So, why Totally Buffalo?

I’m baaackkkkk. Sort of.

Welcome to Totally Buffalo.

It’s a crazy leap of faith, a labor of love. Truly. After being a part of the Buffalo media for 20 years – I left to be a mommy. It wasn’t a tough decision because I followed my heart. That’s usually my gauge – not money, not status, not anything other than my heart. Oh, it’s gotten me into plenty of trouble in my life – but that is for another blog.

I’ve been working with a few charities and writing for The Buffalo News/Gusto for a while, but I needed something more. Something mine. And, as good ideas usually do – it started in a very organic way. It started with my husband and I talking about going to the Wing Fest. We talked about how cool it would be to have a festival with all ‘Buffalo Stuff’. We brainstormed and put it on the back burner. I found myself continuously bringing it up. To my girls. My niece. My sister. I thought about making it more. A festival. Some merchandise. And then, a website. Seemed to make sense.

Wait, what?

Yep. We knew we wanted to celebrate Buffalo and we went back and forth on many names. Truthfully, it was my then 4-year old daughter, Emma who came up with the name. Ya see, when she is serious about something – she sticks the word totally in there. Like, “Mom, we should totally buy that Barbie Doll.” or “We should totally go to the park today.” So, I figured if we were serious about this – it should be Totally Buffalo.

Then, we went to work.

I know, it’s insane. I had no idea – NOT A CLUE – how much work went into designing a website. It was a learning curve but we had plenty of help. It’s amazing what you can do with some determination and lots of coffee. And wine. 🙂

We figured there’s way too much negative, awful news everywhere you look, we’re here to bring some balance.  My husband and I have been quite busy, but it’s been an amazing opportunity.

Scott and I searched for products, stories, businesses, and people to celebrate. One thing I’ve heard a lot of since leaving my job at WGRZ is how much people miss uplifting, inspirational stories. The truth is – I miss them, too. So, that is a big part of our project.

We hope you will stick with us as we grow. We have some great ideas that will take some time but we are super excited to go on this journey.







Mary Friona

Mary Friona

Following my heart with my husband and four daughters. An Emmy Award winning journalist lucky enough to work in television & radio for 20 years - seeing wonderful places, meeting great people and telling their stories.

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