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Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

Local businesses are finding new opportunities in Buffalo neighborhoods. Whether it’s a new shop or relocation, some of the most unique home décor and accessories can be found in the city. If your home is in need of an update or you’re looking for the perfect gift, check out these three local businesses for inspiration. Fresh style in a classic location Buffalonians may …

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

When Alyssa Wolfe goes to work every day, she doesn’t head to the office or clock in at a traditional 9-to-5 gig. Instead, after dropping her three kids off at school, the Williamsville mom sits down in her at-home workshop — and gives flight to thousands of little superheroes around the world. Wolfe and her husband, Brian, co-own Pip & Bean, an online business that…

Buffalo Magazine: Shopping

Mundo Images  Ann Peterson With a B.S. in studio art and a Masters in Spanish language and literature, local photographer Ann Peterson has always been intrigued by the similarities and differences in world culture, and has explored the world with her camera. Finding beauty in the ordinary and simple — a porch detail, a park bench, snow falling on a fence —her subject m…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

Whether you want to tap into your creative side, boost your energy or build your confidence, these local businesses have got you covered. Finding inspiration MUSEjar (17 Elm St., East Aurora) is more than just an art supply store; it’s a living, breathing art hub in the center of East Aurora. Along with beautiful supplies and a warm, arty vibe, owner/artist Vanessa Frost…

Buffalo Magazine: Style

It may seem easy to hit the big box stores to knock out your long holiday shopping list, but why not take some time to slow down and shop local? Not only do your dollars stay close to home, it’s also fun to explore shops for unique items you won’t find elsewhere. Here are some of our favorite things — all sold locally — that will please everyone on your list this holida…

Buffalo Magazine: Shopping

Buffalo History Buff Lauren and Eric Woods Longtime Buffalonians Lauren and Eric Woods are the founders of Buffalo History Buff, an online shop that offers museum-quality, matted prints of vintage Buffalo advertising and postcards. After a stint as caretakers of the Coatsworth Mansion in Allentown, the couple developed a fascination with Buffalo’s history. In the c…

Buffalo Magazine: Style

New classics Once you’ve reached a certain age, you want classic pieces that will last but are on-trend. Enter Annarlette (3959 Main St., Amherst), a new boutique in Snyder with a carefully curated selection of quality pieces: cozy cashmere plaid wraps; classic white shirts with beautiful, understated detailing; fun satiny pants; beautifully-cut party dresses. “It’s el…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

It was a simple request: find a few of the area’s hidden gems in the world of artisanal residential work. As it turns out, finding these master craftspeople wasn’t hard; Western New York is rich in talented, creative souls. The hard part was choosing from so many of them. Here are the stories of four local craftspeople, whose passions include metal, fire, wood, glass, pain…

Buffalo Magazine: Shopping

To some, “estate sale” is a verb, as in, “I’ve been ‘estate-saling’ since 1982.” It’s a unique way of shopping: part treasure hunt, part peek into someone’s home and history. For most estate sale aficionados, both are part of the appeal. Estate sales — typically staged as multiple-day shopping events, offering an entire household of items inside the home where it all…

Buffalo Magazine: Style

When I left for college in 1983, my mother bought me a reversible comforter from Sears with matching pillow shams and a bed skirt. I was the Martha Stewart of my residence hall. Somehow, my fellow co-eds and I all managed to get by without custom window treatments, matching accent rugs and pomegranate room scents. But today’s dorm decorating means business. Big busin…

Buffalo Magazine: Shopping

City gardening center The concept of Urban Roots began with the seed of an idea. Tired of driving to the suburbs to get their gardening supplies, a group of neighbors on Buffalo’s West Side came together to create a gardening center in the city. The group pooled their funds and Urban Roots opened its doors at 428 Rhode Island St. in 2007; today, it’s still the only garden…

Buffalo Magazine: Shopping

So, who isn’t looking for a bargain these days? Or, better yet, who doesn’t love the challenge of a scavenger hunt? Auctions and local flea markets bring you the best of both worlds — bargains and adventure, wrapped up in a swirling cacophony of voices and vibrant colors. And we have found some of the biggest, best and most delicious spots to grab a good deal. Time to s…

This time of year many of us look out in our driveway and sigh. The old family jalopy made it through another winter...but is it time to give it the old heave-ho? When is the best time to shop for a car? Spring? The middle of winter? Tuesday morning? It’s not quite so mysterious, said Joe Erbacher, general manager of Northtown Chrysler Jeep Dodge. “The best time to buy …

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Artisanal foods — the opposite of mass-market-produced fare that defined American food consumption in the 20th century — are making big inroads in Western New York. Options are growing for small, locally-crafted foodstuffs ranging from sausage and ice cream to coffee and gin. Part entrepreneurial, part consumer driven, local farms and small businesses are developing foo…

Buffalo Magazine: Shopping

We know that shopping locally keeps retail dollars in the community. But now more than ever, shopping independently-owned boutiques also supports local creative people whose lines of jewelry, clothing and accessories are offered there. Fortunately for WNY shoppers, the word “boutique” doesn’t necessarily mean “expensive.” So whether you’re searching for formalwear, gift…