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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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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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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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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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It’s just been named the top nature preserve in WNY, yet many longtime residents have never heard of it. Friends of Reinstein Woods executive director Meaghan Boice-Green and her team are working to change that. “We’re open year-round from sunrise to sunset and offer a true four-season experience,” said Boice-Green. “You can visit in summer to observe turtles and wildfl…

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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…

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Astronomy may be one of the oldest natural sciences, but it’s also the perfect new hobby. Between all of the planets, moons, comets, galaxies and twinkling stars — there’s just so much to see. “You can look up night after night and it’ll never be the same. Something different will always wow you,” Gene Timothy of the Buffalo Astronomical Association (BAA) said. But a…

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Pets and privacy. For most homeowners, a fence serves the dual purpose of keeping Fido safe in the yard and carving out space away from the outside world. Practical, yes, but functional doesn’t have to mean bland. Charlie Reid of Picket Fence and Exteriors in East Amherst said most of his customers look to find a balance between affordability and curb appeal. Beyond mat…