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Carriage Trade Dog Biscuits

A funny thing happened on my way home from work one day. I stopped into Carriage Trade Bakery at 1654 Elmwood Avenue and picked myself up a delicious cut out cookie. I noticed the dog biscuits and picked up a couple of those too. When I got home, just a couple minutes later, we were all happy and waging our tails. Before you knew it, I was stopping in more and more to pick up just one little goodie (almond biscotti, sticky bun, cinnamon roll, and still my favorite – the cut out cookie and dog biscuits). What a place! So charming. So delicious. I got to know the little family. The owners are Andy and Shandra and their daughter Devan. Now who the heck cannot resist their daughter who eats the dog biscuits for an after school snack? Why not? The biscuits are made from whole wheat flour, milk powder, wheat germ, and a touch of brown sugar. They sell for 50 cents each. Shandra said that it’s natural to want to buy your best friend a treat when you buy something for yourself. So many customers walk their dog and tie them out front and that is how the whole idea of making all natural dog biscuits started. Look for the red neon sign that says OPEN and walk on in. The cut out cookies featured now are butterflies and flowers. That will get you in the spring of things.

Shandra with a fresh tray of dog biscuits.

Shandra with a fresh tray of dog biscuits.

The biscuits fit great inside the kong toys.

The biscuits fit great inside the kong toys.

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Our Lady of Seneca Street

Our Lady of Seneca Street can be found at 847 Seneca Street.

Our Lady of Seneca Street can be found at 847 Seneca Street.

You can see how playwright Tom Dudzick let his imagination go wild over a simple shrine dedicated to the Blessed Mother on Seneca Street in Buffalo. He wrote and directed a play called “Miracle On South Division Street” that is showing now at the Kavinoky Theatre at D’Youville College. The play is clever and well acted but a bit of the “kick in the pants” to devote Catholics and traditional Polish Mothers out there. But I also certainly got the message that we are not always who we think we are, we are all more alike than we think, and mothers cannot control the lives of their children. It was done with humor and creativity. The true story is one of a barber named Joe Battaglia who in the 1950’s saw a vision of the Blessed Mother outside his window and was so moved he vowed to build her a shrine. The shrine was well maintained by Battaglia until his death. In the 1980’s the City of Buffalo purchased the shrine with the intention to tear it down. Fortunately a group of preservationists bought the shrine and is now maintained by those who are interested in continuing the shrine that Battaglia built. You can see how Dudzick made up a doozie story based on the statue not looking like a traditional Blessed mother with a modern day look to her in her clothes, hair and crown. I need to thank Dudzick for creating the play or I would not have been inspired to drive down Seneca Street and see for myself the actual shrine in which the play is based. RIP Mr. Battaglia and thank you for your devotion and conviction and for making Seneca Street a little more scenic.

How interesting that directly behind the shrine is the parking lot that the City of Buffalo owns. NOw you know where to go if you are looking for emergency parking in the snow.

How interesting that directly behind the shrine is the parking lot that the City of Buffalo owns. Now you know where to go if you are looking for emergency parking in the snow.