Author: Katie Krawczyk

Katie Krawczyk is a freelance writer who has contributed to Buffalo Rising since 2009. A Buffalo re-pat, Katie moved back to the city in 2006 after living in Washington, DC, The Netherlands and Indiana. In addition to being a writer, Katie is a business owner, PR specialist, philanthropist, world traveler, and self-proclaimed life enthusiast. She loves her hometown as much as she loves chocolate and peanut butter.

If you or anyone you know likes to garden, Urban Roots is a must-see. What started as an idea to develop a cooperative garden center on the West Side, Urban Roots opened its doors in 2007 to provide quality products for gardening within the City of Buffalo, while being an active and enriching member of the community. Community owned and operated year-round, Urban Roots is the premier place in the city for gardeners to buy plants and seeds, soil and mulch, as well as a number of organic products, and garden accessories. The store also offers events and workshops for…

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Burning Books is one of the newest businesses to call Buffalo’s West Side home, setting up shop this September at the corner of Connecticut and 15th Streets. Co-owners Theresa Baker-Pickering, Leslie Pickering and Nate Buckley offer not only books, but also documentaries, audio speeches and lectures, t-shirts, calendars, posters, pamphlets, magazines and more. All of the material in the shop deals with freedom struggles, social injustice and public movements throughout history. Subjects include the Zapatistas, Malcolm X, Che Guevara, Assata Shakur, Earth First!, American Indian Movement, Stonewall Uprising, Political Prisoners, the Underground Railroad… the list goes on. Everything in the store…

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Shop suggestion: Lotions and PotionsMother-daughter team Sue and Ciara Morreale opened Lotions & Potions in Elmwood Village in 2009, showcasing an array of indulgent beauty products, clothing, and accessories for women. The luxurious boutique has a tagline that says it all: “For women and the men who love them.” And truly, when you walk into the store, lush with sense-indulging displays from eye-catching jewelry, antique furniture, unique threads and other vintage-inspired pieces, you instantly know this is a store for at least one female–or more–on your shopping list. Best Seller: When I asked Sue what her best seller was, she immediately reached…

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The Broadway Market has a long, storied history in Buffalo, and you’d be hard-pressed to find someone in the area that has never heard of it. The Market first opened in 1888 as a merchant of unique foods that brought ethnic traditions, mostly from Polish and other Eastern European immigrants, to Buffalo’s East Side. Anchor businesses in The Market have been handed down generation to generation, and new businesses have arrived on the scene in recent years; both groups understand the meaning of being in that historic space. Those of us who go way back with The Market hold it…

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Hayley Carrow and Cortney Morrison-Taylor want you to love the space you live in. They combined their passion for vintage treasure hunting with their backgrounds in interior design and painting, and voilà! reimagine opened on Elmwood at St. James Place in March 2010, and have since moved into Dolci’s old space at the corner of Elmwood and Breckenridge. The store offers a wide assortment of vintage home furnishings collected from local estates and homes that have been restored to fit any style.Best Seller:Vintage ottomans. The store consistently carries a variety of different style ottomans, including those with tufted, vinyl and…

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Well, here we are: another December. Someone–or maybe everyone–says it every year, but it really is amazing how fast 2011 went by. We hope that you’ve had a good year, and, in that spirit, wanted to offer something that will hopefully brighten the final month of 2011 for you. As we are now looking at December 1, fresh-faced and still cheery about the start of our winter season, Buffalo Rising put together a new sort of holiday shopping guide that will offer readers assistance on not just where to shop, but how to get most of your local shopping experience.Each…

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I moved back to Buffalo in 2006, and over the past 5 years, I’ve enjoyed the many new discoveries I’ve made about my hometown that I didn’t know about it while growing up, or even during my time away from the area. Over those 5 years, Buffalo has delighted me over and over again with those new discoveries, and every now and then, it even surprises me …in a good way. Discovering U-Lace was one of those great surprises. U-Lace began in 2007 when Buffalo native Tim Talley (photo) was in Japan and stumbled upon the inspiration that would lead…

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On Tuesday, October 11, over 100 people gathered at Canisius College’s Montante Cultural Center in Buffalo–and hundreds more on Ustream–to listen to over a dozen speakers present thoughts on topics baring both global and local significance. TED came to Buffalo through a volunteer effort that secured the license to host a TEDx event locally. In the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading,” the subsidiary TEDx program gives communities the opportunity to incite TED-esque dialogue and experiences at the local level. And that, TEDxBuffalo achieved.Organized by local entrepreneur, author and all-around rock star Kevin Purdy, TEDxBuffalo was a full day…

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On Monday, November 8, the Advertising Club of Buffalo will host Michael Davis of Leo Burnett, who was recently awarded multiple Effie Grand awards for his pro-bono work for the Detroit Public Schools enrollment movement. This event will be hosted at Templeton Landing in downtown Buffalo, with a cash bar and light appetizers to be provided starting at 5:30 p.m. Around 6:30 p.m., Davis will present his work and perspective–or what has been self-described as “An Entire Hour of Pure Bulls#@t.” A St. Bonaventure alum, Davis’ talk may appeal to professional marketers and pop culture enthusiasts alike. Event participants will…

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Mercedes-Benz hosts some of the world’s most elite Fashion Weeks, most notably New York City and London. Last year, Buffalo had a taste of this glamour, with the first-ever Mercedes-Benz of Buffalo Fashion Weekend. Not knowing what to expect for a fashion show in Buffalo, but thrilled it had the coveted Mercedes-Benz brand behind it, I had the pleasure of attending last year’s Runway Show and can attest to how fantastic the production was. It’s no surprise then that organizers have doubled the volume and increased the caliber of events this year, giving Buffalo a week of fashion celebrations, starting this Thursday…

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