These businesses are not just country gift shops with farm-house-themed decor. When you walk into one of these old country stores, you feel like you are stepping back in time with aisles of old fashioned toys, knickknacks and candies.
- The Olde Country Store and More (North Cohocton)—Built in 1873
This store is the inspiration behind this list. My husband’s family grew up in the Bristol area, and family tradition would take them to this old-fashioned candy shop. There was a short window of time when the store closed, so we are happy to see it open again!
There is a huge bulk candy selection (350 varieties!), with candy bars and old fashioned candies that you’ve not seen on modern store shelves in a long time. You’ll also find locally-produced honey, maple syrup, mustard, pancake mixes, granola, jams and jellies, and cheeses.
- Vidler’s 5 and 10 Variety Store (East Aurora)—Built in 1930
Another family favorite, Vidler’s is nostalgic and fun. You could spend hours wandering around the store’s 4-connected buildings and still won’t see everything! You’ll appreciate their entertaining and quirky commercials on YouTube if you’re looking for more reasons to go!
- Marilla Country Store (Marilla)—Built in 1851
Opened in 1851, the Marilla Country Store has been in continuous operation ever since. Always a store, the historic building features original plank floors, countertops and vintage gaslights. A museum is open to visitors and features a big collection of antique merchandise and old store equipment along with original advertising, stories and more from the store’s history. This one-of-a-kind store, one of the oldest businesses in Western New York, offers an incredible selection of fresh bulk foods, candies, gifts and décor.
- Genesee Country Village & Museum Gift Shops (Mumford)—Established in 1976 with a focus on 19th Century life in “the village that might have been”.
There are actually 2 gift shops on the village property that offer historic toys, goods, crafts, and village memorabilia. As a history museum, they take pride in offing chocolates and toys authentic to the 1800’s, as well as wares made right in the village.
- Country Store Antiques (Bernhards Bay)—Built in the 1840’s
There are 3 floors of antiques, collectibles, primitives and local artisans’ wares, plus old-fashioned penny candy counter, cashew brittle and award-winning cheddar cheese! The building has served as a glass factory, general store, Western Union Office and Post Office, a place to vote, socialize, and watch plays until it’s closing in 1984. The current shop reopened in 2007 as Country Store Antiques.