Capital Region

From unique to quirky, shopping local in Capital Region has its perks

Local finds at the Vischer Ferry General Store.
Local finds at the Vischer Ferry General Store.

Now more than ever, it’s important to support small businesses in your community. Aside from helping your neighbors, small businesses offer an array of unique gift items you’re not likely to find on the shelf at a big-box retailer.

Here is a glimpse at just a few of the offerings from small businesses across the Capital Region.

Clinton Street Mercantile
148 Clinton St., Schenectady
Lark Street Mercantile, 262 Lark St., Albany

The year 2020 was a real dumpster fire, so why not decorate your tree with an ode to a wonderful year with a 2020 dumpster fire ornament from Clinton Street Mercantile? You can also shop unique, handmade items from more than 25 vendors, including everything from home décor to art, jewelry, food and bath products. Shop in-store and online at and In December, both locations are offering appointment-only shopping experiences two nights per week to accommodate those who want to avoid large crowds. Follow them on social media to learn more.

Amazing Finds Boutique
53 Milton St., Ballston Spa

Since going out for a drink is a thing of the past — for now — the Ballston Spa boutique has you covered with its “Wine Clutch” thermal insulated bag. It’ll easily tote your favorite wine at a perfectly chilled temperature over to your neighbor’s backyard.

Also shop a selection of women’s clothing, jewelry and accessories in-store or online at

Fort Orange General Store
412 Broadway, Albany

Quarantine made us all realize how much upstate New York offers in terms of outdoor recreation opportunities.

Flaunt your love of upstate with a T-shirt, sweatshirt, tank top or tote bag, and choose from a map of New York state, Albany neighborhoods or the phrase, “Upstate of Mind.” Shop select apparel, accessories, books, home décor, jewelry and more in-store or online at

June’s Gift Boutique
4943 NY-30, Amsterdam

Share your obsession with the Netflix show “Tiger King” with a coffee mug featuring star Carole Baskin alongside her famous quote, “Hey all you cool cats and kittens.” The nearly 50-year-old family business also boasts a selection of gifts, including candles, home décor and glassware. Shop in-store or online at

The Savory Pantry
486 Broadway, Saratoga Springs

Since we’re all spending more time inside these days, the Savory Pantry’s food gift sets are perfect for anyone on your list. The “Movie Night Bundle,” which comes with an “Eat What You Watch” cookbook as well as an eco-friendly collapsible popcorn bowl and bag of heirloom kernels, is perfect for any movie lover. Shop in-store or online at

More from Celebrate 2020

T&J Handcrafted Soap
271 River St., Troy

Self-care items will likely be a popular gift choice this holiday season. The “Cold Process Beer Soap” four-pack gift set is perfect for the beer lover in your life. The set features four beer soaps made from Saranac Beers, including Honey Ale, Pumpkin Lager, Oatmeal Stout and Raspberry Porter. Browse the more than 20 other scented soaps, lotions, candles and lip balms in-store or online at

Vischer Ferry General Store
357 Riverview Road, Rexford

This year, we’ve all come to appreciate spending time outdoors. The Woodsman Gift Set is perfect for any outdoor lover. It includes a Corkcicle Woodland Camo canteen to keep drinks cold, “The Outdoors is Calling” tin mug, Kobo Candles Moonshine candle, Emergency Heat and Light to deliver illumination and warmth, a Hudson Naturals Lumberjack soap, and a Wilderness Multi-Tool for camping – all neatly packaged in a metal bucket. Shop in-store or online at


This Capital Region-based online home decor company, founded in 2020 by Amanda Crames and Karen Lazar, works with artists to create everything from prints to pillows to placements. Featured artists include Jennifer Lane, Kimberly Ryan, Paul Schneider and Pamela Kish.

Some of the most popular gifts this year include artist pillow covers (which are sewn in Amsterdam) and studio art prints. Each print features gold-leaf edges, brushed in Galway. Velvet zipper pouches feature artwork on the front and are backed with silk velvet.

Shop online at

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