Ultimate Neighborhood Shopping Guide: 51 Local Deals on Black Friday & Small Biz Sat.

City Guide, Shopping, Things to Do


Written by Emily Morrow

Published on November 25, 2014

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Shop Local. Eat Local.

Some love Black Friday, some hate it. Many are indifferent to it as long as they’re far, far away from the mall madness. That’s where you’ll find us.

Whether your participation in Black Friday has to do with actually buying gifts, window shopping, or just spending extra time with friends and family, your destination makes all the difference. So, in the spirit of shopping while maintaining our sanity and lower levels of anxiety (it’s not just me, right?) we threw together a quick guide for Black Friday & Small Business Saturday including local shops where the sales are plentiful and the crowds aren’t as crazy. If you’re out for a nice day and hopping to find a few great presents and deals while you’re at it, we think you’ll enjoy this neighborhood guide to local shopping.

In our minds, its a two day event. Think local not only on Saturday but Friday too!

*Hours below are applicable to Black Friday (11/28/14) and Small Business Saturday (11/29/14)



On our list of recommended towns to stroll through for a little local buying is East Aurora, NY. First of all, it’s adorable, everything you could want in a quaint shopping trip destination. Second of all (and most importantly) there are plenty of delicious local eats along the shopping trail.


7Urban Design

Reclaimed interior design

659 Oakwood Ave in East Aurora

Hours: Friday 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sales/Special Events: Saturday 11/29 @ 10am – Live Music, treats all day long from Elm Street Bakery, Urban Gifts for EVERYONE…AND 20% off any item of your choice!


Oolala Boutique

Women’s clothing boutique

63 Main St in East Aurora

Hours: Friday 7am – 8pm, Saturday 11am – 8pm

Sales/Special Events:

Black Friday Deals:

7:00 am – 7:30 am 50% off
7:30 am – 8:30 am 40% off
8:30 am – 10:00 am 30% off
11:00am – 8:00 pm 25% off

You MUST be out checked within the time frame given in order to receive the specific discount.
(All sales exclude Alegria Brand)

The first 15 customers in the morning will receive a secret gift card with the ability to win extra money to spend! Gift cards ranging from $5.00 through $50.00

Small Business Saturday Deals:

20% off all day!


Viddlers 5 & 10

Everything under the sun, candy, toys, housewares, decorations, etc.

676-694 Main St in East Aurora

Hours: Friday 11/28 & Saturday 11/29 from 9 AM to 9 PM

Sales/Special Events: Santa is making an appearance Saturday afternoon & most likely Sunday too!



Cupcake shop

700 Main St in East Aurora

Hours: Fri 9am-11pm, Sat 9am-11pm
Sales/Special Events: On Saturday, Firefly will be hosting the 2nd annual Whobilation Celebration with Brunch from 9am-3pm featuring their newly launched and housemade breakfast items including sweet and savory pastries! Look forward to a coloring contest, costumed staff, local artist Alix Martin custom SHOP SMALL tote raffle-Win Cupcakes for a Year(!), Doorman Project, Santa & the Grinch 11-3, Free product samples, Holiday order discounts and holiday surprises!


NEW! Bella Casa

Trendy, affordable home decor

668 Main Street in East Aurora

Hours: Friday 8am-8pm, Saturday 10am-8pm

Sales/Special Events: Ornaments are 30% on Black Friday


Head Over Heels

Women’s shoes, bags, accessories

662 Main St in East Aurora

Hours: Friday 8am-8pm, Saturday 10am-8pm

Sales/Special Events: On Black Friday from 8am-9am 30% off, 9am-10am 25% off and 10am-8pm 20% off!


The Toy Loft

Toy store

719 Main St in East Aurora

Hours: Friday 10am – 8pm, Saturday 10 am – 6pm



Kids second hand store

720 Main St (Corner of Pine & Main St) in East Aurora

Hours: Fri 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sat 10:00 am – 4:00 pm


The Dress Shop

Women’s clothing store

712 Main St in East Aurora

Hours: Black Friday 10:30am – 8pm, Small Business Saturday 10am – 6pm

Sales/Special Events: Black Friday: 20% off All Day! Small Business Saturday: 20% Off All Day! Saturday Morning Special from 10 til Noon: 50% off All Jewelry!


The Walk In Closet

Second hand clothing for men, women and children + home interior items

650 Main St in East Aurora

Hours: 9am-8pm Friday & Saturday

Sales/Special Events: The Walk In Closet is offering 20% OFF the ENTIRE store on both Black Friday & Small Business Saturday!


Aurora Outfitters

Outdoor gear, clothing for men and women

594 Main St in East Aurora

Hours: Fri & Sat 9am – 8pm

Sales/Special Events: Official Grand Opening Party @ new location. Dailys Catering will be providing s’mores and hot cider and all sorts of goodies! Ten Cent Howl will be playing fantastic tunes! And we will be setting up a free gift wrapping station!


Prima Oliva

Specialty olive oils and balsamic vinegars

650 Main Street in East Aurora

Hours: 9:30am – 7pm on Black Friday, 9am – 6pm on Saturday

Sales/Special Events: Customers receive a free $10 gift certificate for every $50 they spend in the store. Available at all three Prima Oliva locations on Friday and Saturday.


Salut Wine & Spirits

658 Main St in East Aurora

Hours: Fri & Sat 11am-8pm


Made in America Store 

100% American made products

900 Maple Rd in Elma

Hours: Friday 11/28 8AM – 8PM & Saturday 11/29 8AM – 8PM

Sales/Special Events: For Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, all of the Made In America Store locations will have 10% Off All Toys, 25% Off All Puzzles, & Christmas Wrapping Paper for $1.00 (Reg MSRP $3.99).


Copper Shop Gallery

Owned and operated by the Roycroft Campus Corporation, houses work from over 90 local, national, and international artisans

31 South Grove St. in East Aurora

Hours10am to 5pm


Eros Day Spa 

Day spa and wellness center

Hours: Friday 9am- 5 pm, Saturday 9 am – 3pm

Sales/Special Events: Purchase a gift card and receive 10% additional to your gift card. Also, with the purchase of a 100.00 gift card receive a gift.



Some of our favorite places to grab a bite in EA:

Grab some breakfast before the shopping spree:

  • Elm Street Bakery – off the beaten path & worth every step, bakery, counter lunch service, table dinner service
  • Taste – cozy cafe/bistro, coffee & fun menu items

Lunch to keep up shopping strength:

  • Medici House – pizza, pasta & more
  • Red’s Hot Dogs – burgers, milkshakes, stop for a quick bite

Happy Hour after a long, hard day:

  • Bar Bill – Best wings and beef on weck around, fun atmosphere, cash only, wait time usually involved – grab a beer.
  • Aurora Brew Works – beer store & beer bar, beer on tap or tons in bottle, drink in or take out, casual, sit, relax, mingle, play board games, Lloyd visits Friday and Saturday nights!
  • Craft Tap House – tons of draft and bottled beers
  • Brothers

Dinner Recommendations:

  • Elm Street Bakery – Delicious wood fired dinner, try to get a seat in front of the oven!
  • Theas – new, Ethiopian cuisine, yummy
  • Arriba Tortilla – Mexican, strong margarita menu


5A shopping hot spot around Western New York is Elmwood Village and about as close as you can get to city life shopping around here. The boutiques are the highlight and the numerous foodie options are a lovely added bonus.

This year is the 4th Annual Elmwood Village Black Friday Boutique Crawl – Shoppers will receive a boutique crawl punch card and an Elmwood Village Map & Guide then hit the shops to get their card punched. Shoppers who complete the crawl will be entered to win gift baskets from various Elmwood Avenue stores.  Did we mention these stores will be open longer business hours + each have special deals? There are also plenty of sales if you’re looking to head out on Small Business Saturday (11/29)!


Black Friday Boutique Crawl Participating Businesses Include: Abraham’s Jewelers, Allentown Music, Animal Outfitters, Inc., Anna Grace, Artisans’ Hands, Bikeorbar, Blush, Buffalo Fleece & Outerwear, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Campus Wheelworks, Candles by Christina, D’Avolio, Chateau Lux Salon, Filigrees Gallery & Boutique, Half & Half Trading Company, Her Story Boutique, OffBeat Emporium, renew bath and body, Ro, The Scoop Shop Consignment Store, Elmwood Village, Buffalo, NY, Second ChicShoeFly Buffalo, Shopaholic Fashionista, Spoiled Rotten, Talking Leaves Books, The TreeHouse Toy Store, Thin Ice, Turnstyle Designs, Urban Leisure and Luxury, Vania and David, Village Designs Elmwood, Watson’s Chocolates, Zetouna Olive Oil and Yotality.


Additional Information for Elmwood Village:



Clothing and accessories

1005 Elmwood Ave in Buffalo

Hours: Friday 9am – 9pm, Saturday 9am – 7pm

Sales/Special Events:

Black Friday:

Elmwood village boutique crawl, 9am-11am 20% off everything, music on the porch all day, free hot coco to go & special in store promotions!

Small Business Saturday:

Sassi Cakes Cupcake Truck from 11-3 selling outside the front of our shop and music on the porch.


Coffee shop

765 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo

Hours: Fri & Sat 6am – 12am

Sales/Special Events: For the Black Friday Boutique Crawl, SPoT will have $1 off seasonal winter beverages. On both Friday and Saturday retail coffee beans will be 20% off.


Women’s clothing store

799 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo

Hours: Friday 11am – 7pm, Saturday 11am – 6pm


Allen Street Dress Shop

Women’s clothing

89 Allen Street in Buffalo

Hours: Friday 10:30am – 8pm, Saturday 10am – 6pm

Sales/Special Events: Black Friday: 20% off All Day! Small Business Saturday: 20% Off All Day! Saturday Morning Special from 10 til Noon: 50% off All Jewelry!


Aurum Jewelers

Jewlery store

487 Elmwood Ave in Buffalo

Hours: Friday and Saturday 10 A.M. to 7 P.M.

Sales/Special Events: Every piece of estate and antique jewelry throughout the store will be discounted 15%.


Artisans’ Hands

Unique handcrafted gifts from unique artists with unique stories from here and around the world

754 Elmwood Ave in Buffalo

Hours: Friday 9 a.m to 7 p.m. & Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sales/Special Events: Participating in Elmwood Village Black Friday Boutique Crawl + a 10% discount on all jewelry, both locally made and from Ten Thousand Villages from 9am-12pm on Saturday.


Buffalo Fleece & Outerwear 

Apparel and accessories

758 Elmwood Ave in Buffalo

Hours: 10am – 7pm and 10am – 6pm on Friday and Saturday

Sales/Special Events: 10% OFF both Friday & Saturday


Campus Wheelworks

Bike service, bike shop, outdoor equiptment

744 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo

Hours: 9am-9pm Friday, 10-6 Saturday

Sales/Specials: On Friday and Saturday, save 10% off EVERYTHING in the store and take an additional 10% off any sale items, bringing discounts up to 60% on select items!


Cantina Loco 

Mexican restaurant

191 Allen Street in Buffalo

Hours: Open for lunch on Black Friday only! 11:30am – 2:30pm

Sales/Special Events: Gift Certificate One Day Sale Friday Nov. 28th 11:30am 2:30 pm

Buy $100, get an extra $25 free, Buy $200, get an extra $50 free plus complimentary Lunch for two on Black Friday only, Buy $500, get an extra $100 free plus complimentary dinner for 2 to use any time!

Lunch for 2 Special includes: 2 fountain drinks, 2 cups of soup, basket of chips and salsa, pick any 2: Vegetarian Taco, Chicken Taco, Carnitas Taco, Korean Taco, Fish taco,, Chicken Burrito, Carnitas Burrito, Bean and Rice Burrito, Steak and Cheese Burrito. Additional Menu Items available at regular price.


1045 Elmwood Gallery for the Arts 

Art gallery

1045 Elmwood Ave in Buffalo

Hours: Friday 11 am – 7 pm, Saturday 11 am – 4pm

Sales/Special Events: Friday – a host of live art activities, Jonathan Stafford will be creating some drawings and pastels that will be given away by way of drawing at the end of the day. Other “in house” artists will be showing their wares with some also performing their crafts. Saturday will continue some of our artistic events as well as visits by some of the twenty or more artists we feature at the gallery. The will be light refreshments for all to enjoy!


Filigrees Gallery & Boutique

Locally made items by people in your community

1121 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo

Hours: Black Friday: 9am-9am, Saturday 12 – 8pm

Sales/Special Events: Rainbow Friday sale (11/28) from 9-12pm featuring 10% OFF all locally made items, special It’s a Mod Mod World Pop up Shop with holiday pop-up shop, Expect handmade clocks, lamps, switch plate covers, and much more – Friday November 28th 9am to Sunday December 7th at 8pm


Offbeat Emporium

Furniture, home decor, art gallery

507 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo

Hours: Fri & Sat 9am-6pm

Sales/Special Events: Featuring buy one get one half off gift items, home decor and select furniture.



Home shop

732 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo

Hours: Extended hours are Friday Nov. 28th & Saturday Nov. 29th 10am – 9pm.

Sales/Special Events: Offering 15% off purchases of $50 or more on both black friday and small business saturday.


Renew bath and body

Bath and body products

927 Elmwood Ave in Buffalo

Hours: Fri 9am – 7pm, Sat 10 am – 5pm

Sales/Special Events: 20% off entire purchase Black Friday between 9 am and noon! First 20 people in the door Black Friday gets a free Sample sack of goodies!


Talking Leaves Bookstore

Used bookstore

951 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo

Hours: 10am – 9 pm Friday & Saturday


Shopaholic Fashionista Boutique 

Clothing, accessories, soaps, and candles, everything in the store is under $50

425 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo, corner of Bryant & Elmwood

Hours: Friday & Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm

Sales/Special Events: Complimentary coffee served in the morning, customers who spend $50 or more will receive $10 off their purchase and customers who spend $100 or more will receive $15 off their purchase.


Thin Ice 

Gift shop

717 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo

Hours: Friday 9am-9pm & Saturday 10am-10pm


Village Designs

Women’s clothing store

448 Elmwood Ave in Buffalo

Hours: 9am-6pm on Friday and Saturday

Sales/Special Events: Customers can take 40% OFF just about everything in the store both days and we offer free gift wrapping starting Black Friday for Christmas and Chanukah gifts. Street parking always available and we’ll reimburse your parking on Black Friday while you shop with Village Designs.



There are PLENTY of places to get your food fill on Elmwood. Just walking down the street you’re bound to find something that looks tasty and suits your needs. Below are some SOB recommendations:

  • Joe’s Deli – We suggest stopping by for lunch or happy hour.
  • Cantina Loco – Open for lunch on Black Friday! Otherwise, catch them for a margarita at happy hour or tacos for dinner on the corner of Allen and Elmwood.
  • Melting Point – Warm up with a melty, gourmet grilled cheese sandwich.
  • Blue Monk – Beer lovers welcome, eat duck frites any time of the day.
  • SATO – If you’re in the mood for Asian fusion.



The West Side offers something like nothing else in Buffalo, the West Side Bazaar. If you’re in the mood to explore a huge variety of products from across the world and take your stomach on a trip around the globe at the same time, this is the destination for you. Plus, thanksgiving weekend is filled with fun things to make your experience that much better!



West Side Bazaar

A collection of shops offering a wide variety of products from traditional clothing and handmade crafts to specialty hot sauces and beauty products, plus various ethnic cuisines all under one roof.

25 Grant Street in Buffalo

Hours: Friday 11am – 8pm & Saturday 10am – 8pm

Sales/Special Events: On Small business Saturday they will hold an international food buffet. For $15.00, Customers will have the opportunity to try each one of our vendors favorite dish (food from South Sudan, Thailand, Burma, Laos, Ethiopia). Also, many of our the retail vendors will have discounted items as well as coupons. On Black Friday they will also be giving out coupons for retail as well as samples of food.


Winter Market @ Horsefeathers

Tons of local vendors gather every Saturday in the Horsefeathers building on Connecticut Street. Farmers Market style.

346 Connecticut St in Buffalo

Hours: 9am – 1 pm Saturday



There is some great food to be had all over Buffalo’s West Side, so listen up friends!

  • West Side Bazaar and International Kitchen – Try foods from all over the place from Burmese to Ethiopian, Thai, Japanese, Peruvian and more!
  • Pho Dollar – Vietnamese food, whenever we’re near the west side, we find ourselves craving Pho Dollar’s Banh mi and Banh Xeo! Open for lunch & dinner
  • The Black Sheep – If you find yourself out past 5pm, see if you can snag a table at one of Buffalo’s newest restaurants. And for pete’s sake get the Sticky Toffee Pudding dessert!!
  • Martin Cooks – Stop here for lunch and watch Martin do his thang.



The Village of Hamburg is starting holiday shopping off on a positive note with Green Friday, a community project to get locals to recycle their money back into the local community this Thanksgiving. Tons of local businesses and shops are offering great deals all day on what is formerly known as Black Friday.



Biehler’s Village Square Liquors

141 Buffalo St. in Hamburg

Hours: Fri-Sat 9am-10pm

Sale/Special Event: $10 gift certificate with a $75 purchase and $25 gift certificate with a $150 purchase.


Clyde’s Feed Store

351 Union Street in Hamburg

HoursFri 9am- 7pm, Sat 9am-5pm

Sale/Special Event$5 GFC with a $50 purchase


Comfort Zone Cafe

17 Main St in Hamburg

HoursFri-Sat 8am-11pm

Sale/Special EventFree coffee with any merchandise purchase ($10 or more) Free $5 gift card w/ $50 purchase, $20 gift card w/ $100 purchase.


Ray Crinzi Jewelry

1 Buffalo St in Hamburg

HoursFri 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm

Sale/Special Event20% off of Sterling Silver & Reflection Bead purchases.


Embraceable Ewe Yarn Shop

213 Main St in Hamburg

HoursFri 12pm-4pm, Sat 10am-4pm

Sale/Special EventLearn To Knit with Personal lesson for $20. The lesson can be done that day or a voucher will be given to come in for the lesson another day making it a great gift.


Eric’s Cycle Works

12 E Main St  in Hamburg

HoursFri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-2pm

Sale/Special Event: Unknown


Expressions Floral & Gifts

59 Main St in Hamburg

HoursFri 8:30am-6pm, Sat 8:30-5pm

Sale/Special EventFree gift with purchase.


Fresh & Fluffy Diaper Shop

164 Buffalo St  in Hamburg

HoursFri 11am-5pm, Sat 11am-4pm

Sale/Special EventFree mini CJ’s BUTTer skin cream with $50 purchase.


Gear for Adventure

1 Buffalo St in Hamburg

Sale/Special Event20% OFF All Merino & Alpaca Socks


Gold & Pearl Studio Jewelers

1 Main Street in Hamburg

Sale/Special Event50% off of all jewelry & a free gift with Purchase


Hess Brother’s Flower Shop & Gifts

28 Main St in Hamburg

HoursFriday 8am-6pm, Sat 8am-5pm

Sale/Special Event$10 In-Store Discount with $45 Purchase


Magpies Cards & Gifts

314 Buffalo St in Hamburg

HoursFriday 10am-7pm, Sat 10am – 5pm

Sale/Special EventWith any Vera Bradley purchase of $100 or more, receive a complimentary Holiday Tote


Mary Claire’s Confections & Gifts

243 Buffalo St in Hamburg

HoursFriday 11am – 7pm, Saturday 11am – 5pm

Sale/Special EventBuy a $20 gift certificate get $5.00 certificate free


Monroe’s Place Boutique

182 Lake St in Hamburg

HoursBoth Days 10am – 7pm

Sale/Special Event$10 GFC for $100 Spent & $5 GFC for $50 Spent (will be honoring 10% FB discounts & ADV 15% Coupons)


Performing Arts Dance Supplies

206 Lake St in Hamburg

HoursFriday 11am-7pm, Sat 9am-3pm

Sale/Special Event20% OFF everything in stock including shoes!


Picture Your Walls

184 Buffalo St in Hamburg

HoursFriday11am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm

Sale/Special EventWith every $50 spent at PYW on Green Friday you get a free 11 x 14 Thelma Winter Print (in stock at PYW only).


Prima Oliva

1 Buffalo St in Hamburg

HoursFriday 9:30am- 7pm, Sat 9am-6pm

Sale/Special EventFree $10 gift certificate with every $50 purchase.


Sans Furniture

215 Buffalo St in Hamburg

HoursFriday 10am-8pm Sat.10am-5pm

Sale/Special EventExtra 10% off on all lamps.


Village Kids Consignment Shop

278 Buffalo St in Hamburg

HoursBoth Days 10am-4pm

Sale/Special Event20% off everything


Village Sweet Shoppe

1 Buffalo St in Hamburg

HoursBoth Days 10am-6pm

Sale/Special Event: Free $5.00 gift certificate with every $50 purchase.


What a Woman Wants Accessory Boutique

1 Buffalo St in Hamburg

HoursFriday 10am-7pm Sat10am-5pm

Sale/Special Event: Free gift with every $60. purchase while supply lasts



Before or after you’re done finding deals up and down the village, stop for a drink, wings, or tacos at these recommended Hamburg eateries:

  • Coyote Cafe – Grab some chips and salsa, a marg and a Mexican Pizza – lunch or dinner.
  • Buffalo Street Grill – The perfect stop for appetizers and a drink. Try their chicken souvlaki! Open for lunch and dinner on Friday & Saturday.
  • Bistro in the Square – Check out their breakfast all day menu & their fun cocktail list.
  • Main Street Ice Cream – for a delicious cold treat before they close up for the winter.



There’s no question there’s some great shopping up and down Hertel. Here are some good deals to hunt down as and stores to look for as you window shop! (yeah right)

Side note: The North Park Theatre will be having a free photo session with Santa and Mrs. Claus (no charge) from 10:00-11:00 a.m. and will be playing Miracle on 34th Street at 11:30 for $5 per admission!


P.S. Accessories

1442 Hertel Avenue in North Buffalo

Hours: Saturday 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Sales/Special Events: We will have giveaways and light refreshments.


NEW! Second Chic Hertel

Consignment shop

1421 Hertel Ave in North Buffalo



Interior design, furniture, home decor

1400 Hertel Ave in North Buffalo

Hours: Fri 11am – 8pm, Sat 11am – 6pm


Queen City Shaken and Stirred

Boutique cocktail supply for the seasoned bartender and the home bar enthusiast.

1455 Hertel Ave in North Buffalo

Hours: 12pm – 8pm

Grab a chicken wing necktie or their new custom made ‘I LOVE WINGS’ sunglasses for stocking stuffers. The chicken wing bandana (make in the USA) is also a popular gift.

Sales/Special Events: Offering free unlimited USPS shipping (no code required) for all products on the website. 



Written by <a href="" target="_self">Emily Morrow</a>

Written by Emily Morrow

Emily is co-founder and Director of Storytelling at Step Out Buffalo. Her favorite things to do are eat, travel, and think up business ideas. Emily is originally from Hamburg, NY and her out of town friends will tell you that she loves to talk about Buffalo any chance she gets.
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