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.
A small shop opened for business in 1927; today it is the largest independent bookstore in western New York. The location has changed over the years, but the extensive collection of books and first-class service has remained constant. The store sells or will order just about any title. On the shelves you will find a wide selection of books about the Niagara region and western New York. The store includes three floors with colorfully painted walls and local artwork. Nearby attractions include Schoellkopf Geological Museum.
Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls USA is a one-stop-shop for buyers. The mall is home to a virtual waterfall of men's, women's, and children's designer clothing labels including The Gap, Old Navy, J Crew, and so many more. Some high-end names include Burberry and Coach. There are a number of specialty stores such as Fragrance Outlet, Sunglass Hut, Kitchen Collection, and so much more. After a long day of bargain hunting, drop in at La Rosa Pizza, Pita Gourmet, Subway, or Dunkin' Donuts for a bite to eat. Credit card acceptance varies according to stores.
This company was started in 1920 by Ehrhardt Koch in Buffalo, NY and named New Era Cap Company in 1922. In the 1930's they got into the sports cap business and by the 1940's were providing caps to a variety of sports teams. In the 1950's they were the only independent supplier to professional teams. By the 1990's they had the first exclusive license with Major League Baseball. They are the largest growing headwear manufacturer in the United States, and the store in Buffalo, which is one of their flagship stores, has a huge selection of caps. They also have stores in New York City, Atlanta, Toronto, and London. -Christine A. Smyczynski
Playing out of Dunn Tire Park in downtown Buffalo, this triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians baseball team has proved a success in the field and at the box office. In recent years, the team often outdraws some major league outfits and has the distinction of the largest Opening Day crowd ever in the minor leagues (19,699).
Explore three full floors of retail space at this bookshop located in a circa 1896 building in the heart of downtown. The shop, housed on 35,000 square feet of retail and warehouse space, overflows with a large selection of antique and rare books, collectible books, maps, autographs and engravings. It is one of the largest antique bookstores in upstate New York and, if by chance they don't have an item in stock, they will locate it for you. Since you will probably spend quite a bit of time here, stroll into the small café on the first floor before wandering through the aisles. - Christine A. Smyczynski
This popular candy shop and ice cream parlor, which has the largest selection of locally-made chocolates in western New York, was established by Joseph Boyd Oliver in 1932. Mr. Oliver started out by selling peanuts door to door and alter crated his signature cashew glaze. The shop carries over 350 varieties of candy, including a regional favorite: sponge candy. Non-chocolate specialties include maple candy, popcorn, jelly beans and lots of varieties of nuts. The ice cream parlor in the back of the shop is open year-round. Gift baskets are available. - Christine A. Smyczynski
Since its founding in 1925 by the late Pitt and Elizabeth Petri, this family-owned and operated high-end gift shop has been the place for Buffalonians to buy gifts for all special occasions. Buffalo Spree Magazine has rated the store as one of the best places in the city to buy that special gift. Merchandise includes art, home décor, Buffalo-themed items, baby and children's gifts, china , crystal, picture frames, kitchenware, Vera Bradley and more. The majority of items are sold through their extensive and impressive bridal registry. - Christine A. Smyczynski
This small, independent cheese factory and retail operation was originally established by Leo Kutter, a German immigrant in Cowlesville, NY in 1923. The operations were later moved to Corfu in 1947. This business offers homemade as well as imported cheeses for sale. Some of the cheeses include cheddar, muenster, colby, edam, gouda and havarti. They also have a selection of cheese curds, dips and cottage cheese. Since 1997 they have been partnered with hunt county Vineyards (located in New York’s Finger lakes region), so you can sample some wine with your cheese and purchase wines to bring home. They are also partners with Yancy’s Fancy, which is noted for artisan cheese items. - Christine A. Smyczynski