Memories are indeed wonderful ways to remember treasured moments in time or special occasions, but another way to relish something is the perfect keepsake — a token that serves as the embodiment of a trip, holiday or vacation.
In Niagara Falls USA, it is easy to happen upon such a remembrance. Whether it’s a one-of-a-kind dress from Confetti Cottage Boutique & Cafe or a new piece of jewelry from Chéri Amour, you'll find a bounty of souvenirs at myriad boutiques and specialty shops. Here are just a few local boutiques and shops to enjoy.
Confetti Cottage is home to an array of women’s clothing, scarves, handbags, jewelry and more. It’s easy to find a special something in this boutique, which is owned by two sisters and their cousin, and the shop’s cafe offers a place to sit awhile and enjoy local coffee from Erie Canal Coffee Company with a fresh-from-the-oven scone.
Lewiston’s Chéri Amour — known as “a touch of France in the Falls” — offers exclusive jewelry collections and a range of hand-selected gifts, including candles and greeting cards. The boutique, which is owned by sisters Cheri Clark and Janeanne Winberg, has been an area mainstay for nearly two decades. Clark and Winberg say that, in addition to enjoying interacting with their customers, giving them a customized shopping experience is one of the hallmarks of Chéri Amour.
A modern and chic boutique, You & Me — as in “a little something for you, and a little something for me” — counts among its wares trendy casual wear, Instagrammable accessories, gifts, greeting cards and unique home novelties. Its sister boutique, Baby & Me, is just like the name says: a special place for children’s and maternity clothing, shower gifts, nursery decor and more.
Owner Gina Pesceri drew inspiration from her family life (she grew up with brothers and has twin boys) and her love affair with England (where she lived for two years) to create this men’s only boutique in quaint downtown Lockport. She stocks big names like Calvin Klein and Orvis and smaller lines like Jack Martin, as well as locally made bowties and art by Lockport artist Pugbully Studio.
Soap, soap and even more soap! Martinsville Soapworks, a “handmade bath and body emporium,” is home to — you guessed it — soaps, washes, balms and more.
In 2002, the shop’s Chief Saponifier, aka soap maker, Heather Kalisiak, started making soap from scratch in her kitchen and, in 2013, opened her storefront in North Tonawanda, where it still stands today.
“Fragrance tells a story,” Kalisiak says, “a certain scent can transport us back to a single moment in time.”
A visit to Martinsville Soapworks, and any of the specialty shops and boutiques in Niagara Falls USA, is part of a potent recipe for a trip to remember.
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