Julie & Tony

The pull of live music – and a budding “Buffalo crush” – brought massage therapist Julie O’Connor to the third annual Cobblestone Live event from her hometown of Toronto. Walking along Mississippi Street and sipping a BlackBird Cider Works cider (“Delicious!”), Julie shared details of her music-packed weekend in the Queen City with In the BUF.“I love Buffalo. Buffalo has this eclectic energy, people are very sociable and some of the bars we’ve gone to have a gritty vibe.”

Julie and friend Tony made it to Gabriel’s Gate RestaurantNine29 and Misuta Chow’sbefore hitting the Cobblestone District.

“We went to the Elmwood Village Farmers Market this morning, and I shopped for clothes on Elmwood at Red Siren. Last night we saw a concert at Darien Lake,” she said, before adding, “Buffalo is not what I expected. This city is really lovely, there is something very special about it here, an openness. Toronto people are not as friendly, and it’s more rushed. I love looking at all the colorful homes here and the porches are great. I am enjoying Buffalo!”