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Buffalo Magazine: Feature

From street art in Elmwood Village to murals on Buffalo’s West Side, our region is happily part of a trend to make art part of everyday life. And if the recently launched local Public Art Initiative is any indication, Buffalo’s top players — including art leaders, politicians, and developers — have a renewed commitment to bringing art to where people live, play and work. …

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

Louise Carr has lived in Western New York her entire life, but she’s rarely spent summer in Buffalo. Or in the United States, for that matter. For decades, Carr, 63, has spent summer at her cottage in Canada — Crystal Beach, to be exact. It was her parents’, and now it’s hers. Carr remembers getting jolted on The Comet rollercoaster and soaring high on the Ferris wheel …

In our third annual call for Buffalo’s Best Husband nominations, the tributes from spouses across Buffalo rolled in. From our winner, Jack Higgins of Buffalo, who shows his love for his wife by caring for her ailing 87-year-old father, to our many honorable mentions, like Robert Dworak, Jr., who supported his wife’s dream by secretly ordering her an outdoor tent to sell he…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

In Buffalo, we are nothing if not practical; it’s in our collective genetic make-up. Food, though — that’s one thing we can indulge in. Unlike designer shoes or expensive cigars, food is a basic human need. Maybe that’s why food is so big in Buffalo: it’s a socially acceptable luxury. When it comes to food, we are all in. We love talking about it, taking pictures of it…

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

It was my first sit-down with a multi-billionaire. I wasn’t sure what to expect. When you’ve got that much money (and the power/influence that goes with it), I figured there might be a teeny bit of ego involved. Not with Kim Pegula. As half of Pegula Sports Entertainment, the company that owns the Buffalo Bills and the Buffalo Sabres (among other interests), Kim is u…

Buffalo Magazine

Long before influential figures like Kim and Terry Pegula and Howard Zemsky championed game-changing projects like HarborCenter and Larkinville, there was Newell Nussbaumer—a native Buffalonian with an unrelenting passion for his city and plenty of ideas about how to make it better. Among other things, Nussbaumer founded/instigated some of Buffalo’s most beloved events: th…

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

Al Bella lay on his kitchen floor as the muscles in his neck convulsed, leaving him unable to speak and struggling to breathe. His panicked daughter called to her mother, “Daddy is sleeping on the floor." Bella — a fit marathon runner — was having a stroke at age 39. Carin Stahlka thought someone stabbed her in the back of the head. When she turned around, no one wa…

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

‘Tis the season: the shopping, cooking, baking and, oh yes, the decorating. While some find holiday prep overwhelming, other homeowners and professional decorators truly love the season — and show us how they make their homes beautiful (and how you can, too). Kim and Bob Greiner As board members for the Festival of Trees, the annual fundraiser to benefit Women and Ch…

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

The kids now rule the family schedule (and more). What does that mean for now and the future? In Erika Smerkar-Moore’s Amherst home, four o’clock is known as the “bewitching hour.” Relatives know not to call during that ultra-busy time, when she is rushing to get dinner out and her four children — Ava, 10; Gavin, 8; Finn, 7; and Ronan, 4 — are finishing up homework. Each …

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

Hard work. Putting in the time. Rigor and discipline. These are the themes that emerge when talking with artists — those who have chosen to live a life dedicated to creating, to answering their inner muse. Whether in the early or mid-stages of their career — or well established — we found that the uniting factor is commitment. Here we check in with a range of artists…

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

Imagine uprooting your family and starting over in a new country, hoping for a better life. Assimilating to a new culture, needing to learn a new language, just to survive day-to-day life. For many of Buffalo’s newest residents, this is the reality. The city’s refugee population continues to grow, especially on the West Side, and it’s hugely diverse; Lafayette High Scho…

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

The trouble with our second annual Buffalo’s Best Husband contest? With 128 very eligible nominees, only one could be named winner. Choosing him wasn’t easy. The nominating essays that poured in this year were heartfelt, thoughtful and appreciative. It took us weeks to read, re-read and narrow down the entries, until 12 finalists were put to a final staff-wide vote. …