Buffalo’s Lakeward Spirits Craft Distillery

Repurposing the 115-year-old Barrel Factory for a spirituous operation

Buffalo continues to reclaim the grandeur of its past in ways both accessible and exciting—a benefit to its residents and an invitation to those drawn to the western New York city and its surrounding region. No example carries quite as many moving parts as The Barrel Factory, a 115-year-old factory of brick and wood in the historic Old First Ward neighborhood. Much can be said …

Five Craft Cocktails For The Holidays

Signature drinks from NYC, Buffalo, Detroit, Boston and the international Miracle pop-up bars, all carrying the spirit of the season

Not all of the cocktails below were developed specifically for the holiday season, but all do embody the flavor profile bar-goers tend to lean toward this time of year. There is plenty of apple and winter spice, cherries and toasted vanillas and caramels. Some of the mixed drinks will impress with their sheer balance, others with a wow factor. Some of what we’ve included will …

Buffalo’s Hotel Henry Urban Resort on the Richardson Olmsted Campus

A 145-year-old National Historic Landmark takes on new life

Many people may be drawn to Buffalo‘s recently-opened Hotel Henry because the awe-inspiring structure was built as the Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane a century-and-a-half ago. If one maintains respect for the souls who once occupied the halls, then that’s certainly a valid reason for curiosity, but there is far more here than murmurs of past use. Certainly the architectural wonder that is the …

Word of Mouth: Buffalo, New York

Western New York's hub of art, culture and iconic food—and surprising architectural gems

One of the great joys of the vastness of the United States (and even New York state itself) is the vibrant local pockets of distinct culture. During the summer months, many New Yorkers’ minds trail to the Hamptons or the Hudson Valley—well-branded escapes within arm’s reach. And yet, at the end of inexpensive 45-minute flight rests Buffalo. Where the Erie Canal meets the Great Lake …

Interview: Jean-Marc Virard

The RIGARDS co-founder on his lifelong passion for eyewear and the brand's balance between avant-garde and wearable

RIGARDS may be the new kid on the independent eyewear block but there is no ounce of hesitation in the bold statement they’re making. Their handcrafted matte horn frames strike a perfect balance between avant-garde and wearable, serving as an antithesis to factory-produced frames slapped with luxury fashion labels and churned out in the thousands. RIGARDS is the brainchild of Ti Kwa and Jean-Marc Virard, …