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Spree Holiday Shopping Handbook


The countdown is on, with only a few weeks left before Christmas. If you’re like me, you haven’t even written out your gift to-do list. Sorry, but not sorry, it’s called grad school (If everyone has wondered where I disappeared too, I’m pursuing my masters in Creative Studies).

Shopping in Buffalo might seem a little overwhelming as of late. Yes, the food scene is growing and growing but I am happy to say that the fashion scene is rapidly catching up. We’ve come leaps and bounds over this past year, with new retail businesses, holiday pop up shops, and a new shopping guide. Plus, the #shoppinginbuffalo hashtag has gone viral.

So, back to holiday shopping. Where do you start?

Fear not. I’ve rounded up the best off-the-beaten-path indie markets, local boutiques, late night shopping hours, tips, and everything in between. Whether you're an Elmwood Village shopper or love the Village of Williamsville, I challenge you to shop somewhere NEW this holiday season. Adventure awaits. Go ahead and make a day of it, alone or with your bestie. Think of it as a “shop-cation.”


New Shops


For the Ultimate BFF
Vania and David
1007 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo


For the Man Friend
Queen City Shaken & Stirred
1455 Main St, Buffalo


For the Collector
Buffalo Vintage Industrial 
17 Pearce Ave, Tonawanda (city)


For the Pinterest Obsessed
Bella Casa
668 Main St, East Aurora


For the Style Maven
Village Designs
448 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo


For the Glamor Girl
Groom Service Beauty Bar
391 Washington St @ Hotel Lafayette (Downtown)


For the Thrifter
Second Chic Hertel
1421 Hertel Ave, Buffalo


Holiday Markets

Do you spend hours and hours mindlessly scrolling through Etsy hoping to find one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list? Girl, put down your phone, grab a coffee, and get thee to one of our local indie markets this holiday season. One lap around these markets and you’ll think Etsy came to life! 


Mickey Harmon is one of the many artists whose work will be featured at WNYBAC's holiday market


For the Cool Kid
WNYBAC 7th Annual Last Minute Panic Holiday Market
December 12, 4–8 p.m.
December 13, 12–6 p.m.
468 Washington Street, Buffalo


For the Indie Couple
Queen City Market
December 13, 11a.m.–5p.m.
Karpeles Manuscript Library; 453 Porter Avenue, Buffalo


For Anyone
The Peddler's Holiday Market at The Foundry
December 14, 10a.m.–4p.m.
298 North Hampton St., Buffalo


For the Influencer
Gifted: Gifts of Fine Art by Gifted Local Artists
December 20, 6–10p.m.
464 Gallery; 464 Amherst Street, Buffalo


Pop Up Shops

Seasonal pop up shops just got really sophisticated. Once here today, gone tomorrow style shops, the new pop up has seasonal lasting power. Make sure to put them on your list for the latest Buffalove items and holiday décor worth giving and receiving!


For the Buffalover
Queen City Pop Up – Holiday Edition
Market Arcade, 617 Main Street (Downtown)
Hours Mon-Sat 10-6, Sun 10-5


For the Love of Decking Your Halls   
Sprout by room – Holiday Pop Up
1400 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo


Gift Guides

Hertel gets gifted, as Modern Nostalgia and Blue Collar offer up the perfect gift guide for anyone on your list. Matt Snyder delivers a new gift guide every Sunday, from the wish list, from “Don’t suck at Secret Santa” to “Yogis & Faux-gis.” Time is ticking!

Modern Nostalgia & Blue Collar
1382 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo


Don't forget to check out BuffaloSpree.com's localcentric gift guide for guys from Jess Railey.


Extended Hours

Most stores have extended hours during the holiday season. With that said, I would call ahead of time if you’re planning on doing some late night shopping. Don’t rely on websites and facebook!


Happy shopping!



Erin Habes is Buffalo Spree's contributing editor for style.

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