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Stop by this Elmwood Avenue novelty shop for a gift that won't be found on any shelf of any department store in the country. Pewter push pins, tin and hand-painted glasses are a few of the priceless treasures in-store. They have great ideas for the child who has every toy that is mass-produced. A bath set with markers, water dye and bath toys are also available at great rates. If you happen to be in Elmwood, an obligatory stop is necessary, if not check website for more details and information.
This old-fashioned candy company, which has five locations throughout Western New York, was originally founded in 1917; it has been operated by the current owners since 1981. The original Main street location (since closed) was used in the 1983 Buffalo-filmed movie, The Natural, which featured Robert Redford and Glenn Close. Parkside's top selling candy is their sponge candy, a candy unique to the buffalo area which has a crisp molasses flavored "sponge" on the inside and is layered with a chocolate coating on the outside. Other candies include fudge, old-fashioned lollipops, home-made salt water taffy, and chocolate laced popcorn.-Christine A. Smyczynski
This family-operated candy shop and ice cream parlor has a large selection of premium chocolates and other candy treats. Named after owner dean Tassy’s grandmother who was a candy maker in Greece, the shop features candy handmade in their chocolate factory behind the shop. Some of the featured confections include sponge candy, a treat unique to western New York. It consists of a candy "sponge" made from sugar water, corn syrup and baking soda covered in chocolate. Alethea’s also has a variety of dark chocolates, light chocolates, truffles, chocolate drizzled popcorn, and more. You can even custom order personalized gifts for weddings and other occasions. Their ice cream parlor across the foyer from the candy shop has treats like classic sundaes and cones. -Christine A. Smyczynski