Steamworks Coffee flavors cafe with quirky details, freshly roasted drinks

(This was originally published in The Buffalo News Gusto online on 5/14/18 and in print on 5/17/18: http://buffalonews.com/2018/05/14/steamworks-coffee-flavors-cafe-with-quirky-details-freshly-roasted-drinks/?utm_campaign=best-of gusto&utm_medium=internal&utm_source=homepage) On a brick street edging the Erie Canal in Lockport, the whiff of freshly roasted coffee beans infiltrates the air as you walk into Steamworks Coffee. The cafe is brimming with quirky details — a chalkboard wall filled…

Stitch Buffalo is helping refugee women earn more than just money

(Originally published on 10/23/17 in The Record:  https://buffstaterecord.com/10614/news/city/stitch-buffalo-helping-refugee-women-earn-just-money/) A community of refugee women on Buffalo’s West Side is being brought together by a shared love of beautiful things and by one ambitious design professor. Stitch Buffalo gives refugee women an opportunity to make money, socialize in a safe environment and create something beautiful. The nonprofit…

Cheektowaga Police takes on unified basketball team of students with disabilities

(This story was originally published and aired on WGRZ on May 9, 2018: https://www.wgrz.com/article/news/local/cheektowaga-police-takes-on-unified-basketball-team-of-students-with-disabilities/71-550620219) https://media.wgrz.com/embeds/video/8123344/iframe Unified is the best way to describe this Cheektowaga basketball team, judging from the roars of support during tonight’s game. When their original opponent had to cancel, the Cheektowaga Police Department stepped up to the plate, or rather, hoop, as a…

Buffalo suburbs becoming hubs for local shopping

(Originally published on 11/22/17 in The Record: https://buffstaterecord.com/10771/news/buffalo-suburbs-becoming-hubs-local-shopping/) Bustling metropolitan areas all have a few things in common: well-loved restaurants, year-round activities, corporate businesses and… local shopping. The idea of shopping regularly at a boutique can paint a different picture in the minds of consumers. One person’s favorite go-to local business full of treasures they…

Table for one, please?

(Originally published on vintagelillies on 6/10/18: https://vintagelillies.com/2018/06/10/table-for-one-please/) Last night, I did that thing where you get all dressed up, go to a fancy restaurant, order an expensive dish, by yourself. Going on a date solo has always appealed to me, given that my mind usually associates the act with strong female leads traveling in romantic comedies,…

Editorial: Plugging into social media is fun, right?

(This article was originally published in The Buffalo State Record on 3/12/18: https://buffstaterecord.com/11346/opinion/editorials/opinion-being-plugged-into-social-media-is-fun-right/) Millenials have been reduced to avocado-toast eaters, Walmart-killers (although I’m still racking my brain on how this is a bad thing..,) texting, smartphone-obsessed robots, people who, gasp, wear rips in their jeans. Aren’t your knees cold? But it’s not just that. Avocado toast…

Squeeze Juicery is a healthy, light option for summer eating

(Originally published in The Buffalo News Gusto on 6/5/18: http://buffalonews.com/2018/06/05/squeeze-juicery-is-a-healthy-light-option-for-summer-eating/) A bright, sunny afternoon is the kind that begs for something cool and fresh, like a fruit smoothie at Squeeze Juicery. While glancing around for a place to sit at the Elmwood Avenue location (there also is a spot in Williamsville) and, wanting to bask in the…

Dua Lipa, Why Don’t We get the kids dancing at Kiss the Summer Hello

(Photo credit: Harry Scull Jr. / The Buffalo News) (This was originally published in The Buffalo News on 6/22/18: https://buffalonews.com/2018/06/22/dua-lipa-why-dont-we-get-the-kids-dancing-at-kiss-the-summer-hello/) The wholesome, family-friendly Kiss the Summer Hello multi-band concert at Canalside brimmed with young rhythmical talent on stage and off, with every kid seemingly perfecting the latest dance craze “flossing.” The performance order of the seven…

How Annie Adams turned a van full of Goodwill clothing into Second Chic

(Originally published on 10/6/17 on vintagelillies: https://vintagelillies.com/2017/10/09/profile-interview-annie-adams-owner-second-chic/) With a minivan full of Goodwill clothes and years of experience in retail under her belt, Annie Adams fulfilled her longtime dream of owning her own business and opened eclectic Elmwood consignment shop, Second Chic. Adams, a mother of two, dressed head to toe in vintage clothing with lush,…

Goalie Szabados brings Olympic pedigree to Beauts

(This was originally published on WBFO-FM: http://news.wbfo.org/post/goalie-szabados-brings-olympic-pedigree-beauts) Shannon Szabados has quite the resume. A three-time Olympian with two gold medals and a silver, Szabados and the first woman to accomplish a number of feats in her professional hockey career. At nine years old, she was the first girl to play in a hockey tournament in her…

Nobel Prize winner and girl’s education activist Malala inspires crowd of thousands at UB

(Originally published on 9/20/17 for The Record:  https://buffstaterecord.com/10320/news/nobel-prize-winner-girls-education-activist-malala-inspires-crowd-thousands-ub/) There are few 20-year-olds around the world as inspiring as Malala Yousafzai and the enormous crowd in the University at Buffalo’s Alumni Arena last night exemplifies this. Yousafzi kicked off the University’s 31st annual Distinguished Speakers Series with an inspiring speech and extensive Q&A moderated by Liesl…