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The cookies are ready, the stockings are hung and Santa Claus has arrived—at a life-size gingerbread village inside the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute. Designed and built by the school’s students and chefs, its Gingerbread Wonderland is an annual tradition for countless local families who come to marvel at the intricate, whimsical facades and participate in holiday activ…

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It all began with a knock on the door. The massive E.B. Green-designed barn at the edge of the village in East Aurora had seen better days in 2017 when it first crossed the radar of brother-and-sister team Peter and Mary Zittel. But they saw an opportunity to transform this landmark historical property into something different. They just weren’t sure exactly what tha…

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By day, Alexander Sloan McBryde is a self-described “actor, writer…occasional college student when I can afford it.” By night (and weekends), he transforms into a hero—literally. McBryde is a member of The Superhero Alliance of Western New York, a non-profit dedicated to raising money for children’s programs through making appearances dressed as heroes (and villains) fr…

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When Traci Ackerman decided to start a company that handmade wallpaper featuring Charles Burchfield’s original designs, she knew she wanted to keep the whole production local. But she didn’t realize that it would be so easy to do. “Serendipity has been the theme from the beginning. I never thought I’d be doing this,” Ackerman said from the C2 paint warehouse in Amherst …

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Ninety years ago, after Michael Shea constructed his 2,500-seat movie palace on Seneca Street, it quickly became a cultural hub for the growing South Buffalo community. Like his other theaters, the opulent Shea’s Seneca—situated steps away from the Olmsted-designed Cazenovia Park—featured retail storefronts along Seneca, with the movie theater in back. “Back then, that …

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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…