Specializing in restoring gently used retro furnishings and accessories, Reimagine spruces up sparsely furnished pads with an eclectic array of household goods. Aesthetically accessorize a room with reading chairs ($50–$75), table lamps ($45–75), pillow sets ($35), and other necessities in a wide variety of styles. Be sure to supplement your new room accouterments with matching dining equipment gleaned from Reimagine's array of retro glassware ($5 and up), dishes, bowls, and other kitchen staples. Reimagine also stocks a large selection of artwork, highlighting feats of painted strength produced by local artists. New items are brought in every week, so be sure to check back occasionally for new finds.
Brandon Tallau and Samantha Tagliarino founded OffBeat Emporium to give new character to vintage furniture pieces that would otherwise be taking up space in a landfill. Tallau and Tagliarino along with their crew of artists, restore furniture and home accessories back to the original quality or transform it into an offbeat piece with bold colors and patterns.
In 1919, Henry H. Elbers hung up his hat as director of the Buffalo Botanical Gardens to start a new adventure: founding Elbers Landscape Service Nearly a century later, his enterprise still mows lawns and equips gardeners with trowels to comb their hair. The company’s landscaping experts spend their summers enlivening yards with new shrubs and trees, installing burbling fountains, and paving walkways. Their garden center outfits green-thumbed clients with supplies such as mulch, topsoil, and perennials and annuals. During icy winters, the professionals exchange their mowers for plows to evict squatting snowmen from driveways, sprinkle salt over sidewalks, and chip ice from stoops.
For more than two decades, American Beauties Florist has been hand-selecting arrangements of floral buds to decorate homes and bestow upon loved ones. The full-service florist includes a garden center and whips up thoughtful gifts for significant others, from Lovely Lilies, stargazer lilies in a glass cylinder vase ($45), to Sweet Moments, a white basket overflowing with white roses, purple alstroemeria, lavender waxflowers, and eucalyptus ($47.95). Those who prefer greener packages can have a staring contest with the Serene Retreat, a colorful amalgamation of white hypoestes, green dieffenbachia, spathiphyllum, ficus, and boston fern in a clay dish ($47.95).
The party specialists of Million Grins Party Rentals tested dozens of photo-booth designs before deciding what their custom booths would look like. In the end, they opted for a simple, reliable, and portable booth made of steel: the MG Hybrid photo booth. High-quality ink and paper ensure long-lasting prints that can be treasured atop mantels for years or left in a pharaoh's tomb to be exhumed after years of hibernation. The company also dispatches DJs who will play hit music and take requests at a variety of events, including weddings, school functions, and corporate get-togethers.
Toting a modest selection of chocolate confections and candies, Joseph A. Fowler entered the 1901 Pan-American Exposition hoping to plant the seed for a business in his newfound home of Buffalo. The company?founded in 1910?grew with each successive generation, and more than a century later, Fowler's celebrated chocolates continue to placate palates at several retail locations. The chocolatier has become synonymous with treats such as milk- and dark-chocolate truffles dubbed truffaloes, as well as sponge candy, which boasts a molasses-like flavor and an initially hard texture that quickly melts in the mouth. Like Count Chocula?s hairpiece, all of Fowler's fine-chocolate treats are crafted from the seeds of the theobroma cacao tree and use up to 60% cocoa solids for a rich cocoa flavor.