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Five stops on Grant Street will give you a good start on your holiday shopping

There’s a section of Grant Street that can accommodate all your holiday shopping needs. To start your shopping trip, head to Guercio and Sons (250 Grant Street) Guercio’s is a small, locally owned grocery store that packs in a lot of Old World charm. Peruse the aisles and you’ll find quite the selection of produce, dry goods, vinegars and oils, spices and sauces, and fragrant coffee beans.

A few doors down is West Side Bazaar (242 Grant Street, but moving soon to 25 Grant Street). West Side Bazaar is packed full of art, handmade goods, jewelry, and accessories crafted by artisans from Peru, Liberia, Rwanda, Sudan, Burma, Indonesia, Nepal, and Buffalo’s West Side.

Hungry? Stop in at Sweetness_7, at the corner of Grant and Lafayette (212 Grant Street). Sweetness_7 specializes in fair trade coffee and teas with fresh food made to order. They have a small brunch and sandwich menu that will satisfy the hungriest shopper.

A few storefronts down from Sweetness_7 is Global Village (216 Grant Street). Global village owned and operated by Louise Sano, a founding member of West Side Bazaar. The walls are filled with clothing, home decor, colorful jewelry, and accessories from around the world. The shop may be small but is gorgeous, with high tin ceilings and natural light that pours in the windows.

Don’t forget to check out Westside Stories across the street from Global Village. Westside Stories (205 Grant Street) is a cozy used book store that offers a selection of contemporary and classic books. The store also has a children’s corner full of picture books, primarily for the wee ones under eight years old. These five shops, all within a block of each other, offer gifts for every person on your list.

Pictured right, top: West Side Bazaar; middle: Sweetness_7; bottom: Guercio's.

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