Econo Lodge South
4344 Milestrip Rd.
Buffalo, NY 14219
Phone: (716) 825-7530
Fax: (716) 825-7981
This South Buffalo music store offers great products, great prices and great service without high-pressure sales tactics. No wonder it has maintained a loyal and ever-growing customer base and has been forced to expand thrice in two years. Aside from sales of musical instruments, amps, sound effects processors and multi-track recording systems, the store also offers in-house repairs on all products. For those hoping to expand their musical repertoire, the shop has one-on-one lessons for guitar, bass and drum.
For the sports card and memorabilia fan, this is the one store in Buffalo not to be missed. Located in the historic downtown Ellicott Square Building complex, the shop offers a myriad of collectibles: from current and hard-to-find sports cards to uniforms and other items that will make you the envy of your friends at the sports bar. As well, the shop has a full line of major league goodies: NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB mugs, caps, postcards, t-shirts, sweats, banners and pendants.
Playing out of Dunn Tire Park in downtown Buffalo, this triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians baseball team has proved a success in the field and at the box office. In recent years, the team often outdraws some major league outfits and has the distinction of the largest Opening Day crowd ever in the minor leagues (19,699).
With more than 60 stores located along Main street in the Buffalo Place area of the city, this mall is the only one in the downtown district. The mall, with MJ Carroll and Hit or Miss as anchors, has the advantage of being in the free fare zone for Metro Rail. It is also close to numerous downtown attractions and accommodations such as the Theater District and the Hyatt Regency.The mall also features public art exhibits from the CEPA Gallery.
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.
This unique store/gallery promotes printing and book-related art. They carry bookbinding supplies, paper for letter press printing and decorative art stationery that comes from all over the world. They also carry a selection of books, cards, and posters. Lectures and workshops about printmaking, papermaking, illustration, design, writing, and binding are also on offer. Participation in the International Edible Book Festival, which is held around April 1, is an annual event at this shop. Artists create an edible book that's judged on appearance as well as taste; one can literally eat their words! The April 1 date is not an April Fool's joke, it actually was chosen to commemorate the birthday of Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826), a French gastronome who wrote the book, Physiologie du Gout. -Christine A. Smyczynski
Explore three full floors of retail space at this bookshop located in a circa 1896 building in the heart of downtown. The shop, housed on 35,000 square feet of retail and warehouse space, overflows with a large selection of antique and rare books, collectible books, maps, autographs and engravings. It is one of the largest antique bookstores in upstate New York and, if by chance they don't have an item in stock, they will locate it for you. Since you will probably spend quite a bit of time here, stroll into the small café on the first floor before wandering through the aisles. - Christine A. Smyczynski
Vidler's, an old-fashioned five and dime store, is one of East Aurora's most beloved landmarks. You'll find it by looking for the red and white-striped awnings along the village's historic Main Street. The 15,000-square-foot store, located in four 1890s-era buildings, has original hardwood floors and brass cash registers. It was opened by Robert Vidler Sr. during the Great Depression in the 1930s and continues to be family-owned and operated. You can find pretty much anything here, including unique, hard-to-find items. Choose from old-fashioned penny candy, yarn fabric, craft supplies, house wares, books, toys, books, cards and much more. - Christine Smyczynski
When in Buffalo and in need of some brand-new Christian-themed literature, there is only one place to go. Located within the Buffalo Christian Center (home to the Forbes Theatre) in the city's historic Theater District, this bookstore offers religious and spiritual reading material. See website for complete visitor details.
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. - Christine A. Smyczynski
Upon entering Rust Belt Books, visitors immediately perceive that tell-tale odor of aged books and paper. With stacks-upon-stacks of books that feature every subject at ridiculous prices, this is everyone's favorite bookshop in the entire city. In addition to books, the store carries a ton of vintage magazines, manuscripts and other rare treasures like library catalog tables filled with anachronistic postcards, letters, etc. On occasions, Rust Belt hosts in-store performances and other events, so check website for more details.
Located close to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport and the Four Points Hotel Buffalo Airport, this state-of-the-art mall offers shopping with more than 200 upscale stores, restaurants, specialty boutiques, a food court and 12-screen movie house. The mall prides itself on its customer service and attention to detail in its cleanliness. Check website for complete list of stores.