This holiday season, shopping small is more important than ever! Our real estate agents love exploring local shops and sharing their finds with new residents.
Whether you decide to wait for Small Business Saturday or you're ready to start your shopping now, we recommend paying a visit to these nearby retailers.
- T&J Handcrafted Soap: 271 River St., Troy, NY 12180
Handmade soaps make great stocking stuffers, gifts for coworkers, or additions to larger gift baskets. At T&J Handcrafted Soap, you'll find over 40 different varieties of soap. Some are made from local beer, wine, and tea! They also have a selection of other body products — like fizzies, soaks, lotions, and hand-poured soy candles.
This shop is located near some of the best Troy homes for sale, so we recommend taking a drive around after you're done shopping. You never know, you just might come across your dream home.
- Fort Orange General Store: 412 Broadway, Albany, NY 12207
Located in the historic downtown district, Fort Orange General Store is a neighborhood shop where you can find a curated selection of beautiful gifts and home goods. Many of the items here come from up-and-coming designers, artists, and small companies from across the country.
If you're not excited about fighting the crowds, you'll be glad to know they also offer several shopping options. You can visit the store in person, shop online, or order ahead and pick your items up at the store.
- Byron & Gill Mercantile: 273 Lark St., Albany, New York
Looking for a luxurious gift for that special someone? If so, you'll want to pay a visit to Byron & Gill Mercantile. This specialty shop carries a wide variety of handmade accessories, home goods, decor, and NAHBOIS jewelry.
If you've been thinking about moving into one of the great Albany homes for sale, you'll want to visit this shop any time you have gift-giving needs. Everything here is made from high-quality materials and crafted by independent makers. The owner of this shop also makes it a point to work with predominantly female-owned and operated businesses.
- Caroline + Main: 438 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Located not far from some of the best Saratoga Springs homes for sale, Caroline + Main is a popular shopping destination. Here you'll find a selection of clothing, shoes, accessories, bath & body goods, and gift items like games, crafts, stationery, and candles. If you're looking for unique gifts, this is one stop you won't want to miss.
- Bluebird Home & Gift: 514 State St., Schenectady, NY 12305
If you're in the area exploring Schenectady homes for sale, make sure you stop by Bluebird Home & Gift. This shop carries items from over 20 different artists and businesses from across the nation as well as six fair-trade companies. They also have a rotating selection of vintage pieces that will add style and charm to your home.
- G. Williker's Toys and Games: 1475 Western Ave., Albany, NY 12203
If you have little ones on your holiday shopping list, you won't want to miss your chance to find a fun and unique gift at G. Williker's Toys and Games.
This shop has been a staple in the Albany area for over 23 years. Their elves have searched high and low for the most exciting toys, puzzles, and games that kids are sure to love. You can also visit them at one of their two additional locations in Saratoga Springs and Katonah.
Are you dreaming of spending the holidays in a new home? The experts at Coldwell Banker Prime Properties are here to help! Contact us today to start exploring some of the beautiful properties for sale right away.