“Buffalove” – We’re “IN”



Written by Emily Morrow

Published on January 2, 2014

We’re “IN” like Stroller derbies (yea, that’s a thing), Nana Wisdom, and Gourmet Marijuana recipes?

According to The Washington Post’s  2014 In/Out List, “Buffalove” is “IN”, and unlike so many trends, we’re not laggards on this one. “Buffalove” has been around forever. At times hidden deep within the hearts of Buffalonians near, far and at every bills backer bar in the country, but around nonetheless. You don’t have to tell us that “Buffalove” is in. But it’s nice to know that other parts of the country are (finally) getting on board.

I’ve heard “Buffalove” described as a nickname for Buffalo, but I like to think of it as an emotion towards Buffalo. And I’m thrilled to see “Buffalove” surfacing, not as a trend that’s “IN” one day, “OUT” the next, but as evidence of the heart of a people knit together by hope; as a movement towards recognizing that Buffalo is a great place to live, work, dine, drink and play, sun and ski, and …fall in love.

“Buffalove” isn’t defined by Webster’s Dictionary (yet). So we asked around for definitions of “Buffalove”. The word may seem self explanatory, but Buffalonians love the chance to describe their Buffalove.

Buffalove  (Buf·fa·love)


1. “The love of the snow, the bills, the wings, and most of all, the people.”

2. “Buffalo and Love. Buffalove. Two words that have come together to create one word, essentially meaning home for 200,000 people.  No matter where you fall on the Buffalo spectrum Eden, East Amherst, Newfane or the City, you live in “Buffalove”.  When used together, the words “the” and “Buffalove” combine to mean a state of mind and being which most would refer to as love.  If away, “The Buffalove” is a place one looks forward to returning to. Chicken wings, Bison Dip, Bills games, Cheerio smells, the Sabres, Tim Hortons, Sponge Candy, and Niagara Falls rolled into one create a sense of pride and love that I believe no other city in the world has.   We are the City of Good Neighbors.  It would only be natural that Buffalo flows perfectly into the word love. “

3. “People love Buffalo. It’s a good place to live.” – 5th grader

4. “Love stemming from the hearts of the people of Buffalo.”

5. “An affectionate term that people from Buffalo use to identify their strong feelings of pride and nostalgia for their hometown.”

6. “Love for Buffalo, creating a special bond between Buffalonians.”

7. “A marriage of two smile-inducing words, not unlike the combination of married celebrities, or divorcing celebrities, or otherwise romantically entangled celebrities. Anyway, it means you love Buffalo.” – Block Club Issue #19

8. “A love for everything about Buffalo.” -Another wise 5th grader

9. “The spirit of Buffalo.”

10. “Home town roots, incredible restaurants, change of seasons, snowy winters, the best place to raise a family and develop life long friendships.”

We’ll be damned if “Buffalove” is on the “OUT” list for 2015 – we strive to be timeless (like Beyoncé, never “OUT”).  Join us on the Love Train, Buffalo. Next Stop, World Domination.


What’s your definition of “Buffalove”?
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Written by <a href="" target="_self">Emily Morrow</a>

Written by Emily Morrow

Emily is co-founder and Director of Storytelling at Step Out Buffalo. Her favorite things to do are eat, travel, and think up business ideas. Emily is originally from Hamburg, NY and her out of town friends will tell you that she loves to talk about Buffalo any chance she gets.
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