Mon August 26, 2013

GiGi's Soul Food still cooking years later

Server talking with customers
Ashley Hirtzel WBFO

A western New York institution has been serving up southern homestyle cooking for more than 50 years. GiGi’s Soul Food remains a mainstay of Buffalo’s East side.

Darryl Harvin has spent most of his life at GiGi’s. His mother, Blondine Harvin, purchased the restaurant in 1960, where he is now one of the managers.

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Fri August 23, 2013

WNY conference provides support to computer programmers

Amanda Quaranto writing in the 'ruby' programming language
Ashley Hirtzel WBFO

A conference aimed at providing support to computer programmers is coming to Buffalo. The Nickel City Ruby conference will bring together people from around the world to discuss the perils and pleasures of the open-source programming language called Ruby.

Husband and wife duo Nick and Amanda Quaranto are organizing the meeting. The event’s designed to providing coders with support, mentorship, and networking opportunities.

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Thu July 25, 2013
Film Industry

New partnership aims to build digital post-production

Ben Porcari of Buffalo animation company IBC Digital.
Ashley Hassett/WBFO

A movie post-production center that will partner a local college with a new visual effects company is expected to bring over 150 jobs to western New York.

The new post production, visual effects and animation company, Empire Visual Effects will be housed in Buffalo’s Tri-Main center. The business is partnering with Daemen College’s International Center for Excellence in Animation. Department Chair Dr. Laura Sommer says their Certificate Training Program will ready students for employment at the visual effects company and elsewhere.

“I love the idea of creating opportunities for students, students that I’m very familiar with, that I work with on a daily basis, and that are interested working creatively.”

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Mon July 8, 2013
Urban Farms

Urban farming becomes a family affair

Janice Stevens (far right) gives her children direction while planting at an urban farm in Buffalo.
Ashley Hassett WBFO

As urban farms become a familiar feature of many large cities, they’re also presenting a challenge for zoning laws and regulators. This is the story behind Buffalo’s second urban farm, as the east side of the city looks at how to handle more farms in the future.

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Tue June 4, 2013

New office space aims to attract cutting-edge companies to WNY

A rendering of the proposed building Uniland Development Company wants to build in Buffalo.
Uniland Development Company

A western New York development company unveiled its plans to build new office space in downtown Buffalo that, when completed, is expected to compare to Google and Yahoo’s office buildings.

“It’s a classic urban infill project and that it taking something existing and trying to reuse it as much as we can, but then creating a use that’s better than what’s there and better for the neighborhood too,” said Vice President of Uniland Development Company Michael Montante.

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