Park Center Route 146 (Northway Exit 9), Clifton Park,
383-0059. The reinvented Clifton Country Mall. Anchored by
the Marshall’s Megastore, Boscov’s, and JCPenney.
Center Central Ave. (Route 5) and Wolf Road (Northway
Exit 2E), Colonie, 459-9020. The smaller and, some would say,
more manageable of the area’s two major malls boasts the biggest
Macy’s this side of New York City, one of only two Christmas
Tree Shops in the state, Boscov’s, Sears, Macy’s, the Gap
and other typical retail chains among its 120-plus stores.
Commons Washington Ave. Extension (Thruway Exit 24), Albany.
Nirvana for the big-box-shopping crazed—you need your car
to drive from store to store at this place. Among the stores
you’ll find are Home Depot, Circuit City, PetSmart, Sam’s
Club and Wal-Mart.
Mall 120 Washington Ave. Extension (Crossgates Mall Road
exit off the Northway), Guilderland, 869-9565. It’s big, big,
big—the biggest mall in the region, in fact. Now features
more stores than we want to count (around 230), restaurants
and services, plus an 18-screen Regal movie complex. Macy’s,
JC Penney and Cohoes Fashions are among the department stores
anchoring the behemoth. There’s also Pottery Barn, H&M,
FYE and Best Buy.
Avevue Delmar. A suburban stretch offering strip-mall
fare at Delaware Plaza, where you’ll find a Fashion Bug, Payless
Shoes, FYE and the Friar Tuck Book Shop, not to mention the
superb Delaware Plaza Liquor Store. At Four Corners (where
Kenwood Ave. crosses Delaware), look for a collection of boutiques
selling children’s clothes, books, gifts, jewelry, gourmet
foods and more. And there’s always the Saratoga Shoe Depot
for a pair of cool kicks.
Troy In the past nobody would mistake the downtown section
of the Collar City for a bustling retail center. But these
days it appears to be making a comeback. There seems to be
a good number of shops that display the great potential of
the city. Some of our favorites: Hummingbird Designs (handcrafted
jewelry), Counties of Ireland (an import store that carries
all manner of Irish gifts and clothing), and Aurora’s Willow
Creek (Specializing in Victorian and Czechoslovakian jewelry).
And while you’re in Troy, don’t forget to check out River
St., which boasts Gerard Stowell Pottery (unique jewelry and
gifts) and several antiques stores that are popping up faster
than we can count them.
Saratoga Springs Saratoga may not have old-time prices,
but it still has that old-time downtown feeling, with one
of the area’s classiest collections of boutiques and shops.
Don’t miss the off-price Saratoga Shoe Depot and the hot footwear
selection Saratoga Soles. Check out Elevate Cycles for bikes,
snowboards and related accessories, and Soavé Faire Fine Arts
for discount art supplies. There are even a couple of stores
downtown that’ll satisfy your cravings for the true shopping-mall
experience: Borders Books and Music, the Gap, Banana Republic,
Starbucks and Eddie Bauer have all graced Broadway with their
Halloran Designs 225 Lark St., Albany, 432-7090. Hand-made
jewelry, work by local artists, and a vintage and consignment
Jewelers 1585 Central Ave., 436-6800. A fine jewelry
store with a professional and experienced staff. Full lines
of Pandora, Movada, and Tossot. Repairs available.
Candy Beauty Supply 418 Delaware Ave., Albany, 463-3039.
1391 Indian Fields Road, Feura Bush, 439-0028. A fresh-food
market that offers everything from a full-service deli to
an extensive catering menu, even ice cream for the kids.
Only Natural Stuyvesant Plaza, Western Ave., Albany, 438-4595.
Full line of Burts Bees and a full line of health and all
natural organic products. Wheat free/gluten foods as well
as supplements & herbs.
Jay Street Schenectady. A little retail paradise in the
middle of the Electric City: A handful of gift shops here
flank a common area that has been closed to traffic. The Open
Door Bookstore holds court at one end, and don’t forget to
hop across the street to check out Proctor’s Arcade, where
there are a few sweet gift shops and a sheet-music store.
Street/Lower Central Avenue Albany. An oasis of specialty
shops, restaurants and bars. There’s something for everyone
at the secondhand, antique, record, book and gift shops that
line several blocks. Don’t miss Romeo’s Gifts, Elissa Halloran
Designs for unique jewelry, and the Lark Street Flower Market.
Also, pop into Flamingo’s, a store packed to the gills with
retro kitsch treasures. Among the storefronts on Central Avenue,
you’ll find Earthworld, for all your comic needs, and a Central
Avenue fixture: The Honest Weight Food Co-op, a must for the
Circle Mall Routes 9 and 7, Latham, 785-8363. Features
standard mall fare in close to 100 shops, plus a multiscreen
cineplex. The mall’s anchor stores are JCPenney and a mondo
Burlington Coat Factory outlet.
Moon 15 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-2488. A metaphysical
boutique with candles, incense, books, crystals and more.
Center, Vt. Routes 7A and 11/30, Manchester Center, Vt.
www.manchesterdesigneroutlets.com. A veritable outlet town
nestled amid the Green Mountains. Plenty of upscale, outlet-priced
retail therapy to be had at every turn.
Commons State St. and Balltown Road, Niskayuna. Built
over the former site of Mohawk Mall, this big-box supercenter
hosts a number of stores, including Target, Price Chopper,
Lowe’s and Marshalls.
Chloe’s Closet 1 Agway Drive, Rensselaer, 283-3250. Gently
used or new clothing, shoes, jewelry and accessories.
2 You 1202 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, 785-0028. Upscale
consignment shop for women. Also find home furnishings, jewelry,
artwork and new clothing. Voted best consignment shop in Metroland
Best Of 2006!
Mall Central Ave. (Route 5) and Wolf Road (Northway Exit
2E), Colonie (across from Colonie Center). This area has been
given a face-lift, literally. The old mall has been torn down
and replaced with a brand-new strip mall featuring Target,
Marshalls, an Eddie Bauer outlet and Jo-Ann Fabrics &
Crafts, among others.
Clothing 21 Congress St., Saratoga, 583-4278. Upscale
hip and trendy boutique. Unique clothes and accessories.
Grant Richmans Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany, 438-8409. Large
selection of greeting cards, Godiva chocolates, fine china
crystal, women’s accessories, fine paper goods and gourmet
Closet 818 Central Ave., Albany, 459-3104. Sell your cool
old clothes and get cash on the spot. Mega boutique for teens
and young adult clothing.
Outlets at Lee Route 20 East (I-90 Exit 2), Lee, Mass.,
(413) 243-8186. Outlet shopping just across the state line,
without the hefty New York State sales tax. Among the stores,
you’ll find J. Crew, the Gap and Jones New York.
Square 93 West Campbell Road (I-890 Exit 2), Rotterdam,
374-3713. Featuring most of the usual retail chains, with
Sears as an anchor store. The mall also boasts a six-screen
9, Latham From Hoffman’s Playland to a factory-outlet
complex just north of the Latham Circle, this strip offers
just about everything you could want from suburbia. Along
this road is where you’ll find a TJ Maxx store (at the junction
of Routes 9 and 155), another Marshalls, a Lenox China outlet,
a Dansk outlet and Latham Farms—a strip mall that’s home to
a Wal-Mart, CompUSA and more.
Kisses 493 Broadway, Saratoga, 587-2207. Dog bakery and
design pet boutique. Paris Hilton—eat your heart out.
Faire Fine Arts 449-451 Broadway, Saratoga, 587-8448.
Discount art supplies, school/dorm accessories, custom framing
Girls Boutique 17 Colvin Ave., Albany, 489-0505; 13 Second
St., Troy, 271-1172. Some of the hottest trends in jeans,
T-shirts, jewelry, hats, bags and more.
Plaza Western Ave. and Fuller Road, Guilderland, 482-8986.
A more upscale strip mall featuring some distinctive (and
pricier) clothing stores, such as Circles, Ann Taylor and
Casual Set; the Book House, the area’s largest locally owned
bookstore; camera and photography equipment store Stuyvesant
Photo; Hippo’s, a haven for home electronics connoisseurs;
10,000 Villages, a part-volunteer fair-trade store filled
with affordable, exotic furnishings and gifts; jewelry and
gift stores; children’s clothing stores; and much more.
Marketplace Route 9, Queensbury, 798-1188. An eclectic
spot where you’ll find shops with everything from sophisticated
women’s designer clothes, a café, a bakery, and a gift shop
to a furniture emporium and a “toy cottage.”
Union Street Schenectady. Aside from Jay Street, this
is the other area of significant retail concentration in the
Electric City. Clothing, jewelry, gifts, cards and fast food
are all available.
Mall Route 50 (Northway Exit 15), Saratoga Springs, 583-2138.
Old Navy, Dick’s Clothing and Sporting Goods, Abercrombie
& Fitch, H&M and Aeropostale are among the features
of this complex, which also boasts old faithfuls JCPenney
and Sears. And when you’re done shopping, you can catch a
flick at the eight-screen movie theater.
Road Colonie. A gauntlet for the shopping crazed. If you
can get by Colonie Center on the corner of Central Avenue
and Wolf Road, watch out . . . what lies in store (pun intended)
is a shopaholic’s paradise. To name a few: Barnes & Noble;
Bed, Bath & Beyond; Pier I Imports and Borders Books &
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