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.
A full-service tobacco shop in Buffalo's North End, this establishment offers one of the widest selection of cigars and cigar-related products in Western New York. You can get domestic and imported cigarettes, premium cigars from around the world, and top-of-the-line pipe tobacco. There's a walk-in humidor and the opportunity to smoke one of their products while relaxing in the lounge with a cup of coffee and the TV tuned to the big game. The shop is also proud to be part of Buffalo's annual Herf-In-The-Snow (HITS) cigar crawl!
Deep in the heart of The Heritage District in South Buffalo is this charming Irish store. Established in 1978, this boutique provides one of the largest selections anywhere of Irish jewelry, clothing, Belleck or Royal Tara China, and Waterford Crystal. The shop also serves as an information center for all things Irish in the area—and attracts customers from across Western NY. With the luck of the Irish and a good delivery service, they will ship their wares anywhere in the U.S. Don't forget to order or pick-up your Claddagh Ring!
This renovated 1880's church, located in the Blossom area of Elma, is stocked with a variety of primitive antiques, along with one of a kind locally made handcrafted items, such as candles, soaps, lotions, jams, dips, spices and mustard. As you browse, enjoy a complimentary cup of fireside coffee. Some of their unique decorator items include flexible twig lights, perfect for creating country displays. They come in 20" and 39" tall sprigs, as well as in a 6-foot garland. The antique items are ever changing and include many primitives and country decor items.
This old-fashioned candy company, which has locations throughout Western New York, was originally founded in 1927. 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.
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
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 shop, located in the heart of the village of Williamsville, features the work of over 100 local artisans and craftspeople. It is the only store in western New York with goods made all by local artisans and craftspeople. You'll find affordable gifts, including jewelry and home décor. Some of jewelry selections include charm necklaces, chunky necklaces, pendants, bracelets, and more. Form the home, choose from vases, cheese plates, buffalo shaped cutting boards, hand-painted ornaments, painted furniture, photography, and other unique items. It is a great place to shop for a gift in any season.