Valentine's Day is coming up, so I figured I would round up some of my favorite local businesses to get gifts for your partner, your family, or even yourself! All of these suggestions are right down the street from each other so you can shop them all in one go...
Where are you shopping this Valentine's day? I'd love to hear from you in the comments.
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Where: 449 Madison Ave, Albany, NY
This shop is so cute! I just love the happy pink building and all the fun colored balloons. I think balloons are a great gift. They are just so fun and festive and a great decoration for your home as well! They also have cards and other party supplies and decor in their shop. Definitely stop in!
The owners, Steph and Nina, say "At The Balloonary we truly believe balloons make everything better! And as your balloon designers, we want to make your celebrations extra!"
Where: 219 Lark Street, Albany, NY
A staple Valentine's Day gift is, of course, flowers! I love this shop on Lark Street. So many beautiful flowers here and the arrangements are just gorgeous. I think they are really reasonably priced as well. I always try to support local businesses when I can.
"Located for over 30 years, in the historic Center Square neighborhood, we are a flower market that offers full florist services. We can provide our customers with professionally designed, custom made floral arrangements, a large assortment of plants, as well as flowers by the bunch for the do it yourselfer. With an inventory that changes daily, you're sure to find exactly what you need. Guaranteed fresh and at the lowest prices. Whatever the occasion, you can be sure that we’ll personally deliver your bouquet. We even offer same day delivery for orders placed by noon."
Where: 290 Lark Street, Albany, NY
"Thoughtfully sourced local scratch bakery"
Although chocolates are the usual Valentine's Day treat, I think this bakery is the perfect local alternative and they have a variety of delicious treats! Cakes, cookies, cupcakes, macarons, and much much more!
Where: 262 Lark Street, Albany, NY
If you are looking for a gift to get your special someone, this is definitely the place to go. More than 30 local artists and markers have a variety of gifts to purchase from here. Jewerly, decor, artwork, accessories, and more. There really is something for everyone. They have a lot of Albany themed gifts here as well. I'm really sorry to say, they will be closing on March 3rd, but that means that lots of the vendors are offering sales now until they close so now is your chance!
"Lark Street Mercantile opened in 2020 and is home to 30 local artists and makers. Our goal is to offer local vendors a prime retail location to showcase their goods and to grow their business."
What are your favorite restaurants for special occassions in Albany? Comment them below!
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