Boasting of several shops, restaurants, coffee houses and bars, Elmwood Village is the perfect spot for those who want to spend the day browsing through goodies, enjoying great food and drink or simply taking in the lively vibe of this activity hub. From shops like Spoiled Rotten and Second Chic to Fern +Arrow and Anna Grace, the shopping hub ensures there is something in store for everyone. The array of designer and secondhand goodies also ensure that people of all tastes and budgets can shop from here. A lot of souvenirs and items for gifting can be found here as well. Don't hesitate to head to any one of the eateries to recharge your batteries after the shopping spree. If you are in the mood to indulge in some retail therapy, then Elmwood Village is your best bet.
Whether it's clothing from local designers or from as far away as Bali, this Allentown shop stocks it for the woman with discerning tastes. The shop's clothing lines are not only comfortable, they're unique. One of the top local designer lines represented here is Flax, created by a woman working out of her farmhouse in Ithaca, NY. Bali's Kusnadi produces individually-styled and cut clothing with Indonesian accents and jewelry. There is a second location in the Village of East Aurora.
In a city known for its ethnic foods, this indoor market has been the place to go shopping for over 100 years. At over 100,000 square feet, the market is one of the largest in the country, featuring 40+ vendors specializing in sought-after German, Polish, and Eastern European comestibles in this neighborhood. If you are hungry for home-made kielbasa, bratwurst, or real Polish ham, this is the place for you. There are also restaurants, bakeries, poultry and candy stands scattered throughout the market.
Located close to numerous hotels, this state-of-the-art mall offers complete entertainment with more than 200 upscale stores, restaurants, specialty boutiques, a food court and a 12-screen movie house. It prides itself on its customer service, attention to detail and cleanliness.
Vidler's, an old-fashioned five and dime store, is one of East Aurora's most beloved landmarks. You'll find it by looking for the red and white-striped awnings along the village's historic Main Street. The 15,000-square-foot store, located in four 1890s-era buildings, has original hardwood floors and brass cash registers. It was opened by Robert Vidler Sr. during the Great Depression in the 1930s and continues to be family-owned and operated. You can find pretty much anything here, including unique, hard-to-find items. Choose from old-fashioned penny candy, yarn fabric, craft supplies, house wares, books, toys, books, cards and much more.
Having been around for close to 50 years now, the Niagara Falls Farmers Market in the Niagara Falls region is one of the oldest street markets. The market has a lot of local vendors who sell their local produce that ranges from meats to vegetables, fresh fruits, and other stuff which is great for both tourists and locals. They are located behind the museum building and comprise of close to 15 vendor stalls. Those who love homemade foodstuffs can also find something like homemade jams, pickles.
When it comes to repairing and reconstructing pianos, no one does it better than Vincent Illos. One of his restored pianos has made it to the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the business since 1961, Illos worked as a technician for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra for 15 years before starting his own North Buffalo business. Today, his crew of trained technicians and repair people can do everything from sand a piano to building one from scratch. Each piano is hand-restored from start to finish.
Located within the Niagara Glen Nature Areas, part of the Niagara Parks Commission, this store is dedicated to birds in particular and nature in general. Among the items to be found are bird feeders, houses, bird-seeds, bird art, carved birds, bird-embellished clothing, and coffee mugs. The store also serves as the starting point for local area guided tours as well as hikes down the Niagara Gorge. Nearby attractions include the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, world-renowned Butterfly Conservatory.
If you love the 1960s, 70s, 80s and would like to decorate your home with things from the yesteryear, then the Retro Mikes Antiques in Niagara region is your best bet. The antiques store is so popular with collectors and even regular folks that their collection, no matter what the price, will always sell out. They have unique antiques that are hard to find anywhere else. You can find funky furniture, smoke stands, lighting china, American art pottery, glass and toys, and a whole gamut of other memorabilia in this shop frozen in time.
Cheri Amour sells jewelry with a French touch. A popular store that has garnered quite a repute among locals and travelers alike, this is the place to browse through exquisite accessories. An establishment that has occupied its current location since 2002, Cheri Amour's collection includes pieces from brands like Alex and Ani, Luca + Danni, The Giving Keys and many more. A place known for their elegant designs exuding sophistication, Cheri Amour is a perfect place to pick something unique for your special someone.
Shop for vintage hats, western hats and even dress hats at The Custom Hatter. Not only does the store display hats of all styles and colors, but it is also possible to get a hat custom made according to your tastes and preferences. Whether you want to shop for a pink fedora or charcoal gray derbies, you can be rest assured you can get the hat at The Custom Hatter. Hat restoration services including cleaning are also offered here.
On the cusp between Allentown and the Elmwood Strip, this non-profit gallery and store offers both art and imported goods from Central and South American crafts co-ops. Run by the local Latin American Cultural Association, the store also features language, dance and cooking lessons, as well as exhibits of contemporary art. Friendly staff is on hand to help should you have any questions about their products or classes.Poetry lovers can partake in the occasional readings held at 7:30p, after normal store hours.