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NorthBuffalo.org

The North Buffalo Organization Inc. (NBO) envisions a vibrant and safe neighborhood; a thriving business environment; a healthy community; a neighborhood rich in cultural experiences; and an engaged and well-informed constituency. NBO shares this vision with several other North Buffalo groups and works to collaborate with all stakeholders. NBO’s own role in achieving this vision to date includes: establishing the North Buffalo Farmers Market; conducting clean-up events; promoting local businesses and organizations; keeping the community informed; and hosting public meetings for networking and sharing of resources. Plans are also underway for new initiatives related to public art, economic development, and infrastructure. Do you have an idea? Community input is welcome and encouraged! For more information, contact info@northbuffalo.org.

With temperatures soaring into the 90’s, summer is surely in the air, and so are the tradesmen working at 1585 Hertel Avenue. Carpenters, plumbers, electricians and utility workers are busy throughout the structure now that New York State has lifted construction restrictions. O’Dalaigh Real Estate LLC is the developer of the infill construction project, which is now scheduled to be completed November 1st. John and Ruthanne Daly are principals of O’Dalaigh, which is investing $7 million to convert the former gas station and brownfield into a mixed-use building with 34 apartments and ground-level retail space. The Better Buffalo Fund (BBF)…

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“The way to change the world,” actor Jeff Bridges once said, “is through individual responsibility and taking local action in your own community.” Who knew The Dude would be so spot-on about social progress? Because he’s right: Good things happen when forward-thinking people make connections with each other and their community. It’s the entrepreneurial spirit in action – and sometimes it can even turn a profit. Case in point: “social entrepreneurs” who combine commerce with activism and community building. You can find them all summer long at the North Buffalo Farmers Market, which this past summer completed its fifth season…

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An old joke has it that the best name for a band would be Free Beer. Put that on the marquee and watch the crowds come. Free Food … a close second, right? That’s the idea behind the Culinary Table at the North Buffalo Farmers Market, near Hertel and Delaware avenues. The market, open Thursday afternoons starting at 3, is going strong through Oct. 27th. If you stop by, you’ll see chef Don Keating walk a high wire of creativity. Keating, who is head chef at Hertel favorite Joe’s Deli, shows up when the market opens, walks the grounds and…

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Four years ago, Patricia DiFrancesco Banning bought a home in North Buffalo and wondered where the local farmers market was located.  As an advocate for local farms and healthy eating, Banning was disappointed to learn that there was no market within walking distance from her new home.  An idea was born. Banning went on to establish the North Buffalo Farmers Market which will open for its third season on Thursday June 2nd , 3 – 7 PM at the Holy Spirit Church parking lot, Hertel near Delaware Avenue.  The Market serves the local community and focuses on Banning’s belief that…

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If you build it, they won’t necessarily come. So for Sarah Nichter and her fellow business owners on Hertel Avenue, the challenge of getting potential customers’ feet on the sidewalk is a constant one. Even as the Hertel shopping and restaurant district has solidified as a hub of urban activity, a little creativity keeps the interest high and the energy flowing. That creative flair is Nichter’s specialty. She and her mother, Patty Santoro, have owned P.S. Accessories at 1442 Hertel for eight years. And Nichter has been the idea person behind a bunch of special events that make the whole…

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It’s not so often you see a dog driving. But dogs – and yes, the occasional cat as well – are driving traffic to a handful of establishments on Hertel Avenue. Business owners there, particularly in the block between North Park and Saranac Avenues, are finding that proclaiming themselves pet-friendly makes for happy patrons – customers as loyal as man’s best friend. The trend is not unique to Buffalo; visitors to New York City, for example, are accustomed to seeing dogs in a lot of shops and restaurant patios. But it fits with the neighborhood character of North Buffalo. Nothing…

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The dog days of summer are officially over, and it’ll soon be the day above all days our pets wait for each year. That’s because they will be getting some extra lovin’ this October 4th for the annual Blessing of the Pets. Here in Buffalo, NorthBuffalo.org will be hosting its inaugural Pet Blessing at Parkside Lutheran Church. This animal loving event welcomes all pets, from cats and dogs to turtles and hedgehogs; all are welcome. The festivities will begin with a welcoming ceremony then the blessing given by Pastor Nate Preisinger. Bring lawn chairs and blankets and pack a picnic basket…

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When Jamie DiNero bought Kornerstone Coffee from her former employers in 2010, she knew she was taking on a challenging venture.  But she saw an opportunity, weighed the financial risks, and moved full speed ahead.   Her business objective is to deliver a great cup of coffee.  That’s what she does on Thursdays from 3-7 PM at the North Buffalo Farmers Market. Kornerstone Coffee is making a lot of friends at the market.  A popular vendor, the company has attracted many regulars who stock up every week on a wide variety of Kornerstone’s locally roasted beans.   Patrons can also purchase a…

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Go Bike has added the new North Buffalo Farmers Market to its Mobile Repair calendar this summer. Starting June 26th and through September, Go Bike will be at the market on the fourth Thursday of every month to help cyclists with light tune-ups. In addition to Go Bike, other community groups such as the University Heights Arts Association are partnering with the new market. Organizations interested in collaborating should contact info@NorthBuffalo.org. The North Buffalo Farmers Market is open every Thursday from 3:00 – 7:00 PM and is located at Holy Spirit Church. The market currently features organic and locally grown…

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Patricia DiFrancesco Banning has been on a mission to make locally grown food and other healthy resources available in the North Buffalo community. On Thursday, June 19th her hard work will come to fruition, pun intended, with the opening of the North Buffalo Farmers Market. The initiative is a partnership between the farmers market, North Buffalo.org , and Holy Spirit Church where the market will be held on Thursdays from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM through November 6th. Councilman Michael LoCurto and the Hertel North Buffalo Business Association are also providing support. The new farmers market will offer organic and…

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