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Duende at Silo City

Duende at Silo City is more than just a bar. For owner Rick Smith, and in the midst of Buffalo’s comeback, it’s a blueprint for what the evolution of this once booming industrial complex could be. For visitors, it’s a space where art, music, history, and good drinks merge, all in one of the most unique settings you’ll ever see. Get to know Duende by watching the video here. A perfect blend of classic Buffalo and the city’s re-energized attitude, Black Rock is a neighborhood brimming with character, old-school taverns and music venues, and some of the city’s best new restaurants and shops. Watch before you visit!
It’s been nearly a year since the pandemic drastically changed all of our lives. And restaurants like This Little Pig press on with determination and creativity. As owner and chef Jeff Cooke explains, your continued support and patronage of restaurants, like his, means the world to restauranteurs and their staff. Buffalo farmers markets aren’t just for the warmer months anymore. Each Saturday through April, the Chandler Street Winter Market is your winter destination for locally grown food, artisan goods, prepared dishes and fun!
When you shop locally at ShopCraft, you’re supporting the dreams and creative work of nearly 90 different Buffalo and WNY artisans. Meet ShopCraft owner, Christa Penner, and see how you can find the perfect gift AND keep your dollars right here at home. Stores like Farmers & Artisans show the importance of supporting your local businesses, from farm to table. As owner Julie Blackman explains, when you buy local you’re keeping jobs, growth and opportunities within Western New York.
Western New York’s hospitality industry supports your neighbors, family, friends and the region’s recent comeback. The Roycroft Inn’s manager, Dan Garvey, talks about the part you can play to keep the momentum going. If you’re looking for a way to get your kids up, active and away from the screen, Explore & More – The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children’s Museum is keeping the spirit of play alive while keep your family safe.!
Entrepreneur and owner of Black Monarchy in Buffalo’s Five Points neighborhood, Phylicia Dove loves her community – and it shows! A neighborhood of small businesses whose owners live in the community they work in, the Five Points is an ideal place to spend a day if you’re looking to live by the “buy local” mantra. Steve Gedra, chef at The Black Sheep, talks about the steps his restaurant, and restaurants across Buffalo, are taking to keep patrons safe and how something as simple as ordering takeout can help keep local restaurants afloat..
“Support local businesses by shopping with local businesses. It’s really simple.” Colin Erdle of Erdle Farm joins us to talk about how your favorite Buffalo businesses need your help to make it through 2020. Buy local, support Buffalo! Diverse, alive and exciting, a day on West Side should be on the itinerary of any trip to Buffalo. Sitting down to speak with restauranteur Fred Daniel of Freddy J’s BBQ, experience a day in the life on the West Side.
Craftspeople, artists, makers, entrepreneurs, and innovators are home in Buffalo, a city of immense opportunity. Local craftsmen Sean Wrafter (Acme Cabinet Company) explains what makes Buffalo a special place to start a business. Buffalo is a city full of impressive architecture. Olivia McCarthy of Explore Buffalo explains how Buffalo is an architectural master class.
“Wow, this is Buffalo?”
Jeff Ware, owner of Resurgence Brewing Company, perfectly evokes the reactions of out-of-towners discovering Buffalo for the first time.
As the horticulturist for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House and with the most fitting name, Nellie Gardner, speaks to how garden culture, from Garden Walk Buffalo to the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, has shaped Buffalo into the city it is today.
It’s an experience not found anywhere else! This weekend, get out on the water and paddle your way through the man-made canyon that is Elevator Alley – one of the world’s largest collections of grain elevators and silos. Thanks to Kevin and Christian from SUP ERIE Adventures for putting the experience into words! For more than 75 years, the deliciously sweet aroma of freshly toasted Cheerios has floated from the General Mills factory to lucky noses across our city.
Already home to 20+ professional theater companies, Buffalo’s reputation as a center for the arts continues to grow. Kate LoConti Alcocer from the Irish Classical Theatre Co. shares her tips on Buffalo’s theater scene. Traverse the waters of Lake Erie and the Niagara and Buffalo rivers by boat around sunset, and you’ll be treated to a paddle illuminated by one of Buffalo’s breathtaking sunsets. City planner Chris Hawley describes the experience.
Art can be found everywhere in Buffalo! Alma Carrillo of Buffalo Arts Studio looks at how the city, from grain silos to former factories, has become a canvas for artists of all kinds. Sure you know Buffalo for the classic eats like wings and beef on weck. But Steve and Ellen Gedra of The Black Sheep explain why Buffalo’s most creative chefs have cooked up a unique, evolving culinary scene that’s just begging to be discovered.
What is it that makes people fall in love with Buffalo? Some might call it magic. Artist Edreys Wajed explains the city’s charm. If you haven’t discovered what makes Sportsmens Tavern such a revered music destination, stop in any day of the week, catch a show and take it all in. Local author/writer Michael Farrell explains…
Where else in the world can you sit and enjoy a drink amongst grain silos while zipliners race overhead? Nowhere but Buffalo! Local fashion icon, Erin Habes, explains how Buffalo RiverWorks has reawakened a former industrial site into a year-round urban playground. An annual event that is a Thanksgiving tradition, the YMCA Turkey Trot helps support kids and families across Western New York. Since 1896 runners have competed in the cross country race that has become today’s Turkey Trot. The race attracts serious runners, amateurs, and team competitors alike. The Turkey Trot is an 8k footrace which begins on Delaware Avenue, and continues into downtown Buffalo.
Set in the idyllic village of East Aurora, Carolcade is the quintessential Christmas event. Step back into another era and join in for an evening of caroling, holiday cheer and merrymaking.