Updated April, 2018
Downtown Buffalo is making a comeback, and businesses want to be a part of it. The rapidly changing weather around here is a completely legit excuse to spruce up your wardrobe and support local businesses while you’re at it. From the Buffalo Waterfront to the new-and-improved Theater District to artsy Allentown, there’s lots of local love to be shared. With that said, here are a few places we recommend checking out on your next shopping spree.
Reminder: Please make sure to double check shop hours on the stores’ Facebook or website before visiting as hours tend to change with seasons, holidays, etc. and may not be reflected here!
You may just recognize Chocolatier and founder of Whimsy Confections, Michele Ogden, from Food Network’s Cupcake Wars! She also doubles as an artist, and hand-paints each ganache filled Bonbon with a whimsical design. She’s got a sweet assortment of unique flavors to choose from, including coconut rum, Mexican hot chocolate, and matcha green tea. DIVINE. Not to mention, the the shop itself is absolutely adorable.
Phone: (716) 341-8831
Hours: Sunday: Closed; Monday-Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Much like their sister store, Her Story Boutique, the emphasis on wellness is evident in this shop. Sarah Danielle offers classic pieces that will always stay in style, so you can treat yourself to a shopping trip and feel good about it. Many of the jewelry pieces are handmade, some right here in Buffalo. From stunning quartz crystals to stackable Luca + Danni bracelets to cuff bangles, it’s very easy to find a gift for a special someone (or yourself) here.
Address: 295 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14203 (Inside Ellicott Square Building)
Phone: (716) 348-3822
Hours: Sunday: Closed; Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday: Closed
Something Blue by LeeAndi’s
A Buffalo wedding is a beautiful kind of wedding. With Something Blue, you can take a piece of Buffalo with you on your wedding day no matter where the ceremony is held. The bridal boutique features everything a bride-to-be needs from her own dress and accessories to bridesmaids dresses, mother of the bride/groom dresses, and flower girl dresses. From ready-made to completely customized, Something Blue is the perfect choice for a Buffalover to get her picture-perfect gown.
Address: 657 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: (716) 893-6049
Hours: Sunday & Monday: Closed; Tuesday-Thursday: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
A dream 10 years in the making came to light for Trend Up’s store owner this past March. Located inside the Market Arcade Complex, this mens-only store features urban contemporary fashion and has brought brands to Buffalo from Los Angeles, Australia, and the UK. Trend Up has a European vibe from its snapbacks and fedoras to long tees. The store’s #1 selling brand, DOPE, has been seen on a handful of famous artists, athletes, and celebrities. Styles from Emperor Apparel and Civil Regime can also be found here.
Address: 617 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14203 (Inside Market Arcade Complex)
Phone: (347) 962-6162
Hours: Sunday: Closed; Monday-Friday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Old Editions Bookshop & Gallery
Being one of the country’s largest antiquarian bookstores, they’ve got 35,000 square feet of retail, gallery, warehouse space and cafe. They pride themselves for their unique offerings that you cannot find on the Internet. They sell just about everything: used and rare books, prints and artwork, first editions and signed books, historical documents and autographs, collectible magazines, postcards and memorabilia. They’ve got quite the impressive collection, too. And you can enjoy a nice cup of joe from the cafe while you’re in there!
Address: 74 E. Huron St. Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: (716) 842-1734
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Also by appointment.
made by anatomy
This unique bridal shop located in the Hotel Lafayette works with clients one-on-one by consultation to create a perfect individualized look for their wedding dress. The anatomy bridal line is both contemporary and nostalgic with an elegant touch. They also have dresses available for purchase on Etsy (madebyanatomy).
Address: 391 Washington St #6, Buffalo, NY 14217
Phone: (716) 882-1500
Hours: By appointment only.
City Wine Merchant
This hip authentic wine shop sells diverse small production wines backed with unique people and stories. The atmosphere is very chic, and perfect for small group-tastings. In addition to wine, they sell sake and cider too! You can also shop online from their website.
Address: 715 Main St. at Tupper Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: (716) 931-9114
Hours: Mondays: 3:00pm – 7:00pm; Tuesday – Friday: 11:00am – 7:00pm; Saturdays: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Buffalo Adore is sharing the Buffalove with a collection of handmade gifts by local artists. This is the place to go whenever you are looking for items stamped with the Buffalo name. The shop has a little bit of everything, including all the Buffalo apparel to gear up for the Bills and Sabres seasons, as well as ties, signs, jewelry, coasters, mugs, bottle openers, and so much more. With new artists consistently being welcomed into the fold, Buffalo Adore’s collection is always changing. Plus, prices vary, so you can always find something to fit your budget.
Address: 617 Main St, Buffalo, NY (inside Market Arcade)
Phone: (716) 602-8503
Hours: Sunday: Closed; Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Allen Street Dress Shop
Don’t let the name fool you; this shop is home to much more than dresses. At Allen Street Dress Shop, you can find shirts, sweaters, jackets, skirts, pants, jewelry, accessories, and purses too. When you want a unique look, this is the place to visit. Whether you’re shopping for a single item or you’re looking to layer, this shop has plenty of patterns, colors, and styles to choose from. From pretty lacy to fun fringe to soft suede, they’ve got all kinds of textures. If you love to accessorize, finish any outfit with a piece from their jewelry collection.
Address: 89 Allen St., Buffalo, NY 14202
Phone: (716) 883-0871
Hours: Sunday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Monday-Saturday: 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Freshly Dipped Clothing
Exclusivity is a staple at Freshly Dipped Clothing, as they rarely sell the same exact product twice. This lifestyle store brings in brands from NYC and California, including LRG, Mishka, ALIFE, Golden Denim, and many more. Ever heard of Odd Sox? With crazy designs like Netflix and Chill, Emojis, and Sour Patch Kids, you might want to look them up and pick up a pair at Freshly Dipped. If snapbacks and strapbacks are more your style, you can find ones with embossed detailing, reflective logos, and gator leather straps at this Allentown shop.
Address: 93 Allen St., Buffalo, NY 14202
Phone: (716) 909-5975
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Lace & Day
When you feel comfortable, you’ll look confident. At Lace & Day, they say “every girl is a little bit lace and a little bit day” –hence the name. With this in mind, they offer a unique bra fitting experience that’s done completely by look and feel to ensure a personal, perfect fit. The shop has a wide range, including band sizes from 30-44 and cup sizes from A-I. With beautiful brands like Marie Jo, Prima Donna, Empreinte, Lise Charmel, Antinéa by Lise Charmel, Antigel by Lise Charmel, and Simone Pérèle, there’s plenty for every girl’s style.
Address: 445 Franklin St., Buffalo, NY 14202
Phone: (716) 884-1580
Hours: Sunday & Monday: Closed; Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Have another favorite shop in the Downtown Buffalo area? Email us at [email protected] to tell us all about it!