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You’ve heard it your whole life: "It’s the thought that counts." That’s why a gift card or another boring tie just doesn’t cut it in the gift department. Of course, finding the perfect gift is easier said than done, so we’re here to help. From booze and food to jewelry and cool stuff for kids, we’ve got you covered. Even better, almost everything on our list is available l…

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Every year, the holidays go by way too fast — and we often get far too little out of them. From the whirlwind of cookie-cutter parties to the family gathering that goes south before the first snap of the game, it can get old. So why not try something new? Buck tradition this year and consider incorporating some new ideas into your celebrations. You just may find they br…

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The hunt for holiday gifts is officially on. Instead of battling the mall crowds this year, consider one of Western New York’s many holiday pop-up shops. From handmade to vintage to Buffalo-themed wares, local holiday pop-up shops are just like they sound: temporary, limited-time-only retail spaces, set up in office buildings, empty storefronts, museums and more. They’r…

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Mint Berry Market Aubrey Hlavaty Accountant-turned-artist Aubrey Hlavaty is the creative force behind Mint Berry Market. Drawing inspiration from her young daughters as well as vintage items, Hlavaty turns her charming hand-drawn and painted designs into digital images, which she then reproduces to create one-of-kind baby, toddler and adult apparel and accessories.…

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All is well inside the calm confines of a greenhouse. Bone-chilling winds could be whipping hail sideways, but under nurseries’ silver-framed translucent cloches, filtered sunlight warms the skin and relaxes the shoulders. The air is humid and alive — an organic aromatherapy spa fragrant with moss, peat, minerals and subtle earthy perfumes. Row upon row of pots and lush…

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Shoppers caught up in buying “fast fashion” — trends on the cheap — may not realize there can be high ethical, social and environmental costs. And while a growing number of national and global clothing designers are making ethical practices a priority — companies like Patagonia and Alternative Apparel — what if you also care about shopping local? Luckily, WNY is home…

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Giving away unwanted items has been a long and honored tradition for people throughout Western New York. But with Habitat for Humanity ReStore, you’re going one step further — you’re helping build homes for people in need. “We’re helping to create a world where everyone has a place to live,” said John Walzak, ReStore manager. “Instead of throwing things away, give it to…

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LaCott Fine Art Laura Cott Laura Cott’s distinctive mixed media painting style and process showcase her fascination with pigment and fluidity. Using alcohol ink, a dye specially formulated to create a colorful, vivid pigment, Cott masterfully employs a no-brush-required dripping style to create random, organic and fluid patterns on stoneware and pre-fired ceramics. Her…

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Map + Stitch Kate McCoy Kate McCoy of Kenmore was inspired to create handmade map photo mats to display family photos while commemorating the locations of her first apartment and home. Conceptualized by McCoy as a way to “map your memories,” her custom-embroidered photo mats help showcase a  location tied to a fond memory, home, business or adventure. McCoy will custom…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Here at Buffalo Magazine we like to have our cake and eat it too. And since there is no law against getting something to eat while you shop for something to eat, we offer these great local places where you can stock up on items for your pantry while fueling up yourself. Here are some off-the-beaten-path-places where you can shop while you dine: BreadHive Bakery &…

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Houseplants finish a room like no other knick-knack, throw pillow, or accent lamp. Healthy green leaves complement any color scheme and style, from a Norfolk pine in a woodsy, rustic study to a simple orchid in a minimalist, Zen-like sunroom. They add a touch of life — literally — with foliage that filters the air and brings the outdoors in. But for people who wouldn’t …

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There’s something for everyone in the Elmwood Village, including a pair of unique stores that have added another level of style to the hippest part of Buffalo. A torch is passed Call it fate, or simply a matter of perfect timing, but it sure appears that Kilby Bronstein was destined to become an owner of Half & Half Clothing. A staple of the Elmwood Village for mo…

Buffalo Magazine: Shopping

White Rabbit Design Katherine Smith Niagara Falls native Katherine Smith wished to pay homage to the Queen City’s illustrious past and exciting future, resulting in a line of Buffalo-themed note cards which artfully blend contemporary with vintage. When the initial “I Heart Buffalo” series of cards sold out in just over a month, Smith added two more sets of card design…

Buffalo Magazine: Style

When it comes time to get your gift list together and strategize a game plan, you may encounter some tough scenarios. Often it’s the people we’re closest to who are the most difficult to buy for. To help, we’ve compiled a list of the most challenging people in your life, with a handy guide for the perfect holiday gift. Even better, it’s all local. Grandpa who doesn't need…

There are a ton of great gifts for the culinary-inclined loves of your life. Of course one great option is a gift certificate to any one of our hot new local restaurants (take your pick!) — but here are some other ideas: Local grocery stores = awesome gifts Add a fun ingredient to a gift card from your recipient’s favorite grocery store. From olive oils, vinegars and hot…