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We recently visited in April to see the cherry blossoms in the Japanese garden. It was beautiful. Everyone was out biking, jogging, or strolling. Some people were picnicking on a blanket. It's just a beautiful place to be.
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As someone fascinated by history and the Fiber Arts, I really enjoyed the Quilts exhibit (April 2016). It was fascinating to see the giant 1860s map of Buffalo showing an aerial view of the entire downtown and Waterfront. Learned so many things I never knew existed. The ladies at the front desk were super nice and gave me good information.
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Was considering making the treck, but backed out after seeing several visitors graphic images of abused, malnourished horses and donkey pack animals with ribs and spine sticking out, bloody raw sores under straps/harnesses. Animal cruelty is barbaric and inexcusable. We won't support exploitation and abuse with our dollars. Looks beautiful otherwise.
Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
I can call a day ahead, pick up a single 40 lb box of IQF frozen unsweetened fruit, and pay cash at the door. They even load my car for me. Everything is just $1 or $2 a pound - way better than grocery store prices, and better selection, too. Staff is super nice, helpful, informative...even the office cat is nice and laid back. Talked to the old man once, he spent 15 mins with me, as if I was a big client. Genuinely want to help you get what you need. After calling around, they are the only folks who sell in small quantities who keep stuff in stock - one place in Bali quoted 2-3 weeks by special order for frozen cranberries in January. C'mon. Go here. Good people.
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Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
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Visited the new renovated Culinary Center at Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, located at the corner of Lafayette Avenue and Elmwood Avenue in downtown Buffalo, New York. The staff was very nice and helpful. The kitchen rents hourly to food entrepreneurs, and cooking classes are also available; met the chef and he is very personable. A year or two ago, the church was redeveloped into a mixed-use space. It now houses apartments, the new Culinary Center, and the parish or church; met the pastor and he was very nice. The property is now known as the Lafayette Lofts, so Google that if you want to know more. The kitchen was very clean, spacious, well organized, and more than adequately equipped. I took a bunch of photos of the equipment , and it has everything a food entrepreneur would need. It's is all stainless with tile floors. There is a large room available for storage if you lease from them. Buffalo desperately needed an entrepreneur-friendly Culinary Center and Lafayette Lofts has met that need. The Culinary Center is organized as a shared commercial commissary kitchen. To look at the kitchen, contact Lafayette Lofts, look on their website under Culinary Center. To get your food business going, you will need a 20 C license from New York State Agriculture and Markets, renewable every two years, and you will be inspected. You need to operate out of a commercial kitchen for most things, but "home processor exemptions" are available under limited circumstances via Ag & Markets for people who process and sell low risk food items within New York state. Also, if you are starting a new food business, visit the New York State Small Business Development Center online for helpful info (Albany, NY). In addition, nearby Buffalo State has a food-oriented Small Business Venture Center; make an appointment in advance and request a parking pass so you will not be ticketed. With the heavy duty "foodie" culture here in Buffalo, especially given that we host many entrepreneur start-up activities, such as 43 North, it is about time that food entrepreneurs have a resource like this available so they can get off the ground in a legal and compliant fashion. Thanks, Lafayette Lofts, for the tour!
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Public - 4 months ago
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