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Lasercut Felt OMi tags

11.21.2008 @ 1:12 PM in Culture
Its been a year since I last used Ponoko, and in that time they've grown to become a reliable source for all things lasercut and made-to-order. When they started adding new materials and launched Prime, a premium cost-cutting cutting service, I felt (*giggle) it was time to step back in and start a new project. Angel makes a lot of bags, but they don't have a name, nor do they have any identification as to where they come from. So we remedied that, naming his bagline OMi and adorning each one with a perfectly cut black felt fob. The felt is 100% Virgin Merino Wool, and about 1/8in thick.  The WhiteBoy "cock" is what I use to test new materials under Ponoko. Im very pleased at how well the felt holds the cut with crips seared lines. They all smell a little burnt, but that can be dry-cleaned out.

Munny Hoodie

11.08.2008 @ 3:50 PM in Lifestream
Brainstorming with Angel over Munny customs, we whipped up this little
hoodie for one of the blue DIY's I have laying around Sai One. Kinda bunchy,
but really cute. #snap

Elmwood Market: What It Is And What It Isn’t

03.19.2008 @ 1:26 PM in Buffalo
Elmwood_Market_32.jpg The grande opening (March 17th) for the Elmwood Market & Grill was a success; everything (mostly, save for the beer and some organics, the credit/EBT system was yet to be activated) in place and ready for the steady stream of customers wishing them success and of course, buying things. I was there Monday morning, and seeing as I live accross the street, I'll be there every day no doubt. The atmosphere is a whole lot more inviting than Wilson farms, and less of a chore than Walgreens. I also had a chance to chat a bit with the owners: Dale, Alex, and Tony. The guys are very excited to be on Elmwood and are eager to fit in with the community, asking for suggestions to stock (organics and conventional) and basically trying to get a feel for the area. Elmwood_Market_26.jpg Since Latina's closed last spring, the community has been longing for a new place to shop. Unfulfilled talks of Dash's, Tops, and Whole Food's filling the void that Latina's left put despair in the area. No one wants to be let with a crummy Wilson Farms; the added burden has had a negative effect on the store, overcrowding at times and leaving the store more haggard than it has been in years. Thus, the Elmwood Market has many shoes to fill... have they picked the right ones to tackle? We'll see. Read on for my initial assessment of the store and its role for the community.

The Elmwood market is...

  • Your Morning Stop - the Breakast Combo (any breakfast sandwich, coffee and two hashbrowns for $3.99) is sure to be a winner in the morning. pick up some cold cuts, cheese, a few Costanza rolls, and you have lunch fixin's for a week. I'll have my good buddy Kirk report back on how that works out for him. He was a big fan of X-cel. I'll start getting the breakfast special as soon as I use up my Wilson's Coffee Bucks.
  • A Cheap (and good) Grill and Deli - In the wake of X-cel, getting something to eat left you with Jim's or Just Pizza. While both are amazing places to eat and definite Buffalonian mainstays, I doubt anyone's gut will survive a sustained diet of either. You can and will get full for under $10 bucks, most sandwiches won't take you past 6 bucks; all 12' subs are only $6.49ea. as for the deli meats? I'll do a little research, but I hear the meats are cheaper than Tops. As of right now, the grilled chicken sandwich is my favorite, and nothing is better than a sammy on a Costanza roll.
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  • A Essentials Market - Obvious, but the shelves are stocked with enough goods that you will only need to head to Tops for produce or that giant stock-up I hear you people that buy food do once a month. I haven't had groceries in my house for a year, partly due to laziness and partly due to my pride of not wanting to be loaded down on the bus. I still may not. Why, with a pantry next door, I'll just dash down and get what I need. In the next week or so, I'll have a price comparison between Wilson farms, Walgreen's, and Elmwood Market on the essentials like milk eggs, tp, etc.
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  • A Safe Place to Shop - I have never seen so many security cameras in one place before. There is even a cam pointed on the street by the store, and everything is hooked into the video system. This was a common fear of impending trouble but i can assure you these guys have it covered. In addition to the cameras, there is a no single beer can/bottle policy, aiming to keep the riff-raff from hanging around panhandling for change to get a 40oz. I'm sure someone will make a try to knock this place over, but the deterrent factor is huge.

The Elmwood Market is not...

  • A Wilson Farms Killer - Wilson Farms serves a valuable purpose and always had. Once people get used to the Market, the Farms will go back to what it was.... a late night beer/smoke/munchie stop. A little healthy competition is good for everyone, and when the Market closes at 11pm, Wilson's is and will still be the place to go for the afterhour goods.
  • One of "those" places - As with all good things, people want to fail the market before it has a chance to mess up. Supposedly, the guys who own the market own a few stores on the east side that are in sorry condition. I haven't been to these places but this is the "dirt" that I've heard the most. I really hope that this won't happen to their Elmwood location, and I don't think it will. The place is just too nice to let it go to shit, and the spacious location will prevent the overclutter that leads to dumpy grocers. However, this is all relative to the amount of support given to it by the community. Hold them accountable for a great store and support them and the Elmwood Market should be here for years to come.
Overall, I'm very pleased with the Market. I've talked with Dale and Alex and they really seem to want what's best for the community. Everyone at the Market is very friendly, inviting questions and even letting a blogger like me get all nosy. Elmwood_Market_25.jpg

[Ironman tought us that gang signs are "totally cool." ]

That means that you need to go in there and say hi, tell them a bit about what you want to see stocked at the Market. You can also head to their website and send them a note, and read their welcome to the community. The owners will be in the store for the first month before leaving the store in the hands of the managers; don't wait to say hello. This is your Market, get involved. Elmwood_Market_28.jpg

[Good luck you guys! Thanks for the T-shirts - Buffawhat & Sai One ]

You can check out the rest of the pictures of the Elmwood Market in my flickr set, just click below.., thumbs.jpg

Sai One: Valentine’s Day Contest

02.01.2008 @ 3:14 PM in Buffalo
saionevday.jpg With February now amongst us, that means that Valentine's Day is in just two short weeks. With that said, Angel has a drawing over at his store for a V-day bundle worth about $125! The rules:
  1. Head down to Sai One (818 Elmwood, across from the Lexington Co-op), and take a gander at the glass jar full of Hershey Kisses.
  2. Guess the amount of Kisses in the jar and write the number down on a slip of paper with: your name and your phone or email address, which ever gets a hold of you first. Slip it in an envelope and go about your business.
  3. On February 13th, Angel will pick the entry with the closest (or exact) number to the actual count of the Kisses without going over. In case of a tie, a random draw will decide the winning slip. You'll get a ring or a ping, and you can pick up your prize.
The prize:
  1. One-of-A-Kind Spring handbag, made especially for the contest.
  2. Angel's custom Chocolate body line: lotion, body wash, and bath salts; all infused with the rich and lucsious scent of chocolate.
  3. A Sai One red Ladie's Tank/Panty set.
No purchase necessary, just head over and take a guess. Since the drawing is on the 13th, that gives you the opportunity to gift this as well if you win, making you look super special with your lady and possibly securing third base. saionebagwhite.jpg

SaiOne: My Narcissistic Daily Dose

01.25.2008 @ 2:23 PM in Culture

 sai_one_1.jpg [Brooklyn Industries, left. and Jib Hunt, lower right]  Angel is my left nut. Kinda sweet and endearing of me eh?  We hang out every day, either at my office or his store, Sai One. Since he moved shop to the 800 block on Elmwood, it's never been so much fun. The amount of hot guys (bears too!) walking in and out have tripled, and with more merch moving, there's more stuff getting shipped in from NYC. That being said, I get the loverly privelage of trying on all the smedium fitting items. yea, it's smedium. Higher end lines have been whittling down the standard sizes a lot more lately: small is extra small, medium is a smedium or regular small, and large is a medium allovasudden.  When I try everything on, Angel tells me I'm growing a belly (LIES!!!) and that I'm getting huge, because the mediums are fitting nicely now. He's just yealous of mah sexiness. All things aside, the stuff at Sai One you won't find anywhere but NYC, and only if you know how to get places. And you can also rest assured that Angel and his biz partner try to only stock one of each, no copy cats around herr. sai_one_2.jpg You can click below for a flickr set with a lot more photos of yours truly looking dapper and smug in some new arrivals... I'll warn you that if you like something you saw on me, you should come get it before I get paid. Game on Bitches.

  • P.S. - Angel has a website coming soon for the store, so we took a whole lot of merchandise pictures, like the pillows, and purses, shoes, and candles. He stocks a lot more than skinny boy clothes, but I can't wear a cocktail dress or a candlestick now can I?

Pier 1 demolished, Bank of America coming soon.

01.05.2008 @ 5:26 PM in Buffalo

[click the pic to embiggen via flickr]

They ripped down the vacant Pier 1 on Wednesday, and in its spot will soon be a shiny new Bank of America, relocated from the Utica street. A slight bit of irony is that last August, Warren Buffet bought some Bank of America and sold his Pier 1 ownings. Anyways, The Elmwood village dug their claws into this one --per usual-- and the new plans are for a faux two story building with 4 bike spots, a greenspace and OMGPARKING! Miraculously, everything was approved and we should start to see some new construction start soon. On a latter Elmwood note:
  • Astoria is closed for good. -New Years eve was the last night. This is partly do to Elmwood (the EVA and the people) ignoring the Bryant section, and adds to the sad trend of closing stores and turnovers on that block. Solid Ground closed because the owner was a bitch and the food sucked, and Angel moved his store (Sai One) to the 800 block, as did Atelier. Astoria had some of the best food on the strip and no one appreciated that enough. Mythos is the closest equivalent, but its still not the same.

The Sai One Custom Hoodie

11.20.2007 @ 4:04 PM in Buffalo
Sai One Hoodie Rock. Star. Angel made me this Hoodie over the weekend. By hand, fit for me. I feel like a big ol' homo wearing custom made threads. Ok, a warm big ol' homo cause this sucker is toasty! This was a prototype and I think Angel has plans to make a few more in different variations. If you want one, stop by his store on 818 Elmwood and let him know, or email him. Just remember, its Sai One; meaning this is the only piece in this style he'll make. Check out the flickrset with larger shots of the hoodie

Podawhaffacast #2

11.16.2007 @ 2:38 PM in Culture
Offishally called the Podawhaffacast, I'm back and mumbley as ever, but now I have a co-host cohort, Angel. There were a lot of technical difficulties with this one, mainly audio tracking and the camera popped a bit out of frame, and its a huge file because I couldn't edit it with the camera we used... regardless, Its a pretty tight show. [vimeo width="600" height="450"][/vimeo] I think we covered too much information, the next episodes will be about 5-10 minutes long. Below you can check out the links and information we mentioned from the show. Thanks for watching! and give us some feedback as what to put in the next one... coming in the next couple weeks.

From the Show

Snap! – Sexy shirt numma 2

03.17.2007 @ 1:48 AM in Lifestream

Snap! - Sexy shirt numma 2

Originally uploaded by Buffawhat. Taken 16 Mar '07, 9.48pm AST PST.

Another awesome shirt from Sai One... I may be gay... But this girl is hawt!

Sai One Brings White Boy to Buffalo

03.16.2007 @ 8:09 PM in Buffalo
[fa:p:t=angelshouse,id=422748126,,s=m,l=p] Not this whiteboy, I'm already old goods here... but the shirt... oh the shirt. Everybody loves a big cock. A pure word-of-mouth line, White Boy is all about the wearer's style and attitude. What people think is the last thing on his mind. White Boy is not about color it is about standing out in whatever you do, pushing the limits, and taking matters into your own hands. Worn and repped by stars such as Tommy Lee, Jessica Alba, Chester from Linkin Park, Good Charlotte, White Boy now has the unique opportunity to make its mark on a city thats full of its own attitude. Angel brought in more than just White Boy, peep the pics below and check out his store on Elmwood and Bryant, next to Solid Grounds. [fa:p:t=saione,id=422750216,j=l,s=sq,l=p][fa:p:t=saione,id=422750060,j=l,s=sq,l=p][fa:p:t=saione,id=422750117,j=l,s=sq,l=p]

Check the Linkage

Sai One WhiteBoy