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In the towns sprinkled around northern New York, shoppers can find both small locally-owned shops selling antiques, clothing, jewelry, and regional crafts, as well as national chain stores that have recently cropped up. From rustic Adirondack furnishings to farmer's markets, the personality of the northern New York region is stamped on most stores. Adirondack crafts celebrate the resources of the region, with furniture, baskets, and more carved from the naturally abounding wood and bark, and often incorporate images of local wildlife, including deer and fish. Of course, visitors to the region will also find plenty of shops selling sporting gear and equipment needed for the many outdoor activities available.
Shopping in the Central Adirondacks
At the Adirondack Buffalo Company, a family-owned and operated farm tucked into the Adirondack Mountains in the town of North Hudson, a herd of about 40 American Bison (buffalo) make their home. From May-October the farm is open to visitors, who can watch the buffalo and shop in the gift shop for bison products, fresh produce, baked goods and souvenirs.
Hoss's Country Corner in the central Adirondack town of Long Lake is a must-see, built in the classic Adirondack style. A large emporium-like store, they sell everything from clothing, sporting goods, and general groceries to hand-made crafts and rustic furnishings, as well as a nice selection of regional books.
The town of Old Forge is also home to shops selling distinctive Adirondack fare. Also on State Road 28, the Moose River Trading Company carries classic Adirondack crafts as well as sporting equipment.
Shopping in Lake Placid
The Adirondack Craft Center on Saranac Avenue in Lake Placid village sells unique Adirondack crafts made by hundreds of artisans. Also in town, on Main Street, is Adirondack Decorative Arts & Crafts, a three-floor shop full of rustic inventory including furniture, hardware, glassware, wallpaper, and books. Summer Antiques in Lake Placid village specializes in period furniture, mission Oak furniture, folk art, early rugs, sports items, and other collectibles, with most items hand-picked in northern New York as well as New England.
East of Lake Placid, in the town of Keene, unique Adirondack crafts can be found at Adirondack Reflections, located on Main Street. Keene hosts a farmer's market as well, open on Sundays from mid-June to mid-October at the Marcy Airfield. This market offers fresh produce as well as fine local crafts.
Another market not to miss is the Lake Placid Farmers' Market, held every Wednesday from mid-June to mid-October at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. Whether browsing, shopping, or just taste-testing, visitors will find an assortment of fresh goods including vegetables, berries, bread, and flowers. Also on hand are free-range chicken and eggs, grass-fed meats, maple syrup, hand-carved bowls and utensils, artwork and photographs, demonstrations by chefs, and live music.
The United States Olympic Stores on Old Military Road in Lake Placid are owned and operated by the U.S. Olympic Committee. Located within the U.S. Olympic Training Center, and selling sportswear and memorabilia; all proceeds directly support the U.S. Olympic movement.
Shopping around Saranac Lake
The Adirondack Farmers' Market Cooperative promotes and manages local farmer's markets around the Adirondacks. Their market in Saranac Lake is open on Tuesdays from mid-June to mid-September, held at the Lake Flour Bakery on the corner of River Street (State Road 86) and St. Bernard. Another of their markets can be found in the town of Paul Smith, open Friday afternoons from the beginning of July until the end of August, situated by the lake near the library on the Paul Smiths College campus.
One of the oldest and largest tree farms in the United State's northeast is Asplin Tree Farms, located on State Road 86 in Saranac Lake. Here visitors will find a popular gift shop; look for their specialty: a traditional Adirondack balsam pillow filled with aromatic pine needles.
Shopping in Saratoga Springs
Numerous antique dealers are located in the heart of downtown Saratoga, most on Broadway and Regent Street. Mark Lawson Antiques on Broadway and Regent Street Antique Center on Regent Street, which houses over 20 dealers under its roof, are both recommended. In the old Saratoga National Bank building on Phila Street is the Lyrical Ballad Bookstore, housing tens of thousands of old and used books. Dealers from around the world regularly stop in to look in the bank's old vaults, where the rarest volumes are stored.
Visitors to the Saratoga area should also plan a visit to at least one of its many farms, which include dairy and horse farms, farm stands, and orchards. Saratoga Apple in Schuylerville has a farmer's market operating year-round. They also offer apple picking in their orchard, as well as wagon rides in the fall. Buy fresh corn, pumpkins, and squash when they're in season at Hanehan's Pumpkins in Saratoga Springs. Pick your own vegetables from May-December at Weber's Farm, also in Saratoga Springs. Head to Ballston Spa, where Bliss Glad Farm and Clark Dahlia Garden & Greenhouses specialize in flowers; Clark Dahlia also sells homemade jams, fruit, and produce in season. The Adirondack Country Store, located in Wilton and occupying an old farmhouse, sells books and local crafts that are sure to please.
Shopping in Lake George
A pack-rat's dream, or something different for the curious visitor, the World's Largest Garage Sale takes place on Main Street in downtown Warrensburg the first weekend in October (or sometimes the last weekend in September). From antiques to old toys to hats, hardware, and vintage clothing, you can find just about anything here. Vendors come in from all over the country to unload their inventory. Food vendors also sell tasty home-made treats. Outside of the Garage Sale event, Warrensburg is known for its antique shops, most of which are located on Main Street.
During “A Holiday Weekend in Bolton Landing,” holiday shoppers can shop, dine in, and stroll through the charming town of Bolton Landing, sitting on the shores of Lake George. This weekend hosts restaurant specials, with shops serving holiday refreshments, and hayrides, entertainment, and more to delight visitors.
In the charming lakeside town of Lake George Village, shoppers will find jewelry, antiques, novelty shops and clothing stores, as well as shops selling gifts and Adirondack collectibles, with many of the items made by local artisans.
Northwest of Lake George Village, visitors to the Gore Mountain Mineral Shop are invited to strike it rich! Located in North Creek, this family-owned and -operated business is home to an open-pit garnet mine in which tours are given and from which visitors can find and take their own stones. Following that, you can head to the Gem & Mineral Shop to weigh your rocks and have a staff member help you identify them. Gem-cutting demonstrations are also held at the shop. The facility is open mid-June through Labor Day.
Shopping in the Thousand Islands
Enjoy a view of the Thousand Islands Bridge from the American Flea Market and RV Site in Alexandria Bay, home to a flea market, and outdoor mall, and a consignment shop, with antiques and collectables sold. A self-contained RV Campground is also located on this nine-acre plot.
Cheese-lovers have to visit Clayton's Gold Cup Farms, the “home of River Rat Cheese.” River Rat Cheese is a cheddar freshly made in the Thousand Islands. Located on James Street, the shop also stocks Adirondack Summer Sausage, pure maple syrup - made from the foothills of the Adirondacks, and Croghan Bologna - made in a secret family recipe.
Shopping Malls in Lake Placid, Lake George, Saratoga Springs, Adirondacks and Northern New York