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A Secret Peek Inside the New Marriott


It’s rare to see a hotel in its infancy, and so Buzz was thrilled to be able to glimpse the as yet-unopened Marriott downtown by the Skyway across from The News. We gained access by going to a bake sale for St. Luke's Mission of Mercy being held by Philips Lytle, which has its offices in the new Marriott.

The bake sale was beautiful and the Marriott is too. It is like a new car! No hot sauce spills yet, just the unsullied aroma of construction.

There is a beautiful pool in the basement, its surface glassy and undisturbed. On the first floor, a mural when you walk in shows Shelton Square -- the Guaranty Building, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the turreted Erie County Savings Bank. That is Shelton Square in the postcard up above.

Just around the corner from Shelton Square is a snack bar. And a real bar, too! There were unopened boxes of glassware, and gleaming bottles of gin and vodka. A sweet sight, on this hectic afternoon, even if it was too early to have any. Back in the office, we excitedly told a co-worker what we had seen. She looked out the window to the spot we were describing.

And she sighed, “So near, so far.”

Buffalo's Most Amazing Shopping Bag

Buzz joined the crowd at the Undy 5K this morning in Delaware Park, our sneakers squishing in the rain, and if there was one thing more amazing than the giant walk-in colon, it was this giant shopping bag they gave out, which we made sure to grab.

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Yes, you read that correctly. It says: "Immunological Fecal Occult Blood Test." 

We can't wait to take it to Wegmans!

About Those Mysterious Midnight Explosions Downtown


Buzz was downtown 'round midnight last night and was shocked when suddenly we began hearing muffled booms. Like an ammunitions plant exploding.

Fireworks, were our first thought. But how could they be fireworks? It was midnight. It was winter. And it was stormy. Snow was coming down and the roads were slick.

Boom, boom, boom! The explosions seemed to be coming from the direction of the river. Maybe they were blowing up ice on the lake or something? We put something up on Facebook, looking for answers, and found we weren't the only ones alarmed. One woman wrote: "Fire in the popcorn factory? I'm hearing it in Williamsville."

As the noise went on it grew frightening. We thought we saw flashes reflected in a window. Howard, the guy we married, said, "We better get out of here."

Well ...

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An 'Only In Buffalo' Blood Drive


Now we know what the "B" in "B Movies" stands for.

It stands for Buffalo! Because only in Buffalo would you find a holiday event titled:

UNYTS Ugly Christmas Sweater Blood Drive by Buffalo Zombies for Charity
The event takes place at the blood donation center at 96 Niagara St, Tonawanda (near Tops plaza) on Thursday -- that's Dec. 5 -- from 10 am to 8 pm. It is sponsored by the charity-minded Terror Technologies (motto: "We Play Dead So Others May Live").
The zombies invite: "Please call now and schedule your appointment at 512-7940. They further invite: "Please wear your Ugly Christmas Sweater or Shirt and have your photo taken during your donation."
Wow, cool! Does that mean as we are wearing our kitschy reindeer sweater and donating blood that we will be diverted by the sight of zombies running around? Alas, no. But even this is so Buffalo. The zombies write on their Facebook invite: 
"ZOMBIES: As much as you want too please do not show up in costume. We forgot to tell Joe Reboy and he showed up in full costume complete with a pencil protruding his cranium.
"The nurses got a kick out of it though!"