75 Inn Keepers Lane
Amherst, NY 14228
Phone: (716) 691-6510
Fax: (716) 691-3454
This family-owned Christian supply store has been in business since 1977. Items they carry include religion-themed books, including Bibles and inspirational books, Christian music and videos for both adults and children, like the popular Veggie Tales videos. They also carry church supplies, like candles and communion supplies. Life Resources also has a nice selection of cards for special occasions like first communion and confirmation, to everyday cards, like birthday cards or sympathy cards. They also have a great selection of gifts like photo albums, statues, jewelry, plaques for baptisms, first communion, confirmation, weddings and other special events. -Christine A. Smyczynski
Since it opened in the early 1990s, Paths, Peaks, and Paddles has grown to be one of New York State’s largest shops specializing in outdoor items. They like to refer to themselves as The Candy Store for Outdoor People. The friendly and helpful staff really knows their stuff and all of them are NYS licensed guides. Products they carry include backpacking equipment, tents, and sleeping bags, along with kayaks and canoes, and in the winter, snowshoes. In addition they offer a variety of lessons, like learning to snowshoe or kayak. They offer hiking and backpacking tours, along with canoeing and kayaking excursions. They also teach classes in wilderness first aid, CPR, how to use a GPS, and more. Something broken? They do repairs for canoes and kayaks, tents, sleeping bags and camp stoves. -Christine A. Smyczynski
Whether you're looking for sporting goods, home apparel, clothing or shoes, Boulevard Mall has it all. After a day of shopping, head to one of the many restaurants, including T.G.I Friday's and Johnny Rockets. Boulevard Mall also hosts events, such as sales.
This 1,400-square-foot deli and gift shop specializes in items imported from Eastern Europe, with many goods from Russia, Ukraine, Poland and Bulgaria. Many of the customers who frequent this shop are of direct European descent and find many foods here that they enjoyed in the "old country." You'll find chocolates and cookies, as well as coffees, teas, sodas and imported beers. They have a deli with fresh meats distributed by European companies, along with breads, cheeses, sausages and more. The owners, who are both of Ukrainian descent, travel to New York City about once a month to make purchases to restock the store. - Christine A. Smyczynski
This gourmet bakery, which was established in 1987, has several trained pastry chefs on staff and has won several awards at the Taste of Williamsville. Products include cakes, cheesecakes, pies, cookies, breakfast items, and more. Need a cake for a special occasion? They make them for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, showers, and holiday parties. Need a unique hostess gift? Get a basket or tray of cookies from Dessert Deli and you’ll be the hit of the party. Entertainment desserts, individual desserts, cupcakes, and brownies are also available. Their EOP (Easy on the Pocket) line of desserts keeps the budget-conscious indulger in line.Christine A. Smyczynski
One of two independently-owned stores under The Premier Group label and among the largest in New York State, this outlet, close to the Buffalo Zoological Gardens, was one of the first to offer fine wines and spirits at discount prices. The wine selection includes many from New York State and California, as well as hard to find labels from around the world. Throughout the year, the Premier Group offers "Party With The Philharmonic" evenings where customers enjoy cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and a Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
As the largest and oldest independent bookstore in western New York, Talking Leaves has catered to Buffalo and its academic community since 1971. They provide a large selection of local interest books and best-sellers, along with books concerning Native American interest, textbooks for the University students, and the most extensive selection of poetry in the United States. They house a helpful staff sure to make you feel at home, and the store also regularly schedules events with book authors.
This long-time fixture on Williamsville's Main Street carries more than 30,000 classic toys, like science and building kits, puzzles, books, sock monkeys and other educational toys. They also carry items for dress-up play, erector sets and Playmobile figures. Clayton's is one of the largest specialty toy stores in the area and they carry many items you won't find in the big-box stores. If you are buying a gift for your favorite child, they offer free gift wrapping. Moreover, the shops knowledgeable staff can help you select the perfect gift for the special child in your life. - Christine A. Smyczynski
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!
Home to the only urban winery in New York State, this wine shop and tasting room specializes in carrying New York State wine, with hundreds of varieties in stock. Additionally, they make Dancing Buffalo Hard Cidre with locally grown apples, varying in dry, semi-dry, spiced and sparkling. Chateau also makes a sweet dessert apple ice wine, infamously known as their Glace de Ballet. The shop even carries locally concocted jams, jellies, sauces, maple syrup, chocolates, mustards and more, along with vintage glassware, art, gifts and accessories. You'll be tempted to arrange a private wine tasting party at this high-class shop. - Christine A. Smyczynski
This accessory shop carries trendy, yet inexpensive accessory items, including costume jewelry that they create and manufacture themselves. All items in the store are priced less than USD24. Along with the costume jewelry, they also carry scarves, watches, handbags, hats, wallets and belts. The jewelry is also displayed by color, making it easy to pick out just the right piece to compliment your outfit. There are five locations of this shop throughout the Northeast. Moreover, this is a great spot to get gift items for the special people in your life or pick up something special for yourself. - Christine A. Smyczynski
Anyone who is searching for a gift for that special Grateful Dead pal doesn't have to look any further than this shop in a quiet neighborhood in North Buffalo. From incense and oils to imported jewelry, from music to stickers, posters and clothing, it's all here, and at bargain prices. Named after a famous 1977 Grateful Dead album, the shop, located close to the Buffalo Zoological Gardens and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, has received favorable comparisons to similar Deadhead shrines in San Francisco and Amsterdam.