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Buffalo Magazine: Shopping

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: Shopping

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: Shopping

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: Shopping

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: Shopping

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: Shopping

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: Shopping

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: BufFYI

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: BufFYI

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: Wellness

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: Style

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: BufFYI

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 …

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

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…

Buffalo Magazine: Shopping

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…