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The gracious ladies standing watch on The Battery of Charleston harbor are a tough breed. For more than 300 hundred years, many of these stately mansions have withstood hurricanes, torrential rains, earthquakes, tidal flooding, fires and wars. From White Point Gardens on East Battery Street, townsfolk watched the first Confederate shots of the Civil War fired on nearby For…

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In her 14 years as an accredited staging professional and interior decorator, Julie Dana has seen it all — from small starter homes to million-dollar mansions, and everything in between. For each client, Dana provides step-by-step instructions for redecorating or staging their home to sell. “My favorite part of the job is when people just feel so good about their house,…

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The stars are just so much brighter out there. On a clear night in the Boston Hills, far from the constant glow and convulsion of city life, guests at Jo P.’s country retreat sink into a hammock strung between trees and gaze up at the sky, dazzled by the distant incandescent bodies radiating against the silky black canvas. “We’ve had some people come from New York Ci…

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Gary and Cynthia Shore purchased their 80-acre property in the Boston Hills more than 20 years ago with intention of building a home to move into. But life and careers intervened, and it simply wasn’t practical for their family to leave their centrally located Kenmore home. “It’s just such a beautiful piece of wooded property, and we loved it so much that we decided we …

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Anyone can see the recent explosion of artisan wares, distilleries and craft breweries all sporting the “Made in Buffalo” moniker. But what you might not realize is the number of locally made products being mass-marketed across the country and in some cases, around the world. If you want to fully support WNY ingenuity and entrepreneurship, consider adding these to your sho…

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Everyone has an opinion about food (organic vs. conventional, local vs. imported, Paleo vs. plant-based, and the list goes on). No matter your school of thought, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) succeeds in getting people more connected with their meals. As magazine subscriptions are to publishers, CSA is to farmers — allowing farmers to sell portions of their prod…

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Food gifts are big business, and you can place your order with countless national food catalogs and websites. But what if you want to shop local — or give the gift of Buffalo? From gourmet popcorn to chocolate delicacies and fruit bouquets to pasta sauce, the following local companies are here to satisfy your desire to shop local…and satisfy your recipients’ cravings for B…

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Buffalo’s revitalization may seem like a recent phenomenon. But in some neighborhoods it’s been developing for decades, with devoted pioneers at the helm. Margaret “Peg” Overdorf, executive director of the Valley Community Association (VCA), has quietly dedicated her life and career to see that her community, and the people in it, were not left behind. She serves “The V…

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Eunice A. Lewin, cofounder and president of Impacto Consulting Associates, has had a busy — very busy — life. And she’s not slowing down. Lewin, 64, was born in Cuba. Her parents emigrated to the U.S. in the late ‘60s. A main motivator for her has always been the notion that “from those to whom much is given, much is expected.” From her early days in Buffalo as a you…

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We all have that room or closet we’d cringe if anyone saw. Or the computer with thousands of digital photos, desperate for order. Someday we’ll get to it, we tell ourselves. But not this group of 12 East Aurora moms, who’ve come together to take control of all that. They call themselves “The Procrastinators' Club,” but they’re anything but. The group has met monthly for…

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Whether you want to tap into your creative side, boost your energy or build your confidence, these local businesses have got you covered. Finding inspiration MUSEjar (17 Elm St., East Aurora) is more than just an art supply store; it’s a living, breathing art hub in the center of East Aurora. Along with beautiful supplies and a warm, arty vibe, owner/artist Vanessa Frost…

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For many Western New Yorkers, Valentine’s Day has transformed from a romantic candlelit dinner à deux to a more boisterous family affair. When you become parents, you have to take your romantic Valentine’s Days when they happen — and it’s not necessarily February 14. But Valentine’s Day is a great time to celebrate love for everyone in the family. Whether you’re home wi…

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Sometimes a life-changing situation inspires the completely unexpected. Late in 2013, Dan Buscaglia, 46, was recuperating from bypass surgery when he walked past a building for sale on Olean Road in East Aurora. It was ramshackle but distinctive, and not like other structures on the block. He thought it could become a second location for his busy dermatology practice. …

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To hear Saw Min talk about his life, which he does only when repeatedly prompted, two humble tenets emerge: hard work and education. What’s missing from the 53-year-old Burmese refugee’s short, matter-of-fact stories are any traces of self-pity or the heartbreaking detail one might expect from someone who has been through so much. But those things are the past. He is here …

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In recent years, Western New York’s done a pretty good job at maximizing event opportunities during its pristine summer months. Eclectic affairs that should be spread over eight months are jammed into four, and attendees arrive at fall’s doorstep draped in festival fatigue. But WNY is also a bastion for the holidays. Snow coats driveways and side streets, smoke pipes fr…