Archive | August, 2017

Buffalonians: Prepare to be pampered

30 Aug

Screen Shot 2017-08-23 at 12.21.18 PMThe Woodhouse Day Spa, the ultimate full-service luxury day spa, is opening in the Village of Williamsville. The spa will offer invigorating, rejuvenating and results-oriented spa services to provide the utmost relaxation to its guests. American Spa Magazine voted The Woodhouse Day Spa “Best Day Spa” every year since 2012. It is set to open in the Village of Williamsville in late summer and is located at 5933 Main Street.

21122382_192547644619737_5924836803262352571_oThe Woodhouse Day Spa, known for its dedication to wellness and stress relief, will offer guests a chance to relax and renew themselves in its elegant facilities in their “own backyard.” The use of innovative products combined with a serene spa environment and handcrafted spa treatments have made The Woodhouse Day Spa a popular place for a luxurious getaway where guests can enrich the mind and delight the senses. With a firm belief in the link between health, well-being, and beauty, The Woodhouse Day Spa will offer over 70 stress-relieving, soothing services, including The Woodhouse Signature Minkyti Facial, The Woodhouse HydraFacial, Himalayan Salt Stone Massage, in addition to body treatments, sleep treatments, manicures, and pedicures.

One step into The Woodhouse Day Spa and guests are transported to a calming place. From the serene fragrance, soothing music, dark wood accents, soft lighting and tearoom, the entire atmosphere is designed to put the guest into an immediate state of relaxation, even before the treatment begins. The Woodhouse Day Spa offers guests from the Buffalo-area a five-star quality relaxation and rejuvenation within minutes of home.

20108569_176684442872724_5454858881192058680_nMichele Zimmer, owner and general manager of The Woodhouse Day Spa in Buffalo selected the Williamsville location because of its close proximity to its surrounding suburbs. She is hoping The Woodhouse Day Spa in Buffalo will become a Zen destination for individuals, couples or groups of friends to unwind and leave feeling fully relaxed and rejuvenated.

“In many parts of the United States, spas are viewed as a necessity, not a luxury to de-stress, unwind and return back to our busy lives refreshed and renewed. This is the mission of The Woodhouse Day Spa,” Zimmer said.

The opening The Woodhouse Day Spa in Buffalo team consists of 15 employees, including hospitality concierges and coordinators, massage therapists, estheticians and nail technicians. Zimmer plans to add additional full and part-time employees as the business grows.

For more information about The Woodhouse Day Spa in Buffalo, including events and scheduling a visit, please visit buffalo.woodhousespas.com.

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KENAN CENTER PRESENTS ERIE CANAL – SPIRIT OF STRUCTURE

14 Aug

kenan_50logo_finalThe most recent exhibit at the Kenan Center is appropriately at home. The “Erie Canal – Spirit of Structure: Platinum/Palladium Images” by Dennis Stierer and Tillman Crane, will be on display through October 1.

Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday, and 2 – 5 p.m. Sunday. Saturday hours resume September 16. The Gallery will be closed Labor Day weekend, and September 9, 17 and 30.

About the artists

A name familiar to Lockportians is Dennis Stierer, a former photojournalist for the Lockport Union Sun & Journal/Greater Niagara Newspapers who now keeps a studio in the lock-city. He is a self-taught photographer whose work has encompassed a broad subject range including fashion, editorial, nature, and fine art portraiture. His work has been exhibited nationally and is included in numerous permanent collections. He has also juried many art exhibits and served two terms as president of the Buffalo Society of Artists. His preferred medium is black and white film, using a large format camera as represented in the current exhibit.

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Tillman Crane’s distinctive platinum photographs combine 19th-century materials with a 21st century aesthetic. Tillman’s photography career began in 1978 as a photojournalist for The Maryville Daily Times . He began teaching the craft of photography in 1988. His passion for photography continues to evolve as he embraces new technology while furthering his mastery of the platinum/palladium print. The focus of his imagery remains on the unique sense of place in the ordinary, everyday locations where he lives and teaches.

A skilled teacher, his workshops offer a variety of locations for all levels of expertise and camera formats. Tillman’s own workshops include north Alabama, the Erie CanalMontanaNorth Dakota and the Orkney islands. He currently leads workshops for the Maine Media Workshops and Santa Fe Workshops. With his extensive knowledge of platinum printing, he has taught in China, Mexico, Scotland, England and throughout the U.S.

Tillman has published four limited edition books: “Tillman Crane/Structure “(2001), “Touchstones” (2005), “Odin Stone” (2008) and “A Walk Along the Jordan” (2009). For the discriminating collector, Tillman collaborates to create one-of-a-kind handmade books of your choice of platinum/palladium prints.

His photographs have been exhibited around the world and are included in major collections throughout the U.S., China, England, Ireland, Italy, and Scotland. Tillman’s images are also included in several important books on contemporary photography. His resume can be viewed here.

A Tea & Tour will take place from 1 – 3 p.m. September 17, the event features light luncheon fare, dessert, and tea followed by a conversation with photographer Dennis Stierer. There is a $25 per person fee and advance reservation required by calling 716-433-2617.

For more information about”Erie Canal – Spirit of Structure: Platinum/Palladium Images” and other Kenan Center events, visit kenancenter.org or call 716-433-2617.

 

Connecticut – it’s better in fiction

8 Aug

The New England states can get a bad rap – standoffish people, preppies, and an overpriced experience, to name a few. But still, nothing says summer like time in the Northeast.

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Courtesy Boston Globe

Through the sea of khaki pants, button down shirts and dock shoes, there’s a beautiful coastline in Connecticut to be found, giving way to an abundance of seafood restaurants. So if you can’t stand the attitude, eat and drink your way through the trip. However, if lobster and clams don’t tempt your palate, the pizza cannot be refused.

Eat: Best known for a pizza place, Mystic, Conn. still has the nostalgic restaurant Mystic Pizza that inspired the 1988 movie by the same name. Located at 56 W Main St., squeeze into this small space and enjoy a fresh slice – made with their “secret sauce,” and a unique blend of spices, there is a zesty flavor in each bite.

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Matt Czuchry as Logan, Gilmore Girls

Another pop-culture craze set in Connecticut is Gilmore Girls, about a fast talking, coffee drinking, mother-daughter duo living in a quaint New England town and making weekly trips to Hartford for a visit with their old money grandparents. Chances are if you visit Connecticut, you will just be passing through this capital city.

Fly: Bradley International Airport is small but functional. Surrounded by major hotels, it’s convenient to stay within minutes of the airport, especially at The Sheraton Hartford Hotel at Bradley Airport. Located in such close proximity you can walk from the gate to the front desk.

Settle in with a nightcap overlooking the runway. There are numerous bars offering food and drink.

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Mystic Seaport, courtesy of Visit Connecticut.

Explore: Take the Metro North to the Old Greenwich train station, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Past the farmers market and tennis club, experience small-town America, complete with a main thoroughfare that leads to an unbeatable shoreline. This town was the first area settled by Europeans and does feature a picturesque green space known as 32-acre Binney Park. The duck pond and footbridges are quaint, but it isn’t Greenwich.

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Forget the seashell souvenirs, frozen Mystic Pizza is available to go, and grill at home.