This company was started in 1920 by Ehrhardt Koch in Buffalo, NY and named New Era Cap Company in 1922. In the 1930's they got into the sports cap business and by the 1940's were providing caps to a variety of sports teams. In the 1950's they were the only independent supplier to professional teams. By the 1990's they had the first exclusive license with Major League Baseball. They are the largest growing headwear manufacturer in the United States, and the store in Buffalo, which is one of their flagship stores, has a huge selection of caps. They also have stores in New York City, Atlanta, Toronto, and London. -Christine A. Smyczynski
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.
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
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).
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.
This popular candy shop and ice cream parlor, which has the largest selection of locally-made chocolates in western New York, was established by Joseph Boyd Oliver in 1932. Mr. Oliver started out by selling peanuts door to door and alter crated his signature cashew glaze. The shop carries over 350 varieties of candy, including a regional favorite: sponge candy. Non-chocolate specialties include maple candy, popcorn, jelly beans and lots of varieties of nuts. The ice cream parlor in the back of the shop is open year-round. Gift baskets are available. - Christine A. 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.
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 the 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
Since its founding in 1925 by the late Pitt and Elizabeth Petri, this family-owned and operated high-end gift shop has been the place for Buffalonians to buy gifts for all special occasions. Buffalo Spree Magazine has rated the store as one of the best places in the city to buy that special gift. Merchandise includes art, home décor, Buffalo-themed items, baby and children's gifts, china , crystal, picture frames, kitchenware, Vera Bradley and more. The majority of items are sold through their extensive and impressive bridal registry. - Christine A. Smyczynski
This locally-owned, independent bookstore is located in an 1874 Victorian-era home that was once the residence of John H. Yates, a famous Batavia poet and writer. Every nook and cranny of this home is filled will a large selection of fiction and non-fiction books; there is also a children’s section. Upstairs “Past Tense” features a collection of used books. Shop-owner Erica Caldwell also has some non-book items for sale, including gourmet coffees and teas, quilts, and unique gift items. Other services include special orders, out-of-print book search, gift cards and a frequent reader discount. There is complimentary gift wrap and free wireless internet. - Christine A. Smyczynski
This small, independent cheese factory and retail operation was originally established by Leo Kutter, a German immigrant in Cowlesville, NY in 1923. The operations were later moved to Corfu in 1947. This business offers homemade as well as imported cheeses for sale. Some of the cheeses include cheddar, muenster, colby, edam, gouda and havarti. They also have a selection of cheese curds, dips and cottage cheese. Since 1997 they have been partnered with hunt county Vineyards (located in New York’s Finger lakes region), so you can sample some wine with your cheese and purchase wines to bring home. They are also partners with Yancy’s Fancy, which is noted for artisan cheese items. - Christine A. Smyczynski