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Best of WNY 2011: Shopaholic II

Best selection of tops
Anna Grace
The freshest selection in town, season after season, is the trusty treasure trove known as Anna Grace. Boutique owner Joanne Dina has a fine eye for fabric and detail. The buttery-soft Velvet line, combining cutting-edge style with comfort, is our favorite. We also love the tops of slinky rayon and jersey and cozy cotton slubs from a host of other designers, like Weston Wear, LA Made, and Alternative Apparel. 799 Elmwood Ave., 332-7069


Best bathing suits
Whether you are looking for a one-piece cut-out, an itsy bitsy bikini, or a cute cover-up, you’ll find it at Blum’s, which has hundreds of suits in every style, size, and color. Size doesn’t matter—you will find your ideal match here. Can bathing suit shopping be enjoyable? At Blum’s, it’s possible. 5110 Main St., Williamsville, 633-8999


Best place for designer/cutting edge fashion
With a fresh new location on Hertel Avenue, MN now has a space triple the size and amount of style. The names say it all: a modern/nostalgia approach to women’s clothing and accessories. Walking in you feel like you have walked into your dream closet. 1382 Hertel Ave., 844-8435


Best bags
Tony Walker 
Need a fabulous clutch for a night on the town, or an everyday bag for running around? Or do you just want to treat yourself to something fabulous? Tony Walker has you covered. We love their selection of high-end designers like Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs, and Rebecca Minkoff, as well as their more modest selections. 5110 Main St., Williamsville. 626-3280


Best shoe selection
Shoefly will soon earn landmark status from the well-heeled ladies of Buffalo, because when it comes to finding unique women’s shoes that are both special and functional, this store has no equal. 801 Elmwood Ave., 886-3595


Best costume jewelry
Burchfield Penney Museum Store
Looking for a special something for a special someone on a special occasion? Get to the Burchfield Penney Museum Store. Visiting from out of town and you want to bring home a little memento from Buffalo? See above. This store has a wonderful collection of unique jewelry— all from local artists. We also love the cool, modern store design, which is both inviting and a continuation of the museum experience. 1300 Elmwood Ave., 878-6011


Best fine jewelry
Abraham’s Jewelers
Take a walk on the beautiful side. From engagement rings to elegant bracelets and necklaces in classic to contemporary styles, Abraham’s Jewelers offers customers an exquisite selection of jewelry and gift items. 798 Elmwood Ave., 873-0734


Best winter clothes
Buffalo Fleece
No point in winter-denying around here: It can get mighty cold and snowy when the dark season arrives. Does that mean we have to stumble around town in a shapeless swaddle? No, we shop at Buffalo Fleece. The cute boutique is home to all manner of activewear, including sturdy but stylish shoes and boots by the likes of UGG, Dansko, and Merrell. The Fleece also has a select grouping of outerwear, including coats, jackets, and sweaters from Tribal and Robert Kitchen, Canadian designers who know a thing or two more about winter. 758 Elmwood Ave., 883-4380


Best men’s store (casual)
Urban Threads
The legendary Elmwood boutique has a highly curated section of menswear that speaks to the rock’n’roller in you. 736 Elmwood Ave., 884-9145


Best men’s dress clothes
Riverside Men's Shop

Tradition! Although the city location is gone (even the building it was in), Riverside Men’s has been synonymous with quality menswear in WNY for almost a century. When you wanna look sharp—and who doesn’t?—this is the place. 3063 Sheridan Dr., Amherst, 833-8401


Best kids’ clothes
Pumpkin’s Children's Clothing
For twenty years, this boutique has been the place to buy designer/upscale clothing for kids in WNY. The adorable storefront—remodeled this year—is perfect for special occasion outfits, christening gowns, and much more. 5520 Main St., Williamsville, 632-2246



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