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Top Workplaces: A salute to the Top 40 workplaces in Western New York

Top workplaces

The Buffalo News teamed up with a company called Workplace Dynamics to survey area employees about where they work to determine the best places to work. It is a process The News plans to continue in future years, building participation and gaining a better picture of  Western New York’s workplaces.

Below is an index of the stories that appeared in this year's Top Workplaces.

Introduction: "Top Workplaces aims to assess the best places to work in Western New York"

The way the survey worked: How Workplace Dynamics measured employees' satisfaction

In the Large Company category:

In the Midsize Company category:

In the Small Company category:

The Top 40 workplaces, in chart form (click to view larger image):

Workplaces chart

Unmaking of a building

Want to see a building come down really fast? Here's your chance.

Uniland Development Co., which is building a new 12-story office and hotel tower in downtown Buffalo, has posted a new video online that documents the demolition of the former Delaware Court Building on the site at 250 Delaware Ave.

The video, which also shows the work to prepare the site for construction, uses time-lapse photography from February to May 2014, taken from the top of a building across the street at 70 West Chippewa St.

The video can be found here.

The Amherst-based developer plans to release additional videos in the future to capture the construction of the new mixed-use building, which will become the corporate headquarters for Delaware North Companies when it is completed in the fall of 2015. The building will include Class A office space, a 120-room hotel, ground-level retail, and a five-level parking ramp.


TTNY closes temporary Walden Galleria location


TTNY has closed its Walden Galleria store.

The store, which sells evening gowns and cocktail dresses, was a temporary location intended to serve customers through the prom season. Customers who have ordered dresses, have dresses on layaway or are waiting for alterations can pick them up at the company's Boulevard Mall store in Amherst.

TTNY, is owned by Buffalo designer Jimmylee. He also owns Motivator, a line of slimming shapewear undergarments with his husband, Ashley Steinfeld.


--Samantha Christmann

Sperry Top-Sider is open at Walden Galleria


Walden Galleria has another new store on deck.

Sperry Top-Sider has opened at the cheektowaga mall, on the lower level between H&M and the Microsoft Store.

The sportswear retailer is known for its preppy boat shoes, sandals and deck shoes. It also sells scarves, beach bags, hats and a small assortment of clothing and other accessories.


---Samantha Christmann

Texas de Brazil will open June 24


Workers are rushing to get Texas de Brazil open by June 24 in the former Hyde Park Steakhouse at the Walden Galleria.

The restaurant is a Brazilian churrascaria: waiters travel throughout the dining rooms from table to table with skewers of beef, lamb, pork, chicken and Brazilian sausage. Patrons can choose as many different kinds (and as many helpings) as they please, with waiters cutting and serving portions tableside.

TablesideThere is also an extensive salad bar with up to 60 different kinds of salads and sides, such as grilled Portobello mushrooms, sushi and artisan breads. Desserts are served a la carte, and include Brazilian cheesecake, flan and crème brulee.

Prices are $44.99 for a full dinner, which includes the meats and salad bar, and $24.99 for a light dinner, which includes just the salad bar. Children ages 6 to 12 are half price, children ages 3 to 5 are $5, children age 2 and younger are free.

The Texas-headquartered chain has 43 locations in 16 states as well as Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, South Korea and Aruba.

---Samantha Christmann