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“I believe I was the first person in Western New York to own Trivial Pursuit,” said Mike Driscoll, owner of Founding Fathers Pub. If you’ve ever bellied up to his bar on Edward Street in Buffalo, you understand that bold claim isn’t farfetched. Driscoll leads a fairly famous Trivia Night the first Tuesday of every month, but he is also known to serve up a pop quiz to…

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It’s almost time for Galentine’s Day. If you’re a “Parks and Recreation” devotee, you know that Feb. 13 is the holiday that’s “like Lillith Fair, minus the angst and plus frittatas”—or so says lead character Leslie Knope. In fact, one of the show’s singular charms was its sweet and sincere celebration of female friendship, so it’s no wonder Galentine’s Day has since …

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Curtis Cook is a 24-year-old living his childhood dream. After growing up a Sabres fan, he became the team’s organist in 2016 and now gets to live out his sports-fan fantasies as part of the Sabres game day presentation. Where are you from? Grew up in East Amherst, now live in Getzville. I went to Williamsville North. What do you do for work outside the Sabres? I am a …

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Dionne Williamson has seen, time and time again, the power and joy that a safe, comfortable home can give to those who need it the most. A woman, who finally feels at home, is moved to tears by seeing her kitchen cabinets stocked with dishes and glassware. A child beams from ear to ear because she finally has her own bedroom after living in a homeless shelter. Less stresse…

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Staring at a supermarket shelf, inundated with claims like “natural” and “low fat,” it can be difficult to determine what’s actually healthy. Three local entrepreneurs took matters into their own hands, launching good-for-you food products that have found passionate fans. Look for them at stores across the area this winter. Crackers made from seeds Growing up in New …

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Opened in 2016, The East Aurora Co-op is a member-owned food store founded in part to give the community better access to healthy, local foods. As the new year begins (and we all vow to be healthier), we asked two store managers, Sheila Conboy and Monique Brannon, how it all works…and why co-ops matter. How do you select where you source from? Monique: We work with many …

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Winter is in full gear in WNY—and so is the fun around town (and across the border). Whether you’re into the energetic routines from the “Dancing with the Stars” pros, or a leisurely snowshoe though Delaware Park is more your speed, these events will help you start the New Year off on the right foot. Jan. 11: Niagara Icewine Northern Lights Gala Fallsview Casino Resort, …

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Kate Welshofer, WGRZ feature reporter “This new year is also very close to my first anniversary at Channel 2, which is so hard to believe! It was a really scary time a year ago with so many big changes on the horizon for me, so this year it’s a reminder that good things come when you take a few chances. And I’m just very grateful for the warm welcome I’ve received.” Mica…

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To celebrate another year full of fun, fascinating reads, we're sharing our favorite stories of the year—chosen by those who helped us tell them (our regular contributors, that is). 6 can't-miss rarities at the Icons exhibit Writer Matthew Biddle says: "I've been a history buff for as long as I can remember, so for me, it was a thrill to have a one-on-one tour of the…

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Take a look back at a year's worth of Buffalo Magazine covers—and the stories they tell. December & November On the December cover: Inside a castle in Allentown Noel Sutton, the newest owner of E.B. Green's architectural masterpiece, the Mayfair Lane Castle, opens his doors for an exclusive inside look. December's most popular reads... The holiday tradit…

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A lot has been said about shopping local. One more benefit? Retailers who wrap. My sister, a mom of two young children, actually strategized her entire holiday shopping plan last year based on stores that wrap. Local shop owners understand that it’s time-saving services like these their customers appreciate. “I take call-aheads, help pick out the gifts, and even customi…

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You could say David Troutman is one of Santa’s most dedicated helpers. He’s been portraying Ol’ St. Nick at private parties, corporate events and school visits across Western New York for more than 30 years. A graduate of Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School, Troutman knows the perfect ‘ho ho ho’ comes from the heart. And this modern Santa even has his own website: Santada…

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‘Tis the season to be jolly and buy locally. These events are sure to put you in the spirit—not to mention help you get a leg up on your holiday shopping. Add a Pulitzer Prize-winning opera and a dash of magic and you’ve got the perfect recipe for December fun. Nov. 30: Holiday Live at Larkin Larkin Square, 745 Seneca St., Buffalo Head to happening Larkin Square for t…

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Countdowns and ball drops are lovely. Champagne, noisemakers, resolutions, midnight kisses—also fun and festive. But this might be the year to refresh your New Year’s Eve celebration and introduce some new ideas. Whether you’re commemorating a great 2018 or just can’t wait to bid it “buh-bye,” here are a few points of inspiration to challenge traditional norms and welcome …

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For people who don’t celebrate Christmas, December 25 isn’t some sad day with nothing to do. Despite the rest of the world essentially shutting down, they find different ways to enjoy the day. “We have our own Christmas Day traditions,” said Sharon Kostiner, who’s Jewish and works as membership director at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo. “In my working l…