A moment of spontaneity: a road trip to Columbus

Buffalo Sabres’ forward, Kyle Okposo with a perfect shot Thursday night beats Antti Niemi with a minute left in the game and the Sabres go on to beat the Montreal Canadiens. Rick Jeanneret then throws in a mention of next game being Saturday night in Columbus and something just clicks with me; I should make the trip to next game. An exhilarating win and the best start to a season since 2011-12 is making me think that this is the perfect time to take a semi-spontaneous trip to Columbus. I had no plans for the weekend and it’s just a 5-hour drive. Almost 12-years ago, I made the same voyage with my dad, back when the Sabres were the best team in the league, and I’ve been meaning to go back for a long time. Now seemed like the perfect opportunity, so I grabbed a buddy, grabbed some reasonably priced tickets and started our drive to the happiest place on Earth… Columbus, Ohio!

Almost 6 hours later, (we had to stop in Ohio because I forgot to get my oil changed before we left, and it was not “instant” in any way, shape, or form; although plus side I had my first “Chick-fil-A” – very overrated) we made it to our incredibly convenient hotel; just a three-minute walk to the arena. The whole Arena District was nice, with a few hotels on the way, cobblestone roads, and the Blue Jackets practice arena and Nationwide Arena were front and center with their photos of their superstar talent painted right onto the building. We had gotten to that area early and had time to kill so we picked one of a few choices of bars to stop into and made friends with some Canadian fans at “The Three-Legged Mare.”

Once we passed through security and the ticket takers to get into Nationwide Arena, I was very impressed from the start. I am now the proud owner of a Columbus Blue Jackets t-shirt that they were giving away with for free on a random Saturday in October. The corridors had room for people to walk around in without bumping bodies everywhere you go, even with their own marching band! Our seats were in the corner where the Sabres shoot in the first and third period and where we were specifically located, we had a television above our heads to see up close all that they were showing on the jumbotron; not really needed since we could see the jumbotron fine, but it’s the thought that counts.

We sat next to an older couple who lived in Columbus but were Buffalo Sabres fans. They were excited to show us photos of them at multiple events over the years that included Sabres players. They were even more excited when in the first minute of the game, the Sabres scored the first goal of the game to take the lead. I’ve never seen an older man THAT pumped up. Later, Columbus tied the game and while I knew it was coming, it’s still loud… they have a cannon that goes off whenever the Blue Jackets score. The game was very back and forth, with a lot of chances and goals, but unfortunately the Sabres lost in overtime. Disappointing, but still an exciting game and that’s all I was hoping for.

During the 2nd intermission, was a perfect example of how awesome and loyal the people from Buffalo are. With so many displaced Sabres fans all over the country, there’s a Twitter account to try and connect everyone at the games and it’s not limited to people who just live there. Every single away game now, someone at the game oversees figuring out where in the arena to meet and have people round up fans for a group photo via this Twitter account. We made sure we were in the photo:

After the game, we made sure to check out the local area even more extensively. “OH Pizza and Brew” had some good pizza that we got close to 10pm. From there, we made our way back closer to the arena and were looking inside to see where we saw anyone in Sabres attire. “R Bar Arena” was chosen, and I highly recommend it, a good local sports bar with a fun crowd of people that we finished the night with. Want a fun Buffalo connection story? Our bartender was a Williamsville North grad, who is my newest friend, and they happen to know a good buddy of mine. It’s a small world after all.

We came, we saw, we made new friends, but alas every great trip must come to an end and our one-night outing left us leaving the next day around noon to come home. I can’t speak for much outside the Arena District area, but from the few blocks we explored downtown, this is a trip I’d make again. In fact, I want to plan out another trip, hopefully being able to attract the friends that couldn’t leave last minute for a road trip. The goal is to make it to as many NHL arenas as possible, if not every single one at some point in my life, although I said the same thing in 2007 and so far, I haven’t been to any other cities for a game.

 

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Why I love Buffalo’s Crazy Weather

Buffalo great place to live, I might be bias because I have lived here 21 years. However, I have visited other places like New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, South Carolina, Florida and Georgia but Buffalo is the happy medium between all these places. It is not as busy and crowded like Long Island, New Jersey and New York, but there is still a walk-able and lively city lifestyle in down town Buffalo. It does not get nearly as hot as it does in Florida and Georgia in the summer yet we experience (sometimes) all 4 seasons. We also do not experience hurricanes, volcanoes, wildfires, floods and droughts in the extreme sense but we might experience an occasional weak tornado and or earthquake. The infamous downside to Buffalo is that we get clobbered with snow year… after year… after year. Fortunately Buffalo’s weaknesses are also its strengths. The snow plows are always out and can clear out roads in no time, Buffalonians have an extreme tolerance for cold weather, neighbors help each other out and we have a very sentimental view about warm weather, at least I do.

During the summer I make sure to take time out of whatever I am doing to enjoy the heat of the air around me. It also takes me a few months to not wince when the wind blows because I have to endure 6 months of bone chilling, nose sticking, teeth aching cold. By the time I am used to the gentle delicate breeze, its fall again. I also like to capture the moment mentally, so when I am sitting in my car waiting for it to warm up, I can pretend that I’m sitting on the grass or floating in the pool on a nice summer day. I also like to tell myself that it is not super cold outside but instead a crisp summer morning. The good thing about intense cold is that cold can be describable to a certain point. 15 degrees feels the same as 5 or -5… or -10. It’s just cold and you can feel anything or talk clearly. The heat however is much more describable. 80 feels a lot better than 90 and fortunate enough I have not experienced any temperatures over 100 degrees. But then there is the humidity which brings the heat to a whole new horrible level.    

People like talk about how Buffalonians are so tough about their winters but then each season they seem surprised by the amount of snow they get. I think I can clarify this paradox, winter can be so long and traumatic that we think it was a bad dream by the time spring and summer roll around. But then we are reminding about our harsh reality in October or November with feet of snow. With each layer of new snow the city looks clean and new again. The snow sparkles and the only noise you hear is the crunching of snow under your feet. The snow comes down slow or fast and sticks to the sides of trees. It really is beautiful. The only thing that isn’t beautiful is scraping your car off in the morning. Or dealing with ice storms where you slide down your driveway in your car. The day to day, hour by hour unpredictability of Buffalo weather is just one more thing to love about the area.

Contrary to popular belief, Buffalo is not just defined by the weather. There are plenty of other things to do around here, like visit the museums, bars, restaurants, parks and the historical houses. If you are moving to the Buffalo area or have lived here all your life and are looking for a new home, call one of the agents at Red Door Real Estate to help find a new home for you at 716- 768-1177.

 

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The Importance Of Social Media Marketing

Like it or not, marketing on social media is becoming increasingly more important and more relevant. Social media is a free tool utilized by both large and small business. Small businesses face many challenges but social media has made marketing and advertising much easier. Any business that does not embrace social media will be left behind. Technology is only getting better and the marketing world will only embrace online marketing and advertising more and more.

Large business and well established companies have an impressive social media profile because they employ social media marketers to provide their site attention. Marketing on platforms like Instagram and Facebook requires constant attention, ideas and creativity. Large companies, like Hunt, have the money and resources to create an impressive online presence. However, having interesting and relevant content is just half the battle. The other, possibly the most important part is building a following/social media presence. Having fantastic content will get you nowhere if it does not reach your audience.

Therefore, before creating and posting content, extensive research must be done. The social media platform you market on depends on your product or service. If you are selling hybrid or electric cars, you might choose to advertise on Instagram in addition to TV commercials and billboards. This is because the largest age group, at 41% of all users on Instagram are between the ages 25 and 34. This age group is more conscious of environmental impacts, or would just rather save money in the long run by not filling up on gas a few times a week.

One of the most important things to keep in mind when marketing on social media, is that results will not be instantaneous. When beginning a new marketing campaign it will take 12 to 18 months to start seeing results. Results are not in the form of likes and followers from the leads (calls or other forms of communication) you receive from your social media presence.

Social media now has tools to make it easier for businesses to market their product or service. For example, Instagram allows you to create a business page and view the places you receive attention from (i.e. if someone likes your post because they saw it in their feed versus searching the hashtags you use). This is important to utilize because you will be able to tailor your marketing to your specific target audience.

Finally, one of the most important things to utilize when social media are hashtags. These serve as pieces of information that anyone on Instagram or Facebook can search. If you use 30 different hashtags, chances are someone will be looking for something that matches one of the tags you use. These hashtags are a means of reaching profiles and people outside your immediate followers.

At Red Door Real Estate, we understand the importance of social media and have been in the process of creating a following and presence on Facebook and Instagram. While we are new at creating a social media presence, we are not new to the real estate game. We have many experienced and talented agents you can pick from to help you find the house of your dreams, sell your house or invest in properties.

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Vampires and Werewolves and Ghosts, oh my!

Halloween is coming, and before you think it’s all candy and fun, there are some dangerous things out there. Vampires, werewolves, witches and ghosts are just some of the most common scary monsters lurking out there and you need to stay safe! Forget what you think you know, because often Hollywood has it wrong. This is a quick guide to protecting yourself from those things that go bump in the night.

 

VAMPIRES

What are they? Vampires are a race of blood-drinking supernatural creatures that were once human. A vampire’s appearance is that of a normal human. However, they all have sharp, pointed, retractable teeth that emerge from their gums and extend beyond their human teeth. This set of fangs descend at the vampire’s will, usually when they are about to feed.

How do I protect myself? Don’t believe everything you see in the movies or read on the internet to save yourself from these nasty creatures of the night. Vampires can only be killed by beheading. A cross won’t repel them, sunlight won’t kill them, and neither will a stake to the heart.

WEREWOLVES 

What are they? Werewolves are the ultimate combination of wolves and humans. They always eat the heart, although they do sometimes eat more of the body. The transformation only occurs after a werewolf bites a victim.

How do I protect myself? This one is actually pretty accurate to Hollywood’s depiction. A werewolf’s main weakness is their vulnerability to silver or any substance containing silver. They can be killed with a silver knife or bullet and any contact with silver will hurt them.

 

GHOSTS

What are they? Ghosts are souls of deceased humans that did not go with their reaper to Heaven or Hell and are stuck on Earth. Ghosts are often bound to an object or a place, normally the building they died/lived in. They are also sometimes bound to their bodies unless their bodies have been put to rest.

How do I protect myself? Ghosts can be repelled by salt and can’t cross a line made of salt. Iron also keeps spirits at bay, some use an iron crowbar or fire poker to swing in their direction. While this will slow them down, it won’t stop them from coming back. The best and most common method to put a ghost to rest is by digging up a ghost’s human remains and salting and burning the bones. When a ghost’s bones are successfully salted and burned, the ghost will go up in flames and they will have moved on. If that doesn’t work, I recommend just calling the Ghostbusters.

 

Hopefully you’ll never encounter any of these things, but if you do, you will now be prepared and if you’re buying a house that you think has a ghost in in, maybe pick up some salt first. Remember, for assistance on any of your real estate needs, give us a call at 716-768-1177.

 

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982 Elmwood Avenue

Elmwood, NY 14221

 

P.S. For more Spook-tacular fun: On Sunday, October 28, 2018 from 1:30 – 3:00 pm, Red Door Real Estate will be taking part in Elmwood Avenue Safe Trick-or-Treat. Parents are encouraged to bring children 10 years of age and under, in costume, to the Elmwood Village to collect candy from local businesses. Participating businesses will display orange Safe Trick-Or-Treat posters advertising “Trick or Treat Here!” in their windows.

The Elmwood Village Association (EVA) has put on the ‘Safe Trick-or-Treat’ event since 2001 as part of its effort to create and maintain vibrant, livable neighborhoods in and around the Elmwood Village.

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An Adventure to Toronto

After a weekend spent in Toronto, I have come to the conclusion that it could quite possibly be one of my top 3 favorite cities of all time. To pinpoint, the atmosphere offers an entirely different vibe that I have yet had the chance of experiencing anywhere else. Overall, the city is aesthetically pleasing while it brings both a modern yet artsy feel to it. While it appears to be pleasant, I can also confirm that everything else about it is pleasant as well. For one, the people are fantastic. Every single person that I had encountered from the area was incredibly friendly, each giving their input to ensure that my friends and I had an unforgettable experience. Two, I quickly learned that there is always, ALWAYS something to be doing whether it be shopping, attending sporting events, visiting restaurants, bar hopping, and so on, the opportunities are endless. You name it, Toronto has most likely got it.     

This past weekend was filled with all kinds of adventures, on top of many firsts for me. Unfortunately for only being there two days, a limited amount of time was left to complete the bucket list that my friends and I had created for our trip. However, we were sure to take full advantage of all of the time that we did have.

My friends and I arrived at our Airbnb in the beautiful city, late Saturday afternoon. As we settled into our new home, we contemplated what to do first since the possibilities were endless. Eventually we determined that “The Lockhart”, a Harry Potter themed bar, would be the first destination in our travels. The ambiance just screams Harry Potter. A collection of potions and elixirs are used and mixed to create magical concoctions, or cocktails. Inspired by the J.K. Rowling series, I would strongly advise paying a visit when in the area.

Our final pitstop of the day was at a bar/restaurant known as “Local”, and a great choice in my opinion. Overall,  the food was great given its take on a twist to basic bar food. It also provided a long list of craft beers and ciders that would cater to all tastebuds. Known for a casual hangout spot, it was the perfect place to end the night after a long day of traveling and exploring the area.

Sunday included brunch at “The Porch”, which doubles as a rooftop bar at night. Although the food was great, the view that came along with it made brunch even better. There’s something about enjoying a nice meal, with your friends, on a rooftop, while taking in an unreal view of the city.

To top it off, I should mention that we wandered over to the CN Tower afterwards. Talk about an unreal view… As a must see on our group bucket list, this was quite possibly my favorite part of the entire trip. I’ve never felt more on top of the world, than at the moment I stepped foot on the very top floor of the tower. Presented with the city skyline, I highly recommend adding the CN Tower to each of your own bucket lists. I promise, pictures won’t even do it justice.

   

One of the final stops on our travels included Kensington Market. The area itself is definitely quite different from the rest of Toronto. What you can expect are a wide-range of vintage boutiques, trendy hipster shops, a collection of food cafes, and plenty of street art. It is certainly a unique place to walk around and explore. Although it may not be everyones cup of tea, don’t knock it until you try it. There is something fit for everyone, and for one, I think we can all at least appreciate the art masterpieces surrounding it. Kensington Market is definitely one of a kind.

Toronto is filled with all kinds of entertainment, guaranteeing unlimited adventures. If a trip to Toronto is in the cards, I would suggest that before anything else to make sure to set some time aside and make a point to visit both the CN Tower and Kensington Market, if you haven’t already.

If you’re looking for assistance on any of your real estate needs, Red Door Real Estate is here to help! Give us a call at 716-768-1177

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Hiking to the Eternal Flame

To start off, I am not a morning person, and I am not the biggest outdoors person.  I am a clutz when I am outdoors in nature.  I tend to trip over my own two feet sadly.

 

But my whole goal is to explore Buffalo.  I love seeing things, and trying new things.  So, when the suggestion from a friend was let’s go to Chestnut Ridge, I certainly was not opposed to this idea.  Who would be? The photos online seemed so pretty, and I figured it could not be the worst thing in the world to start my Sunday off with a nice long walk.

 

This past Sunday though, at 8 am it was 50* as well as raining.  This means it was cold, and the ground was muddy.  Going into the hike I knew nothing about the place, or what to expect.  I did not even know there was an Eternal Flame.  Or did not even realize how steep this gorge was going to be.

 

 

Climbing down, I took things personally slow.  I know anyone could have passed me.  I was scared to take a bad step that would send me sliding down on my behind.  (Leaving a muddy behind would be great! Haha not) My friend I was with was running down, almost off roading the trail all the way down.  You know, having no fear.  I felt bad walking slow, but the tortoise does win the race because of patience.

 

Getting down seeing the flame I was honestly astonished by the natural beauty of the park, as well as the tranquility the rain provided.  For your next Buffalo based adventure check out Red Door Real Estate of WNY. And to hear more about my next spontaneous Buffalo adventure, such as we came up a different path (not realizing) and could not figure out where the car was parked for a solid thirty minutes.

 

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Delaware Park and the Rose Garden

Walking though parks with my soul mate is one of my favorite things to do. We have wandered through numerous parks; some in Lancaster, some in East Aurora and even some in New York City, but my favorite park is Delaware Park. There is so much to do here. You can walk through the rose garden, walk around Hoyt Lake, look at the statue of Abraham Lincoln and David and find lots of extraneous chives growing around the park. This park is stunning every time of the year. In the summer, it is picturesque and you can paddle around on the lake. In the fall all the leaves begin to change and the park is full of color. In the spring flowers are blooming and the Forsythia line the landscaping in bright yellow flowers.

I was at the park on the first day of fall and it was perfect. The roses were still blooming and smelled delightful and the temperature was perfect. We spent at least an hour taking photos of the roses. they were so vibrant in color that photos did not do the plants a justice. I spent a good five minutes with every flower trying different angles, brightness, and focuses.

After we got to know each rose bush, we went down to the lake and sat down to take in the possibly last nice day before the weather turns. As we were sitting, a Blue Heron came and landed right in front of us and posed for pictures. I’ve seen him before when I was at the Japanese Garden in the other section of the park but I have never seen this bird close up before. He was beautiful, pretty light blue feathers with small bright yellow eyes.

If you have been considering moving to the Buffalo area, an important thing to consider is the beauty of the seasons. The summer is very short so it is important to enjoy the season as much possible and really stop to smell the roses. Buffalo is full of potential as well as beautiful and historic parks and areas to explore.

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Too Many Clothes, Too Little Space

Too many clothes with too little, to what it seems as absolutely zero, space to fit them all appears to be a reoccurring problem in most of our lives. We’re left no choice but to designate that dusty-old corner in our rooms, to a pile of clothes that have nowhere else to go. Or we simply shove them into other drawers, to the point where we can hardly close them, clothes are popping out and ready to explode as soon as we open the drawer. One might say, just get rid of some clothes… don’t be silly! Enough is enough, no more dusty-old corners, no more overflowing drawers, its time to get organized! Here are 5 organization products that will help you make the most out of that tiny closet space:

1.) Pants can easily take up a lot of space. Folding and stacking them one on top of the other seems like our best and only bet to storing them. Saving a ton more space than you would laying them next to each other, this Pants Hanger lets you hang 5 pairs of pants just on one hanger.

2.) Award for taking up the most amount of space goes to: shirts, or should I say those chunky hangers. How those little things manage to fill so much space than our actual clothing is unbeknownst to me. Instead of replacing them for newer hangers, opt for these Space Saving Hangers allowing 6 shirts to be hung on a single hanger.

3.) For those clothes that can’t be hung or fit into drawers, try for these Hanging Shelves. Simply hang this in your closet for 5 new shelves. In addition to the shelves, each has pockets on its sides where you’ll be able to fit hats, belts, scarves, or any other miscellaneous items.

4.) Guilty for taking up, not so much space, but awkward space are shoes. Trying to fit different types of shoes with different shapes, neatly into one area is quite the task. Instead I end up throwing and piling them into the bottom of my closet, which then creates chaos when trying to find a matching pair of shoes. This Over the Door Shoe Rack or these Hanging Shoe Shelves are both lifesavers, and will help to organize, save closet space, and also save time when searching for your favorite shoes.

5.) Use this Door Hanging Organizer for an efficient way to arrange those miscellaneous items such as hats, scarves, coats, caps/hats, jewelry, etc. Whether you place it on your wall or on the back of your door, its a great way to showcase such items. While offering up more closet space, it is easily accessible and will help to keep things neat and tidy.

Opt for these products to make the best use out of that tiny closet space, and try them out in your current or future home. Your closet might just go from this…

  

to looking something like this…

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more tips or any questions regarding your home and/or real estate needs, feel free to give us a call at 716-768-1177. Or check us out at:

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Elmwood, NY 14221

 

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Sock it to me

Socks? Yes, I’m writing about socks. People always ask me, “Sean, what was your first pair of non-boring socks?” …  Okay, so no one has ever actually asked me that, but I’ll still tell you.

It started with blue and green argyle socks that I picked up before leaving town for a wedding. I wanted something other than the old black ones I seemed to have had forever. The socks matched my tie so well that I was inspired to get more socks like them. A sign of getting older is your Christmas list consists of “fun” dress socks, and that’s what I got; about 12 pairs of colorful designs with multiple patterns on them. We’ve got dots, stripes, diamonds and more. So, my sock game is always A+.

“The Bills make me wanna SHOUT! Kick your heels up and SHOUT!” Especially rocking these bad boys

The exotic socks came from when I needed a gift for my brother, a big Michigan State fan. So, I Googled some socks to buy and stumbled upon this site that was offering great (yet, pricey) socks with the mascot on them. Ordered them immediately. A few months passed, when I got one of their emails telling me “What’s New”, and that’s when I saw them; a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air line of socks. There was no hesitation there, I got myself some Big Willie Style socks. Expensive, but totally worth it. Those marketing emails get me every time. The Bills socks came the same way. But there are others that I would love to have if I had the budget to afford a lot of $18 pairs of socks. I’m eyeing The Karate Kid socks for my next purchase. Wax on. Wax off.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air socks with Big Willie himself

Dress socks and character socks aren’t the only expensive and colorful socks I have. Apparently, it’s a trend with me I didn’t realize because I also have running socks! You heard me correctly, I have running socks. Compression and comfort ones, in a few bright colors, that fit my feet well enough, and are thick enough in just the right spots to avoid blisters. I made those purchases after I started running and saw the condition my feet were left in. While the national color of runners is neon green, I try to mix it up between some red and blue too. They are about $15 for a pair, so I do my best not to stock up on too many of them.

The lesson to take away from all of this, besides that I spend too much money on socks, is don’t be boring. Life’s too short to be wearing those old black socks with a hole in the toe. Spice up your life, it won’t kill you, I swear. In fact, as I write this, some woman has just complimented my yellow socks with a hexagonal pattern. Stay tuned as I search the internet for more fun socks that I’m sure will be shared with you via our Facebook page, so make sure you like us! For assistance on any of your real estate needs, give us a call at 716-768-1177.

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