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The best places to shop local this holiday season and every season

If you're having a hard time searching for that perfect gift, look no further than our list of the best places to shop local this holiday season!

‘Tis the season of giving and while we are doing that giving, why not support our local businesses? There are so many people that have many gifts to offer that your family and friends will love! That being said, enjoy Sweet Buffalo’s holiday shop local guide.

Empower Boutique

Owned and operated by North Tonawanda resident, Diana Herbert, Empower Boutique offers a wide variety of clothing and accessories you will love!

Sassy Smackers by Sara

Sara Serafin of Buffalo is a SeneGence consultant who is on a mission to beautify women all over WNY. Her enthusiasm for her LipSence products is top notch and she has amazing videos to show off all of her products on Facebook. Visit or call 716-572-2672.

Sassi Cakes

Want to try the most delicious cupcakes you will ever have in your life? Look no further than Sassi Cakes, owned by Dani Sass. Sassi Cakes holds the title of best cupcake in WNY and whoever gave them that designation isn’t wrong! Sassi Cakes travels all over the area in its pink cupcake food truck, so if you spot it be sure to grab one! They also cater and offer cupcakes for gifts. Call 716-909-2600 or visit to learn more.

Rosie’s Wreaths 

Premade and customized mesh wreaths at an affordable price. Rosie’s Wreaths is able to make you any wreath you fancy! Call 716-692-4115 or visit to order yours today!

The Giftery

Have a special day coming? Vicky Strauss Leader and her husband have you covered. They can help plan and decorate your venue and they also offer beautiful custom gift baskets, candy bouquets, and pens as a gift for any occasion! Call 716-204-6820

Tim Arnts Collage Art

Tim Arnts is a highly skilled artist who makes collages out of old magazines or pictures he takes at various places. Email to see some of his work!

Distinctive Vinyl Designs

There’s something for everyone at Distinctive Vinyl Designs, located at 677 Ruie Road, North Tonawanda. Check them out for your screen printing and vinyl graphic needs.

Cynthia’s $5 Sparkle Shop – Paparrazi jewelry

Why pay more to look fabulous? Beautiful pieces of $5 jewelry that is lead and nickel free will make the perfect gift. Visit


Scentsy is a safe, wickless alternative to scented candles. It offers beautiful home decor with a safe fragrance. Call 716-662-9082 or order yours here:

Crafts by Debby 

Debby creates personalized handmade products. Ranging from gifts, home decor, to weddings and party favors.

Predmore Creations 

Predmore Creations located inside the Wurlitzer Building in NT offers Buffalo-themed coloring books, handcrafted glasses, cards and ornaments. Visit  or stop by the store to get your perfect gift.

Abstract Acrylics by Artist Maya Marinelle

Twenty-year-old Maya Marinelle is an extremely talented artist. Her abstract acrylic pour paintings would make a great gift for anyone! Call 716-440-4219 or visit

Christmas Reconstructed

A local woman is recreating Christmas! Well sort of! She takes old Christmas decor and turns it into a Christmas wonderland of wreaths, mini Christmas trees, and holiday decor! Email or call 716-628-6362 for yours!

Phil’s Fine Arts

A local woman is honoring her late husband by making sure his paintings go to good homes where they can be loved and appreciated. Phil Smolinski was an amazing oils and print artist. Call 716-957-2940 or email if you’re interested in purchasing Phil’s work.

Purrfect Paws Grooming

Give the animal lover in your life or your pet a gift that they will be thankful for – a spa day for dogs! At Purrfect Paws Grooming in NT, your furry friend can enjoy a hair cut and bath in a relaxing and stress free environment. Call Kim at 716-479-4119 to learn more.

Usborne Books & More

Usborne Books & More offers over 1,800 different books for babies through young adults. They have interactive books, reference text books, phonics readers, chapter books, ect… anything you can think of! They also do reading incentive programs, book fairs, booth events and fundraisers (cards for a cause)! Call 716-495-7587 or visit to learn more!

The Cocoa Exchange

It’s dangerously good! The Cocoa Exchange is a place where cocoa and chocolate come to life with products that will be the secret ingredient in your kitchen! Visit or call 716-990-0505 to learn more.

Thirty One

Thirty-One Gifts make the perfect gift for that person who has everything but nowhere to put it! Their products are designed to have you looking fabulous while toting your valuables around whether it’s a hot or cold meal or baby accessories! And the best part is, these bags can be personalized! Visit or call 316-1510 to get yours!


Do you love buttery soft printed leggings? Well look no further than LuLaRoe. Visit

Vegan Grocery Store

The Vegan Grocery Store, located at 321 Oliver St., North Tonawanda, has everything vegan you’ll want and more! Visit to learn more!

Pure Romance

Pure Romance offers bath, beauty and bedroom accessories. Visit

Young Living 

Young Living Essential Oils will make the perfect gift for those who love pure-therapuetic grade essential oils in their home. Visit or

Sweet Dreams by Heather

The kids will love this one! Beautiful blankets and capes you won’t find anywhere else! Lots of characters included like PJ Masks and Paw Patrol for the little ones! Call Heather at 716-343-2787 or email to get yours!

Traveling Beauty Bar

Traveling Beauty Bar based in WNY offers all types of beauty products that will leave you feeling 10 years younger. They Goodbye Puffy Eyes erases and softens wrinkles, freshens tired eyes, minimizes bags, lightens dark circles, and lessens expression lines. Call 716-435-7163 to learn more!


This holiday, give the gift of an extremely clean and healthy home. Norwex cleaning products are like no other. Call 536-1193 or visit

Beloved Entertainment

Looking for an amazing DJ for the perfect event? Book Beloved Entertainment for weddings, event, parties and more. Visit or email

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