Buffalo New York's Elmwood Village Named One of 'Ten Great Neighborhoods' by American Planning Association

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With dozens of stores and special events planned for the season, Buffalo's Elmwood Village is the perfect place to shop for the holidays.

vitality and broad spectrum of cultural and social assets.

Imagine a neighborhood with delightful restaurants, charming shops, funky galleries and Victorian homes - a neighborhood for shoppers who are tired of the mall and looking for the off beat, unique and hard-to-find.

This winter season spend the afternoon shopping in Buffalo's Elmwood Village, recently named one of "Ten Great Neighborhoods" in the United States by the American Planning Association. Home to the internationally renowned Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Elmwood Village is also a mecca for boutiques, specialty stores, one-of-a-kind shops and the hippest fashion finds.

Throughout the Village are one-of-a-kind eclectic gifts at shops like Thin Ice, Positively Main Street, Everything Elmwood and Spoiled Rotten. With gifts ranging from candles to cards to handmade jewelry to glass pieces, these stores offer an enormous variety of unique items. Buffalo New York's Elmwood Village has attractions for the kids including the Treehouse Toy Store which carries thousands of toys, from classics to the latest and greatest.

Looking for great fashion? Urban Threads and Sleds features fashionable designer clothing and other vintage apparel. Buffalo Fleece and Outerwear sells the warmest winter gear, Get Dressed offers men's fine apparel, Firebrand specializes in way cool sneakers and tennis shoes, while Sweet and Dirty offers women's city fashion spawning from shops in New York City's West Village. Shoe Fly offers soles for your feet and Clutch has all the latest handbags.

If hunger hits, up and down Elmwood Avenue are many options for dining in Buffalo ranging from coffee shops like Acropolis and Ambrosia to more upscale dining experiences like those offered at Nektar and Toro. There are also ethnic eateries like Kibarashi, Saigon Cafe, Falafel Bar and India Gate. Or, if you're just looking for a place to warm up and relax, grab a hot drink from Spot Coffee, Cafe Aroma or Tru Teas.

Close the day by grabbing a book from Talking Leaves or pick up something for the walls of your home at Poster Art while looking at the beautiful lights and seasonal decorations that line the street.

Recently voted one of the country's top ten neighborhoods by the American Planning Association, Buffalo's Elmwood Village shares this heady designation with the likes of Brooklyn's Park Slope, San Francisco's North Beach and the Pike Place Market in Seattle. The APA selected the Elmwood Village because of its "vitality and broad spectrum of cultural and social assets."

Elmwood Village is located just minutes from the Peace Bridge and has many more shops, stores and boutiques to offer. For more information about Elmwood Village and all that it has to offer, visit http://www.foreverelmwood.org/

For more information about where to stay, play, shop and eat in Buffalo check out http://visitbuffaloniagara.com.

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