A trip down the Elmwood strip is well-worth it – especially as more and more new shops open up – whether you’re grabbing a last minute outfit or planning a full wardrobe makeover. Shopping local supports our local businesses, and it’s a great way to find brands you won’t see anyplace else (AKA the mall). Here’s a list of must-visit clothing, gift, and home shops in the Elmwood Village neighborhood according to Step Out Buffalo.
If your dream closet is colorful, trendy, and chic, you’ll love this girly boutique. Blush opened its first location on Elmwood three years ago, and now has shops in Williamsville and Orchard Park. From cute rompers and beautiful dresses to comfy sweaters, blanket scarves, and winter jackets, fashionistas can refresh their wardrobe every season or find just the right outfit for a specific occasion. There’s no shortage of trendy accessories here either. If you need a statement piece or you’ve been searching for the Aussie-favorite Quay sunnies or Giving Key necklaces, this is the shop to hit.
Address: 1005 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo
Phone: (716) 768-0110
Hours: Sunday & Monday: 12 p.m.- 4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday: 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Quality comes first at Village Designs, and it sure shows. The owner shops for lifetime brands that she would love to have in her closet too. Casual, but feminine pieces fill the shop offering something for teens and women alike. With new lines always coming in, you can find a new outfit for work, school, a date, a night out, and just about any other occasion. The shop has welcomed many celebrity-approved brands, including Black Orchid Denim, Junk Food, Suburban Riot, Knot Sisters, MinkPink, Michael Stars, and Michael Lauren.
Address: 448 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo
Phone: (716) 881-7800
Hours: Sunday: 12 p.m.-4 p.m.; Monday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday-Friday: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Head Over Heels In Love With Shoes
Don’t be fooled by this shop’s name! While they have plenty of affordable and cute booties, tall boots, flats, wedges, heels, and sandals, there’s much more to see at Head Over Heels. If you love to accessorize with statement pieces, you’ll adore the necklace and earring sets they have for just $20. If cute and casual is more your style, their graphic tees and tanks with clever sayings may be just what you’re looking for. With not much over $50 in this shop, Head Over Heels has affordability covered.
Address: 754 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo
Phone: (716) 424-0846
Hours: Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Monday: 11 a.m.- 6 p.m; Tuesday & Wednesday: 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.; Thursday & Friday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.;
Her Story offers a true one-of-a-kind shopping experience. Created with a very special message in mind, Her Story focuses on promoting wellness and empowering women. The lifestyle shop is run by a mother-daughter duo who share a passion for choosing lines that support and celebrate women. Her Story is filled with beauty, featuring romantic clothing, lacy bralets, jewelry collections, special gifts, as well as a fragrance blending bar where you can create your own signature scent.
Address: 779 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo
Phone: (716) 886-6457
Hours: Sunday: 12 p.m.-4 p.m.; Monday-Friday: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Half & Half Boutique
With new owners and a complete makeover, Half & Half is flaunting a whole new look. The Venice Beach vibe is welcoming, intriguing, and present throughout the now lifestyle store. With quite a range of styles for men and women, there’s a little something for every kind of shopper. With passionately-chosen brands like Bird Dog Bay, Scotch & Soda, Hippy Tree, and United By Blue, it’s safe to say originality is plentiful at Half & Half.
Address: 1088 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo
Phone: (716) 239-1652
Hours: Sunday: 12 p.m.-5 p.m.; Monday: Closed; Tuesday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Urban Leisure and Luxury
Oakley, Prada, D&G, Ray-Ban, Versace, and more! Urban Leisure and Luxury has the largest collection of sunglasses on the street. The store has a contemporary and casual feel, and with clothing brands like Buffalo Jeans, Lucy Love, Super Dry, and 7 Diamonds in stock, there’s pieces for both women and men to love at Urban.
Address: 736 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo
Phone: (716) 884-9145
Hours: Sunday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Monday & Tuesday: 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Wednesday & Thursday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday: 11 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Saturday: 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.
renew bath and body
If there’s one thing we can get on board with when it comes to shopping (other than going local whenever possible), it’s supporting those shops that make an effort to be more eco-friendly, and renew does just that. It’s also the perfect stop if you’re 1/looking for a local shop to help get your own pamper on, or 2/in need of gifts to pamper others. They’ve got everything from pure, natural eco~friendly bath and body products to facial moisturizers and exfoliants, baby balms and oils, and shaving and beard care products. Did we mention they have tons of stuff for men too?
Address: 927 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo
Phone: (716) 881-0177
Hours: Mon – Fri 11am – 7pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 12pm – 5pm
Second Chic is just the place to get your thrift on in the Elmwood Village. This women’s and men’s consignment shop has new unique items coming in everyday. You can find clothing, shoes, bags, and jewelry here for cheap. From classic staples to vintage finds, there’s something for everyone. The best part– when you consign with Second Chic, you free up your closet for new wardrobe pieces.
Address: 810 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo
Phone: (716) 882-8222
Hours: Sunday: 12 p.m.-5 p.m.; Monday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Independent designers bring exclusivity to Anna Grace. With garments from all over, as close as Buffalo to New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and even as far Australia, Anna Grace brings plenty to the local women’s contemporary clothing and jewelry market. Quality always comes before quantity at this boutique, with as few as four garments per style being stocked at a time. The majority of the jewelry is handmade or fair trade, and right now they even have a Vegan handbag line available called Matt & Nat.
Address: 799 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo
Phone: (716) 332-7069
Hours: Sunday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Monday-Wednesday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thursday & Friday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Ro is home to a curated collection of beautiful furniture, housewares, contemporary artwork, home goods, and more. Functional and exceptional reclaimed furniture is featured throughout the shop custom-built by local artisans. You can find dining tables, coffee tables, desks, lounge chairs, benches, desks, and other furniture that is truly one-of-a-kind. The shop also has all the specialty items needed to make your house or apartment feel like a home.
Address: 732 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo
Phone: (716) 240-9387
Hours: Sunday: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Monday: Closed; Tuesday & Wednesday: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thursday & Friday: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fern + Arrow
With birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, and holidays there’s many gifts to be given. A personal gift is a meaningful one, and at this contemporary gift and lifestyle shop that’s exactly what you find. Fern + Arrow has a collection you won’t see anywhere else. There’s variety, with items like humorous greeting cards, colorful day planners, bar games, mason jar cocktail shakers, witty coffee mugs, handmade jewelry, men and women’s apparel, and much more. Whether you’re gift shopping or treating yourself, you’re sure to find something out-of-the ordinary in this shop.
Address: 773 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo
Phone: (716) 882-5858
Hours: Sunday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Monday-Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Thursday & Friday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.