regular. This month, Mighty Taco celebrates…

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Weego The Albright-Knox Art Gallery continues its colorful public art initiative with the addition of three recent works. Hertel Avenue’s business district became brighter — and more imaginative — with an acrylic and spray paint mural by artists and longtime friends Chuck Tingley and Matthew Grote. The mural, titled “Weego,” spans the west wall of the Lloyd Taco Factor…

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Maybe you’ve taken a personality quiz or two, but have you ever made a humor profile? The National Comedy Center will do just that for each of its guests using personalized technology. The Center opens Aug. 1 at 10 a.m. Visitors should get admission tickets ahead of time for the opening week and pick a time slot so the staff can manage the crowds, said Journey Gunderson…

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If you’ve been at Genesee and Oak Street — say in the last 121 years — you’ve seen it. The colossal porcelain wonder spanning two storefronts doesn’t light up at night anymore, but you can’t miss it: The Scherer & Sons Furniture sign designates the oldest furniture store in Western New York. Since 1877, Scherer & Sons Furniture has been calling downtown Buffalo …

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Just when you finally grasped the concept of feng shui, there’s a new Eastern-inspired concept making an impact in the design world: Wabi sabi. A mash-up of two old Japanese words, over centuries it’s come to express an important philosophy. “‘Rustic elegance’ is a quick translation of wabi sabi,” said Josh Smith, co-owner of Buffalo’s Sato Restaurant Group, who has …

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Ayla Abiad arrived in Buffalo from Syria in 2009, hoping to earn her master’s degree in architecture and return home to teach. Two years later civil war broke out and it wasn’t safe to go back. Overwhelmed but undeterred, she completed her degree at UB and began building her life here and working to help her family escape the violence. “[Syria] was the place I wanted to…

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Caroline Barr describes it as a lightning bolt: The moment she realized she was supposed to be a designer. From there, she says, everything sped up. She got her degree at arts-focused Villa Maria College; moved to Cape Cod; began working at a small furniture store and secured her first clients; then brought that experience back to Buffalo to be closer to family. Her wor…

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Heidie Buffomante knows the power of a gift. Most importantly, it strengthens the connection between two people. It’s seeing this connection — and the deepening of relationships — that motivates her to create buffBOXes. Buffomante started the business from her Amherst home, where she curates collections of items from small businesses around Buffalo. Each gift is spec…

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Mention concrete to a homeowner, and a walkway or patio project probably comes to mind. But the durable material has officially moved indoors, with installations ranging from countertops and polished flooring to shower stalls and coffee tables. Once considered a novelty material in home décor, concrete has grown in popularity. “I think people are finally seeing the v…

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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, “…