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8 • The German Citizen • January-February 2024
     Ethnic and sports themed top"Let's Go Pour" charcuterie boards


       by Steve Dlugosz                                                                          on Let's Go Pour items.          "With Polish, there's so much
        f you're in the market for                                                                 With Dollinger's embracing of  heritage associated with it," said
        something unique in the area of                                                          the Polish culture of her husband  Dollinger, a Clarence resident. "It's a
     Icharcuterie this holiday season,                                                           and his family comes the desire to  fun culture to be married into."
     look no further than items made by                                                          help meet the big WNY demand for  For more information on Let's
     "Let's Go Pour," a business co-                                                             Polish-themed items, particularly  Go  Pour,  e-mail  Letsgopour@
     created by Hilary Dollinger and                                                             around Dyngus Day. Last year, the  gmail.com or visit its Facebook page
     Kristen Sahlen.                                                                             business offered butter lamb boards,  at Let’s go pour | Buffalo NY |
       The duo are busy working on                                                               which they are bringing back this  Facebook or its Instagram page.
     many themed Buffalo charcuterie                                                             year; to go along with a few other
     boards, presenting such items for                                                           Polish-themed charcuterie goodies.
     purchase largely through social
     media (Facebook Marketplace) but                                                            Christkindlmarkt brings diverse
     also at various community sales                                                             vendors, enthusiastic interest
     events, including ever-popular paint
     nights/parties as well as community                                                         From page 1
     holiday-sale events such as the one                                                         tasting on hand; M&M Pickles, with
     held at Lavocats Family Greenhouse                                                          Erin Belile stating that Chicken
     and Nursery in Clarence on Nov. 25.                                                         Wing and Sweet Burn pickle flavors
     The pair were also slated to offer                                                          being popular sellers; Dragonfly
                                   Hilary Dollinger and Kristen Sahlen of "Let’s Go Pour."
     their charcuterie goods (boards,                                                            Jams and Jellies; The Drunkin
                                   involved in, "Let's Go Pour."  great. Kristen (who is of German
     platters  and  ornaments)  at                                                               Candle Shop; A Little Bit of
                                      "Let's Go Pour" is actually  ancestry)  and  I  are  both
     Chrusciki Bakery Dec. 5 as part of a                                                        Germany;  Pavone  Bijoux;  and
                                   described as evolving from the  entrepreneurial.  We're  always
     pour-paint  night  in  which                                                                Crafted Class. Other opening week
                                   "Design Creative" business started  thinking of new ideas. This keeps
     participants had the opportunity to                                                         vendors included: L&J Creations;
                                   by Dollinger and her husband,  me busy. I've found therapy in it. It's
     make their own buffalo-charcuterie                                                          Walnut Hill Farm; The Sugar
                                   Daniel. Dollinger and Sahlen's  definitely become a full-time job.
     creations by utilizing a paintbrush                                                         Bakeshop; Miranda's Paintbox; Pure
                                   children attended school together,  Paint nights have really taken off. A
     and creative ideas.                                                                         Magix CBD Shop and Cafe; Sticks
                                   and the two, who became friends,  lot of people find us in the Buffalo
       According to Dollinger, who                                                               and Stones; Ode to Soy Candles;
                                   were stated as having artistic-  Store."
     initiated the business's start-up in                                                        Newhouse Leather Works; Turning
                                   creative backgrounds. Additionally,  According to Dollinger, upon
     2020  during  the  COVID-19                                                                 Treasures; East HIll Creamery;
                                   Dollinger was pregnant during the  initiating Let's Go Pour with the
     pandemic, the most popular item                                                             Outback  Kettle  Corn;  Barbara
                                   onset of COVID (2020) and looking  charcuterie-buffalo concept, ten to
     sold has thus far been Buffalo Bills-                                                       Rickard Paintress; Buffalo Bayou
                                   for an activity to help occupy her  15 orders were immediately placed
     themed buffalo charcuterie boards.                                                          Boutique; and Buffalo Artisan Food
                                   time, but in a relaxing fashion.  by customers through Facebook
     Other big sellers have included                                                             Traders.
                                   Dollinger's  mother,  who  was  Marketplace, with a steady, regular
     painted boards and ornaments of                                                               For   more  information  on
                                   residing in Florida, suggested that  flow of sales since. That site
     the Buffalo Sabres, red-and-white-                                                          Hofbrauhaus Buffalo, visit https://
                                   Hilary tap into her painting-artistic  (Facebook Marketplace) serves as
     themed Buffalo boards for Dyngus                                                            www.hofbrauhausbuffalo.com/.
                                   roots and see the initiative through.  the primary driver of sales, although
     Day, green for St. Patrick's Day                                                              For more information on the
                                      "My mom said I should pour  paint nights and other community
     festivities,  and  other  ethnic                                                            Hope Rises Foundation, visit https:/
                                   paint, and my husband suggested I  events (including birthday parties
     celebration pieces.                                                                         /hoperisesnews.com/about/.
                                   go with the cutting buffalos out  for children and families) have also
       Chrusciki has served as a
                                   (idea)," said Dollinger, who herself  been successful. Many customers
     frequent event host, described by
                                   is Irish but says with a laugh that she  are described as being returning
     Dollinger as a good half-way point
                                   married into a "strong Polish  buyers, or whose family members
     for participants. Their items are also
                                   family."                       purchased charcuterie and passed a
     for sale at the Buffalo Store in the
                                      She remarked, "I had lost my job  positive word along. Christmas
     Eastern Hills Mall. Dollinger and
                                   due to COVID and really needed  ornaments have been big sellers, to
     Sahlen are looking to add more
                                   something to work on. To be this  go along with black and white and
     paint nights to their already steady
                                   busy and pretty successful, it's  glitter  ornaments.  Various
     schedule  to  give  interested
                                   completely unexpected, but it's been  engraving can also be coordinated
     customers a chance to see, and be
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