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Buffalo Magazine: Shop Local

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…

Buffalo Magazine: Shop Local

Wooden Polish eggs, or pisanki, are a staple for many preparing an Easter basket to be blessed on Holy Saturday. “Eggs are a representation of the original source of creation. They were decorated with symbols and colors to represent things like fertility, power and life. And pisanki actually comes from the Polish verb, which means to write,” said Daria Parker of Lewando…

Buffalo Magazine: Community

At just 24 years old, Jake Moslow is an anomaly in his trade. The few fellow custom sign painters that remain have been in the industry for decades, many nearing retirement. But the creative force behind JM Signs can be found in his Black Rock studio working at his drafting table or 20-foot easel doing everything by hand—just like the old-timers. “I’ve always been in…

Buffalo Magazine: Shop Local

To illustrate just how diverse consignment fashion can be, we teamed up with Annie Adams, owner of Second Chic, to create three distinct outfits solely from the assortment in her Williamsville store—then enlisted Jane Dewey of Synder, a licensed psychologist by day, to model our finds. Hair and makeup by Angel Cobb of Excuria Salon & Spa in Williamsville. For those ca…

Buffalo Magazine: Shop Local

Bring along batteries. Always test small appliances and electronics; the seller may not even know if they work. Likewise, it’s a good idea to screw in a light bulb before you invest in that antique brass floor lamp. Carry cash. While professional companies may be equipped to accept credit cards, family-run sales may be cash-only. Call ahead to confirm they accept plasti…

Buffalo Magazine: Shop Local

Usually the result of one of the three Ds–divorce, downsizing or death–estate sales are a way to liquidate someone’s belongings, not just get rid of some stuff around the house. With the goal of unloading as much as possible, you can expect to find anything from wingback chairs to wax paper…and hopefully some great bargains along the way. Whether you’re a seasoned shopp…

Buffalo Magazine: Shop Local

In this age of fast fashion and other throwaway goods, shopping at consignment stores is a better-than-ever option. Not only does it reduce waste and promote reuse, you’ll also benefit from pre-loved pricing. These shops—for clothing or home goods—pride themselves on offerings that have been previously used but are still in great condition. Experienced consignment shopp…

Buffalo Magazine: Ideas & Advice

The perfect wedding day look is an amalgamation that leaves you feeling radiant and special—and also distinctly you. But how do you strike that balance when donning a once-in-a-lifetime white dress...something that’s decidedly not normal? Put your finishing touch to work. Accessories are a bride’s best style ally, after all. Dress your overall look up or down, inject a …

Buffalo Magazine: Shop Local

Take your holiday cards up a notch with greetings crafted in Buffalo by Witty Gritty Paper Co., Great Arrow Graphics and artists for WNY Book Arts Center.

Buffalo Magazine: Shop Local

A lot has been said about shopping local. One more benefit? Retailers who wrap. My sister, a mom of two young children, actually strategized her entire holiday shopping plan last year based on stores that wrap. Local shop owners understand that it’s time-saving services like these their customers appreciate. “I take call-aheads, help pick out the gifts, and even customi…

Buffalo Magazine: Shop Local

We all have those moments when we’re torn between the simplicity of knocking out our holiday shopping on Amazon versus supporting small local businesses. But this year you don’t have to choose, with these gifts from local shops and artisans that are also available online. Here are nine of our favorite finds. Straight talk $16 / Buffalovely Buffalovely owner Amanda…

Buffalo Magazine: Shop Local

Not to rush the seasons, but Christmas is roughly 58 days away. If this sends a wave of panic through you, don’t worry. We’re here with tips and tricks to get your list checked off…with a Western New York focus. Boutiques or bust At the (mostly) locally owned shops on the Elmwood strip and on Hertel Avenue, you can shop for–and find—one-of-kind items. Doubly local…

Buffalo Magazine: Shop Local

Tail wags for aisles Daisy’s Doghouse on Hertel and Norwalk Avenues is a pet boutique for local dog owners on the hunt for something a little different. You could also say it’s Lisa Samar’s pet project. Samar opened shop in 2015 after 25 years with Great Arrow Graphics. Or maybe it’s her pet’s pet project: Her longhaired Akita, Daisy, is the store’s namesake. “I…

Buffalo Magazine: Home & Style

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…

Buffalo Magazine: Shop Local

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…