This year kick off you holiday shopping (if you haven't already!) with GREEN FRIDAY. Here are a few ideas to help you check those names off your list! Browse the list of Finger Lakes local producers, artisans, and specialty shops for gift inspiriation! If you're not familiar with Green Friday there are a few variations. One of them is promoting more mindful gift shopping. Shopping small, local businesses, eating at local restaurants and taking time to slow down after a hectic year.
*Reminder to please follow safety guidelines and check with stores regarding hours and shopping options.*
Searching for decadent chocolate that will win over even the most pickiest chocolate connoisseur? Gretchen's Confections has it all from delightful chocolate to sumptuous cups of hot cocoa and light fare as well. This year order a box of their culinary delights, or a gift certificate if you simply can't decide what tasty treats to pick! Looking for more yummy options? Bradford Heights Marketplace in the Fingerlakes Mall in Auburn and features locally produced baked goods, raw honey, jams, jellies, handmade candy and more. Who would not want a basket full of these sweet goodies to share with friends and family over the holiday season?
Finger Lakes Coffee
No, we don’t grow coffee beans here in the Finger Lakes but we do roast it locally and the gift of locally roasted coffee is sure to be appreciated by any coffee lover. Simple Roast Coffee in Auburn features delicious fair trade, organic beans and Crow City Roasters also in Auburn offers a variety of small batch artisan coffees.
Hand Decorated Holiday Décor
The designers and artisans of MacKenzie-Childs in Aurora have created beautiful, original designs that have added joy and grace to homes throughout the world for more than 30 years. Their holiday themed collections include everything from paper goods to bottle stoppers to dish towels and are a unique addition to any gift basket. Online ordering is a safe and simple option!
Artisan & Eco- Friendly Shopping
Check out one of Auburn's newest businesses Reuse Refuge! They offer a plethora of eco-friendly options in a cozy, friendly atmosphere. Visit Regenerations in downtown Auburn for funky up-cycled wares and home decor. Their store also features the work of local artists and is a great place to buy a variety of gifts including ceramics, jewelry, and ornaments. If you are in northern Cayuga County, be sure to visit South Shore Artisans in Fair Haven, an artist co-op featuring a unique collection of fine and folks art, all crafted locally.
Strawberry Fields Forever
Even though strawberry picking season is over, the store at Strawberry Fields Hydroponic Farm is chock full of jams, jellies and more! Stop by to grab a fresh cut Christmas tree or peruse their custom made wreaths and decorations in the full floral shop!
With so many places to shop safely and now providing online options; this only scratches the surface. We’d love to hear your favorite places to buy Finger Lakes themed gifts. And check back next week for our second installment of Green Friday inspiration!