2021 Holiday Buying Guide | Kenmore – Buffalo Rising


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The 2021 Holiday Buying Guide is a unique blend of independently owned and operated businesses across a variety of industries, such as retail, food, restaurant, arts, non-profit organizations lucrative, etc., all designed to encourage WNY residents to #shoplocal. Sponsored by Visit Buffalo Niagara and Erie County, the 2021 guide will explore all of the unique shopping districts Erie County has to offer. For this year’s complete holiday shopping guide, click here!


In 2009, the American Planning Association named Kenmore one of the ten best neighborhoods in the United States. It’s easy to see why; this turn-of-the-20th-century village just north of Buffalo features tree-lined streets and well-maintained homes surrounding a bustling central business district. Long-standing businesses like King Condrell’s Candy and Ice Cream Shop and Greek restaurant Plaka which have served the village for years have been joined by newcomers like Jay’s Artisan Pizza, La Davina Tacos and Chinese restaurant Home Taste. All of this makes Kenmore an attractive blend of tradition and reinvention.


King Condrell’s Candy and Ice Cream

Condrell’s has been offering its delicious treats from its 2805 Delaware Avenue address ever since Nick Condrell turned a butcher into a candy and ice cream shop in 1966. He gave the store his Greek surname, but the story actually begins a bit. further away. Louis Liakeas, owner of the original and beloved Garden of Sweets on William Street, taught the business to his son-in-law, Nick Condrell, who had married Liakeas’ daughter Mary. Condrell, considered by many to be the godfather of modern Buffalo chocolate makers, opened a second Garden of Sweets on Bailey Avenue and would come out of retirement in the 1960s to open Condrell’s Candies and Ice Cream Parlor on Delaware Avenue in Kenmore. In 1996 it was purchased by Rich King. Buying Condrell’s seemed like a natural fit for King, who wanted to pair ice cream with his chocolate and candy offerings. Reluctant to scare customers used to Condrell’s old household name, Rich did not change it for several years, despite his grandfather’s protests, but as new candies and sundaes appeared, customers started asking questions. Rich has never been content to make current favorites and always sets the bar higher, thinks outside the box and comes up with new creations.

King Condrell’s offers several options including take out, curbside pickup, online ordering, and walk-in tours. They offer a variety of chocolates, including sponge candies, foiled candies, fondant fudge, and Christmas suckers. You don’t know what to buy, they have a variety of holiday themed baskets that are sure to please your kids or loved ones. If you’re shopping and need a break, King Condrell’s has a variety of frozen treats like sundaes, milkshakes, and their Super Bowls. Of course, their gift certificates, which they give away in $ 10 increments, make the perfect Christmas present! It’s also a great place to redeem your Shop 716 gift card!

2805 Delaware Ave, Kenmore, NY 14217 | 716-877-4485
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Druk’s cuisine

A druk is a figure on the national flag of Bhutan, a thunder dragon to be precise, clutching jewelry to represent wealth. Druk is also the name of the first and only Bhutanese / Nepalese restaurant in Buffalo.

Fortunately, and rightly so, food is the clear winner and the obvious reason to visit Druk Cuisine Kitchen. I recommend eating out rather than grabbing take out, as the sister-owner duo of Sita Bista and Gita Tiwari couldn’t be nicer, accommodating or enthusiastic about educating you on everything to do with it. Bhutanese / Nepalese. But just a few things to note while doing so. The atmosphere is quite basic, 6 tables with 3 trays and an illustrated menu banner, pretty much completes the space – it’s quite simple and austere. Bring a sweater / coat as well, as I was glad I did this earlier in the week on a fairly balmy day. There is a fireplace, but if it is not lit, it is cold.

Finally, don’t worry if they bring your tea with your main course – the timing might be a bit off, but there’s a good reason for that. Since the same sister serving you will most likely cook your meal, the main goal of these ladies is to prepare your order quickly and not necessarily in a staggered fashion. For me sometimes places like this it’s their quirky nature that makes them such a treat to visit – as long as the food is good of course. And at Druk, the food is divine. While you shop in Kenmore for your holiday gifts, stop by Druk for some delicious food!

2768 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore, NY 14217 | 716-603-6754
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Gigi’s La Cucina Povera

Chef Mary Ann Giordano, author of the best-selling Saint Joseph’s Day Table Cookbook and competitor of Nickel City Chef, is delighted to present her ancestral recipes in her restaurant. The name of the restaurant is a tribute both to her Sicilian heritage and to her daughter, Gabriella Giordano. La Cucina Povera is an Italian expression meaning “poor man’s kitchen” or “peasant kitchen”. More deeply, it reflects a philosophy common to all cultures: to make do with what one has to transform humble ingredients into dishes that are more than the sum of their parts. At Gigi, expect to eat “great food made with simple, fresh, local and seasonal ingredients at affordable prices.”

The menu is definitely Mediterranean, with many Sicilian favorites. Sicily has a long, rich history and has suffered foreign occupation several times. As a result, Sicilian cuisine encompasses a wider palette of flavors than its kissing Italian cousin. With each invasion, another group of ingredients was incorporated into the kitchen. There is ample evidence of Greek, Spanish, Norman, Arab, and other influences. All of them have marked the culinary landscape of Sicily and will be found in Gigi’s dishes.

Chef Giordano designed the menu in a spirit of sharing. The substantial menu offers a range of small plates, sandwiches, salads and pastas available in 2 sizes, as well as classic dishes like Marsala chicken, veal cutlets and eggplant parmesan. The affordable prices and the small plate size facilitate sharing and take the opportunity to discover many flavors. Healthy dining options and gluten-free options are also on the menu.

Everyone loves Italian food, so if you are looking for a nice gift, we highly recommend that you get a gift card. If you know someone who loves to cook, you can also pick up Chef Mary Ann Giordano’s bestselling cookbook “St. Joseph’s Cookbook”, which is full of recipes you’ll want to try. !

981 Kenmore Ave., Kenmore, NY 14217 | 716-877-8788
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WINGNUTZ

Wingnutz started in Ed and Alicia Wrazen’s kitchen in 2005, after many disappointing visits to local restaurants where the wings were either over or undercooked. The sauces were at the bottom of the serving dish mixed with the fat. This is not at all what they were looking for, so they decided to try the wing that holds the sauce and the sauces that really taste. In 2007, they nurtured others with their delicious creations, and the evolution of Wingnutz began! In 2009, family members brought Ed and Alicia a sign which is the current logo seen on their shirts and a sign at their location. The vision was to make people happy and to open a small restaurant with a limited menu – the vision paid off.

In 2019, on National Chicken Wing Day, BuzzFeed reported that Buffalo Wingnutz Wings were among the best Yelp Chicken Wings in the United States! The extra-large Wingnutz Wings are coated in their house secret sauce, yet so crispy. Yelp ranked Wingnutz as the best place for chicken wings in New York State. Developers, chefs and owners Ed and Alicia Wrazen are grateful to their customers. While you shop for Christmas presents in Kenmore, stop in Wingnutz for some delicious wings!

In Knights of Columbus, 1530 Kenmore Ave., Kenmore, NY 14216 | 716-990-5438
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Kenmore tracks

Sometimes we need a break from all the stresses that come with the holiday season. Bowling is a great way to escape this stress while having fun with friends or family. Kenmore Lanes offers a variety of options to help you have a good time. Every Monday to Saturday from 5 p.m. to closing, they have special open bowling offers, Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., $ 1 per game per person. They also have league listings on their page. If you are looking for great gift ideas for the bowler in your life, be sure to visit their gift shop!

1691 Kenmore Ave., Kenmore, NY 14217 | 716-875-5340
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Mexican store La Divina

It is impossible for a city to have too many good Mexican restaurants. La Divina occupies a large retail space on Delaware Avenue, with plenty of room for growth. The store now sells produce and a wide variety of Mexican goods, including chili peppers, drinks, beans, and canned goods. The store houses a Mexican butcher and sells Mexican bread.

Sergio Mucino, owner of La Divina, is also the creative force behind several other successful Mexican restaurants in the area, including Don Tequila on Allen Street and Agave on Elmwood Avenue. La Divina also makes homemade tortillas for its own in-house operation and Mucino’s other restaurants in the area.

Whether you’re looking to shop for ingredients for Mexican and Latino recipes or just Tuesday tacos, we recommend stopping by La Divina. They also have a great menu of delicious food that you can take home if you don’t feel like cooking!

2896 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, NY 14217 | 716-447-8989
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