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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 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…

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…

Buffalo Magazine: Style

It’s no coincidence that some of Buffalo’s best-dressed women also happen to own clothing stores. One might think it’s because a 2,000+ square foot personal closet expands the options, but it’s more the opposite — a keen style sense is what led them to retail in the first place. Sharon Randaccio Red Siren 976 Elmwood Ave. Sharon Randaccio didn’t need to open a store.…

Buffalo Magazine: Photo Galleries

Toys “R” Us may be closing forever, but that doesn’t mean you have to grow up. Just look local to Clayton's and The TreeHouse. These neighborhood shops channel childhood magic…arguably much better than the large big box store experience ever could.

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Laura Klein winces when asked what her monthly budget for groceries is, admitting she doesn’t really have one. Though she tries, life has a way of making that difficult for her and her husband, Tom, who both work full-time. Raising two teenagers, with their son Jeffrey playing on two travel hockey teams and a travel baseball squad, means much of their life is spent on the …