Where to Go Vacation Shopping in Rochester NY

The 2021 holiday season is here, and the United States is still grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic and its variants. This is financially affecting small businesses and the public is bracing for a shortage of goods.

So, with the fast approaching holiday shopping and supply chain challenges, there’s no better time to support local businesses.

Small Business Saturday started in 2010 and is the counterpart of Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday, which features big box stores and e-commerce. Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize local small businesses.

Last year, we asked Reddit’s r / Rochester community for their favorite local businesses for Small Business Saturday, and the response was so overwhelmingly positive that we decided to do it again this year.

Here are some unique suggestions from Rochester Reddit:

The Hungerford Building

It seems odd to suggest an entire building for Small Business Saturday, but the Hungerford Building at 1115 East Main St. is home to over 80 independent art studios and several food and drink stores perfect for holiday shopping.

The majority of the building’s occupants are artists from whom you can purchase works of art such as leather goods, ceramics, photography, metalwork, clothing and mixed media, among others, said Todd. Flemming, who rents a photography studio in the building.

“There is such a wide variety of arts out there, from clothing to utility kitchen items for the home. Anything anyone would go and buy for themselves, they can find someone to make or do it. make something custom, ”Flemming said.

The Hungerford Building hosts First Fridays at The Hungerford, where artists open their studios on the first Friday of each month to allow customers to shop directly from their homes. Then there’s Second Saturdays – Handmade Hungerford, which takes place on the second Saturday of each month.

Inside the Hungerford building you can find:

  • Happy Gut Sanctuary: A store specializing in fermented tea and soft drinks that also sells local plants and art.
  • Seed & Stone Cider House: sells artisanal cider and mead.
  • Comics Etc: A large selection of comics and other collectibles, created in 1983.
  • Eat Me Ice Cream: A dairy-free ice cream shop with dozens of flavors, made in Rochester.
  • MO Pasta – Opened in July 2021, the store offers a range of freshly made pasta and sauces meant to be enjoyed at home.

For more information on the artists and to purchase local artisan art, see https://shopthehungerford.com/.

Stuart’s spices

If you fancy cooking with locally ground spices this holiday season, look no further than Stuart’s Spices at 754 S. Clinton Ave.

“We’re known for having extremely fresh and bold flavors,” said owner Tom Finnefrock, who bought the spice shop in 2010 after working 40 years as an electrical engineer.

The store sells more than 400 spices, according to Finnefrock, and all of the grinding, mixing and packaging is done at S. Clinton’s address.

For the holidays, Finnefrock said they offer pre-made or customizable gift baskets.

You can visit https://stuartsspices.com/ to shop online and keep up with offers and events.


Fleecimals.com is an online store for locally handcrafted plush animals and other adoptable friends.

There is no better feeling than gifting children with toys for the holidays, and what better toys than locally made stuffed animals?

Fleecimals.com is an online store of handcrafted stuffed animals based in Rochester, with fan favorites like octopus, manta rays and wrap eels.

The company was started by Michelle Vullo five years ago when she was in her second year in college, sewing customizable plush toys for friends.

Vullo said the online store offers a variety of handmade, customizable and usable plush products, all available in a variety of patterns and colors. It also offers a full range of accessories, which allows each customer to get a one-of-a-kind plush.

“We are a small company that takes pride in knowing our customers and making the stuffed animal or plush decoration they imagine,” said Vullo.

All of the items are available online at https://www.fleecimals.com/, and you can also find Flecimals at Jenn’s Cookie Creations, The Apple Farm in Victor, and at ShopOne.

Vullo said customers can also expect unique Christmas gifts, such as a giant octopus filled with ornaments, plush snow globes, manta ray patterned heating pads, and more. A Black Friday online sale begins on November 21.

“We are all so happy that our little friends are adopted by you, so thank you for supporting us, our cuddly toys and our team,” said Vullo.

Women of Color New York

Connie Marple, founder and owner of Women of Color New York and CharlieStyle New York, stands surrounded by her clothing line at the newly opened Women of Color New York on South Avenue in Rochester on Thursday, September 9, 2021.

In August, Connie Marple brought together nine women entrepreneurs of color and opened Women of Color New York, 539 South Ave.

Past coverage: Women of Color Find Synergy in New Business

Since then, the company has grown to include a tenth supplier, Pure Best, specializing in luxury soaps.

For the holiday season, Marple said the collective will be participating in South Wedge community events like It’s a Wonderful Life in the South Wedge and will have sales for 12 days of Christmas starting in mid-December.

Features of Women of Color New York:

  • Charlie Style New York: clothing and accessories store run by Maple
  • Shayla J’s Dessert Bar & Bistro: offers over two dozen desserts and treats
  • Beauty by Olivia Travis: Applying makeup.
  • Goddess Glow Botanicals: natural bath and body products
  • Kiera Javone wigs: design, style, touch-ups and wig color
  • Blink Beauty: Eyelash extensions, eyelash enhancers (like a perm for eyelashes), lip and eyebrow waxes
  • Eusi Sana: Unframed fine art prints with positive images that reflect the African diaspora.
  • Light My Candle Co .: Handmade scented soy wax candles are available in a range of scents
  • Ivolve Me Wellness: Faith-based counseling and personal growth from a licensed clinical social worker.
  • Pure Best: luxury natural, organic and vegan soaps.

We asked Reddit to respond:

Here is a list of all the small businesses the Rochester Redditors gave us. You can also check out last year’s list for some holiday shopping inspiration.

Read more: Rochester’s best small business Saturday stores? Response from Reddit users


  • Hi-Fi Lounge, 1822 Monroe Ave. Rochester
  • Ritual clay company, 60 Browns Course # 1, Rochester
  • The shrewd gardener, 727 Mt Hope Ave., Rochester
  • Lala from Webster, 38 E. Main St Webster
  • Skate Shop Krudco, 60 Mt Hope Ave., Rochester
  • AE Gifts & Apparel, 10 E. Main St Suite 203, Victor
  • Eleventh Hour Gift Shop, 1922 Monroe Avenue, Rochester
  • Enchanted Rose Garden, 1922 Monroe Avenue, Rochester
  • Flint Maple, Maple producer online

To eat:

  • Fire crust pizza, 4843 W Henrietta Road, Henrietta
  • Kiss me cookie, 696 Ridge Road, Webster
  • Greek sweets from Voula, 439 avenue Monroe.
  • Tu Amor Cake, 900 Jefferson Road Ste 901, Rochester
  • Chortke, 352 N Goodman St, Rochester
  • Best Set Dog Park Bar, 613 Culver Road, Rochester

This story includes a report by food and drink journalist Tracy Schuhmacher

Natalia Rodríguez Medina is a bilingual journalist covering the Puerto Rican and Latino population for the Democrat and Chronicle in partnership with Report for America. Follow her on Twitter at @nataliarodmed or email her at [email protected] You can support his work with a tax-deductible donation to Report for America.

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