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Hertel Avenue continues to boom, with shops and restaurants galore

Lately, brand new stores and second locations of established stores have been opening on Hertel Avenue in North Buffalo, also known as Buffalo’s Little Italy. Dotted with antique shops filled with curios, flower shops bustling with holiday orders, restaurants, cafes, and gift shops of all sorts, Hertel Avenue is a great place to spend a day holiday shopping.

Virgil Avenue Tobacconist
Terrapin Station
Johnny's Meats

And once everyone on your list is checked off, you can catch a film at the historic North Park Theater.

For the food connoisseur in your life, stop by Johnny’s Meats (1191 Hertel Avenue) to pick up some edible gifts such as homemade Italian sausage, imported cheeses and spices, and other imported Italian items. More tasty food, beverage, and kitchen gift items can be found at the Village Beer Merchant (1535 Hertel Avenue), which carries gourmet cheeses, crackers, meats, and specialty beers, as well as at Blue Hill Kitchen & Home (1374 Hertel Avenue), which is stocked with cookware, bakeware, kitchen tools, tabletop accessories, linens, holiday accessories, and more.

Pick up some gifts for your tobacco lover/smoke enthusiast at Terrapin Station (1172 Hertel Avenue) and the Virgil Avenue Tobacconist (6 Virgil Avenue). Terrapin Station carries aromatherapy items, clothing, jewelry, stickers, patches, magnets, smoke accoutrements, and more. The Virgil Avenue Tobacconist boasts the largest selection of premium cigars at the lowest prices in the Western New York and Southern Ontario area.

Room (1400 Hertel Avenue) and BABYroom (1376 Hertel Avenue) have all the hand-selected furnishings, accessories, art items, and home décor to bestow upon your favorite HGTV viewer. The Room store is also a 5,000-square-foot show room designed for perusing and leisurely browsing, unlike the manic hustle and bustle of a shopping mall. BABYroom features furniture, bedding, strollers, diaper bags, clothes, wall art, gift sets, toys, books, plush, and more for the newborn in your life.

Once you have shopped enough to work up an appetite, kill two birds with one stone and stop by Globe Market to Go (1416 Hertel Avenue), which is attached to Hertel News and Tobacco, where you can purchase gourmet and organic packaged food items such as cookies, drink mixes, jams, crackers, and more as edible gift items. The Hertel Globe Market has the same menu as the Elmwood location, featuring favorites such as the Cuban reuben, red-hot burrito, grilled brie and apple, and the caprese sandwich. They also have warm soup offerings for a chilly day.

If you’re looking for something with a bit more spice or dinner portions, stop by Taste of Thai (1460 Hertel Avenue) for heaping dishes, excellent lunch specials, and Thai food that hits all the right notes.

In addition to regular business hours, many of Hertel’s specialty boutiques will be open for extended hours for the 17th Annual Hertel Holiday Walk on Friday, December 7, 5-9pm and Saturday, December 8, noon-5pm. Participating shops include Chic & Sweet, Moda Vintage, Modern Nostalgia, Accentric, Michael Donnelly Interiors, Parker Pharmacy, Caramici’s Dessert Bar & Café, New Buffalo Graphics by Michael Margulis, and more.

Hertel is also taking part in Small Business Saturday on November 24. American Express is encouraging shoppers to “shop small” on the day in between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Last year, more than 100 million people participated by shopping in their communities. Learn more at

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