Colonie Center: yet another mall
This is a fairly large plaza with an extensive list of stores.
The directory includes:
Christmas Tree, Foot Locker, Gap, Hallmark, Kay Jewelers, KB Toys, Lane Bryant, Lerners, Macys, Payless, Radio Shack, Sears, Victoria Secret
There are several eateries with wares for your consumption. (Friendly's, Taco Bell)
They have a bank and post office for your convenience as well as several restrooms.
(If they added a shower room you probably could be comfortable living there 24/7).
My wife spent several hours here while I tagged along and mentally planned the rest of the trip.
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Stuyvesant Plaza: Wide range of upscale shops all in one place.
Stuyvesant Plaza is an open-air shopping plaza on the outskirts of Albany. I've worked in various stores here on and off since high school, and the whole plaza is just great. There's a wide range of stores, and most of them are fairly upscale. Highlights include Book House (and Little Book House), a locally owned book store, Different Drummer's Kitchen, which sells a wide variety of cooking equipment, and Pearl Grant Richmans, which sells beautiful gifts and delicious chocolates.
What to pay: There is a wide range of prices.
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Lark Street: A wide range of shops with personality.
Not a specific shop, but Lark Street and the surrounding side streets is one of the best places to shop in Albany. There are gobs of fascinating little gift stores and book shops. Some highlights include Romeo's Gifts (on the corner of Lark and Madison), The Daily Grind (204 Lark), the famous Lark Street Tattoo (274 Lark). Check out their website for a full list of the shops and restaurants.
Also, for special events, in June there is Art on Lark, where local artists sell their work on the sidewalks, and in September there's Lark Fest, featuring local vendors and music.
What to buy: Stop at the Daily Grind for any and all coffee and tea paraphenalia and Elissa Halloran Designs for beautiful handmade jewelry.
What to pay: There's a huge range of different prices.
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