Today is my final installment on Buffalo, NY. I hope that it has made you at least consider visiting Buffalo or branching out if you’re visiting Niagara Falls. Here is a listing of a few locally owned businesses that you might want to check out:
- Fowler’s Chocolates and Watson’s Chocolates – Both of these candy companies have been around a long time – Fowler’s since 1901 and Watson’s since 1946. Fowler’s was a standard fundraiser for us when I was in school. And Watson’s was recently featured on Food Network’s “Kid in a Candy Store”. Make sure you try some sponge candy.
- AndBuffalo – This web site features t-shirts that would make any Buffalonian proud.
- Fisher Price (636 Girard Avenue), Vidler’s (676 – 694 Main Street) and Toy Town Museum (636 Girard Avenue), Explore and More (300 Gleed Avenue) - Head out to East Aurora for a step back in time. East Aurora is a quaint town where several toy companies made their home, most notably Fisher Price. The Toy Town Museum pays tribute to this past. You can also visit the Fisher Price factory store. Although the prices are not much, if at all, cheaper than other toy stores, you can find things there that you can’t easily find in other stores. And Vidler’s is an old-time 5 and dime store. Explore and More is a hands-on museum for younger kids. This is also the town where the Millard Fillmore House is located.
- Simply Gourmet (5 Lake St, Hamburg, NY) – This is one of my parents’ favorite restaurants in the town of Hamburg. It is open from 7 AM – 5 PM daily and features gourmet styled breakfasts and lunches.
- Boston, NY – This is my hometown. It has grown a little since I was a kid, but it still has only real traffic light and 2 blinking ones. This is where George’s Hotdog Stand and Nick Charlap’s are located. You may also like to check out the Boston Place Gift Shop (7935 Boston State Rd, Hamburg, NY) and Three Girls Cafe (8373 Boston State Rd, Hamburg, NY – my parent’s favorite restaurant in town). The location of these stores are in Boston, NY even though the mailing address is Hamburg, NY. I’m including the mailing address so you could find it using a GPS.
- Dancing Goat (located about an hour outside Buffalo at 11 West Buffalo Street, Warsaw, NY) - This shop is owned by my sister-in-law. It is a yarn shop and in a cute rural town. It’s a perfect stop if you’re heading out to Letchworth Park. Her on-line store can be found using this link.
- Amusement Parks – Fantasy Island (Grand Island, NY), Darien Lake (9993 Allegheny Rd, Darien Center, NY), and African Lion Safari (1386 Cooper Road, Flamborough, Ontario, Canada) - If you’re looking for a little adventure, check out one of these sites. Fantasy Island is an amusement park and is the closest of the three to Buffalo. It costs $24.95 for adults, $19.95 for kids under 48″ tall, $16.95 for seniors, and kids under 2 are free. Darien Lake is the amusement park I remember going to the most as a kid. It is larger than Fantasy Island. Admission is $42.99 for adults and $29.99 for kids and seniors. You can get discounted tickets at Wegman’s grocery stores ($36.99 for adults and $26.99 for kids and seniors). African Lion Safari is located in . It is a drive through safari where the over 1,000 animals roam free. Admission is $26.99 for adults, $27.95 for seniors, $24.95 for kids (3-12) and kids 2 and under are free. Note that prices are in Canadian dollars and you will need a passport to see this location.