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January
13

Episode 10: SOB GIVEAWAY

If you're from Buffalo, you're probably well aware that "SOB" stands for Step Out Buffalo- not Betty White's favorite curse word. We're giving our listeners a sneak peek into what's in store for our giveaway going live on Friday, Jan. 14 valued at $350! Be sure you're following us on Instagram at @envisionrealestatewny for more updates. 

January
10

With every new year, everyone starts to focus on how to make the next year their best. We interviewed fellow female powerhouse Ashley Draper, co-owner of Jada Blitz Fitness and Balanced Body to talk about how tips on how you can make this into a lifestyle, not a race to the finish line. 

Ashley, tell us a little bit about yourself and how you've gotten to this point. 

Hello!  First, thank you for asking me to take part in this - I feel very honored.  I am Ashley Draper co-owner with my husband of both Balanced Body Foods and Jada Blitz Fitness.  We also have ownership in Fresh Catch Poke Co. I have been in Buffalo since 2001 when I came here to attend Canisius College.  Following undergraduate school, I continued on to Graduate school and have a Masters in Business Administration. Before meeting my husband, Justin, I worked in various industries in sales and marketing roles. Through a discovered passion for fitness and health, I met my husband.  He was a trainer and coach at that time at a corporate gym.  While dating he started the process of going out on his own by opening up Jada Blitz Training - which opened in October of 2012.  At that time we were a 1,000 square foot raining studio.  We quickly grew out of that space and in September of 2014 opened up Jada Blitz Training on Transit Road.  I personally started having a larger part of the business in operations and marketing. Over the course of the next 5 years we continued to grow Jada tremendously; adding a shake-bar, group classes, memberships, and man new offerings etc. We also successfully launched Balanced Body Foods in January of 2017. Balanced Body was a  synergistic company to have alongside of Jada.  With Balanced Body Foods, we are able to offer people fresh, nutritionally balanced meals to help them live a more sustainable and healthy life. Today we are have proudly moved Jada into a brand-new 30,000 square foot facility and now have 3 local pick-up locations in WNY for Balanced Body Foods on top of our shipping.   How did we get here:  truthfully, an amazing team of employees; lots of failures; lessons learned from those failures; and a determination to help others.  
 
Having Balanced Body as an office neighbor is a dream! What's the story behind getting into meal prep? 
 
We have been in the gym business much longer than the meal prep company.  In the Summer of 2016, we were approached by some friends and great businessmen who were watching other meal prep companies grow and the industry was starting to become more popular.  They felt strongly that this was a space we needed to be in since my husband was also a nutritional coach and we were in the business to help others become the best versions of themselves.  Balanced Body quickly started to blossom into my project - I had a strong passion and determination with it as I knew we could bring something new to the market and do it the best.  In January of 2017, we launched Balanced Body and have scaled it over the course of the past 5 years.  

Everything takes a pause during the holidays. We hear "getting back on track" a lot in the new year whether it's someone saving for their down payment, getting ready to list their home, or even starting their new fitness journey- what're your tips for someone looking to start fresh but be able to maintain a healthy lifestyle? 

My advice would be is to have a plan broken down.  Setting a goal is great but when your goals are not objective and aren't broken down into smaller micro-goals it is easier to lose traction.  So, instead of "I want to look better in a bathing suit" - set your goal to be "In order to look better in a bathing suit, I need to gain muscle and lose fat - I will commit to weight training 3 times a week and eating healthier." Or - "I am going to focus on losing 1 lb per week."  This way you can work your plan for progress and it doesn't seem so overwhelming.  

What's been your greatest accomplishment being in the fitness industry? 

Building something unique.  We have built a community and I believe it is because of who we hire on our teams.  We want to help people and in order to do so, we have to be genuine and have care for the customers and clients.  Everyone's journey is different and the fitness industry cannot be one size fits all. 

Be sure to head to Balanced Body, our neighbor, at 1375 Hertel Ave., you can more information on Instagram @balancedbodyfoods or @jadablitzfitness

We agree that any big step- whether it be a fitness journey or your next real estate transaction- having a plan is key! Our agents are here to help you plan your next buy or sale of your home. The process doesn't need to be daunting. We will be with you every step of the way to see you all the way home. Call us at 716-274-HOME or contact us to get started! 

December
30

With growth comes change, and this was an exciting one! Meet Brennan Macey, the latest addition to Envision Real Estate's leadership team. His vision matched with ours will bring us a bright future in 2022! 

Produced by: Val Townsend

December
22

We see it all the time... our clients are moving due to all sorts of life events, but what happens when it's right around the holidays? Hear from our agent Justina Grudzinski on how she was able to make the most of her own personal move with her family. Remember, no matter what life hands you, we'll see you all the way home! 

Produced by: Val Townsend

December
13

Raise your hand if you're in the last-minute Christmas shuffle! If you're in the market for a gift for your furry friend, make sure you say hi to our neighbor Daisy's Doghouse! Open daily, Daisy's Doghouse is a Hertel Ave. a staple in the North Buffalo neighborhood. We spoke with Lisa Samar, owner of Daisy's Doghouse to bring you a round-up of some of their best-selling items. 

About Daisy's Doghouse:

"The Doghouse is the passion project of Daisy and her human, Lisa. Prior to opening the pet boutique, Lisa spent 25 years in the designer greeting card industry at Great Arrow Graphics. She's now thrilled to combine her love for pets and art to create a unique shopping and social experience in the heart of Hertel Avenue in North Buffalo." 

A Sweet Treat...

Heading to a holiday gathering? Get creative with your hostess gift and include a sweet treat for every member of the family. Bark for Biscuits are locally made cookies and offer a variety of treats, but for a holiday focus, Bocce's would be a great fit! 

For the Playful One...

Durable and ready to be your pet's favorite new stuffed friend, choose from feline favorite and pup preferred brands like Fluffy and Tuff and HuggleHounds! If you pass by, you may notice their unicorn window display from HuggleHounds! These popular toy brands are at the top of Beau the Real Estate Dawg's Christmas list. 

For the Cats...

Daisy's Doghouse provides the opportunity for cats to find their "furever" homes with fosters from the City of Buffalo Animal shelter. Just like finding the perfect house, finding the purrfect member of your family takes time. Stop in and say hello to see if one of these sweet cats would be a good fit for you and your family. 

If you happen to be in the neighborhood this weekend for some last-minute Christmas shopping, we'll be first to say #shopsmall is the way to go! Be sure to stop into Daisy's Doghouse. Santa will be there this Saturday, Dec. 18. 

The store opens daily from Monday–Saturday: 11 a.m.–7 p.m. and Sunday: 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Learn more: http://www.buffalopetstore.com/

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December
9

Zestimate this, zestimate that... How can a technology system give an accurate price without setting foot inside a house? We're here to give you the truth behind one of the industry's most popular websites. Featuring Todd Danni from The unLMTD Team.

Produced by: Val Townsend

December
2

Say hi to our friends Mike Maiorana & Shane Stewart from First Line Brewing! First Line also raised $390 during our Save the Knockers initiative so we invited them to tell us a little bit about how they got started and where they are now. 

Produced by: Val Townsend

November
24

Today we're taking a moment to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving- especially our partnering restaurants for the #SavetheKnockers initiative. We hope you all have an incredible holiday weekend! 

Produced by: Val Townsend