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Sporty Chic

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Today’s Artvoice Fashion Ambassador is 716 native Michele Boshart. She volunteered to showcase her elegant athleticism and model sportif styles for summer.

Photo Credit: Sarah Barry

Photo Credit: Sarah Barry

After returning to Buffalo from Berlin, Germany Michele was hired by LuLuLemon as an Educator and currently works at LuLuLemon’s WNY flagship store.

Michele hair two

Photo Credit: Sarah Barry

Michele’s favorite summertime activities are free yoga in Bidwell Park, concerts at Canalside, breakfast at Ashker’s, and making connections with the beloved people of The Queen City.

Photo Credit: Sarah Barry

Photo Credit: Sarah Barry

What Michele’s wearing: tank top with leather trim by SEN, Raspberry top by bella dahl, Beaded wrap Bracelet by Jessica Spino, Turquoise Necklace by cocobelle, bracelet & necklace by Ornamental Things ~ all items sold at MODERN NOSTALGIA.

Michele’s hair is styled by Amanda @ The New Age Salon on Hertel Avenue.  Breathe Easy Yoga & Street Pant & Meesh braw by LuLuLemon ~ LuLuLemon items sold at Walden Galleria.

Photo Credit: Sarah Barry

Photo Credit: Sarah Barry

Exclusive Pop Up Show @ Ashker’s Juice Bar

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Don’t miss an exclusive pop up show at Ashker’s juice bar this weekend, August 8-10. The pop up will be stationed at 1002 Elmwood Avenue. Designed by Nicole Morris, Franci Jewlery features a unique collection of sophisticated jewels including head pieces, body jewelry, anklets, bracelets, earrings, and necklaces. Alongside Franci Jewelry will be Vania & David, with their artisan-crafted jewelry and natural leather goods from Paraguay. Artist Kristina Fekhtman will also be in attendance with her collection of paintings. As always, Ashker’s will be serving up their fresh pressed juices for enjoyment during the weekend’s pop up show. For details, call (716) 886-2233. photo

Buffalo Brewers Festival @ Canalside

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Guys and Gals of Buffalo: here is the summer event you do not want to miss.  On Saturday, July 19 from 3pm-10pm, Western New York’s premier craft beer festival will take place at Canalside. Community Beer Works, Ellicottville Brewing Co., Pearl Street, and over thirty New York State craft breweries will be present, in addition to food trucks, local fare, and live music on two stages.

From 3-7 pm the festival will provide opportunities for beer tasting and listening in on “meet the brewer” talks.  Festival-goers will enjoy sampling food from local farms & chefs, wine, cheeses and a barbecue complete with a T-Meadow Farm hog roast in the VIP tent.

From 7-10 pm, headliners J.J. Grey & Mofro, deemed as a “grimy blend of front porch soul and down-home storytelling,” will take the main stage. $5 pints of refreshing, local beer will be on sale.

Community Beer Works will be one of the various breweries on site; they’re looking forward to serving up brews many WNY-ers are familiar with. Beyond appreciating the event’s fusion of beer, people, food, and music, owner Ethan Cox is also excited about educating individuals who are unfamiliar with CBW’s brews, including their summer seasonal Belgian pale ale, cleverly titled “Rutherford B. Haze.” CBW will also feature their flagship 4.6% American Pale Ale, “Frank.” The VIP section will offer CBW’s signature 6.2% “The IPA;” a slightly sweet malt & hops blend that’s amalgamated to create bitter, fruity, and earthy goodness.

“The IPA.” photo credit: Community Beer Works

Other festival-attending NYS craft breweries can be found here.

Whether you’re interested in the music, beer, or simply the atmosphere, ticket options range from $15-$75. Here is the link for ticket purchase.

Intune Music & Arts Festival

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This Saturday, a team of Buffalo natives will be returning to their roots after living in different cities throughout the USA to host the first-ever “Intune Music & Arts Festival” at Island Park in Williamsville. Opening at 11:00am, the festival will feature live music, food trucks, a farmer’s market, beer and wine gazebo, and lifestyle workshops throughout the day.

The creative quintet running IM&AF are Max Silver, Amanda Gutierrez, Pierce Flaherty, Juliana Pastoriza, and Sarah Gutierrez. They arrived at the idea for the lifestyle festival when their outgoing and creative friend, Zack Yambor, passed away in early January. The group hopes the festival will enable young adults to become “in tune” with themselves through a variety of workshops and music in a conducive environment.


They collaborated online and through their connections still at home in organizing the festival. Some workshops will be taught by their friends, such as a culinary workshop by David Murphy from Carmelo’s Restaurant in Lewiston. Other workshops will focus on topics like nutrition, acupuncture, music production, screen-printing, and yoga.

Local favorites like Lloyd Taco Truck, Ashker’s Juice Bar & Bistro, and Sweet Jenny’s Ice Cream will serve food throughout the day. From 6:00-9:30pm, local beer will be on sale from Flying Bison Brewing Company in addition to hard cider from Nine Pin Cider Works in Albany, and organic wine from Yellow+Blue in Pennsylvania.

And what’s a festival without the music? There will be a main stage in the park where both local and international acts will be playing from 11:30am to 10:00pm, including performances by Bertioga, Steel Keyes and Brass, and the Brooklyn-based electronic duo Break Science (who recently played at Bonnaroo and Red Rocks) at 8:45pm.

Tickets: $20 pre-sale available here, $30 at the door


   If you’re looking forward to Fall Harvest and searching for affordable dining options, mark these dates on your calendar…

Hand to Heart Yoga will host “Date Night Yoga” on Friday, September 24th from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. (Hand to Heart Yoga, 425 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo NY). Class will cost $25 per couple and each couple will receive a 15% off Coupon to Merge or Betty’s if they choose dine at one of those restaurants that evening! Pre-registration for Yoga is required as space is limited. For more information, call (716) 507-8422 or visit

WNY Local Restaurant Week is also returning this fall and will take place October 4-10, 2010. Independently owned and operated Restaurants, Wineries, & Breweries will feature special $20.10 fixed price menus during the week-long event (the $20.10 menus exclude tax & gratuity). For information on participating venues, menus, and newcomers to Restaurant Week’s scene, visit

Betta Bakery’s Signature Cupcakes

   If you’ve demoted cupcakes to kids b-day parties, bridal showers, and Food Network junkies, Betta Bakery has managed to find a balance of tradition & trendy within their signature cupcakes.

Betta’s flavors, frosting combos, and decorations are simple yet gourmet and definitely pleasing to the human eye and palate. 

If you dig bold flavors (and want to feel masculine while holding your dainty cake), try Betta’s Drunkin Chocolate Banana; a dark chocolate cupcake infused with old-fashioned Stout &  topped off with banana cream frosting. 

Caffeine addicts can perk up their coffee breaks with Betta’s French Toast; a cinnamon swirl cupcake that tastes exactly like french toast omitting the fact that it’s adorned with Maple Brown Sugar frosting sporting slivers of smoked bacon in it. Lighter varieties are also available like CassataOrangecicle as are traditional American favorites like Nana’s Pumpkin & Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup

If you’re interested in special ordering Signature Cupcakes from Betta Bakery, call (716) 553-5039 or e-mail For more info on Betta Bakery, visit


   It has been confirmed that the locally owned & operated Juniper Restaurant residing inside of the Neighborhood Collective on Elmwood Avenue has closed it’s doors.

Owner/Executive Chef Kate Elliott would like to thank everyone in the community for supporting Juniper and she will continue to immerse herself in the culinary arts by catering private parties and special events for up to 30 people.

Chef Elliott will also honor Juniper Gift Certificates by applying them towards the cost of catering if they have not yet expired. For information on private catering and how to apply the amount of your Juniper Gift Certificate toward a catered event, e-mail


   If you’re in the mood for authentic German fare, beer, wine, & live music, The Town of Hamburg is holding Oktoberfest! (Saturday, September 18th from  3-11 pm at Memorial Park in the Village of Hamburg).

Entry to the event is free omitting the purchase of tickets for Food & Beverages.  Scharf’s Schiller Park  will be on the premise serving food as will the Buffalo Street Grille.  Dundee Brewery will also be promoting their Oktoberfest beer and it is rumored that The Village Sweet Shop amongst other venues will supply food & desserts with a German theme.

For more information on the festive event, visit

Tired of Mundane Courting Rituals? Perhaps Hand to Heart YOGA can solve your Dating Dilemmas…

    If you’re searching for an innovative way to approach dating and connect with your partner, Hand to Heart YOGA has come up with a creative solution…

Beginning Friday, July 30th from 6-8:30 p.m. Hand to Heart YOGA is holding “Date Night Yoga” where couples can attend a Yoga course at the cosmopolitan studio for $25.

Following Yoga, which is designed for all level pupils, couples can indulge in “Dinner for Two” at either Trattoria Aroma or Nektar and receive 15% off their meal. Restaurant reservations are required and couples must present proof of purchase for Couples Yoga Class (offer excludes tax, gratuity, & alcoholic beverages).

To register or learn more about “Date Night Yoga & Dinner for Two”, call 716.507.8422 or visit (Hand to Heart YOGA, 425 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, N.Y. 14222). 

Think Dips are just for Chips? Try these Summer Recipes (Courtesy of Bison Dairy)

1.  Bison Grilled Salmon (Servings: 4 – Prep time: 20 minutes)

Ingredients:  1/4 cup Bison Sun Dried Tomato Basil Dip, 1 1/2 lb. Filet of salmon (preferably wild caught), Lemon Juice

Directions:  Preheat grill. Rinse and pat dry salmon filet. Make a shallow pan out of heavy aluminum foil pan. Cover the salmon with Bison Sun Dried Tomato Basil Dip. Add a small amount of lemon juice, Place on the hot grill. Grill about 20 minutes or until salmon flakes when lightly touched. Remove from grill and serve at once.

2.  Tangy Bison Burgers (Servings: Makes 8 Burgers/Prep time: 10 minutes)

Ingredients: 2 pounds ground beef (preferably grass fed beef or low fat sirloin), 1 cup Bison Sun Dried Tomato Basil Dip, 1 (1 oz.) envelope dry onion soup mix, ½ cup dry bread crumbs, ⅛ teaspoon pepper, Whole grain hamburger buns.

Directions: Mix together the ground beef, Bison Sun Dried Tomato Basil Dip, onion soup mix, bread crumbs, and pepper using your hands. Preheat a grill for medium heat. Form the ground beef mixture into 8 hamburger patties. Grill the patties for 6 to 8 minutes per side, or until well done.  Top with lettuce, tomato, & onions for extra flavor.

3.  Bison Chicken Wrap (Servings: 6/Prep time: 15 minutes)

Ingredients: 4 Chicken Breasts (preferably organic or free range),  ½ cup sliced black olives, ½ cup sliced green onion, ½ cup finely diced celery, 2/3 cup Bison Sun Dried Tomato Basil Dip, ½ cup Bison Sour Cream, ½ head romaine lettuce, shredded, Flour tortillas or Whole Wheat Tortillas

Directions: Grill chicken breasts and dice into small pieces. In a large bowl, combine grilled chicken, olives, green onions, and celery. Toss. In a medium bowl, whisk together Bison Sun Dried Tomato Basil Dip and Bison Sour Cream. Pour over chicken mixture. Toss to mix. Place shredded lettuce down center of tortilla. Top with chicken mixture. Fold over ¼ bottom of tortilla. Fold over one side of tortilla. Roll over top of tortilla. Add diced tomatoes, sprouts, & avocado for extra flavor.

* For low-fat recipes, substitute light sour cream or light dip.  If you’d like to feature your local product in a recipe for “Chew on This,” e-mail

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