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By Samantha Christmann » Sunday, January 31, 2016

Staffing and recruiting agencies are among the first businesses to witness broad-based job growth, seeing which sectors heat up the fastest and reacting to demand for employees. When it comes to many jobs in the new Buffalo, they are the gatekeepers, providing the first level of employee vetting. For job seekers at... Read More

By Samantha Christmann » Sunday, January 31, 2016

Wondering what’s in store for retail in Western New York in 2016? There are three major trends that picking up steam this year. Millennials are calling the shots. Millennials are not just trendsetters, they’re serious consumers. By 2017, they’re expected to spend $200 billion annually. They’re also projected to... Read More

By Samantha Christmann » Sunday, January 31, 2016

Staffing and recruiting agencies are among the first businesses to witness broad-based job growth, seeing which sectors heat up the fastest and reacting to demand for employees.When it comes to many jobs in the new Buffalo, they are the gatekeepers, providing the first level of employee vetting. For job seekers at various... Read More

By Samantha Christmann » Thursday, January 28, 2016

Wondering what’s in store for retail in Western New York in 2016? There are three major trends that picking up steam this year. Millennials are calling the shots. Millennials are not just trendsetters, they’re serious consumers. By 2017, they’re expected to spend $200 billion annually. They’re also projected to... Read More

By Samantha Christmann » Monday, September 14, 2015

In Monday's Discount Diva column, we learned how to avoid spending hundreds of dollars on ineffective lice treatments and beat the bugs ourselves for pennies on the dollar. Here's a good video that shows the proper combing technique for removing insects and... Read More

By Samantha Christmann » Monday, February 9, 2015

One of the best commercials to come out of last year's Super Bowl was RadioShack's "In With the New" spot, which showed a crush of 80s icons, such as Alf and Hulk Hogan, tearing apart one of the company's outdated stores to make room for a new, better one. It gave people hope that the beleaguered, 94-year-old electronics... Read More

By Samantha Christmann » Friday, January 30, 2015

Sunday is the big day. Millions of people will have their eyes glued to the TV, watching the action unfold and praying for a win. There will also be a football game. Super Bowl Sunday is the only day of the year consumers wait with bated breath to see  advertisements about deodorant and soft drinks, watching them... Read More

By Samantha Christmann » Thursday, October 30, 2014

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Halloween may not be until Friday, but that hasn't kept merchants from decking the halls. In a phenomenon known as the "Christmas Creep," retailers begin sowing the Christmas spirit earlier and earlier each year in an effort to maximize sales. It's in full effect across... Read More

By Samantha Christmann » Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Brooks Brothers 346, an offshoot of men’s clothing store Brooks Brothers, will close its location in Eastern Hills Mall. The company is eliminating the line of 346 stores, which sell a less expensive line of clothing than traditional Brooks Brothers apparel. There were 12 Brooks Brothers 346 stores across the... Read More

By Samantha Christmann » Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Foul, Lululemon. The Twitterverse is exploding with comments from Buffalo sports fans annoyed with a tile-work mosaic in the store's floor that spells out the phrases "wide right" and "no goal." The yoga apparel and accessories store, located in the Walden Galleria, initially responded Wednesday by covering... Read More

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