Author: Alejandra Osorno

Alejandra Osorno

A Buffalo native, she attended Nardin Academy and then later went on to graduate from the University of Vermont, class of 2017. Alejandra or "Allie" majored in English and Spanish language studies while also reporting for The Cynic, the university paper. Excited and inspired by Buffalo's expansion, she found that returning home wasn't the same home she left 4 years ago. When she's not in Buffalo, it's likely she's visiting friends and family in Colombia or traveling around Latin America. She enjoys exploring the dominate part of her ethnicity and tries to converse in Spanish as much and with as many people as she can.

Just Vino, Buffalo’s one and only premiere wine bar, is not only a cozy place to have a glass of wine, it’s also an experience. From wine and cookie pairings to flights, co-owners Ken Wood and Jeff Borsuk, will welcome you with a friendly hello and make sure your time with them is engaging. Everyone has their wine preference. Whether it’s red, white, rosé , prosecco, champagne, or sparkling, Just Vino has an empty glass ready to be filled. Even if you’re unsure of what you like, they’ll talk you through it, not only in conversation, but with a little…

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Since opening their showroom in March, Mimo Decor has brought a timeless touch to the North Buffalo area. They offer a wide array of furniture at an accessible price. With the real estate market on the rise, this is a must need stop for first time homeowners. It’s also great for anyone who is looking to remodel their home or simply buy a gift. Passionate about design, co-owners, Joe and Jessica Buscaglia, found a way to bring their unique aesthetic to life. They work together searching for one of kind pieces and artwork. “It’s important to know what you can…

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Sometimes the winter season can dry out our skin. Renew Bath and Body, the holistic skin care store, offers a plethora of natural remedies to help you combat those dry frigid winds. With oils, lotions, soaps and skin care routines, the store carries numerous, well renown cosmetic lines to help you find the perfect fit. Tom Akers, store owner, takes passion in the products he carries and is excited to teach customers the benefits of them. His dog, Barbara Jean, a local Elmwood celebrity, is also excited to help you. With his knowledge of skin care, Tom will work with…

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New Half & Half owners, Jennifer and Kilby Bronstein, have brought a different flair to a local boutique. “We saw how Buffalo was changing and we wanted to be a part of that,” co-owners said. Recently remodeled, the store’s expansion allowed for owners to broaden their vision in fashion and retail. Now carrying men’s clothing and home decor, Half & Half offers the perfect unique gift for just about anyone. Half & Half produces their own line of clothing and also carries lines by local artists and designers.  “We want to be unique and think outside of the box,” Jennifer…

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Sometimes shopping can be overwhelming. Between after work rush hour traffic and making decisions on what to buy when there are hundreds of options, it’s not an easy task. Hertel Liquor Library has the solution to all of that chaos. Looking for a wine to go with dinner? But, tannins and aromas have you confused? From pairings to tastings — they have what you need and know how to help. Coming up on their 1 year mark, the Hertel Liquor Library has given Hertel avenue and North Buffalo something new and convenient. With ample parking, it’s easy to stop by…

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Lace & Day, Buffalo’s premiere lingerie and sleepwear boutique, strives to help you find comfort and confidence in your daily routine. Since opening 2 years ago, sisters and co-owners Emily Constantine Doren and Holly Constantine Ortman have sought to reframe the process of going out to buy lingerie. “People often think of the word lingerie and limit it to its connotation– but all it really means is underwear, in French,” Holly said. “We want it to be an experience, so we try to build a relationship with our customers through regular fittings and records.” Emily and Holly adopted from the European…

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