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New Owner Brings Friendly, Professional Atmosphere to Sink or Swim Tattoo

New Owner Brings Friendly, Professional Atmosphere to Sink or Swim Tattoo

Sink or Swim Tattoo, located on the second floor of a commercial building at 1040 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda, is under new ownership, with a familiar face now running the operation.

Former Sink or Swim tattoo artist Keith Kuzara took ownership of the business on Oct. 1, 2015, after working at the shop for nearly four years. Kuzara is a self-taught and award-winning tattoo artist with six years of industry experience.

“I was planning on opening my own shop eventually, when this opportunity suddenly popped up,” said Kuzara. “With the previous owner moving out of state, the timing and situation was right to take over the business.”

Sink or Swim now employs five tattoo artists, including the multi-tattooed owner.

Free Health and Safety Evaluation Provides Peace of Mind for Homeowners

Free Health and Safety Evaluation Provides Peace of Mind for Homeowners

Is your house healthy? If you’re not 100 percent sure, there’s a cost-free way to find out.

A New York State program now offers a free home health and safety evaluation — the NYSERDA Free Energy Audit — for homeowners. All homes are eligible for this service every two years, free of charge. 

“A home should be declared safe before starting any major home improvement project such as adding insulation or installing new windows,” said Jim Stroehlein, co-owner of Prime Time Energy Services. “If a home has an existing health or safety concern and you tighten up the building's shell, the existing problem will only be magnified by trapping it inside the home. This could create a hazardous or deadly environment.”

One potential safety concern is exposure to carbon monoxide gas, which can lead to CO poisoning or even death.

West Seneca Farmers’ Market Seeks Vendors for 2016 Season

West Seneca Farmers’ Market Seeks Vendors for 2016 Season

Main Street Marketplace, West Seneca’s open-air farmers’ and food producers’ marketplace sponsored by the Western New York Federal Credit Union, is seeking several new vendors for its 16-week 2016 season. The market, held on the grassy hill at the corner of Union Road and Main Street, will take place from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays from May 12 through Sept. 1. 

“We are currently accepting applications and hope to attract a wide variety of new farmers and food producers,” said the market’s manager, Joe Kirchmyer. “While our emphasis remains on food products, we will consider other categories as long as they are local companies featuring hand-crafted or unique products. Our goal is to continue to provide a strong variety of products that will be of interest to a wide audience.”

Tyrpak Accounting Services Offers Helpful Tips for Tax Season

Tyrpak Accounting Services Offers Helpful Tips for Tax Season

Another tax season is upon us, and as is customary, individuals and businesses will likely have plenty of questions while preparing their tax returns. With that in mind, Tyrpak Accounting Services of West Seneca offers several tips to help guide you through this often difficult and complicated annual process.

Drums Along the Waterfront Event Seeks Support From Local Business Community

Drums Along the Waterfront Event Seeks Support From Local Business Community

Drums Along the Waterfront Tour of Champions, an annual event that brings the world’s greatest drum corps to Western New York each August, is seeking corporate sponsors for the 2016 event. Drums Along the Waterfront returns to Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday, Aug. 7.

“Drums Along the Waterfront brings the world’s greatest musical athletes to the Buffalo area for a remarkable display of sound and athleticism,” said event director Jack Gaylord Jr. “But like any endeavor of this size, there are certain set expenses that we need to overcome each year. Therefore, we are reaching out to Western New York’s business community with a plea for support.”

Elmwood Village Winter Market at Buffalo State Adds Food Trucks

Elmwood Village Winter Market at Buffalo State Adds Food Trucks

The new Elmwood Village Winter Market at Buffalo State will add food trucks to the mix beginning this Saturday, Dec. 12. The market runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays in Buckham Hall on the campus of SUNY Buffalo State, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo. A continuation of the popular Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market, the 20-week winter market will run through April 30 (with the exception of Dec. 26 and Jan. 2).

Food trucks scheduled to join the market this Saturday include House of Munch and Taste of Puerto Rico!

Buckham Hall is located on Rockwell Road near Grant Street. Free parking is available on campus during market hours.

Buffalo-themed Gift Ideas for the Foodies on Your List

Buffalo-themed Gift Ideas for the Foodies on Your List

Provided by Buffalo Bites Food Tours

One thing you’ll always hear about Buffalo — from residents and visitors alike — is what an amazing selection of restaurants we have! While that is surely something to be proud of, the entire Western New York region is also becoming well-known for its incredibly fresh produce, locally produced food products, brewing and distilling industries, and a handful of amazing wine trails.

Mix in a growing nationwide trend to shop small and local, and you have a lot of tasty options for the food junkies on your holiday list. Whether conducting our Buffalo Bites Food Tours or just exploring our community, we’re always on the lookout for unique and tasty culinary gifts. Following are just a few of our favorites.