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.
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.
This is the perfect place to buy everything you need to celebrate special occasions such as weddings, corporate functions or a child's birthday. This store offers everything from tuxedo rental to balloons, limousines and accessories to invitations. They'll even provide a magician, clown or costumed character for your child's party. Its line of tuxedos ranges from Perry Ellis to Michael Jordan. Located near the Niagara Expressway, not far from the Niagara Falls International Airport, this store literally does it all—all you have to do is party.
From its humble beginnings in downtown Niagara Falls in 1912, this jewelry store has grown to 14 retail outlets in five states, but it still retains its family-owned and operated atmosphere. Many of the customers at the store, now located near the Niagara Falls International Airport and the Niagara Falls Prime Outlet Malls, are long-time regulars. The jewelers here are more than happy to appraise your gems or make repairs. In-store goldsmiths can also make a unique creation, working from hand drawings or computer-generated designs.
A treat for plus-size women, Penningtons is a popular brand of affordable clothing. Head to the store and browse through its collection of trousers, frocks, skirts, shirts, lingerie, nightwear and accessories to discover the delightful patterns, designs, colors and texture of the garments. Ask the staff to help you choose an outfit that would definitely make you shine at weekend soirees.
Boasting of a number of shops, restaurants and nightclubs, Hertel Avenue is the perfect spot for those who want to spend the day browsing through goodies, enjoying great food and drink or simply dancing the night away. From clothes and shoes to jewelry and gifts, all sorts of goods can be shopped from here. Cocco’s Fragrances, Modern Nostalgia and Richel Formalwear are just some of the boutiques that are quite well-known here. The array of designer and secondhand goodies also ensure that people of all tastes and budgets can shop from here. Don't hesitate to head to any one of the eateries to recharge your batteries after you have indulged in some retail therapy. If you are looking for some fun time, then Hertel Avenue with its myriad of shops, nightclubs and restaurants is your best bet.
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
This unique store/gallery promotes printing and book-related art. They carry bookbinding supplies, paper for letter press printing and decorative art stationery that comes from all over the world. They also carry a selection of books, cards, and posters. Lectures and workshops about printmaking, papermaking, illustration, design, writing, and binding are also on offer. Participation in the International Edible Book Festival, which is held around April 1, is an annual event at this shop. Artists create an edible book that's judged on appearance as well as taste; one can literally eat their words! The April 1 date is not an April Fool's joke, it actually was chosen to commemorate the birthday of Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826), a French gastronome who wrote the book, Physiologie du Gout. -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