The village away from ‘The Village’
Elmwood offers a touch of NYC flavor
Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 21:10
It’s your average grocery shopping location except – unlike Wegmans or Tops – everything is natural or organic. For those familiar with Whole Foods, this is your Buffalo replica.
The market is perfect for vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free dieters out there; health freaks are welcome as well.
Lexington Co-op is a grocery store on the smaller side. The aisles may be cramped, but it’s worth shopping through the tight spaces. The cashiers are always extra friendly.
Greater prices come with the better quality; for someone who only visits now and then, a few extra dollars for something essentially the same at your regular store seems doable.
When I go, I make sure to leave with a refill of apple cinnamon and gingersnap granola –probably the best thing in the store – and gimMe seaweed crumbles. I can get what I need from Walmart or some other superstore, but it’s not likely that I’ll find these flavors.
This market also provides takeout buffet and salad bars. Daily menus switch each day for a variety of soups and meals. Their soups are probably my favorite part of the whole shop.
Personally, I’d stick with the few specialties when coming here; regular orange juice or milk just isn’t worth the few extra bucks.
Lexington Co-operative Market is located at 807 Elmwood Ave.
At the malls, I’m mainly surrounded around basic apparel retails, not even a store that’s a little bit out of the ordinary.
Urban Threads gives me a break from the monogamous style I usually see. Its attire replicates a lot of street-wear I saw back in the city. It’s refreshing even though a lot was worn out with a grungy feel. It is reminiscent of the boutiques from back at home.
Providing a number of brands, the tiny shop offers modern styles for men and women.
The store often has high prices, and I just go in to browse for the most part. The staff is more than welcoming to customers lingering to browse for a few extra moments. While browsing at the jewelry and accessories by the glass case at the register, I always find conversation with whoever is behind the desk.
If Urban Outfitters shrunk down to a two-floored, cramped up little shop with a whimsical Harry Potter-like background, this is what it would probably look like.
Urban Threads is located at 736 Elmwood Ave.
Elmwood Village possesses many other treasures not just from food to shops. Along Elmwood Ave, there are a number of tattoo parlors, all with clean and professional appearances. CowPok, named one of the most popular and best-piercing parlors in Buffalo, is located right down this street. A number of bars and art galleries are also scattered along the avenue.
In what my friend has deemed “hipster central,” a grand variety of culture and businesses take over this neighborhood. Elmwood Village has filled in that last piece in making Buffalo feel just like home.