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Make a Holiday Impression: Shop Small, Gift Big, Buy Local

by Lauren Humphrey

With the first snowfall under our belts, we’re all starting to create our holiday shopping lists.  There’s so many wonderful shops in Genesee County, we hope you’ll take a look at our gift-giving suggestions and shop-small this season.











This is just a sampling of some of our great retailers in Genesee County!  For a more complete list, please visit the 'Where to Shopsection of our website. 

For the Fashion Forward:

Batavia Bootery: Upon your visit to the Batavia Bootery, they will professionally measure your feet for the perfect fit in one of their premium footwear brands which include, Merrill, Clarks, Keen, Johnston & Murphy, Naot, Vionic, Chippewa, Carolina, Danner and many more. From dress to casual to winter boots this shop is a mecca for shoe-lovers!

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.

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!

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“Treat-Yo-Self’ers”:

Rest & Revive Float Center: New to the area; Float Therapy is a powerful, natural, and relaxing wellness practice used to relieve stress, manage pain & muscle recovery, to improve sleep quality, and mental clarity. A float tank is filled with purified water and saturated with 1000 pounds of medical grade Epsom Salt which allows for flotation. The tanks and rooms are sensory-managed – guests can choose to keep the lights on or off, and listen to music or relish in silence, as they drift into a sense of comfort and stillness. Gift certificates can be purchased and used towards float sessions or retail merchandise.

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 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.

For the “Crafty Characters”:

Art ah la Carte: Art Ah La Carte is a teaching studio and art gallery committed to learning in an entertaining environment for all ages. The studio specializes in a variety of art mediums to explore methods in acrylics, chalks, pastels, oil and watercolor paints. Give the gift of a group or individual art lesson or paint party!

Craft Supplies Unlimited: Stop 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.

The Art of Mandy: The 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!

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!

Roxy’s Music Store: Roxy’s Music Store in Batavia, NY has been serving Western New York musicians for over 80 years. What is now a full-size music store began as an accordion studio in 1934. In the current 15,000 sq. ft. location, Roxy’s supplies quality instruments, musical repairs, lessons, and service at competitive prices. Stop in to check it out and maybe grab a Ukulele for the budding musicians in your life.

For the Handcrafted Connoisseurs:

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!

Country Cottage: On 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).

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!

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!

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:

Black Creek Cidery: Black 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!

Mr. Wine & Liquor: Check out Batavia, NY’s largest Wine and Spirits shop that offers top brands, year-round tastings, price-matching, and specials.

The YNGodess Shop: The staff at The YNGodess Shop will make you feel right at home as you step into the Downtown Batavia shop for all your holiday wine and cocktail needs. Enjoy a sampling while you shop, and then have your selections gift wrapped before you go.

For the History Buffs:

Holland Land Office Museum Gift Shop: Not only great for a tour, the Holland Land Office also houses a gift shop full of books and souvenirs from the county’s past.

JELL-O Gallery Gift Shop: Looking for a classic JELL-O mold? Or maybe some JELL-O pajamas?  From ordinary to quirky, the JELL-O Gallery gift shop has something for everyone.  Stop into our Visitor Center before heading out for a BOGO T-shirt coupon!

Happy shopping!

Winter in Downtown Batavia ©Mark Gutman
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