A Holiday Shopping Adventure: Shop Small This Season
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A Holiday Shopping Adventure: Shop Small This Season

by Lauren Humphrey

When the leaves start to show their vibrant fall colors, and the air has a chill, you know the holiday season is right around the corner! If your visit to the area happens to overlap with the holidays, you can find a gift for everyone on your list in the small shops on our quaint Main Streets. From handmade art and artisan vinegars to toys without batteries, holiday shopping is a breeze when you visit Genesee County. 

For the Style-Savvy:

The Divine Tree: This quaint shop in Le Roy, NY doesn’t only carry a variety of gourmet food items -- they also have great collections of jewelry, scarves, and bags with brands that include, Good Works Jewelry, Ginger Snaps Jewelry, Chavez for Charity, Bella Ryan Jewelry, as well as many other unique bath and gift items!

Lambert’s Jewelers: From certified diamonds, custom engagement rings, and watches to jewelry for special occasions, Lambert’s pride themselves in finding or creating the perfect holiday gift.


Label Shopper: Looking for designer brands, without the designer brand price-tag? At label shopper, you'll find the lowest possible price on all of your favorites. You're sure to find the perfect gift for your 'in Vouge' friend!


Valle Jewelers: Since 1951 the Valle family has been dedicated to offering products and services that are of high quality. From custom creations to familiar brands like Alex & Ani and Stia, Valle’s is sure to have something for that special someone on your list.

For the “Crafty Characters”:


The Art of MandyThe Art of Mandy offers weekly classes for adults and children ages 2 and up using all creative materials, paint parties and other private events! There is no experience needed to take an art class! Grab a gift card for a loved one or plan a paint party for all of your friends and family!


Craft Supplies UnlimitedStop into this local craft shop for all of your brush, paint, and craft supply gifting needs!


Karen’s Yarn Paper Scissors: If yarn is your preferred method of crafting, Karen’s is the perfect place for you. Stocked with yarn beyond any knitter’s wildest dreams, Karen’s hosts how-to classes for crocheting, as well as wreathes, painting and more.

For the Kids & Kids at Heart:


Adam Miller Toy & Bicycle: Since 1918, Adam Miller Toy & Bicycle has specialized in bicycle sales, repair, and complete bicycle restorations; you'll also find model cars, Slinkys, stuffed animals, puzzles, and more! Grab stocking stuffers, a shiny new bike, or a game to play with the family during your holiday gathering.

Foxprowl Collectibles: Comic book and pop-culture lovers, unite! Foxprowl Collectibles features hundreds of action-figures, comics, and other collectable items from the 1960's, 70's, 80's, 90's & current. Grab a gift for all of the superhero, Dr. Who, and Indiana Jones fanatics on your list!

For the Handcrafted Connoisseurs:


Country CottageOn five acres off Harper Road, not far from Route 20 in Darien Center, lies an enchanting wonderland chock-full of unique gifts and handmade decorative items.

Kutter’s Cheese Factory: Since 1923 Kutter's Cheese has stood for cheese of the highest quality and superb taste! For the cheese lovers on your list, shop in person in Corfu, NY or online (to guarantee order for Christmas, all order must be in by December 13, 2019).

Northwoods Alpaca Winter Wear: Give the gift of warmth this holiday season! Shop sweaters, socks, hats, gloves, and yarns made from soft and luxurious alpaca fleece at Northwoods Alpaca’s in Bergen, NY. Alpaca fiber is similar to sheep wool, but lighter in weight, stronger, silkier to the touch, and warmer. The shop is open on Saturdays and Sundays or you can shop online!

Norton’s Chizzelwood: Custom woodworking and design, Amish furniture & products, Primitive crafts and gifts. Custom woodworking and design, Amish furniture & products, Primitive crafts and gifts. Anything big or small, Norton's can create it and make it beautiful!

Oliver’s Candies: The award-winning Oliver’s Candies has been a Genesee County institution for generations. Stop by year-round to try some of their locally famous sponge candy or their celebrated glazed cashews or hostess squares! This sweet-smelling, fine quality candy shop is filled with all kinds of tasty treats and custom gifts including chocolate! All of their creations are hand-made. Online ordering is also available and orders $50+ will receive free shipping!

One World Projects: Looking for a truly one-of-a-kind gift? Check out this wholesale center in Batavia, NY (open for shopping Monday through Friday) that imports jewelry, clothing, handbags, house wares, fashion accessories, toys, and other gifts from artisans in 25 developing countries across Latin America, Asia, and Africa. All items are handmade using sustainable methods and materials and fair trade imported, which means artisans are paid a fair and living wage for their work. Since 1992, the ‘One World Projects’ network has grown to include more than 11,000 artisans from different parts of the world.

For the Libation Lovers:


Autumn Moon Farm Winery: Offering a variety of specialty blends "sure to make your taste buds dance" Autumn Moon also specializes in personalized wine labels for any occasion or event. Check out their tasting room and gift shop, open Saturdays & Sundays.

Black Creek CideryBlack Creek Cidery, located in Byron, NY, produces hard cider with a blend of locally sourced apples, and pressed and processed within the region, Black Creek Cidery has made the commitment to presenting you with a true “tree to glass” experience. Using their grandfather’s recipe, along with being crafted in a time-honored slow, cold-aged wood barrel process has created a classic hard cider with a smooth finish. You can find the cider at The YNGodess Shop and Angotti Beverage in Batavia, NY.

Circle B Winery: Try a variety of fresh fruit wines such as apricot, peach, peach & honey, pear, pumpkin & spice, blueberry, spiced apple, and even tomato wine. What?! Hey, don't knock it 'til you try it! Set up a tasting, or grab a bottle from the Sweet Life Country Store in Elba, NY!

Be sure to also check out these locally owned and operated wine and spirits shops that offers top brands, tastings & specials, and great customer service: Liberty's Liquor Cabinet, Mr. Wine & Liquor, West Main Wine & Spirits, and The YNGodess Shop.

For the Self-Caring Souls:


Empire Hemp: Does that special someones wish-list include CBD products, but you aren't sure where to start? Stop in to Empire Hemp to explore the highest quality hemp products for your health, healing, and well-being. They utilize the finest ingredients available, from farmers they know and trust (all NY growers) to create effective hemp CBD topicals and hemp CBD oil. All of the products are handcrafted with care using both pesticide free and organic ingredients! No time to stop in? That's ok - they offer free shipping on all orders!

Self-Care Shop: This new boutique specializes in self-care items such as crystals, essential oils, natural makeup, jewelry, clothing, and more. Not sure what to get? Grab a gift card for one of the weekly events and workshops including yoga and guided meditation.

Spa on the AvenueSpa on the Avenue brings together local wellness professionals that will help you nurture yourself. Give the gift on self-care and grab a gift card for your loved one to make an appointment with one of their local partners to relax, renew and revitalize. Offering massages and facials.

The Spa at Artemis: Whether you want to gift a quick manicure or a full-day massage, the Spa at Artemis staff will create the perfect spa day. Step through the front doors of The Spa at Artemis and be transformed by their earth-tone hues, aromatherapy essential oils, and calming staff. The spa’s staff does their best to enhance the holistic experience you will receive at The Spa at Artemis and even offer coffee, tea, cucumber water, and wine to complement the experience.

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