Gifts & Specialties
Before your visit comes to an end, treat yourself to the many gift or specialty shops around Rochester. Remember your visit with handmade goods carefully crafted by local artisans, locally made treats and spirits, or clothing and accessories curated by some of the trendiest that Rochester has to offer.
A visit to Rochester would not be complete without a stop by the Record Archive. In addition to its specialized vintage vinyl collection, Record Archive's 13,000 square feet store is home to the latest music releases on CD and vinyl, unique gifts and toys, local art, vintage clothing, t-shirts and souvenirs. Record Archive is also the first record store in New York State to serve beer and wine daily so you can enjoy a local or regional craft beer or glass of wine after you shop.
Consistently voted Rochester's Best gift store, Parkleigh is filled with gifts and home décor, jewelry, accessories, and brands such as MacKenzie-Childs, Crabtree & Evelyn, Vera Bradley, and Spartina.
Apparel and Accessories
For the most stylish experience, a visit to Peppermint Boutique or Adrian Jules is a must. At Peppermint, you'll find a fashion-forward boutique showcasing vintage and modern apparel, shoes, and accessories for women, as well as a carefully curated array of Rochester-themed apparel and gifts. Adrian Jules Custom Clothing is rooted in Rochester, being in business since 1964. The company's commitment to handmade craftsmanship in their custom made suits consistently lands them on lists of America's best custom clothiers.
Bring home the flavors of Rochester with a locally crafted beverage or treat. For those with a sweet tooth, a visit to Stever's, Laughing Gull, or Hedonist Artisan Chocolates will envelop you in the rich smell of homemade chocolates and candies. And each offer's a different experience. A family tradition since 1946, Stever's makes homemade candy on-site in a former telephone exchange built in 1911. In fact, the building where Stever's is located has housed a candy shop in some form since 1939. Laughing Gull Chocolates sources the highest quality, direct trade, organic chocolate, and as many ethically and locally sourced ingredients as possible. And you can also try your hand at chocolate making with one of the many unique workshops they offer. As is evident by the name, Hedonist Artisan Chocolates provides the pursuit of pleasure and self-indulgence through chocolate by offering handmade truffles and other delicacies in innovative flavor combinations.
Seasonally be sure to take advantage the fruits and flavors of the different seasons. Fall in Rochester and the Finger Lakes is filled with all things apples and pumpkins, and winter brings an abundance of maple products. A visit to a local farm will provide fun for all ages, entertainment and delicious flavors featuring apples, cider, cider donuts, maple syrups, maple candies, and more. Check out Kettle Ridge Farm, Wickham Farms, Long Acre Farms, or Stokoe Farms.