Woman Who Move Buffalo - Vanessa from MUSEjar

vanessa muse jar{Just a Blonde in Buffalo photo}

Making my way to the beautiful East Aurora, I walked into Musejar for the first time and literally shouted out how much I loved the space and just stood there for a minute to take it all in. So if you didn't know already today I am featuring Vanessa from MUSE Jar on the blog as a Woman Who Moves Buffalo because of her pure creativity and passion she has brought into the Western New York community.

Majoring in the film industry in NYC Vanessa moved back home and started working at Red Fish Art Studio {located next door to Musejar}. While she was there she noticed that there weren’t any art supply stores in the area and decided to open shop.

2+ years later things are only getting bigger and better for her. Not only does Musejar offer a wide variety of supplies {paint brushes, chalk spray paint, Rublev Natural Paint Pigment, etc.}, but she also hosts an array of art classes {public and private} , parties for all ages {Birthday, Bridal, Holiday, etc.} and collaborates with a lot of local businesses in and out of East Aurora on a number of events. And if you don’t see an art supply you need, she can order them for you!

muse jar pic{Just a Blonde in Buffalo photos}

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Outside of her store, Vanessa does offer offsite lessons and parties – she has done workshops with Fisher Price and has started working with Mandala School in East Aurora to help fill a void with art programs being cut. Her business is a great space to go, for those who still want to get a great art experience.

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When asked what some of her favorite areas of her business are, she said she loves the farm-to-table events and wants to grow them more, hoping to make it more of a retreat and offering the full experience. She loves events where she can collaborate with other people and businesses. "The possibilities are endless when you can work with more people." Hosting kids birthday parties are also a favorite of Vanessa’s. "The raw creativity that comes out of it is amazing." Being surrounded by creativity everyday keeps her very inspired. Instructors and students who walk through these doors, they are all a daily inspiration for her.

muse jar 3{Just a Blonde in Buffalo photo}

When I asked her what she loves about Western New York she said she loves the East Aurora community, everyone is very supportive of one another and help each other to succeed. The town is changing and evolving and people are being open-minded. Being here is exciting, young families are moving back and the area feels like a “little Brooklyn.”

There are a number of things about MUSEjar that I love, but the one that sticks out the most is that it’s one of a kind. Vanessa taps into areas that you don’t normally think of. When talking with Vanessa she gives off a great energy and you can tell she loves what she does and is passionate in her work. I asked her what MUSEjar means and she said an inspirational jar. She wants people to walk in the store and get inspired, by the supplies, artwork and environment. The goal is to have the store be one large jar of inspiration and it certainly was for me.

Stop by the Holiday Market event she is hosting on December 19th during the East Aurora Carolcade. Come before, during or after the event to check out her shop and the other participating vendors. Let's help make this a destination spot to visit every year.

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Tick-Tock Let's Try To Beat That Clock

last minute holiday shopping Its Christmas Eve and before the holiday gatherings take place later today there will still be some last minute shoppers making the trip out to malls, local boutiques and grocery stores today. Their are those who haven't started at all and those who need to pick up small, here and there gifts. Whatever the case may be, below is a guide for some places that are open today to help you get those last minute gifts you still need!



  • Walden Galleria {Cheektowaga} - 8am - 5pm
  • Niagara Falls Outlet Malls {Niagara Falls, NY} - 10am - 6pm
  • McKinley Mall {Blasdell} - 8am - 5pm
  • Boulevard Mall {Amherst} - 7am - 5pm

Department Stores:

  • Target {store hours may vary by location} - 7am - 10pm
  • Kohls {store hours may vary by location} - 12am - 6pm
  • Kmart {store hours may vary by location} - 12am - 10pm

Local Clothing Boutiques and Businesses in the Elmwood Village, Hertel Ave., Main St. in Williamsville and East Aurora:

  • From what I found it looks like most stores in these areas will be open from 10am - 4pm today.


Friday Favorites!

Thanksgiving has come and gone and I hope all of you had a wonderful Holiday. Now we approach the craziness of Black Friday, the awesomeness {is that a word?} of Small Business Saturday and enjoying another Bills win {hopefully} on Sunday. Have a great one, make it count! -B


{Brunch at Betty's {on Virginia St.} this past week, I recommend the Bloody Mary's}

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{Going through South Buffalo on South Park this past week}

apple pie 2014

{Nothing beats homemade food, especially apple pie}

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{Support local businesses, shop local on Small Business Saturday and through the Holiday season, {Main St. East Aurora}}

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{A mini bar display full of beverages at Taste in East Aurora, NY}

Friday Favorites!

It's Friday! It's been another productive work week and I'm looking forward to a nice, relaxing weekend. Have a good one and Go Bills! -B


{The bar/lounge area inside the Foundry}


{I love the historical features inside this building}


{An afternoon coffee break with the guys at work. The new Tim Horton's at the Harbor Center}


{A drive out to East Aurora makes for beautiful scenery in the fall}


{I love the artwork on Elmwood Ave. #Buffalove}