Meandering from one Buffalo Porchfest live music stop to another, Melissa Hamlin, an ex-pat trying to move back to Buffalo, was in town visiting from Georgia. “I love Porchfest, and Garden Walk Buffalo,” she says. “When it gets too hot in Georgia, I like to come back to Buffalo and enjoy the outdoor events, the outside bars, and patios.” Melissa was photographed with one of her many locally-based first cousins, Anna, proudly wearing a “BUF New York” ballcap from Etsy-based LoungeShopBUF. The cousins had just been at JT’s Buffalo, along with Thin Man Brewery, and Buffalo RiverWorks. “This trip I have Hydraulic Hearth in Larkinville on my schedule for Thursday. I love the river view at Riverworks – and their pizza and tater tots. I want to move back here with my husband. We both like the diversity, and the feeling of community here. We love this area — the Elmwood Village in particular — and would love to move to this neighborhood.”