Author: Jim Kupczyk

Jim Kupczyk

founder of mindfulmarket.com and energytshirt.com. current passions include: mindfulness, energy healing, eastern philosophy, buffalo’s rise and japanese whiskey. born raised school - buffalo. contact jim kupczyk l jim@mindfulmarket.com

After a one-year hiatus, they ARE BACK! 32 top lumberjacks and lumberjills will be traveling to Buffalo to swing axes, saw wood, and rip fast cuts with dirt bike/snowmobile-powered chainsaws.  I caught up with Alex Miller – elite competitor, and event organizer – a couple days ago and, needless to say, she is stoked for this year’s competition. “I’m really excited to bring back a very extreme lumberjack/jill show to the fans of Buffalo. We have ramped up this year’s show and will be hosting the top athletes across the US. We have some big names coming to Buffalo.” Some…

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Since we can’t see live theatre, the next best thing is to experience ‘In Character… Buffalo.’  Featuring some of WNY’s favorite actors in unexpected roles – assumed characters as hobos, vikings, rockstars, bodyBuilders, among others, this photo portrait show is something completely different that you won’t want to miss. This ‘unusual suspects’ show is the brainchild of Jack Hunter, who initially launched the project in LA. Hunter spent 30 years acting in almost every theatre in Buffalo, a veritable toast of the town in his own right, before exiting for LA for a 12 year stint.  That’s where he first…

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I recently met up with Dan Gigante, Partner at 19 Ideas and Partner of 26 Shirts, and had a wonderful discussion that centered around conscious capitalism and the conscious consumerism movement in Buffalo. Dan suggested I join the Buffalo Startup Community on Slack.  Being a solopreneur, and not having much time to network, the timing seemed right to make Buffalo folks aware of the projects that I am working on, and also to take a closer look at the startup scene in the 716. Dan also mentioned to me that his socially responsible business, 26 shirts, teamed up with Buffalo…

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Stone City Saloon does not have swinging doors – actually even most western saloons have normal doors these days. There was a time when swinging doors were practical. They provided easy access, cut down the dust from the outside, and allowed people to see who was coming in, while shielded the morally suspect goings-ons in the saloon from the “proper ladies” who might be passing by. While those days are long gone, the spirit of the saloon lives on at Stone City Saloon, 220 Lexington Avenue. When I last met with Kevin Kirby, the owner of the “saloon” (see May…

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The Buffalo event scene is starting to heat up with some pretty hot, and unusual, tickets. I recently read that there was Trebuchet Competition at the Outer Harbor coming up in a couple of weeks. Then, I was recently in Cowlesville, paying a visit to my brother, when he mentioned that his neighbor’s daughter is bringing a national Lumberjack competition to Buffalo! I thought, “How cool is that?!” I have watched Lumberjack/Lumberjill competitions on ESPN before, so I was immediately intrigued and wanted to learn more. It turns out that Alexandria Miller (she goes by “Alex”) is not only a gifted Lumberjill,…

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I bellied up to the bar at one of my favorite spots in the city, “The Place on Lexington Ave” and struck up a conversation with an interesting chap sitting next to me. Turns out he, Tom Naples, is a composer and is helping to put on a special program at the Kavinoky Theatre this Saturday evening. Tom explained, “The story of the immigrant was a story of triumph. Getting here meant weeks in sub-human conditions in steerage. That was followed by unscrupulous landlords and politicians who inflicted great injustices on the immigrants. But few returned. They worked and made…

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Following is an interview with Kevin Kirby, who will be opening Stone City Saloon at 220 Lexington Avenue (former Vera). Kirby started gaining industry knowledge as a barback busboy at Hutch’s when he was 15. He worked there off and on, under some of the best tutelage imaginable, until he was around 30 years old. He then poured drinks at Mothers for a number of years, and most recently spent some time behind the pine at Sinatra’s. Where does the name Stone City Saloon come from? Stone City was a popular Funk band from Buffalo in the 70’s. I like…

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Michael Hamilton, founder of Peeva, is driven by his passion for dogs, particularly those that have been lost or stolen. Through this passion, Hamilton has built a business that has the potential to make a significant mark on the pet industry. The entrepreneur has set out to create a centralized database, via chips and scanners, where all pets’ electronic records are stored. Last week Hamilton announced that his company signed a Global Marketplace Partnership Agreement with Covetrus, a global animal-health technology and services company – formed from the recent merger of Vets First Choice and Henry Schein Animal Health. Peeva…

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Answer: One thousand eleven. Question: How many steps to Misuta Chow’s from my house? Christmas in July is almost here and I can’t fucking wait another minute. The microsecond I heard the news that owner Johny Chow, and co-owners Christi Allen, and Lorenz Wustner, were recreating a Japanese yokocho alley a half mile from my apartment, I was beside myself with joy. Simultaneously, I swear I felt my liver bitch-slapping me in disgust. The dichotomy of emotions was both intense and sublime. Since initially writing about the origins of Misuta Chow’s over a year ago, I have tried to keep up…

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When I first heard the news that Sinatra’s Restaurant was planning on relocating across the street from its original location on Kenmore Avenue, I had mixed emotions. I always loved the old school Italian vibe of the original restaurant, but from a business perspective, knew an upgrade was probably necessary. I have been frequenting Sinatra’s for as long as I can remember. It was established in 1981 as “Sinatra’s Trilogy”, by John Sinatra. John always dreamed of expanding the restaurant. John passed on in March of 2017. Michael, John’s middle son, now owns and operates the restaurant. Up until this…

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