Valentine’s Day is Here!

February, 14th the day to celebrate love with your loved one

Valentine’s Day, the one day a year meant for the people you love. It could be the most important man or woman in your life, your best friend or even your furry friend. Today is a day to celebrate love and the joy of being able to share your heart with another person.

If you are looking for something to do for your special someone whomever it may be these ideas may be just something you can look out for. A Starry Night Valentine Hike for those who are a little more adventurous. The cold won’t stop you as you go snowshoeing through Buffalo’s Tifft Nature Preserve.

For those who are a little scared of the cold, Casablanca will be shown at the Screening Room in Amherst to cuddle up with for dinner and a movie. This traditional, laid back Valentine’s Day date will be relaxing and enjoyable for you and your loved one as you relax and celebrate the love you have created.

The article boasts several amazing, simple and inexpensive ideas for those who are truly busy but want to spend a quality day together to celebrate each other. For more information, you can click the link below to indulge in some sweet dates to make your loved one feel loved and appreciated this Valentine’s Day.

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Tyler’s College Experience

After a couple of weeks at Red door I feel like I am settling into the work and the atmosphere. I feel as though I am already learning a lot and gaining valuable experience outside of schoolwork, but in this blog, I wanted to talk about school, specifically Daemen College which is where I am currently finishing up my undergraduate degree in Marketing with a minor in Entrepreneurship. I also wanted to talk about college as a whole and talk about my own experience with it.

              At first glance I feel as though people see Daemen College as a small school that doesn’t have much to offer. With the small size of campus people seem to give it a bad reputation, as colleges are often judged based on their student body and campus size. Daemen college may be a small school but it uses that to its advantage. When going to a small school, students can connect more with other students and their professors, as class sizes are significantly smaller. I am currently in a class that has 5 other students in it and we all sit around a meeting table and discuss marketing trends. It’s with these smaller class sizes and connections we can make to our professors that allow us to make the most of our years in college in terms of academics.

              I was skeptical at first of going to Daemen for the same reason I’m sure many people fear it. Smaller classes and campus size means you’ll have to talk more in class and be noticed. Why do that when you can go to a bigger school? Looking at Daemen from the outside you see it as a small school that doesn’t have much campus life to it. If you want the typical college experience why would you choose Daemen? Every college has its benefits and different schools fit different people, but I feel as though choosing Daemen allowed me to make more connections with my professors. As I continue my college career, I learn more about just how important connections are, especially in a smaller close-knit area like Buffalo where everyone somehow knows each other. A professor I look up to and who influenced me to focus my Business Administration degree in marketing said it this way; walk into every room as if you’re about to meet your next employer. In Buffalo you never really know who knows each other and having personal connections with people and having your own personal network in Buffalo is the most important thing you can do as a young adult who is about to enter the working world. Going to Daemen allowed me to learn just how important these aspects are and I feel honored to graduate in the may from there.

              While in college I learned a lot of information that will hopefully help me in my future. Not only did I learn a lot about my major specifically, but I feel as though I learned a lot about myself and who I am as a person. When I was a senior in High School, college was just an assumed thing all students should and would go on to do. College is described to us by our parents as the next step in your “career”. After going for almost 4 years now I know that college isn’t for everyone and that is completely okay. It’s okay not to know exactly what you want to do with your life after graduating high school because how can anyone just make the decision so simply? Students shouldn’t have to sit in senior year stressing about where they’ll be in the next 4 years and feel like they only have 1 option. I didn’t exactly know what I wanted to do and I feel like I’m still not exactly sure but the whole point is to learn about yourself as you go.

              Overall, I wanted to write this post to any inspiring students who don’t know what to do next after high school graduation. College can seem like this scary beast that is only there to hurt you when it’s actually a helpful tool for your future if that’s what you think you need. Us it as a time to find out who you are and where you want to be in the future.

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Lena’s Summer 19′ Adventures

I was determined to make the most out of Summer 2019. Even with a part-time job and an internship, I still made time to travel, show up for my friends, and take some much needed me time. My first trip was to a small rural town in Virginia. My dad thought it was important that I knew where my family originally came from. Being a city girl, I wasn’t super interested in the mountains and wildlife that would come with the visit. Still, it wasn’t every year my family, which stretches on the East Coast from Canada to Florida, came together as one. The drive began Brooklyn, where I grew up, to the South where my grandmother grew up. My grandmother left the South and headed to Long Island, NY when she was in her late teens. As I observed how isolated and quiet the town was, I admired my grandmother’s courage to go from somewhere with a population of less than 20,000 to New York City. I loved how peaceful her town was but I silently thanked her for leaving, if not I would have never grown up in NYC!

After talking about my travel aspirations to a close friend she surprised me by buying my plane ticket to join her family vacation in July! I told her I had never been out of the country before and I was interested in getting a stamp or ten on my passport. I was super excited but my parents were concerned. The trip was to the Dominican Republic! It seemed like every day there was a new update on American’s visiting the Dominican Republic… and never returning. I told them no matter what I was still going and I promised I would come back in one piece. They trusted me and I had the best time. I touched dolphins, tried new foods, and brushed up on my swimming skills. It was a nice getaway from the hustle and bustle of NYC.

My last visit was to Toronto. I am a HUGE Drake fan so to be in the place he talks about so much felt surreal. As a quick pre-Senior year trip my dad booked a cute hotel in Downtown Toronto and we had a blast together. Our first stop was a small diner called Lena’s Restaurant. We thought it was so cute because Lena is my nickname. We snapped a quick photo in front of the diner and started our tour of the city. One thing we noticed was how nice and welcoming the people of Toronto were. In NYC you could fall in broad daylight and people would probably step on you to keep going! We walked for hours and ended up at the aquarium. That was my favorite stop of all, my inner child was pleased.

Last summer I worked just as hard as I played. Days I woke up early and went to bed late all seemed worth it when I think about all of the new experiences I had. I stayed balanced within and when I felt like I needed a break, I took one. I hope after I graduate and have a career of my own I have all these luxuries.

Lena Restaurante
A cute parrot!

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Meet Allena!

My name is Allena Wright and I am a new Intern at Red Door! I am looking forward to making new connections and gain a deeper understanding of the world of real estate. I am currently a senior at Buffalo State College majoring in Business Administration. I am constantly told by professors and advisors to be active in the field of my major, to find something I like and apply myself. I’ve loved my time here and the people I have met. I know I made the right choice.  

I am originally from Brooklyn, NY but I live in Elmwood Village completing my final semester of undergrad. I love Elmwood for the food and the small shops, it makes me feel like I am still in Brooklyn. I miss being home often but I can go to a nice restaurant/cafe and feel like I never left. I am interested in getting to know Buffalo more before I graduate and visit as many places as I can. 

Besides being a student and intern, I am also on the Executive Board of an organization on my campus, Kinks, Curls, And Coils. At our weekly meetings, we discuss hot topics and allow students to express their opinions in a safe space. When I am not at Red Door, in school, in meetings or at work I enjoy meditating, listening to podcasts and making my own beauty products. Just last week, I made myself a conditioner out of coconut milk and honey!

Although this is my second internship in the field of real estate, I already know this one will be different. Everyone is very friendly and welcoming. Here I can sharpen not only my business skills but my networking skills as well, stress-free. If you see me eating my overnight oats in the morning at my desk, feel free to say hello.

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Meet Tyler our new Intern!

Hello, my name is Tyler Compo and I am currently a senior at Daemen College pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. I am also pursing a Minor degree in entrepreneurship. I was born and raised in Lancaster NY where I have lived my whole life. After graduating from Lancaster High School, I decided to go to Daemen College because it was a very small private school where I’d be able to be in smaller class sizes. After starting college, I learned that I enjoyed Business, but I didn’t know what category specifically, so I took a wide range of business classes until I landed on marketing. I fell in love with marketing after taking a couple of classes with a professor who inspired me. I have a passion for marketing and social media because I enjoy being able to connect to other people. After a couple of years at Daemen I realized how big the marketing industry in the city of Buffalo is becoming. I love being able to meet new people and working with people in the Buffalo community. After graduating in May from Daemen I hope to stay in Buffalo because I love this community and living here my whole life has shown me how great it is.

Outside of school I used to run indoor and outdoor track for my high school and college. I was the captain of my relay team in high school and ran collegiate division 2 track for Daemen College where I achieved a few school records. I had to give up running in my Junior year because unfortunately my schedule got too hectic and I wanted to focus on my academics. I loved being able to have the experience of running track in college because when I started in 8th grade I had no idea I’d be able to participate in a collegiate sport. Besides track I also play soccer on the side. I play for my friend’s men’s league team in the Buffalo district soccer league.

I’m very excited to start interning for Red Door Real estate!

Tyler Compo

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Living in Buffalo

Growing up in Buffalo, there is a lot of things you take for granted as it has become our norm. Like any hometown, we forget about the bakery tourists are excited to try or the natural wonders of the world in our backyard. I fell into this category quite heavily as whenever someone would ask what to do, I would reply that there isn’t much to be done. I couldn’t have been more wrong which I had eventually learned when a foreign exchange student came to live with me 4 years ago.

 My family and I had signed up on a whim, myself being very excited to share my culture and learn someone else’s. After careful selection, Jieun Lee from South Korea was assigned to my home and was arriving in just a few short weeks. This was exciting but also very daunting.

Where am I going to bring her?”

“What kind of foods will she be excited to try?”

“Will she enjoy living in a place that isn’t a tightly connected city?”

 My mind was whirling and I finally had to take a moment and look at Buffalo from an outsider’s perspective. Niagara Falls; 20 minutes away from the local coffee shop and library for your town, is an amazing attraction that people come from around the world to see. Canalside had recently been updated and was quickly becoming one of the biggest outdoor attractions in Buffalo. Duff’s Famous Wings and Beef on Weck are the stereotypical Buffalo foods. The Eternal Flame hiking trails close to Orchard Park.

 All of these are things that we take for granted in our home towns. It is easy for us to grow bored of our everyday routine and settle into comfort. Although it may be easy, it is definitely something we should all try and avoid! Take a trip once a month in your local home town like it is something new and exciting. Do touristy things that you’d normally gawk at. The places we live have so many opportunities for us to explore, growing bored is near impossible if we fully invest ourselves in enjoying them.

Buffalo is an amazing city. The neighbors are kind, the food is fantastic and I couldn’t imagine being anywhere but here. It took a little push from another culture to show me exactly how amazing Buffalo can be and exactly why I never want to call anywhere else home.

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Meeting Cassie Our New Intern!

Hello, my name is Cassie Carney. I am currently enrolled at The University at Buffalo completing my 4th year. Red Door Real Estate is an amazing opportunity for me to expand on my current skill set and I am extremely excited to see what these next few months will entail.

I was born and raised in Buffalo, NY but have always been extremely interested in world culture. This led me to make the decision to major in Business Administration with concentrations in both International Business and Marketing. Over the past 5 years I have travelled around the world engaging in cultural experiences. My favorite place I have been to was South Korea. Throughout my studies I have gained knowledge of their culture and began learning the language through in class lectures and cultural experiences.

I am very excited to be a part of the Red Door team for these next few months as I truly feel it is the right place for me to grow as a person not only in my field but also through real time examples of workplace culture. With this digital marketing position, I hope to expand my skillset and bring a fresh set of ideas and opportunities to Red Door Real Estate. I hope to get to know you all soon!

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End Of The Semester

It’s that time of the year again, the end of the fall semester. Meaning that my time here at Red Door has come to an end, it’s a bittersweet feeling. It seems just like yesterday that I started my internship here, I had no idea how fun and exciting it would be working here. My time here gave me an insight into the Real Estate industry, which I didn’t know much prior to starting here.

During my time here I had the chance to learn more about social media marketing and strength my skills. I enjoyed how we were allowed to be creative with the flyers and posts we created, and Liz would always give us feedback on them. I was also able to write and mail out expiring listing letters as well as postcards to potential clients, using real estate software.

 I really liked how this internship allowed me to implement what I had learned at school to real-world situations. I truly enjoyed coming each time because I got to learn new things and be surrounded by amazing people. If I have the chance to do this internship again I would because it has made me better at what I plan on doing in the future which is social media marketing.

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Last Day at Red Door

As this semester comes to an end, so does my internship here at Red Door. When I walked through that door 14 weeks ago, I had absolutely no idea what to expect. I didn’t imagine I would meet so many different, wonderful personalities, all deep rooted in fun and determination. When I was immediately greeted by a rambunctious, energetic puppy, I knew that I was going to thoroughly enjoy this position. 
 
Being a marketing major, I feel like I have further developed and created key skills and abilities that will further my career in years to come. Even down to basic social media, such as Facebook, where I learned new tools which I had previously not known about. I felt a huge sense of independence and creative freedom when working on projects. Other than a vague idea of what certain media should look like, along with necessary information, I had free rein to explore different artistic skills to help create eye popping advertisements. Using combinations of social and digital advertising, intertwined with physical and more direct advertising (such as postcards and expired housing letters) I feel like I have learned an array of crucial advertising elements.
 
When it comes to the people, I could not have asked for a kinder, more friendly atmosphere. I never felt the authoritative presence that is so often the norm in an internship. Both Liz and Renee have been friendly faces and bubbly attitudes from the beginning, going deeper than the surface and genuinely caring about their interns. They go beyond giving assignments and projects, back take time to teach aspects of the business, even if they aren’t directly pertaining to our work at the time. They aren’t afraid to give you a challenge, because they genuinely believe we can handle it, and will always be footsteps and a helping hand away.
 
I will forever be grateful for the skills, people, and memories created at this internship. I only hope that incoming interns in years to come can share the same wonderful experience that I had. 

-Matt Murnane

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Friends

In less than 2 weeks, I will be on my way back to Westchester for Thanksgiving, and I couldn’t be more excited. I only really get to go home for breaks, so I treasure any time home. Even though the 6 hour drive seem intense, I will be driving home with two of my best friends, Siobhan and Claire. We basically grew up in the same house, living right next door to each other. We were pretty much destined to be best friends from the very beginning.
 
Our mom’s met before I was even old enough to talk, and since then we have basically seen each other every single day of our lives. We grew up in each other’s houses, spending the spring/summer in their huge yard and pool and spending the fall/winter in my house, making videos and dances. Siobhan, Claire and I, along with my brother Kevin were the original core four. Now, fast forward through middle school and high school, proms and graduations, three of us go to College together.
 
It really is kind of crazy to think that these childhood best friends, who grew up neighbors, are also neighbors when they went to school. Every week, the three of us will grab dinner, catch up, talk about home. It is the perfect break from the business of school and midterms, and really gives me that slice of home I crave throughout the semester. We have been going pretty steadily every week for the past 3 years which is so fulfilling. My friends know this semester not to plan anything on Thursday afternoons, because I’ll be on my weekly dinner with Siobhan and Claire. Sometimes we’ll invite friends and roommates and make an event out of it, which is great because we get to infiltrate each other’s friend groups. But, in the end, it is really only the time I spend with the two of them that matter.
 
My brother is away in California right now in Marine training, so he will not be able to spend Thanksgiving with us. I hope that by Christmas time, he will be able to come home and reunite the core four. Regardless in the months to come, we will all get to see each other again, and I cannot wait for that day.
 

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My First Buffalo Bills Game

After living in the Buffalo area for six years, I finally went to my first Bills game this past weekend. This year I told myself to attend a game even though I am not a football fan or even like the sport. That may be hard to hear for people in Buffalo since a majority are big football fans, even if our team is not the greatest. If you ask me, I think soccer is much more exciting since I know what going on, unlike football. I went with a few of my close friends who happen to be huge Bills fans, so you can imagine them cheering and booing in the right times while I have no idea of what is going on. The Bills were playing against the Dolphins, who are “the worst in the league” according to my friends and other people I talked to. Going into the game, I was told that this would be an easy game and that the Bills for sure would win. That is not what I saw in the first half of the game. They were actually down a few points, and I could tell people around were getting angry by the things they were shouting and the booing that happen after they left the field. However, during the second half, they did come back and won 21-31, which made everyone happy. Attending a Bills game is like no other event, I think people living in the Buffalo area and aren’t fans should at least attend a game once. I had such a great time and hope to attend more games in the future

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Boston

Boston

This past weekend, I visited a few of my best friends out in Boston. It was only my second time in the city, but with every visit I fall more in love with it. Living right outside of New York City, I’m used to the hustle and bustle and steel and glass. So when I walk alongside the brick and the cobblestone it is almost a surreal experience. You can feel the history as you meander throughout the city, down to the harbor, along Newbury Street. There were these hidden side streets, giving way to small flower shops and markets that you would only discover by accident. I felt new, like a different person adventuring a territory strange to me.

As warm days gradually shifted to chilly nights, we got dressed and explored this new side of Boston. The bar scene was absolutely incredible. Drawing people from the dozens of colleges in the Boston area, it was like a scene out of a movie. Live music, huge open spaces with towering ceilings and exposed brick. Bar, dance floor, bar, dance floor. It was one of the coolest places I have ever been. To make it even better, I got to spend that time with my best friends who I haven’t seen since the summer. We picked things up as if we had seen each other the day before, which is one of the most key elements in a good friendship. When you have that continuity after separation, void of awkwardness. We danced and mingled and met new people all night.

But, as they do, night turns into day and weekends come to an end. We were up early Sunday morning, grocery shopped and ate cinnamon rolls, an easy start. By noon I had called my Uber and my friends walked with me to the pickup spot. It was sad to go, leave these beautiful people and beautiful city, both of which I adore. Flying back to my realty in Buffalo, dreaming of my next visit. Or really planning their next visit so I can show them around my host city. It was a great weekend.

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