Old Country Store North Cohocton

4 Old Country Stores Around Rochester

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 nostalgia is joyful!

Vidlers
Vidler on the Roof
Vidlers toys
Vidlers lunchboxes
Vidlers
Vidler’s variety

1. Vidler’s 5 and 10 Variety Store

East Aurora, built in 1930

Vidler’s is nostalgic and fun. You could spend hours wandering around the store’s four 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 Country Store
Marilla Country Store Christmas
Marilla Country Store toys
Marilla Country Store interior

2. Marilla Country Store

Marilla, built in 1851

The Marilla Country Store has been in continuous operation ever since. Always a store, the historic building features original plank floors, counter tops 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.

Olde Country Store and More 1894 exterior
Olde Country Store and More 1894
Old Country Store republicans bench
Old Country Store table
Olde Country Store and More North Cohocton

3. The Olde Country Store and More – 1894

North Cohocton, built in 1873

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.

If you’re heading down to the Naples Festival in late September, make this, Joseph’s Wayside Market, and Jerome’s U-Pick Grapes part of your family’s tradition!

They are closed during the winter, beginning December 30, 2019, reopening on March 3, 2020.

Genesee Country Village Museum mercantile
Genesee Country Village Museum mercantile
Genesee Country Village pottery
Genesee Country Village maple syrup
Genesee Country Village molds
Genesee Country Village confectionery

4. Genesee Country Village & Museum Mercantile, Confectionery, and Pub

Mumford, established in 1976

Enjoy 19th Century life in “the village that might have been.” There are actually several shops throughout the village. Flint Hill Gift Shop and Village Mercantile offer historic toys, goods, crafts, and village memorabilia. D.B. Munger & Co. Confectionery (open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays) sells historic sweet treats. And the Freight House Pub sells the museum’s very own 19th-century inspired root beer, ales, wine and hard cider. 

As a history museum, they take pride in offering products authentic to the 1800’s, with many made right in the village. The stores are open when the village is, so if you’re wandering around on Sundays during the winter-season, enjoy some window shopping.

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