Category: Buffalo Locals

Supporting Explore Buffalo

This past Saturday if you follow me on any social media platform you know that my Dad and I attended the Grain Alley Gala hosted by Explore Buffalo. This was one of my Dad’s Christmas presents this year, since we had such a good time at last years gala at Sheas, I thought I would keep the tradition going. The gala was taking place at the Barrel Factory, a venue I have not been in up until Saturday night and need to go back to, to explore. Snowy Owl Kombucha!, Elevator Alley Kayak and Lakeward Spirits are all tenants inside the building {see my post on Lakeward Spirits soon!}.

{The Erie Mule}

The gala was nothing short of great, from the live music, selfie station, tour of the distillery from Adam, the specialty cocktails and great auction items {my Dad and I went in and put a guaranteed bid on cocktails and a tour of the SS Columbia Project for up to 6 people} we couldn’t have had a better time and all for a great organization!

{Look at how dapper my Dad looks at the selfie station}

As I approach this year, I’m focusing more on the “adventures” {big or small} that I can take with the people that mean the most to me.

Until next time…


{Above photos all Just a Blonde in Buffalo photos}

Our Lady of Fatima Shrine

Last week my sister, niece and nephew went to see the Festival of Lights at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Lewiston. I haven’t been to the Shrine since I was a little girl so I was looking forward to seeing everything from an adults perspective. When we arrived we walked around a little before heading to the gift shop to warm up for a bit, they also have a cafeteria so if you want to grab a bite to eat with the family while you’re there, that’s an option. The Shrine is open to the public from 9-9 pm and the lights are on from 5-9 pm. The festival of lights runs thru January 6th and its free admission – making it a great place to visit this week if you’re looking for something to do.

It was nice seeing all of the lights, remembering the memories I had as a kid and seeing my niece and nephew enjoy their time there.


{Just a Blonde in Buffalo photos}

{my niece in front of the Shrine}

{taking a selfie at the top of the Shrine}

A Classic Museum – A Destination and Attraction for Buffalo

I drive past this venue almost every single day and up until last weekend I had not been in there. I’m talking about the Pierce Arrow Museum, a destination in the Buffalo area. Open Thursday thru Sunday from 11-4 pm this museum offers more than just a venue for those who love classic cars. The museum is a space that shows the great work of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Filling Station design along with the history of automobiles and transportation dating back to the early 1900’s.

{Frank Lloyd Wright’s Filling Station}

Next week if you’re looking for something to do the museum has special hours – open December 26 thru the 31st from 11-4 pm and the admission price is $10 ADULTS; $5 CHILD {6 TO 15}. You can also call ahead for a guided tour if you’d like. More information can be found here

Included here are some of the pictures I took while I was there. Another piece of Buffalo history that I’m happy I went to.


{being tourists in our own hometown}

{classic cars}


{a good looking bar used for private events}

The Reason for the Season

{On the pediatric floor at Roswell Park, I snapped this photo last week when we dropped off gift cards and toys from the Buffalo Bisons yoga toy drive event} 

To say I am not really in the Holiday spirit this year is not a lie. I am usually one who loves this time of year and really gets into it, but this year, not so much. To lift my spirits  I decided to do some more good, so I adopted a family. My cousin Nathan who has recently passed from brain cancer was very involved in the Punt Foundation. I decided to reach out to the organization and get more details.

After discussing my budget with them, they found me a family that I thought was a perfect fit. After I received the family’s wish list I made the trek out to the stores to get what I needed. Last week I dropped the presents off at the Punt Foundation and after I did I sat in my car and cried. The tears were both happy and sad. Happy tears because it felt really good to be a part of a small task that was helping someone else – complete strangers that I never met and sad tears because it reminded me a lot of my cousin, who is no longer here, but was with me during this experience.

{The Stitch Buffalove Heart Project – 80% of the proceeds go back to a refugee woman living in Buffalo,I got my heart at Elm Street Bakery in East Aurora} 

At the end of the day I would rather help those in need, the gift I receive from helping others is far more greater than any materialistic gift. During a time when people lose sight of the really meaning of this season, its best to take a step back and really think about what is important.


Coffee Talk at Underground Coffee House and Roastery


{can’t get enough of this tile floor}


{good coffee and good conversation}

My new thing is coffee houses and coffee shops. I love going to local cafes and checking out their product. I’m no coffee expert, far from it actually, but its “my thing” right now. Catching up with friends, meeting with colleagues, that’s what I do. So Tuesday morning my co-worker and friend Ben and I checked out Undergrounds Coffee House and Roastery in the Old First Ward. Located at 580 South Park Ave. this coffee house is so close to my work and offers more than just coffee, but good eats for breakfast and lunch and tea too! Its very spacious inside and so family friendly, which is great for those who have little ones that like to run around. There was Yahtzee and other games to play with and even a craft bin where you could make your own ornaments. If you’re a coffee connoisseur or just want to try a new “cup of joe”, make a trip to Undergrounds Coffee House!


{Just a Blonde in Buffalo photos}


{ornament making}


{merch for sale}

Holiday Pop Up Shops


{Gridlock Lacquer photo}

There are a few holiday pop up shops that are making there way back to the Queen City over the next few weeks. A majority of the ones listed below, this will be my first time attending so I’m looking forward to comparing them and sharing what I like best from each one after the fact.

One thing I like about pop up shops is the fact that you get a variety of local business owners under one roof, so you don’t have to drive store to store for different items you may be looking for. The other reason I like these shops is you can meet local owners who may not have a store front and only sell there stuff online. That instant gratification you get from having your purchase in your hands right away is always nice.

What are some pop up shops you enjoy going to this time of year? I’m sure there a ton more that aren’t listed!


Queen City Pop Up Shop – Open now thru December 31st – Mondays -Fridays 10 am-6 pm, Saturdays Noon to 4 pm {Note- closed on Sundays}

CIty Sidewalks – Opens December 3rd and runs thru December 23rd – 464 Amherst Street {Note – closed on Mondays and Tuesdays}

Holiday Pop Up Shop at Resurgence Brewing Co. – December 4th 1-5 pm at Resurgence

A City of Buffalo Artists Market – December 7th, 4:30-9 pm at the Ellicott Square Building

Elm Street Holiday Market – December 17th – 5-9 pm at 17 Elm Street in East Aurora {MuseJar location}


Shop Local

muse jar 3

{Picture -MuseJar November 2015 Just a Blonde in Buffalo blog post}

As we enter the Holiday time, its one of my favorite times to shop local. While I am a big fan of shopping local during the year, I especially like this time of year – seeing the storefronts decorated differently and all the people out on the streets walking from shop to shop. I also love all the pop up shop collaborations that take place this time of year. Having a variety of businesses all under one place makes it convenient, especially as we get closer to Christmas. There are a variety that take place in the upcoming weeks and I’ll be sure to feature them on my blog in the next week.

Today however is Small Business Saturday, a perfect day to hit up local businesses and see what they have to offer. Not only are there local stores on Elmwood, Hertel, Main St. in East Aurora and Williamsville, but there are also local businesses with online shops. I find is a great place to look if you are one who prefers to stay indoors. Whatever it is, happy shopping and supporting local businesses in your community!




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