Category: Buffalo Locals

Five Stars for Five Points Bakery

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{Outside Five Points Bakery}

A couple weeks ago I met with one of my favorite business owners {Amy from Linwood Candles} it was a nice morning catching up, meeting her newest addition to the family, baby Violet and checking out a new spot I have not been to yet; Five Points Bakery.

Located in Buffalo’s lower west side, it is a hidden gem. The toast is to die for, the set-up and vibe is friendly, positive and represents Buffalo very well. When I first arrived the line was out the door and sitting was very limited, but after a few minutes we were able to find a table and enjoy catching up.

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{Cinnamon Raisin toast with peanut butter and sliced apples and a cup of Chai Tea}

If you are looking for a place to check out for breakfast, coffee, tea or toast Five Points is a place to go.

Until next time..

-B 

{Just a Blonde in Buffalo photos}

North Tonawanda Farmers Market

About 3 weeks ago in my search to check out more farmers markets in the area, I stopped by the North Tonawanda market on a rainy Saturday morning. I heard through some of my contacts that this was a good market to visit and they were right! Probably one of the biggest I’ve been too in the area offering a lot of options from different farmers and vendors, I was quite pleased with my drive out there.

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Purchasing all of these veggies plus a mum for exactly $20 makes me need to go to farmers markets way more than the grocery store. Not only does it save a single gal living on her own with a tight budget some money, but it also is supporting the local farmers which is something I love doing.

If you haven’t been to this market check them out on Tuesdays, Thursday or Saturdays from 7-1pm.

-B 

Jack Craft Fair

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A couple weeks ago I attended the Jack Craft Fair at the Central Terminal. Being my second time attending the event, I was looking forward to seeing some of the Etsy shop owners face to face. While sometimes ordering online is nice, I am a fan of shopping face to face and meeting with the owners. Vendors lined the main floor of the Central Terminal with amazing pieces of art, furniture, jewelry and more. There was a live band, a DIY section and food and drink available. Even though it was quite warm inside, the backdrop of the Central Terminal was quite stunning. I’ve been inside that building a number of times and each time I’m there it still amazes me how beautiful of a place it is, its also nice to see it being used for events.

Below are some of my pictures from the event.

-B

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{Welcome}

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{Live band and line up of events}

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{view of the main lobby full of vendors}

 

The Roaming Table

Last week a few friends and myself took a culinary tour of Lewiston with The Roaming Table. Led by Chris and Alicia, the tour was full of food and beer tastings and history of Lewiston. What I liked even more were some of the fun facts that Alicia threw in because she grew up in the area.

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{The tour group!}

We made six stops on the tour, starting at the Silo and trying the ever so popular “Haystack.” From there we went to Water St. Landing and enjoyed some smoked gouda mac n’ cheese and the Bavarian burger. We “washed” that down with a sample of the 42 North pilsner. After Water St. Landing we walked up Main St. all while learning about the history of Lewiston.

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{First stop The Silo}

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{D’Avolio’s}

While on Main St. we also stopped at D’Avolio Olive Oils, Vinegars & More, Orange Cat Coffee Company {one of my favorite spots on the tour}, The Brickyard Pub & BBQ and The Village Bake Shoppe. In between a couple stops we veered off Main St and walked through neighborhoods to see Lewiston outside of the main strip.

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{History was a part of the tour}

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Throughout the tour Chris and Alicia asked us what festivals we like to go to, told us about themselves and answered any questions we had. When I asked them what their favorite part of the business was they each had a different response. Alicia mentioned its a unique experience and its something new, it challenges yourself. Chris responded saying he loves meeting new people, he always wanted to open his own restaurant and this is the next best thing. Both work full time jobs outside of hosting tours thru the Roaming Table and I give them lots of props for doing both, they are great hosts!

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I had never been on a culinary tour before so I didn’t know what to expect, but after the tour I will say I would definitely go back and do it again. The amount of food and drink your receive along with the history and learning of all the things taking place in town is highly worth it. For a list of tour times and availability go here. A big thank you goes out to Alicia and Chris for inviting me out to spend a fun afternoon with them!

Cheers!

-B

{Photos – Just a Blonde in Buffalo}

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{One of my favorite spots on the tour!  Orange Cat Coffee Co.}

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{Alicia and Chris took us through the neighborhood}

Friday Finds!

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{Last week at Providence Social I found these shopping carts used as a garden, I love the creativity on their patio!}

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{Shooting some boats races for an upcoming boat and car show at the Outer Harbor, this picture gives a beautiful shot of Downtown Buffalo in the background.}

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{Last week was my first time shopping inside Half & Half Boutique and I must say I love the store! The mix of clothing and home décor is perfect!}

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{Co-worker love at a wedding last week at Flying Bison Brewery. Happy Canada Day, Kayla!}

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{The Roaming Table offers an AWESOME food tour of Lewiston, one of the stops was at Orange Cat Coffee and I found this guy inside. Orange Cat is probably my new favorite coffee shop in town, I only wish it was a little closer. See my write up on The Roaming Table in the next couple of days!}

“Where Friends Come Together..”

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{hard hat ready!}

Last week I was able to take a tour of the Curtiss Hotel which sits on the corner of Franklin and Huron in Downtown Buffalo. Built in 1912 the hotel is being renovated and should be open in September. Taking this tour was pretty cool, the operators of this property {Mark Croce and his team} are offering free valet parking, smart cars for guests to use while they are in town {for free!}, a rooftop bar {OMG, the views are amazing!}, indoor and outdoor hot springs, coffee service, a 24 hour fitness center {for anyone to use or have a membership to} and a revolving bar and Chez Ami restaurant. Pricing will range from $190-$400 depending on room choice.

Being in a construction zone and seeing the work in progress was pretty cool. I liked it even more, when Conner said it is a place where anyone can go, you don’t just have to be a hotel guest to be able to dine at the restaurant or grab a drink at one of the bars. Below are some pictures from the tour. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished product in the Fall!

-B

{Just a Blonde in Buffalo photos}

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{view of the Curtiss Hotel from the outside}

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{main entrance off of Franklin}

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{inside of the reception area}

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{views from the revolving bar}

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{K. Sweet}

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{views from up on what will be the rooftop bar}

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{these windows are amazing}

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{6th floor views}

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{basement views – Danger}

Friday Finds!

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Celebrating the first full day of Summer with Make Music Day at Wilkeson Pointe!

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A good crowd came out for the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s Annual Report meeting at Larkinville on Wednesday morning. Larkinville is one of the prettiest places to be in the summer

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A behind the scenes tour of the Curtis Hotel was quite fun! The beautiful walls from the original building are stunning. This place is going to be a pretty cool place to go in the Fall

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Rooftop views in downtown Buffalo got me smiling from ear to ear

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I love this!

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