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Katharine Hepburn became the model for the modern American woman during the middle of the 20th century. She spoke her mind, once musing “I have not lived as a woman. I have lived as a man.” She wore trousers, which for her time was considered scandalous. She spurned the Hollywood glitz and social life and did not show for any Academy Award ceremony, even the record four ti…

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Kait Niland was just looking for a unique Christmas gift to give to her friends and family when she made her first batch of candles. Now, 14 years later, it’s her full-time career. “I found a make-it-yourself kit and I made these little teacup candles that didn’t smell like anything and I’m sure no one ever even burned them,” says Niland, the owner and sole employee of …

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At its barest, a stage is an empty platform surrounded by seats. But at its best, it becomes another world—set in a spaceship, tomb, bedroom or battlefield—with a rapt audience forgetting, for a moment, what’s real and what’s imagined. That transformation takes place courtesy of a talented group of veteran set designers who transport theatergoers through time and space …

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Elizabeth Hays describes herself as a naturally happy person, and her husband and herself as dreamers. For them, and the family they’ve created, their Buffalo residence on Soldier’s Circle near Delaware Park aptly represents their values and sensibilities. The Hayses have come a short distance—but a long way—from their former home around the corner on Bird Avenue, where…

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Since its founding in 1862, the Buffalo History Museum has been a faithful steward of our region’s rich heritage, helping to share and preserve the stories of the people, places and moments that have shaped Western New York. Its permanent collection includes more than 100,000 physical objects, 20,000 books and 200,000 photographs—and now, for the first time, many of those …

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An old firehouse is an iconic building. Alarm bells that sounded the distress signal. Brass poles that delivered a vertical stream of firemen from second-story bunkers to vehicles waiting below. Big bay doors out of which horse-drawn wagons and then roaring red fire trucks rushed out to help. Flag poles jutting from brick facades that flew the stars and stripes over first …

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The kitchen is the heart of the home: it’s where people gather. But its central hub status also makes it a natural landing spot for all sorts of stuff. Here are a few pro tips and tricks to help maximize your space from Jamie Shaner, a professional organizer with Home Solutions of WNY, Inc. Gather like with like In order to get an honest assessment of what you’re working…

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As the glorious profusion of blooms on display from Memorial Day through to the first frost confirms, Western New York growers are passionate about their gardening. And local horticulturists-in-the-know deftly rely on thoughtfully planted containers to inject dazzling variety and colorful spectacle to their seasonal landscaping. Container gardening continues to grow in …

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Thoughtful interior designs do so much more than please the eye. They can maximize space, solve problems and help foster the home environment you want. While engaging with a pro was once exclusive to those with huge budgets or square footage, today’s professional interior design services are far more diverse, offering greater flexibility than most people realize. Whethe…

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You’ve likely already peeked inside Billy and Pat Sandora-Nastyn’s home without realizing it. Flashes of their Hamlin Park house guest star in a host of videos on the duo’s YouTube channel (Billy & Pat)—and pop up in the occasional social teaser photo for Daddy’s Plants, the lush houseplant business they launched last year. Spotting beautifully preserved woodwork or…

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Art can make your place feel like a home—especially when it has meaning. Here in Buffalo, we’re proud of where we live, so it’s only right that we display our city love. Local graphic designers have created beautiful pieces to do just that, highlighting our classic sites, buildings and even our favorite foods in a clever, visual way. Here are a few of our favorite pieces a…

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Greg Dudley, the creative force behind Interlaken Boat Works, is yet another in a growing line of people from somewhere else who have come to the city of Buffalo and fallen in love. “This is a really interesting place,” he said at his workshop on the West Side. “There is just a lot of positivity about the city. When you work in the trades in New York City, you don’t get…

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Sitting inside Five Points Bakery with a double espresso, people watching and smiling at a dad and son each reading a book, I almost forgot I was on Buffalo’s West Side. It was just a decade ago, after all, that this neighborhood was faltering. That happens a lot as I venture outside of my North Buffalo neighborhood to these little, thriving pocket neighborhoods through…

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Buffalo’s turn-of-the-20th century prosperity gifted the city with an architecturally rich housing stock—many of which endure today, along with their signature craftsmanship. Replete with eye-catching woodwork, grand fireplaces and sprawling floorplans, these stately houses pack period charm in spades. But turning one of these more than 100-year-old properties into a ho…