Category: Buffalo Locals

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!




Five Stars for Five Points Bakery


{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.


{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..


{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.


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.


Jack Craft Fair


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.





{Live band and line up of events}



{view of the main lobby full of vendors}


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