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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 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 …

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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…

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…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

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…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

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…

Buffalo Magazine: Style

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: BufFYI

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…

Buffalo Magazine: Shopping

Toys “R” Us may be closing forever, but that doesn’t mean you have to grow up. Just look local. Whether you live in the city, Northtowns, or Southtowns, there’s a neighborhood toy store that channels childhood magic…arguably much better than the large big box store experience ever could. The TreeHouse 793 Elmwood Ave. In the middle of Elmwood Village, the TreeHous…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

Letterpress isn’t novel to brothers DJ and Matt Schutt — but rather the old-fashioned technique their father, who had decades of experience in commercial printing, taught them in the garage. That was Donald’s makeshift printing shop, a retirement project turned family business sparked by the discovery of a 1907 Chandler & Price press in someone’s attic nearby. It wa…