I used to head straight for the mall when I needed a special new outfit, a piece of jewelry to make an outfit pop or new cooking and cocktail supplies. That is, until I realized one can find the very same items right in town and have a lot more fun doing it. These are a few of our “must visit” shops in the Village of Williamsville offering things like olive oil, tea, internationally inspired home decor, swimwear, jewelry and much more.
5409 Main Street in Williamsville / (716) 810-9354
D’Avolio offers a wide variety of olive oils, vinegars, spices, and gourmet ingredients. Their bottles make excellent gifts, salad toppers, and cooking components. Local foodies have to taste their gourmet items like the Cyprus Black Lava Salt for a special element to your dishes. Drizzle fruity flavored vinegars like blueberry or white coconut over ice cream, grilled fruit and seltzer water. I personally really enjoy their line of fused and infused olive oils, as well. Trust me when I say their butter olive oil is better than the really thing. Top your popcorn with that instead of melted butter and taste the masterpiece that is the butter olive oil. It’s the best. End of story.
5560 Main Street in Williamsville / (716) 633-2384
Village Artisans is one of my personal favorite shops in Buffalo. They display the work of over 100 local artists and talented crafters. Their Buffalo themed T-shirts, jewelry, painted wine glasses, decorations, and more help to spread city pride. My favorite pieces are the ones that include the vintage Buffalo transit tokens. They’re so unique and never fail to catch the eye of locals because as Village Artisan’s would say, they’re “made in Buffalo for Buffalovers!”
5416 Main Street in Williamsville / (716) 688-8022
With over 225 varieties of fresh loose leaf teas from all over the world, TeafLeafs is bound to have something that’s perfect for you. TeaLeafs offers tea accessories, teapots, cookies and candy, honeys and more. Come in to smell and taste all that TeaLeafs has on hand. The Blue Sapphire tea has pops of bright blue which makes it not only delicious, but pretty. The Owl’s Brew (a tea crafted for cocktails) is brewed from real, whole spices, fruits and herbs. Try blending the Owl’s Brew with gin, vodka, tequila, and more to create a cocktail (2 parts brew to 1 part liquor)!
5596 Main Street in Williamsville / (716) 810-9333
Ten Thousand Villages’ has a mission to generate opportunities for artisans in growing countries and has been a fair trade retailer since 1946. From stunning scarves, bags and jewelry to home décor and candles; Ten Thousand Villages has something for everyone!
5727 Main Street in Williamsville / (716) 633-8999
Blum’s is a swimwear and intimate apparel store that is known for their “old fashioned” fittings for every size and shape. The sale associates are extremely helpful and attentive, so don’t be shy when it comes to asking them for their advice on what items are best for your body. Grab a latte from Spot Coffee on Main Street in Williamsville and scope out the resort wear and swimwear for your next vacation or browse the intimates to feel your best in your everyday outfits!
Sweet Jenny’s at the Red Mill and 1811 Comics
56 e Spring Street in Williamsville / (716) 633-2424
5732 Main Street in Williamsville / (716) 631-2424
Sweet Jenny’s has been attracting locals with their delicious ice cream flavors, truffles that are almost too pretty to eat (I said almost) and tasty treats since 1985. In 2011, the dynamic duo, Howard and Tara Cadmus, took over the responsibility of continuing the good reputation Sweet Jenny’s has earned over many years of delivering the highest quality sweets. On top of preserving the shop’s well known reputation, the pair also wanted to expand Sweet Jenny’s. Sweet Jenny’s recently decided to devote their efforts into restoring the historical Williamsville Water Mill. The village is excited to see their visions become a reality and see life be brought back to the Mill! I’m excited to see the completed production room with windows to view the ice cream and chocolates being made. My personal Sweet Jenny’s ice cream recommendations are Blueberry Pie (fresh blueberries, cinnamon & vanilla pie crust in blueberry ice cream), Cinnamon Nutmeg and Pumpkin ice cream.
5459 Main Street in Williamsville / (716) 633-3738
If you love collecting unique vintage jewelry then a visit to Sarah’s Vintage & Estate Jewelry is essential. Check out Sarah’s vintage diamond engagement rings, authentic period pieces, pearls, platinum jewelry, vintage bridal jewelry, and designer everyday jewelry. Add to your collection of vintage pieces with some gems from Sarah’s!
8212 Transit Road in Williamsville / (716) 689-2914
The Tinder Box in Williamsville takes great pride in containing the largest selection of cigars in Upstate New York with over 800 choices. Check out the many cigar flavors at the Tinder Box and surprise your Dad, boyfriend, or the cigar aficionado in your life with a new treat from the Tinder Box.
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