Category: Venues

A Nice Way to Watch A Film


{Just a Blonde in Buffalo photos}


Did you know that when Shea’s opened in 1926 it was actually built to show silent films?!?  Sunday my Mom and I attended the silent film Sherlock Holmes there. When I first got the tickets I thought it was a play, but then my Mom was quick to point out that it was a silent film {note to myself to read better} …like no words just a pianist playing scores throughout the films 90 minutes. I was a little skeptical, I’m not going to lie. I was thinking I would want to leave halfway through the film, but it was actually amazing! It was like I experienced something from back in time – a black and white film with no words, just music. It was a nice change of scenery and something different. I highly recommend attending a short film at Shea’s if you ever can. It makes for a nice indoor activity to do when the weather isn’t so nice out outside.


{A brief welcome and introduction before the film started}

Oh and the best part – it was free! A free film in a beautiful building that celebrated their 90th anniversary this weekend. That’s pretty cool Buffalo. Oh and for those who like popcorn and candy to munch on when watching a movie – Shea’s had their concession stands open, selling sweet treats {the popcorn and twizzlers cost $8 – that’s cheaper than a movie ticket now a days}. Just putting things in perspective, its nice to have a beautiful venue like this offer nice {casual} events like this.


For a calendar of events taking place at Shea’s click here


Marienthal Country Inn – A Home Away from Home in Eden, NY

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Driving 30 minutes south of the City of Buffalo I made my way to Eden, NY the other day to visit with Louise from Marienthal Country Inn. A quaint bed and breakfast offering a lot more than just a cozy place to rest and relax. Formerly a Church, the B&B was purchased in 2007 and opened in 2008 with renovations taking place in the Rectory, Covenant and Church. Open all year round, there are a lot of things you can do while you’re there. From relaxing massages and reflexology classes to water color classes every Monday and pottery classes are offered during the summer months, they offer girls get away packages and yoga classes as well.

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{A short, but peaceful drive to Eden}

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The first thing on the list was a tour of the facility. Each room was a different theme making it a one of a kind place. Louise and her husband took old pieces from the Church (pews, stained glass windows, etc.) and used them as sink stands, windows, etc. As things started to evolve, everything fell in to place. With the B&B pretty busy, Marienthal Country Inn has expanded their services, offering a unique place for people to host special events – Weddings, Bridal and Baby showers and Dinner Theater events such as Tony & Tina’s Wedding, a Murder Mystery event and up next a Medieval Feast next Spring. There is a lot Louise and her team can do.


{Each room has something special about it}



Living in Eden her whole life, its not far from anything and you have a beautiful landscape. When I sat down I asked her what made her want to own a B&B and she said she has always thought about it, having a place where she could host artwork shops where people could stay. When the Church closed it was a whirlwind of events and everything just fell into place. Its a little community and she is happy to be a part of it. Her and her husband have hosted people from all over the world and as they continue to expand on improvements to the buildings they are also looking to expand on events in the future – offering a place for workshops and corporate retreats.

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If you’re looking to support local business and need a gift for someone for the Holiday, a gift certificate to the Marienthal Inn is a great idea. Not far from Buffalo and offering a unique experience, everyone is sure to have a wonderful time.

I have never been or stayed at a B&B before, but I can tell you Marienthal is special – it isn’t your average place to stay and getaway for a weekend, Louise and her team make sure to offer unique activities to make the guests happy, making them want to come back. Instead of leaving an old Church building empty, Louise saw an opportunity to make something great out of a sad situation and she did an awesome job!

Until next time..




A Hidden Gem in Newfane

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Part of my adventure on Saturday with Kate and Brian was a stop to Gordie Harper’s Bazaar. A place I came across on social media and it landed on my bucket list of places to go. A restaurant {serving breakfast until 2pm}, lunch and dinner. With an added touch of shopping antiques and flea market finds, making it a fun place to visit. On a beautiful day you can sit outside on the patio and enjoy the pretty flowers, fresh air and good conversation.

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The food we had was delicious – I had the Chicken in the Grass sandwich, Kate had a Veggie Burger and Brian had the Sirloin Steak Sandwich.  Gordie’s seems to be a favorite with the locals in Newfane and if you’re coming in from the City of Buffalo you can’t find anything like this {at least I haven’t yet} “back home.”


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{Patio seating}

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{A classic record player}

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{Flea Market Finds}

A Night to Remember



{A walk down memory lane – all 30 years}

A few weeks ago I celebrated my 30th birthday and all I really wanted was my friends and family that mean the most to me, all in the same room for just a few hours. Now a days its hard to get everyone together, so for people to share a Saturday night with me was really special. The party took place at the Foundry on Elmwood. I was a little nervous because I was receiving mixed reviews on the service and food, so I didn’t know what to expect, but the night turned out to be everything I wanted {except that whole crying part, that was thanks to my friends}. Don, who was my contact went above and beyond to make sure I was happy with everything. I couldn’t have asked for a better person to work with.

Before I knew it the night was over, but the memories and the smiles will be with me for a long, long time. So to everyone who came, words can’t describe how thankful I am to have you in my life. xo



{Group Shot}


{DIY Just a Blonde in Buffalo Candy Table – thank you Buffalo Cake Pops for the cookies!}


{Little favors with special messages in the bottle for people to take home}

{FYI this is such a simple and easy favor to make, check out my upcoming post later the week on how to create them}


Shea’s Performing Art Center – a beautiful place where magic happens. Not only have great plays come and gone from this venue, but there have been a handful of events that have taken place there as well. I’m excited to head there tonight with my Dad for the Phantom of the Opera show. Its been a few years since I’ve last seen a play there, so I’m looking forward to it. The venue has beautiful detailed décor through out and in a sense even though we aren’t in NYC it reminds me of seeing plays on Broadway.


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A Place to Be A Kid

The Foundry!


A place I fell in love with recently has been the Foundry on Elmwood. While it has received mixed reviews I’m having a party there on Saturday and I’m hoping it all goes well. What drew me in for this event space was not only the rustic with industrial style décor, but the courtyard that guests have the ability to access. More to come on this place after my event.



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