Shopping

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When it’s time to shop, it’s time to get down to business and get moving. Before you head out on a Buffalo bargain-hunting adventure, it’s best you have a shopping list to guide you to the best of the best.

Elmwood Village – This ultra-chic neighborhood should be first on your hit list. First things first, you need a jolt of caffeine to give you the morning kick-start you need to make it through the day. Fuel up at Spot Coffee before you head to some local favorites like ShoeFly, Urban and Penzey’s Spices.

Walden Galleria – No shopping trip to Buffalo is complete without a visit to the largest mall in the area. Whether you’re stocking up on back-to-school duds for the kids at Aeropostale, looking for the perfect dress to wear to all of those summer weddings at Macy’s or want to splurge a bit on that purse you’ve been eyeing for months at Michael Kors, you’ve come to the right place.  Your wardrobe will thank you.

Fashion Outlets – For the true bargain-hunters out there, outlet shopping is the only way to shop. Fifty new stores were added recently which now brings the grand total of stores to 200!  Forever 21, The Limited Outlet, Coach Outlet, Banana Republic Outlet, Calvin Klein Outlet, LOFT Outlet…need I go on?

Hertel Avenue – Some of our favorite boutiques can be found on Hertel Avenue. Modern Nostalgia, Blue Collar Buffalo and Moda Vintage top the list but most certainly don’t end it. Time your trip accordingly around lunch or dinner so you can give the wood-fried pizzas at La Tavola or the impressive beer list at Public House a whirl.

East Aurora – Have an afternoon to spare? Head south of all of the aforementioned malls and neighborhoods… destination: the village of East Aurora. You can shop for handmade artisan goods at the Roycroft Campus Copper Shop Gallery, the latest in women’s fashion at Ooo La La or a walk through the past at Vidler’s 5 & 10. Popcorn for a nickel, anyone?

At the end of the day your wallet should be lighter but your smile will be wider. Happy shopping!

– Erin Habes