2017 Holiday Guide: Shop LOCAL!

the Rochesteriat (pictured L>r: Cat Clay, More Fire Glass, Tom Pollard Designs)

the Rochesteriat (pictured L>r: Cat Clay, More Fire Glass, Tom Pollard Designs)

We're last minute shoppers, it's terrible, we know. There's just something about that deadline creeping up that really puts us into action. So this year we're getting ahead and starting our shopping in November (super early, we know)!

We're all about shopping local as much as possible and our city businesses have a lot to offer. So here's a quick guide to do more LOCAL gift giving this year:

Art Gallery/Museum Gifts or Memberships:

Give the gift of Art! For those art lovers in your life peruse the gift shops of local galleries or museums like the George Eastman Museum or the Memorial Art Gallery. They are full of unique treasures you often won't find anywhere else.

Know someone who will want to adore the art itself over and over? Buy a membership so they can keep going back throughout the year. Giving gifts to younger ones? Head to the Rochester Museum & Science Center, The Strong Museum of Play or the Seneca Park Zoo.

And don't forget those theater lovers! Consider subscriptions to one of our many theaters like Geva Theatre or Blackfriars Theatre.

For the Home:

The Rochesteriat | Peppermint

The Rochesteriat | Peppermint

Skip the big box stores and head to the small mom n'pop shops. Look for gifts at places like Abode Rochester, Stacy K Floral, AXOM Objects, More Fire Glass Studio and the Hub by Archimage. Even Peppermint and Fahsye have a great selections of local Rochester goodies!

The Gift of Learning:

We're life-long learners, we love to read, take classes and attend events where we'll walk away having learned something and been inspired. Give the gift of knowledge through gift cards and classes from Rochester Brainery, the Creative Workshop at the Memorial Art Gallery, Studio 34 Creative Arts Center & Gallery, Little Button Craft, or the Flower City Arts Center.

Clothing & Things:

Before you head to the mall or Target, stop at Archimage, Peppermint, Fahsye, or the new Statement Boutique on Park Ave. Shopping for an active friend? Try Fleet Feet, Rochester Running Co. or Rochester Parkour. And don't forget about stores like Little Button Craft, Zak's Avenue and Parkleigh, you never know what great (and random!) gifts you'll find.

Gift Cards!

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the Rochesteriat

Lastly, as much as we love that super thought-out perfect gift, we're also fans of gift cards! Do you have a favorite place you think your friend or family member needs to try, what better way to get them to go than with a giftcard? The list could be endless: McCann's, TRATA, Rocco, The Owl House, The Red Fern, Bitter Honey, Fiorella, all the Coffee Shops, The Little Theatre, all the theaters, and actually any of the places we've already listed in this post!

Whatever you may be shopping for, give city businesses a chance and shop local.

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Post-Thanksgiving Shopping - Buy LOCAL this Year


Tis' the season - the season to head out and look for the perfect gift for your favorite people. Here are just a handful of deals happening after Thanksgiving right here in the city. No need to head to the big box store, try local first.

Shop Local - Black Friday Deals:

This Friday, Black Button Distilling is releasing their new Little Barrel Bourbon. This is the first locally made-craft bourbon to hit the market in Monroe County since Prohibition. This bourbon is a limited 1,400 bottle production that has aged four months in 5-gallon barrels. And, if bourbon's not your thing they have plenty of other gift options to peruse. GO SHOP!

Related Post: Little Barrel Bourbon - Here's One Great Shot to Get You Out on Black Friday

Got that need for caffeine or coffee related items? Joe Bean Coffee Roasters will have in-store and online sales this Black Friday. In-house: spend $50 or more and receive a $5 gift card. Online: free shipping on orders for $75 or more. Time to stock up! See Deals.

Small Business Saturday - Support SMALL!

It doesn't matter if you eat too much on Thanksgiving, good homemade dessert can never be passed up. This Small Business Saturday, Scratch Bakeshop (soon to open on Park Ave) is offering 15% off on any order placed on Saturday. Do you know what you're going to order yet? Scratch Bakeshop website.

Hip, urban florist, Stacy K Floral, located on Park Ave, will be offering 10% off store-wide on Saturday. Shop their vast selection of gifts, decor, and fresh flowers and plants. What are you waiting for?

Related Post: Stacy K Floral: flowers with a city vibe

Friday, Saturday & Beyond!

If you're looking for the perfect piece to accent a family member or friend's home (or maybe your own), look no further than More Fire Glass Studio. This studio produces incredible glass-blown vases, sculptures, ornaments, and more. Their annual holiday sale is Friday-Sunday, November 28th-30th, as well as Saturday & Sunday, December 6th & 7th. Don't miss this sale!

Related Post: More Fire Glass Studio: glass blowing in ROC

New isn't always better. Know someone who feels that way? Head to Far Out Vintage on Monroe Ave to give a unique piece new life. Get 50% off on Black Friday and 25% off on Small Business Saturday. Go Vintage!

If you're not even sure where to start shopping or what to get for someone... try Zak's Avenue. This eclectic shop in the South Wedge really does have everything. Gift for a guy, girl, friend, hostess, boss, etc. if you're not sure where to start, start here. For both Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, Zak's is offering 20% off your purchase of any one item over $20! Get shopping!

Related Post: Zak's Avenue: a one-stop-shop in the Wedge

So, once you've eaten all you can and gotten a good nights sleep - get out there - and shop, support a local business.


Stefanie is co-Founder and Editor of the Rochesteriat. She is planning to do lots of local shopping this year and hopes you will too! Find her with a camera & phone in hand, taking photos for @theRochesteriat on Instagram. Follow her on Twitter.