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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…

Buffalo Magazine: Shop Local

In an age when people are taking strides toward living their best, healthiest life, it’s no surprise that natural beauty products are a growing trend. Local entrepreneurs have taken notice, and shops are popping up from Williamsville to East Aurora. Tom Akers was one of the first when he opened Renew Bath and Body on Elmwood Avenue in 2014. He believes natural beauty pr…

Buffalo Magazine: Shop Local

When Margaret Kolodziejczyk adopted Conrad — a Labrador German Shepherd mix — eight years ago, she never suspected he’d inspire her to start her own business. “He had a lot of digestive issues,” Kolodziejczyk said. “Nothing seemed to make a difference until I started experimenting with homemade diets.” Kolodziejczyk said she has always been careful about her own heal…

Buffalo Magazine: Shop Local

Whether it’s a family picnic or a Bills tailgate, it’s no secret that Western New Yorkers get pretty competitive. Charlie Sciandra has enjoyed a unique perspective on the region’s fervor for games. As a co-founder of KanJam, Sciandra watched the game grow from a local passion launched in North Tonawanda to a global gaming phenomenon. Sciandra believes KanJam wouldn’t be…

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You could say every comic book shop, like the stories on the shelves, has its own arc. There’s Collector’s Inn in the Village of Kenmore, which in addition to comics offers designated areas for “unplugged gaming.” That’s a space for gamers who dabble in Dungeons & Dragons, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Magic or Pokémon. At Gutter Pop on Elmwood Avenue, there’s a lot of real estate ded…

Buffalo Magazine: Shop Local

When cabinetmaker John Thiesen gets his hands on a piece of wood, he lets the lumber tell its own story. “If I’m building a Mission-style vanity or turning a burl bowl on the lathe, I let the wood talk to me,” explained the master craftsman. His process depends on whom he’s working for. “I let the creative process flow when I’m doing design work for myself and all…

Buffalo Magazine: Shop Local

If you’ve been at Genesee and Oak Street — say in the last 121 years — you’ve seen it. The colossal porcelain wonder spanning two storefronts doesn’t light up at night anymore, but you can’t miss it: The Scherer & Sons Furniture sign designates the oldest furniture store in Western New York. Since 1877, Scherer & Sons Furniture has been calling downtown Buffalo …

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Heidie Buffomante knows the power of a gift. Most importantly, it strengthens the connection between two people. It’s seeing this connection — and the deepening of relationships — that motivates her to create buffBOXes. Buffomante started the business from her Amherst home, where she curates collections of items from small businesses around Buffalo. Each gift is spec…

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Linwood Candles The first few batches of Linwood Candles were prepared on Buffalo-native Amy Lisso’s kitchen stove overlooking Linwood Avenue. The process — from melting the wax, mixing the correct amount of essential oils and slowly hand-pouring each candle – proved a lesson in patience and intention. Now every premium-grade Linwood candle is handcrafted using U.S.-gr…

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Sometimes the most interesting and dynamic things come from some of the most unassuming spaces. Custom lighting designer Andrew Emerson of Emerson James is a perfect example. Though he works out of a sparse, unadorned warehouse space on a residential street in Lockport, he produces some fantastic, and extremely unique designs. “It’s a creative outlet for me,” Emerson sa…

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After losing his job in the economic downtown of 2008, Bret Blakely’s career dramatically changed course – he moved home from NYC to cofound OnCore Golf with his dad, Keith, and friend/partner Steve Coulton. Their first ball, the hollow-core CALIBER, was designed by a local engineer who wanted to reduce his own side spin. Now in business for six years, the company offers a…

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What do you buy for the very first guy in your life? No pressure, but he deserves something spectacular that pairs well with his interests and personality. Whether he’s adventurous, loves to eat, enjoys reading or is always up on the latest tech trends, we have the perfect present to surprise your dad with this year — all locally made or sourced. For the dad who loves red…

Buffalo Magazine: Food & Drink

For many of us, pickles are a comfort food that remind us of our parents and grandparents, and the fermented foods they kept in jars on the shelves in basements. Just one sight, or more likely one whiff, of those jars of vinegary, preserved foods brings us back to our childhoods. Now, the pickle lovers among us have a home on Buffalo’s West Side in the form of Barrel + …

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Another Father’s Day, another gift-wrapped tie? Let Buffalo entrepreneur Shelden Gibbs help give your traditional Father’s Day gift a funky twist. At Classic Knot, Gibbs sells bow ties with an updated flair that only an 11-year-old could bring. Gibbs had been wearing the ties himself for years, but found the selection in men’s shops lacking in modern panache. He took…

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Inspired Buffalo Marinette Kozlow Inspired Buffalo’s Custom Heirloom Tea Towels capture written memories like a handwritten note from someone dear or a treasured family recipe. The 30-by-30-inch linens are printed with water-based inks on all-natural flour-sack cotton, with a range of designs to complement your much-loved recipe or correspondence. If necessary, origina…