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Consider this a friendsgiving, Buffalo-style: A gathering of (just a few of) the creative forces fueling this city’s undercurrents of support, community and shared growth. That’s the spirit we wanted to celebrate as we usher in the last months of 2018. So we threw a laid-back feast to do just that—with the help of Amy Phillips of Private Knives and Jack Wrafter of Georgett…

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The concept of what makes a good neighbor can be widely defined. Sometimes they’re strangers who exhibit small acts of kindness. Other times they’re business owners who mobilize their resources to give back. And sometimes they’re our actual next-door neighbors, who help shovel us out of a snowy mess. As Thanksgiving approaches, we asked you, our readers, to submit stori…

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Watching Erin Lalley-Bauer thoughtfully craft a wreath is to witness pure creativity at work. The owner of Fern Croft Floral has cultivated a reputation for her fresh, inventive creations — her style an effortless ode to the natural beauty that surrounds us. Here, she proves just how dynamic sustainable design can be by creating a wreath for both fall and winter from th…

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When veteran touring comedian Todd Glass plays a comedy club, he has candles lit and placed at the bar as the audience arrives. The simple act creates a relaxing, almost tranquil atmosphere and sets the tone for the show to follow. He, like other comedians, recognizes that the venue plays nearly as big a role in the success of a performance as the comedian and his jokes…

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In early August, the googly eyes of the comedy world were squarely focused on Jamestown. Festivities surrounding the grand opening of the National Comedy Center museum drew thousands of fans as well as big-name comedians to town to celebrate the history and relevance of comedy as an art form. But for local aficionados, the museum also represents just one more go-to d…

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But is there truth to the hype that every single home transaction is a dramatic, cutthroat endeavor that results in big money for sellers? Not according to some of Western New York’s most seasoned real estate agents who specialize in the hot and up-and-coming areas. “In Erie County, up to a certain price point – $250,000 – it’s super competitive, and that’s where first-…

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There is a fresh wave of innovation and optimism in Buffalo, and the city’s newest entrepreneurs are a big reason why. From the tremendously successful 43North competition to a steady stream of startups impacting Buffalo and beyond, the WNY community has become an unforeseen hub of entrepreneurism. We spoke with the founders and operators of five unique companies, all b…

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What’s in a name for local WNY businesses? Some names are obvious first or last names of individuals or family members. Some involve a Buffalo pun. Some have ties to establishments from the city’s past. And some are, well…different. We sought to find how their names came to be. Big Ditch Brewing Company Since opening its tap room in 2015, Big Ditch has become one …

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Greg Link, the artist behind the Cone Five Gallery, has become a businessman during his 23 years of crafting and selling pottery, but the art is what drives him. “I love creating,” Link said from his workspace in the back room of the gallery. “I’ve become a businessman by default. My passion is creating, I love coming into the shop at night when it’s closed up and I can…

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It took a while for Norman Cramer to find his passion in life. The woodworker and furniture designer tried a bit of everything before settling on the job that makes him happy. “I always enjoyed shop class when I was a kid, but I never thought it would go anywhere,” he said. After high school he tried business school but found that he “just wasn’t into it.” So he emba…

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Tucked along the streets of Buffalo’s diverse neighborhoods is a varied display of architectural marvels — and Buffalo Homes is filling your Instagram feed with them. Fueled by a dose of local pride, photographer Matthew Digati started the account to spotlight the city through these envy-inducing exteriors. “There’s so much color and so many different types of architect…

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In August 2017, when Paul DeJac and his wife, Tricia, moved into a 93-year-old colonial home in North Buffalo, they had two choices for many of the walls in the five-bedroom house: replace or restore. They chose the latter and hired Swiatek Studios to handle major plaster restoration and refinishing, along with interior painting and wallpapering. “Our third floor, in…

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Novelist Margaret Atwood said, “In the spring, at the end of the day you should smell like dirt.” For those of the soil, there’s nothing more satisfying than watching something you’ve planted grow and thrive. For those on the garden and landscape volunteer team at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House in Buffalo, there’s the added satisfaction of maintaining the pass…

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When the Bills ended their 18-year playoff drought last season, it electrified the city and brought us together the way only Buffalo sports can. It’s that spirit the Buffalo History Museum celebrates with “Icons: The Makers and Moments of Buffalo Sports,” which opened in November. The interactive exhibit showcases artifacts from the museum’s collection — as well as item…