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For antiques and other home furnishings, head to Hertel Avenue in North Park, where you'll find an ethnically diverse neighborhood and such shops as Buffalo Wholesale Antiques, 1539 Hertel Ave. (tel. 716/832-4231), and the Antique Lamp Co., 1213 Hertel Ave. (tel. 716/871-0508; www.antiquelampco.com). Just 12 miles east of Buffalo, Clarence Hollow bills itself as the "Antiques Capital of Western New York." Check out the Antique World Flea Market and Co-ops, 1095 Main St., Clarence (tel. 716/759-8483; www.antiqueworldmarket.com), with 10 buildings of collectibles.

Hip Elmwood Village was recently voted one of the best neighborhoods in the country, and it's no wonder: The tree-lined streets are packed with funky boutiques, galleries, bistros, and specialty shops, all housed in a mix of Georgian, Italianate, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, and other architectural styles. Grab a massive cupcake at Delish, 802 Elmwood Ave., then scour the eclectic selection of gifts at Everything Elmwood, 740 Elmwood Ave. (tel. 716/883-0607), and edgy women's wear at Sweet & Dirty, 585 Potomac Ave. (tel. 716/887-8311).

An essential Buffalo stop for book lovers is the wonderful Talking Leaves Books, with two locations: 51 Elmwood Ave. (tel. 716/884-9524) and 3158 Main St. (tel. 716/837-8554).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.