For almost 40 years, the instructors and staff of Dip 'N Dive have demystified the magic of breathing underwater. They instruct and outfit both scuba divers and snorkelers at their Buffalo location, and the facility's curriculum of PADI and NAUI courses help budding divers stay safe, maintain control of their equipment, and walk like Naomi Campbell while wearing fins. From beginning diving lessons to advanced instructor training, courses include classroom work, pool exercises, and real open-water-diving trips.
A kaleidoscopic array of beads fills cubbyholes, jars, and drawers that line the walls at The Bead Gallery. Experienced staff members greet guests and guide them through a labyrinth of jewelry-making supplies available in a variety of colors and textures, such as Czech seed beads, vintage lucite beads, and marbles with inferiority complexes. In addition to helping visitors locate necessary provisions, they eagerly offer step-by-step advice for any DIY beading projects. Novice crafters can also join classes to learn techniques such as knotting pearls, crafting double-wrapped bracelets, and hand-making Swarovski crystal bead earrings. The Bead Gallery even hosts beading parties, which enable both kids and adults to soak up the expertise of a skilled staff member before creating glittering baubles to take home.
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).
Bright Right 4 U is solely dedicated to whitening smiles with FDA-approved treatments that can be administered in the office or taken home in the form of whitening kits. Professional mouth maestros apply a specially formulated gel to teeth before an LED lamp works its magic, turning each molar as pristinely white as a baby marshmallow.
Before there was The Original Honey’s, there was Pacifico’s Garage, which founder Lorenzo Pacifico opened in a converted garage in 1962. When the space underwent remodeling, Lorenzo decided the name needed a face-lift, too, and reopened his eatery as The Original Honey’s, after the pet name Lorenzo's wife, Theresa, used for just about everyone she met.
Today, in the lively but kid-friendly pub, chefs fill pizza subs with housemade sauce and marinate chicken in Jose Cuervo tequila. For nearly every menu item, options abound: regular, charbroiled, and boneless wings arrive tossed with choice of more than 15 sauces, and build-your-own pizzas and burgers allow for endless customization. Along with special events, satellite television keeps patrons entertained with sports action from across the universe.