The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

November 20, 2013

Local shops featured as holiday shopping stops

STAFF REPORTS
Medina Journal-Register

Medina Journal-Register — The Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway has listed its top 11 shopping destinations for the holiday season, and some local places are among them.

Unique artisanal and mainstream buying experiences can be found in Albion and the Niagara Frontier region. The destinations were suggested by tourism representatives.

Marti’s on Main in Albion offers items for art lovers on shoppers’ lists. It is a European-style art gallery featuring one River: two coasts, three generations, four Photographers, five Artists, six Decades: an exhibit by the Fleckenstein family, plus other Artists of the Oak works.

The participants of the Orleans County Art Trail include gallery owner Kim Martillotta, who credits the Great Lakes with influencing her surrealistic assemblage art. Learn more in Kim’s blog at http://martisonmain09.blogspot.com/.

Also included on the 518-mile-long byway is the Niagara Frontier region, which offers shoppers everything from the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls to the village of Lewiston dotted with a fine array of shops and eateries decked out for the holiday season. Just minutes from the famed Niagara Falls, Fashion Outlets is home to more than 150 top designer brand name stores. Nearby, shoppers can find culinary-themed books at Barnes & Noble at the Culinary Institute of Niagara Falls. For more information go online to fashionoutlets.com or niagaraculinaryinstitute.bncollege.com.

The trail stretches from Erie, Pa. to the Thousand Islands, and includes such stops as Westfield, Rochester, Wayne County, Fair Haven, Oswego, Watertown, and Potsdam. It parallels the freshwater shoreline in New York and Pennsylvania.

For more information on the holiday stops or for year-round travel ideas, visit www.seawaytrail.com or call (315) 646-1000, ext. 204.