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Buffalo's best shopping is found in the offbeat boutiques of Elmwood Village and the antique stores of Allentown. Top shops in Buffalo tend to be independently owned, with many of them making an effort to feature local designers. Buffalo's not quite as cutting edge in the fashion world as it is the art world, but it's getting there. Cookie-cutter department stores can be found in the business district, but you can do better than that in Buffalo.

Thin Ice

Neighborhood: Elmwood Village

The perfect gift lurks within Thin Ice, especially if you are buying for a pottery lover. A craftsy store lorded over by Atti (officially known as Atticus), the owner's friendly cat, Thin Ice has perfectly crafted bowls, vases, lamps and more, plus tons of handmade jewelry from local artists. There's a Buffalo line of stemware, so you can commemorate your trip with a hand-blown berry bowl or salt-n-pepper shakers. Clothes are not the specialty here, but if you like your T-shirts plain, and made from hemp or other all-natural products, you'll probably find a couple of options to suit you.

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Urban Threads

Neighborhood: Elmwood Village

You don't have to cover up with a shapeless winter parka if you visit Buffalo in January—come to Urban Threads and get outfitted with some Roxy Snow gear or a snowboarding outfit from Gnu (and if you really do snowboard, they can sell you one of those, as well). Any type of rugged sporty look can be put together here, whether you like Ben Sherman jeans to go with your Versace sunglasses, or just want to kick back in some Levi's and Ray-Bans.

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Everything Elmwood

Neighborhood: Elmwood Village

Find something other than the usual traveler's tchotchkes at Everything Elmwood, a mish-mash of jewelry, pottery, handbags, crafts and greeting cards. Its bright green facade is impossible to miss, and once inside it's easy to lose yourself amid the stacked racks. You can find little bags of Buffalo's signature sponge (caramelized sugar) candy here, wrapped and ready to go, silver earrings from the local jewelry collective, and yards of small glass figurines made by local artisans. Whatever you buy, the staff will happily gift wrap for you.

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ShoeFly

Neighborhood: Elmwood Village

For the fashion hungry in Buffalo, ShoeFly is a godsend. It's the only place in town to pick up eye-catching designer shoes (and the owner has extremely good taste) from the likes of John Fluevog, Seychelles, Naught Monkey, Miz Mooz, Irregular Choice, and more. The owner orders only a limited amount of each style, though, so if you see a set of Prada pumps in your size that you just have to own, snatch them up. Men can browse in here, too—ShoeFly has an extensive selection for guys.

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The Dress Shop

Neighborhood: Allentown

You won't find any big-name designer duds here, but that's OK, because The Dress Shop has something even better: locally-produced clothes that are as quirky as Allentown. On any given day you could find large, silk urban scarves or a stock of knitted, knee-length sweaters—and anything in between. The Dress Shop owners, who started in East Aurora, N.Y., are determined to seek out new talent (you might even stumble on to a future contestant for “Project Runway” while you're here), so you never know what can be found. The Dress Shop carries clothes from Cut Loose, Flax, Free People, Urban Outfitters, Kiko and Anthropologie. 

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