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.

The Cobblestone District is certainly one of Buffalo’s most historical districts, tucked away in the lower section of downtown, just southeast of the Inner Harbor.  The neighborhood has been experiencing a revival over the last several years, including the ongoing redevelopment of Canalside, as well as the conversion of former warehouses into mixed-use commercial and residential buildings with nearby restaurants. It seems rather fitting that the oldest–and once abandoned–neighborhood just became the new home to Buffalo’s only design firm specializing in the reuse of recycled and natural materials. It shouldn’t escape one to see the symbolism here: taking something that started out with one purpose and retooling it once…

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The burgeoning artist community still abounds in Buffalo, this time with a green twist. The first-ever Eco Art Show will be held this Saturday, August 21, from 4 – 7 p.m., hosted by Blue Sky Design Supply in Buffalo’s Cobblestone District.Eco-friendly paintings, ceramics, sculptures and photos will be on display for purchase. Some of the art will remain at Blue Sky Design Supply throughout the last week in August for people to view. All of the subjects are either eco-conscious or they promote sustainability. For example, the photographs are of landscapes or natural settings and the matting is eco-friendly; the…

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Belly Laugh Day, January 24. What if Cats and Dogs Had Opposable Thumbs Day, March 3. Talk Like a Pirate Day, September 19. Yes, these are real holidays. And the world just got one more: Social Media Day, June 30. Created by Mashable, the global giant in Web 2.0 and social media communications, Social Media Day celebrates “media going social.” Buffalo is one of more than 500 cities around the world that will be hosting one of these “Meetups,” bringing together people and businesses that embrace using social media. This includes Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, Flickr, Foursquare or any…

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As we’ve seen from the many supported galleries around town and the hugely successful summer festivals in Allentown and Elmwood Village, it is evident that Buffalo has a thriving arts community. I recently heard that artists in Buffalo have more of an opportunity to grow and make a living off of their talents than most other places not only because of the aforementioned support, but also because our city makes art readily available for public consumption; meaning, if you want it, you can find it. Because of this, there is no shortage of artists in this area. If you…

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Buffalo State College is known for its fantastic arts program. As we gear up for another class of eager graduates ready to show the world what they’ve got, one student in particular caught my attention. Stephanie Abelson, a fiber design major, is one of many talented students holding a solo gallery exhibit to showcase their skillful, creative work. Stephanie’s exhibit, warped works, will debut this Friday at 464 Art Gallery on Amherst Street. Her showing will demonstrate how fiber art can be translated into wearable art, in addition to more traditional stylings. However, unlike the Bachelor of Fine Arts majors,…

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People seem to think that because Buffalonians count waterproof hiking boots, parkas, long underwear and some sort of ear, nose and throat protection amongst the ranks of their wardrobe artillery that it somehow means we don’t know fashion. Well, perhaps if that’s all you included in your wardrobe, those people may be on to something. But for those excited that the sunshine and extra hours of daylight means it’s time to break out a new wardrobe and shed the winter layers, I’m here to help guide you to fashion victory for this new glorious season that’s upon us.I recently spoke…

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Style mavens… mark your calendars! Apple’s Haberdashery is set to host a women’s luxury apparel sale March 26-27 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the shop’s location within the Tri-Main Center. An antique and vintage wardrobe salon, Apple’s Haberdashery will partner with Moda vintage store of Buffalo and Baliza Ladies Clothing of Columbus, OH for a special wardrobe weekend, featuring discounts on fine ladies clothing, Italian leather and high-end vintage jewelry dating from both ends of the 20th century. Both Apple’s Haberdashery and Moda specialize in rare vintage costume jewelry and accessories that are apart of collections coveted by…

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In cities like New York City, Los Angeles, London and Sydney, cabaret is celebrated throughout the month of March and, if Kerrykate Abel has her way, Buffalo will follow suit. Producer of the new Cabaret Series for Buffalo United Artists (BUA), Kerrykate is looking to make this storied art form a bigger part of the Queen City’s rich arts and culture scene. “I think it is exactly the kind of entertainment that Buffalo needs to continue to grow as a city,” said Kerrykate. “I believe the time has certainly come for its return.” Although song is certainly a…

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Louise Abbinanti is not your typical baby-boomer. She drives a red truck, wears 4-inch high cage boots, jets to New York City to scout the latest fashions and just last summer–in the middle of one of the worst recessions this country has seen–decided it was time to follow her dream and open her own boutique clothing store in the heart of the Hertel Avenue entertainment district. She had me at the cage boots. I first met Louise at last year’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Weekend with swarms of people surrounding her booth. A new boutique had arrived on Hertel and it…

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With all of the salons in Buffalo, how does one set itself apart from the rest?For Gina Calamita, owner of and top stylist for Vanity Salon on Hertel, making sure her customers are having fun and enjoying themselves is as important as the quality of the service you receive.Vanity Salon opened at the end of 2005. Nestled on the corner of Hertel and North Park in the former Buffalo Antiques spot, the salon is located in a pretty rad building with that one-of-a-kind look (inside and out) that oozes character only those older structures in Buffalo can offer.After talking to…

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