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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…

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The holiday countdown is officially on. Whether you’re planning a first-time intimate dinner or throwing a major bash for the fifth time, hosting a holiday celebration of any size can be daunting. There’s menu planning, cleaning, shopping, decorating, cooking, music — the list goes on. Follow our tips and not only will you be a holiday hosting success — you might even enjo…

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With the merriest of holidays just around the corner, it’s time to think about what the well-dressed tree will be wearing this year. Since few have the inclination — or the budget — to start from scratch every year, trimming a spectacular tree is a matter of melding the traditional with the fresh…while trying not to break the bank. You can create a tree that will truly …

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Think holiday decorating in your own home is an undertaking? Imagine planning a large public space. It requires a delicate balance: décor needs to respect diverse ethnicities, religions, local customs and the architecture of the building — plus be visually appealing. One thing is key: the best decorations are the ones that spark a feeling – nostalgia, reverence, hope, joy.…

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If you are a child of the ‘70s or ‘80s, your most elaborate birthday party probably involved a few kids from school, a sheet cake and balloons — if someone remembered to pick them up on the way home from work. Today there’s an entire industry dedicated to children’s birthday parties, with businesses providing special entertainment (Face painters! Magicians! Exotic anima…

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For many people who regularly donate their time to serve others, inspiration begins at home. Peg Overdorf understands this well. As executive director of the Valley Community Association (VCA) and the powerhouse behind the development of Buffalo River Fest Park and Mutual Riverfront Park, Overdorf has made it her mission to give back to the community she was born and ra…

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When Chris Wojtowicz’s contracting business fell on hard times in 2008, he watched his income dry up overnight. So he teamed up with his wife, a former antiques dealer, to change his business model. Their new focus? Repurposing — transforming objects made for one use into something new. Think old dressers into bathroom vanities; antique mirrors into house signs. Peop…