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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

Buffalo Magazine: Shop Local

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,…

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 Willi…

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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. “Nothin…

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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 KanJa…

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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…

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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 th…

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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 Fu…

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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. …

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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 a…

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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 warehou…

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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,…

Buffalo Magazine: Shop Local

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 u…