With the holiday season upon us, it's time to brainstorm for unique gifts. One area of town often over looked, but is in fact a great place to shop is downtown Buffalo. Did you know we have over seventy retailers spread all over from the cobblestone district to just south of Tupper St? That equals more retailers than all of Allentown.
I'm not going to include all seventy plus stores in this story, but will point out the basics.
Let's begin with the south end of Downtown at the Ellicott Square Building at 295 Main St. Inside the main lobby is a unique and trendy boutique store for the ladies called, Sarah Danielle. Always stocked with the latest styles, trends and accessories. Also inside this beautiful old building is the Diamond Cutters of Western New York, located on the 2nd floor, accessible from the main lobby. Perfect place to get a gift for someone special or to treat yourself. Also the place to get something touched up, re-vamped or re-sized.
Let's move north along Main St. to the Main Place Mall. Yes, it's not on the radar, but retail still exists inside with such big names as Foot Locker, Kid's Footlocker, Payless, GNC, Rainbow Kids, as well as local retailers such as Steppin' Shoes- ladies apparel, shoes, boots and men's hats and more. For locally made treats, check out Barkers Chocolates. Then for the Buffalo theme gifts and other unique gifts, The Gift Loft is a must! Across the street from Main Place is the Buffalo Flagship location for Rainbow - the latest styles for you ladies at the most reasonable prices. Two doors down heading towards Lafayette Square is New Generations Jewerly- watches, rings, necklaces and more for men and women. Speaking of jewelry, take a step inside the same building these retailers are located in, The Brisbane Building. Catch the elevator in the lobby to the 3rd. Floor where you'll find Behringer Diamonds. Behringer's specializes in diamonds, rings and jewelry repair.
Around the corner in the same building you see, EmbroidMe. Need something printed onto a shirt?, a bag? or other? This is the place. Two doors down is Edible Arrangements, may not be your typical retailer, but a chocolate covered fruit gift basket will work for me.
Now let's step into the Hotel @ The Lafayette where we have three special retail choices: Room2 located next to the Washington St. entrance offers home décor accessories such as scented candles, pillows, Buffalo theme objects and more. On the Washington/Clinton St. corner is the biggest store here, Woyshner's Flower Shop - This isn't just a flower shop. Woyshner's also carries locally made chocolates, hand made jewelry, house wear, books on Buffalo and more unique gift ideas. Let's go to the Clinton St. entrance for a one of kind ladies boutique, anatomy. This ladies retailer offers made to design dresses for all occasions from weddings, proms, balls, to even a special party and cocktail dress. Dresses and accessories are in store waiting for you.
A few blocks east at 198 Oak St. we have Western New York's only full-service scooter dealer and shop, Buffalo Scooter Company - not just cool scooters here, this place also carries stylish jackets, sun glasses, helmets, hand bags and more!
Around the corner at 141 Broadway, more chocolate for you sweet tooth fans, Choco Logo Confectionary Design- custom made treats such as logos on chocolate. See how it's made and take home a few treats all in one visit.
Now let's head back over to Main St. near Lafayette Square. Turn right heading north and we have Main Jewelers, located at 440 Main St. Jewelry for the men and women for any occasion.
One block north we have the ever changing 500 block of Main St. Still a lot of work taking place, but one unique spot currently available is located right above a cool art gallery inside the 515 Main St. Studio on the 2nd. floor called, MAIN (ST) UDIOS Gift Shop - this shop offers locally made greeting cards, soaps, clothing, home décor and more. Across the street we have the Hyatt Regency Hotel, yes even inside a hotel we have unique offering open to not just travelers. A small gift shop off the main lobby offers cool Buffalo and Niagara Falls souvenirs, and facing Main St. is Spa Alexis - pamper yourself and take home a few home pampering products afterwards.
Around the corner at 468 Washington St. corner of Mohawk St. we have another unique gift shop and a creative place to check out, Western New York Book Arts Center - not only is this the only place in WNY to take a class in book binding and learn old school printing techniques, but it's gift shop offers one of kind locally themed gift cards, prints and more.
Speaking of books, let's head one block north over one of the country’s largest antiquarian bookstores, Old Editions Book Shop, located at 74 E. Huron St. corner of Oak St. Find anything from historical Buffalo publications to vintage movie magazines to newer books all under one roof.
Now let's get back on Main St. and into the new Theatre District. I say 'new' because, well have you seen the construction lately on this block lately? ....Any who, let's begin in one of the country's oldest mini malls, the Market Arcade located at 617 Main St. Here we have a few choices, all local. For starters we have the Buffalo Niagara Visitor Center - the official visitor's center in Buffalo with brochures, a changing art gallery, unique mini theater with rotating short films all about Western New York and of course Buffalo theme clothing for all ages, holiday decorations such as Buffalo ornaments, and so much more. Across the lobby we have Queen City Gallery - a changing art gallery catering to the Buffalo area with prints for sale. From vintage to new Buffalo available at all times, a must see! For the female shoppers, we have two choices here for you, J. Christian Fashion Boutique - a wide selection of the latest styles for any occasion and accessories to go with them. And, Sasmita Batik Indonesia - clothing, accessories and unique gifts from Indonesia. This unique boutique also carries items for men such as scarfs and shirts.
Few doors north of the Market Arcade we have Midway Jewelers located at 659 Main St. This place has been around for years and still carries the best quality service for men and women with stylish watches, earrings, rings and more. Next door we have a store for anyone of any age, Althea's 2nd. Time Around Boutique - from vintage to new clothing, shoes, baby wear, furniture and more all under one roof.
Across the street we have, Tent City at 674 Main St. Everything from name brand designers such as Timberland, Nike, Columbia and more, shoes, boots, jackets, work gear and more. A great place to check out for warm attire.
Heading north to the 700 block of Main St. we have City Wine Merchant - 715 Main St. at Tupper. Locally independent wine shop with a wide selection to chose from. Up the block we have one of the most unique stores, D.C Theatricks, located at 747 Main St. This places carries everything from costumes of any character that one can think of to costume jewelry, wigs and accessories that one can use all year long, not just for Halloween.
Let's turn right onto Tupper St. and we have Lincoln Coin & Stamp Co. at 33 W.Tupper St. If your a collector of coins and or stamps, this is the place for you! Let's go Delaware Ave. and turn left heading south. To our right we have David Tiftickjian & Sons, located at 300 Delaware Ave. The only Oriental rug store in downtown Buffalo.
And last but not least on our downtown shopping 101 guide, we have the New Era Flagship Store at 160 Delaware Ave. Home of the official New Era Cap. Not just fitted hats here with your favorite sports team on them, they also carry other stylish hats, bags and more!
So, next time your looking for new and unique places to shop, happen to be downtown and wonder where to go or thought their was'nt much offered downtown, then consider all the choices given in this post. Downtown really does have a lot of shopping options and it will only grow.