{local holiday} Part 3: A Capital Region Roundup

Part One and Part Two focused on a few stores in Ballston Spa. I linked to other fabulous shops in the Village, so please check them out. In my last installment, Part Three, I have included a list of must-visit locally owned shops to further encourage shopping local during the last weekend and days before the “big day”. When I first started this post I thought there would be five or so shops to feature. The more I thought about all the places where I’ve shopped for various gifts, and personal purchases, over the years, I was blown away by the extensive list – I really don’t have to go to the mall if I’m looking for various unique gifts, and not a gift card (which has its place too!) What a great line-up of shops – go explore people and report back at your fabulous finds!*

A Saratoga tradition, the Peppermint Pig @ Saratoga Sweets in Halfmoon.

An amazingly curated collection of gifts at Pangea and modern/contemporary jewelry, accessories and clothing at Lucia, both at Marketplace in Saratoga Springs.

Two great stores in Cohoes: All New York State products, like locally made artisianal cheese and wines, at Harmony House Marketplace. Yummy locally-produced apples covered in chocolate at Sticky Fingers.

For people who LOVE all-things-vide0-games (my husband) there is Pastime Legends Video Games.

If you know a beer-lover, a gift certificate or a growler or a six-pack of local Brown’s Brewery ales & lagers would rock. They have their seasonal, Dunder & Blixem Strong Ale, a traditional English style strong ale debuting today. From the website: “Dunder & Blixem is mahogany-red in color with a hoppy and malty character and subtle holiday spice notes and a 7.5% abv.” This brewery rocks as they grow their own hops, can’t get more local than that!

Local pottery from 3rd Street Potters in Troy. I just purchased myself a honey pot there (Merry Christmas to me!) for under $20. A VERY affordable place for gifts and personal purchases.

Other frequent stops of mine in Troy is Anchor 5 Boutique, where there are  a bunch of different locally produced art, jewelry, clothing and children items. Market Place Books, where I purchased a tractor book for Miles, which he will LOVE. Their Albany sister stores, at Styvestant Plaza, is The Book House and The Little Book House.

For childrens gifts: The Toy Maker at Stuyvesant Plaza,  G. Willikers in Saratoga Springs. New York Toy & Hobby in Clifton Park.

I have yet to get my butt to this store, but I’ve been hearing GREAT things for the foodie and/or home cook, Bel Cibo on Upper Union Street in Schenectady.

Can’t talk local shops without mentioning the two institutions of Lark Street in Albany. Romeo’s (I used to shop their for gifts in high school AND my first year of junior college!!!) and Elissa Halloran Designs.

Local wine at The Saratoga Winery is right around the corner of my house…I plan on getting a few bottles as hostess gifts for Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Festivities.

Since we’re talking foodies and home cooks, there are some fabulous local kitchenware & cutlery stores; Spoon & Whisk in Clifton Park, The Different Drummer’s Kitchen in Albany and Compliments to the Cook in Saratoga Springs.

On the same foodie kick, you can always stop at Pioneer Market, Troy’s Community Food Co-op or Albany’s Honest Weight Food Co-op to make a cool edible gift basket. The best part, I bet you can find numerous locally made products.

Lastly, this Saturday is Delmar Farmers Market‘s LAST DAY until spring. Hours 9am-1pm at the Bethlehem Middle School. Live music by Hair of the Dog! They have more than just produce, meat and eggs but also tons of local crafts and of course, our favorite bakery, All Good Bakers. They are running a drawing for a free CSB membership, so stop in!

* I should mention that I received NOTHING for the three-part posts. I am writing and linking to these stores purely to introduce or gently remind you that local stores have some cool stuff! Thanks for reading- Christina

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