Midtown Plaza: only one left
Back in the 1960s, this was the nations first completely enclosed mall. It was a tribute to the economic strength of Rochester.
Now it is a struggling mall with about forty stores (they keep changing) that are trying to make a go of it in hard times in Rochester. There are no big name stores in the mall, only local specialty stores and a few religious centers.
Downtown Rochester does not offer much to the upscale shopper who is looking for a safe place to spend money.
The city has now sold Midtown Plaza building to a private business who is going to make it into offices and storage areas.
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Stever's Candies: Chocolate heaven
I came across this chocolate shop called Stevers Candies on Park Ave and it's possibly some of the nicest chocolate I've ever tasted, shame the don't deliver to the UK.
They do everything in there, chocolate covered twinkies, mixed boxes, jelly beans and every kind of chocolate you could wish for!
What to buy: Chocolate chocolate chocolate
Andy's Candies: for the sweet tooth
The candy store with the cute name is on Ridge Road over by the city line. It has been in business since 1917 at various locations in the city. Andy's Candies has built a great local reputation for quality, homemade candies and chocolates, nut clusters and sponge candy (my wife's favorite).
It is a small family owned and operated store that is singularly unimpressive. But the chocolate they make is some of the smoothest, creamiest I have every had. It is not over-sweet and it leaves a definite good taste in the back of your mouth when you have finished eating.
Most of the chocolates they sell go for about $6 per pound which is very reasonable. They have some special treats that are much more expensive, like the chocolate rose bouquet. (It makes a great gift for your lover). And they have seasonal chocolate favorites (Santas and Bunnies) that sell for as little as $2.50 per pound.
But no matter what the price of the their chocolates, they taste great.
The chocolate factory is acutally on 1100 Hudson Avenue and they used to give tours, but that was many years ago. You could call 585-266-5180 to see if tours are still available but that area of Rochester has changed so drastically (and not for the better) in the last 10 years that I rather doubt that they provide them.
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Talulah's Petunias: antiques etc.
This little boutique is a small treasure trove of old gold items (bracelets, ear rings, necklaces, rings) and costume jewelry from bygone days. There are shelves full of little knickknacks that once were special items to someone and now are gathered here looking for a new home.
Not everything is antique though; there are some art treasures and craft items that are on display and on consignment. The collection is eclectic and nothing is inexpensive.
I do not mind at all if my wife likes to shop in places like this as long as we agree on how much is to be spent a head of time. It is way to easy to get caught up in the excitement of the moment when a beautiful item is found and you just got to have it (at least that is what you think at the time).
(This shop use to be over on Oxford Street back in 2002).
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Park Leigh: Everything you need and don't!
Park Leigh has been in Rochester for a looooooong time. Used to be a pharmacy and now is a gift shop extrodinaire... Imagine William Sonoma, meets Godiva, meets Crabtree adn Evelyn, meets... funky home gifts, meets sephora products... meets beautiful stationary, topped with some fantastic clothes and shoes. It's the department stores of gift shops. You can shop here for your Great Aunt Hildie, your best friend with the funky taste, and your godchild all in one store!
What to buy: EVerything and anything... all the things you're looking for and the things you didn't realize you needed until you got here. Fresh coffee and tea, designer chocolates, mckenzie childs, vera bradley, kiehls, fun funky home stuff (ny'ers think urban outfitters home section and toy section)... cards, crocs, clarks, eileen fischer, cards, baby gifts, funky toys.... you name it!
if they don't have it, they'll order it for you.
What to pay: the range is HUGE.,... you can spend as little or as much as you want
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Polska Chata: Best Polish Deli
Cute little deli with a small restaurant for a quick lunch. Smacznego!!!!!
What to buy: Typical Polish food items we are used to in US...pierogi, farmers cheese for nalesnieki (Polish crepes)
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