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Elmwood Ave. Shopping Guide

Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Albright-Knox Art Gallery Gift Store 1285 Elmwood Avenue Buffalo, New York 14222 (716) 882-8700 •

It’s always nice to support one of our cultural institutions while resolving your gift-giving list. AKAG gift shop has great books, postcards, art puzzles, Tote bags, magnetic note pads, sketchbooks, hats, umbrellas, etc., etc. Custom made, high quality prints of select works from the Gallery collection are also available.

Burchfield-Penney Art Center Gift Shop 1300 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 (716) 878-6011 •

Another terrific cultural institution and with a well defined mission: “the only museum exclusively dedicated to the art and artists of Western New York – including famed American watercolorist Charles E. Burchfield.” The shop has a collection of silk art scarves, pins, umbrellas, books, ties, coasters, teeshirts, watercolor paint sets, journals, boxes and lots more. Reprints of museum works available, too.

Buffalo History Museum 1 Museum Ct. Buffalo, NY 14216 (716) 873-9644

The Museum Shop offers quality items related to the history of Western New York. You’ll find lovely postcards, posters, children’s books, and a wide selection of publications about Buffalo architecture, ethnic heritage, genealogy, the Arts & Crafts movement, and Frank Lloyd Wright. All purchases help support the museum.

Filigrees Gallery & Boutique 1121 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 (716) 400-3144 •

Filigrees is a boutique featuring items made by local artists (including Mark Freeland) original paintings, drawings, and sculpture as well as prints. Also a variety of customized, upcycled, handmade dresses, skirts, pants, tees jackets and more. Customized hula hoops, jewelry, lamps, etc.

Allentown Music (Elmwood)

Allentown Music 1113 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 (716) 883-2341 •

This is a favorite stop for supporters of locally owned businesses who are looking for any music related gift items. Allentown Music buys, sells and trades musical instruments and accessories.

The store has a large selection of new and used guitars, drums, amps, violins, ukuleles, keyboards, saxophones, trumpets, flutes, clarinets, harmonicas, music books, strings, effects pedals and more.

You might also think about lessons as a gift, a service offered by highly qualified instructors.

Half & Half Trading Company 1088 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 (716) 881-4147

Half & Half Trading Company is a longstanding pillar of the Elmwood Village. The shop carries all types of women’s clothing & jewelry, along with great gift items and fun knickknacks! They promise “new, fuzzy, cozy, dressy, comfortable and stylish inventory for the holidays.”

Poster Art

Poster Art 1055 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 (716) 883-3034 •

You could easily spend hours browsing through an enormous selection of beautiful posters. Plus there is probably the largest selection of Buffalo and WNY related items you’ll find anywhere, clothing, puzzles, original art, postcards, and more.

Animal Outfitters 986 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 (716) 884-2420

This is a specialty store for cats and dogs carrying premium foods and treats, toys, collars and leashes, feeding bowls, coats and sweaters, and gift items for pets and the people who love pets.

Talking Leaves (Elmwood)

Talking Leaves Books 951 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 (716) 884-9524 •

A staple of the Elmwood Village, Talking Leaves is a wonderful, locally owned independent bookstore with a great selection of books and other gifts. Their knowledgeable staff will be more than happy to advise you on any book or category of books you might be interested in. We can’t say enough about this jewel of a store, but Talking Leaves is a perfect example of what makes Buffalo unique.

Renew Bath & Body 927 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 (716) 881-0177 •

Here you’ll find everything from soaps, bath soaking salts, lotions and skin care, all made from natural products. Sampling station available, too.

Hardcore Tattoo 902 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 (716) 885-8282 • Check on FaceBook

If a tattoo is what you have in mind as a gift for a loved one or for yourself, you can’t go wrong with Hardcore. These guys have been at it a long time. You can walk in or see examples or look on their Facebook page.

D’Avolio Olive Oils 830 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, MY 14222 (716) 783-9977

Premium oils and vinegars and a selection of gourmet foods & spices, and bath and body soaps, lotions, balms etc.

Lexington Coop 807 Elmwood Ave Buffalo, NY 14222 (716) 886- 2667

Normally we wouldn’t think of including a grocery store in a gift guide, however, the Lexington Food Coop is more than a grocery store. It’s a way of life. Introduce someone to the Lexington Food Coop and you may be sending them on the road to healthy living. A champion of locally owned business and locally sourced food, the store gets fresh produce daily with much coming from nearby farms. Vitamins, herbs, bulk grains, health products and yummy fresh foods prepared daily. If nothing else, take a break from your gift shopping and stop in here for something to bring home to your kitchen.

Shoefly 801 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 (716) 886-3595 •

“You need boots. We have boots.” Notice that “You need boots” is not a question! Shoefly offers a broad collection of unique shoes and accessories for men and women. You’ll find styles and brands not found elsewhere in Buffalo, like Poetic Licence, Seychelles, Miz Mooz, Blowfish, Toms and many others.

Anna Grace

Anna Grace 799 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 (716) 332-7069 •

Anna Grace is a boutique in the heart of the Elmwood Village carrying a range in contemporary women’s clothing and accessories from small independent designers to larger established brands. Owner, Joanne Dina, carefully selects the inventory to create a feminine yet effortless style.

Second Chic 810 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 (716) 882-8222 •

This a quality consignment store that sells new & recycled fashion for women and men in the WNY area. Clothing, shoes, purses and jewelry in the a boutique setting. Very cool merch found here!

Annie Adams 810 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 (716) 887-2929

Hand made jewelry, necklaces, charms, key chains, earrings, bracelets and more. Everything has that wonderful one-of-a-kind handmade look and feel.

Abrahams Jewelers

Abrahams Jewlers 798 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 (716) 217-2270 •

Traditional and and unusual jewelry pieces as well as watches. Abrahams specializes in working with you to create a custom designed piece that fits your style, needs and price range. They also do full service repairs and purchase jewelry, too.

Presence Unique Clothing & Jewelry 795 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 (716) 881-2483 •

Presence carries a wide selection of really fine and unique women’s dresses, blouses, sweaters, handcrafted jewelry, and lots of accessories. The styles range from trendy to classic. Lovely store.

Penzey’s Spices 783 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 (716) 887-9777 •

If you’re planning on being in the kitchen this holiday season you definitely want to stop into Penzeys Spices. You’ll find spices for baking, chili, grilling, curries, tacos, middle eastern dishes, just about anything you can dream up. Nice gift boxes available, as well as cool accessories like mills, shakers, mugs and empty spice jars.

Her Story Boutique 779 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 (716) 886-6457 •

This is all about you girl. Perfumes, aroma therapy fragrance oils, organic skin care products, clothing, lingerie and women’s accessories. Sit at the Jewelry Bar and create your own custom designed piece of jewelry with one of their local artists. Let that become your story.

Positively Main St. 773 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 (716) 882-5858

This gift shops seems like it’s been on Elmwood Avenue since Teddy Roosevelt was inaugurated. Nevertheless, this is the place to go when your mind is at a dead end for gift ideas. Whether it’s a cool card, scarf, jewelry, china, or some humorous oddity, year after year they consistently come up with cool gifts that solve your gift-giving puzzle.

Artisan Hands 754 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 (716) 225-7117 •

Artisan Hands carries a collection of products from over 130 artisan groups in Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. They also feature many local artists and products made from found items in Lake Erie and its beaches. You’ll find pottery teapots, Phoenician glass, art glassware, color infusion glass, oils, vinegar, chocolates, jewelry and accessories.

Fowler’s Chocolates 746 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 (716) 885-2183 •

We’ve got two words for you: Sponge Candy. The best sponge candy. Of course, you’ll also find all the other goodies like chocolate truffles, pecan clusters, butter crunch, pretzels, caramels, mixed gift boxes and soon.

Campus Wheelworks 744 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 (716) 881-3613 •

This store will be a welcome find to you whether your a casual biker, a competitive racer or just someone who likes to buy every doohickey invented for bicycling. Staffed with an Extremely knowledgeable crew who are bike enthusiasts themselves, the store carries a wide variety of models from Jamis and Surly, as well as a great line bike accessories and techno gear. They also also carry Alpine skis and cross country skis and Atomic ski boots.

Everything Elmwood 740 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 (716) 883-0607 •

Very large store and a great place to search when you have no idea what you’re looking for. They carry jewelry, home decor, handbags, scarves, cards, too many things to list. Great gift wrapping!!

Watson’s Chocolates 738 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 (716) 875-1935 •

Only a few doors down from Fowler’s Chocolate this place also has the best sponge candy. How can that be? We just said Fowler’s had the best sponge candy. It’s like the David Letterman routine where he walked along Broadway and into three coffee shops that all have signs in the window “World’s Best Cup of Coffee.” Buffalo just has the World’s Best Sponge Candy... and more than one place makes it. Of course, they also have a wide variety of chocolate treats and several handsome boxes of chocolate in any size or assortment that will satisfy your need.

Urban Threads

Urban Threads 736 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 (716) 884-9145 •

Since it’s opening in the 1990s this store has always been in the unenviable position of being a trendsetter. Remarkably they’ve kept that reputation year after year because they have a keen sense of what’s cool and what’s not. You’ll find a smart selection of men’s and women’s leisure and luxury clothing and accessories. They’re also the area’s oldest shop for snowboard gear and tuning boards or skis.

Hand of Doom Tattoo 734 Elmwood Ave. Buffalo, N.Y. 14222 (716) 881-4424 •

Hand of Doom has some of the best tattoo artists around, Jon Mirro, Josh Schlageter, Chris Lombardi and others. They also have merch like hats and tee shirts.

Ro 732 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 (716) 240-9387 •

Ro offers a curated selection of reclaimed wood furniture, Scandinavian dishware, original artwork, and specialty home goods from innovative design firms. Ro also collaborates with local artisans to bring you home furnishings constructed from materials reclaimed within the Western New York region.

Thin Ice Gift Shop 719 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 (716) 881-4321 •

Thin Ice sells predominantly locally handcrafted jewelry, pottery, glass, metal, fiber and wood creations. Everything is handmade. You’ll find hand blown glass, leatherwork, lamps, candles, soaps and more.

Mother Nature 712 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 (716) 881-1575

If you’re shopping on Elmwood make yourself or someone you love happy. Stop in to Mother Nature and ask Bob to make you a beautiful flower arrangement. Great selection and bouquets made with artistry.

Elmwood Pet Supplies

Elmwood Pet Supplies 706 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 (716) 883-1377 •

Elmwood Pet has been around since the 1940′s and under its current ownership since the 80′s. They have a unique selection of quality Toys, Treats, Supplies, Supplements, Waste Bags, Beds, Collars and Leads. You don’t want to forget your loving pet during this season of gift giving. Your main squeeze might be pleased at your thoughtfulness if you get something for their pet, as well.

Get Dressed 576 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 (716) 462-7830 •

If your looking for great prices on quality designer suits by names like Calvin Klein (White Label), Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss and Zanetti then this is your store. Expect to consistently pay a much as 50% of normal prices found elsewhere.

Rumplestiltskins 571 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 (716) 883-4145

This is a fine children’s consignments and boutique store carrying both new and “gently loved” childen’s clothing. Also find Squeaky shoes, Kidorable Rain Gear, Tutu’s by Imagination Wear, handmade bows, knit caps, and baby blankets by local crafters

Inlight Art Glass 565 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 (716) 881-3564 •

Artisan Jules Deganis has Master Craftsman status, granting him use of the Roycrofts’ double “R” mark, incicative of the highest quality craftsmanship in the Roycroft Renaissance movement.

You’ll find beautiful Roycroft, Frank Lloyd Wright and Tiffany styled lamps and window panes. Custom commission work is also offered.


Neo 512 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 (716) 884-1119

The aesthetic tastes of the merchandise in this store is impeccable. You’ll find everything from candlesticks to scarves to beautiful blank books to jewelry to clever kitchen tools, unique home office items and some children’s things. The gift wrapping is outrageously creative and is often talked about as much as the gift itself.

Arum Jeweler

Arum Jewler 4878 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 (716) 886-1300 •

Aurum has a great selection of precious stones and metals and has been creating one-of-a-kind fine jewelry for nearly 50 years. They also have a wonderful selection of exceptional estate and antique jewelry.

Inspirational Point 483 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 (716) 883-8670

Well chosen selection of books, music incense, and “spiritually” related gifts and trinkets. As one reviewer posted “If we don’t support stores like this, the day will come when the oly place to buy books will be Amazon or Walmart.”

Pasteurized Tees 478 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 (716) 885-8337 •

Great shop for one-of-a-kind teeshirt designs or customizing a one of their house designs for yourself. Really cool Buffalo centric designs. Definitely worth a look.

Cloud 9 476 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 (716) 881-1100

Smokes, vapors, E-cigs, tobacco, cigars, hookahs, pipes, accessories and supplies.

Village Designs 448 Elmwood Avenue (716) 881-7800 •

Women’s clothing store featuring designs by brands like Black Orchid Denim, Rails, Heartloom and Bella Luxx and more. You’ll find accessories, as well, including jewelry, hats, scarves, clutches, etc.

Benjaman’s Art Gallery 419 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 (716) 886-0898 •

Benjaman’s has so much art you could camp out there for a week and still not see everything. You can find world renowned works by a Salvador Dali or by regional legends like Charles Burchfield or Tony Sisti. There’s a good healthy selection from local artists along with the art stars. Prices range $200-$300 to paintings well over $20,000

Love & Loyalty Tattoo 177 Elmwood Ave 716-885-0252 •

Don’t know a lot about Love & Loyalty tattoo other than the fact they are right next door to longtime Elmwood denizen CowPok. Perhaps some of CowPok’s good charma and rep will spill over.


CowPok 177 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14201 (716) 885-0252 •

What can we say about CowPok? They’ve won so many Artvoice Best of Buffalo awards they may hold the record. We remember when Paul Bierker opened the store in 1992 and was a regular visitor the first Artvoice office at 124 Elmwood (That’s now Elmwood Charter School and Paul sold the store in 2000). It’s still unquestionably the best place for high quality piercings and jewelry and the staff has always had a reputation as good fun loving folk. They have tattoo artists onboard now, too.

Vaporize Me 168 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14201 (716) 885-8273 •

Vaporize me has great prices on everything from electronic cigarettes, atomizers, premium e-cig juices, mechanical mods, batteries, chargers, cases and other electronic cigarette accessories.

Ziggy Starfish 125 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14201 (716) 886-1039 •

Unique, quality antique, retro and mid-century furniture and home furnishings. These people are on a mission to bring you furnishing of a well made quality you rarely find any longer. They’d love to keep you from making the mistake of buying mass produced furniture that will likely fall apart faster than a teenage marriage.

El Buen Amigo

El Beun Amigo 114 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14201 (716) 885-6343 •

You won’t find kinder person in Buffalo than Santiago who runs El Buen Amigo. They carry arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry, handbags, luggage, coffee and more that come directly from artisans and farmers in Latin America, the Caaribbean, and places like India and Nepal. . Their beautiful hand-crafted items that reflect unique cultural heritages are all Fair Trade items from craftspeople working for fair wages. This means peoples from developing countries earn a living income that allows them to sustain their families and communities.

Flight 104 102 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14201 (716) 882-1925

A little clothing boutique with a lot to offer! The owner Gail does much of the sewing and jewelry making herself. It’s a small cozy place that’s good spot to duck into for some thoughtful gift shopping.

Divine Machine Tattoo 82 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14201 (716) 883-1300 •

Divine Machine is a custom tattoo shop with several excellent artists. Stop in and look at samples of the work and you’re sure to find a style that fits you.

Faith in Ink 67 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14201

A clean and friendly environment, Faith in Ink offers tattoos and piercing. As with any tattoo studio, stop in and look at the work of the artists and see if it’s what you’re looking for.

Head Space Glass & Gifts 67 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14201 (716) 844-8907 •

Great selection of glass waterpipes, accessories and handmade artist glass pipes in some very cool designs.

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