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!
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!
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.
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.
They are closed during the winter, beginning December 30, 2019, reopening on March 3, 2020.
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.
Rochester railfans are incredibly lucky that passionate preservationists before us saw the value in retaining structures we can still appreciate today.
Where are your favorite old country stores?
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