Shopping without the stress

Saranac Lake is not the usual shopping. It's a real Adirondack browsing paradise. Instead of big, bustling, and impersonal, we are small, quiet, and very friendly. We offer some items which can be found nowhere else, because they are handcrafted by our own Adirondack artists and artisans.

Many of our shopping opportunities are found in our scenic, walkable, historic downtown. Bounded on the north and east by the Adirondack Carousel, and on the south and west by the Town Hall, our shops are interspersed with great places to enjoy homemade treats, fresh coffee, and delightful meals.

Take a break by enjoying a stroll along our Riverwalk, a 1.5 mile paved path along the Saranac River, with benches, information boards, and access at various points behind Main Street and across the bridges.

What to wear

One of our proudest town accomplishments was the creation of The Community Store. Over a period of five years, residents bought shares until there was enough to rent, renovate, and stock this large and lovely store, the first community store in New York State.

  • open 8AM to 6PM on Black Friday!

our town treasure, the Community Store

On a recent visit, I found a wide selection of clothing for the chilly season, and a new display of handcrafted jewelry. They also have an extraordinary selection of yarns. They are a great place to find Adirondack-themed housewares and linens, along with practical items like boots and mittens. It's right across from the Hotel Saranac.

Pink is a lovely boutique along Broadway, with snazzy items such as the hats pictured below. My weakness. Well, I have a few weaknesses, but pretty hats are certainly in the top ten.

look good and stay warm with these fine finds at Pink

Eco Living, also along Broadway, specializes in Fair Trade, Organic, and US-made products. They have some new Alpaca blankets in, at a great price. The store staff said they would be glad to roll up & ribbon the blanket of anyone's choice, ready to pop into a gift bag for easy wrapping. 

these alpaca blankets at Eco Living would make a great gift for anyone who likes staying warm!

Saranac Lake has an upscale consignment shop which will be holding a fabulous sale:

fun stuff at the Main Street Exchange

Bear Essentials Apparel is the source for stylish Saranac Lake-themed wear, including all 6er merchandise.

All your 6er items, and much more, at Bear Essentials

Two Horse Trade Company has amazing jewelry, greeting cards, and locally made arts and crafts, along with spiritual and Native American related items. TF Finnigan is a great place for stylish outdoor wear, with several sale racks throughout the store.


Piece by Piece Studio is the place to go for everything quilted. Some of the items on display are for sale, and some are simply to be admired. There are kits and notions for any quilter on the gift list.

beautiful quilts, fabric, notions, and patterns at Piece by Piece

If we are in the market for something with much more heft, many of the area furniture stores are all about the holiday weekend:

Casier Furniture at the corner of Broadway and Bloomingdale Avenue offers custom packages from their complete line of everything for the home.

The lower level of Rice furniture is full of bargains

This is a great way to be ready for the warm season, or check out what they have for the cool season. Blue Line Sports is another fine outfitter to browse in.

what to enjoy

Toys and games are wonderful presents, but they are also essential items when we have a houseful with a wide range of ages and interests. Everybody can sit around the table and play classic board games or simple card games. Ask their knowledgeable staff about the best choices for your expected guests.

  • Goody Goody's is planning different specials throughout the month. Drop by & see!

all ages can have fun with card & board games from Goody Goody's -- toys for all ages, too!

Book an appointment or purchase a gift certificate on Black Friday or Small Business Saturday to enter. Win a gift certificate for a FREE 60-minute Serenity Massage.

Daydreams Massage Therapy Boutique will offer a relaxing experience in the midst of bustle

If book shopping is on your list, drop by the lovely home of Moose Maple Books, right around the corner from the Post Office, downtown. They have rooms with shelves and shelves of new and used books. Can't find what you are looking for? The timing is perfect!

Moose Maple Books & More has a lovely reading room and plenty of shelves for browsing

These different forms of fun are a great addition to the holiday season.

what to admire

I love wearing rocks. Real rocks! 

The Twin Crystal Rock Shop offers lovely jewelry, and these less-celebrated rocks are a real bargain. A particular attraction is the Herkimer diamond collection, from right here in New York State.

  • 10% off Black Friday AND any purchase over $50 gets into a drawing for a t-shirt!

The Rock Shop: all the rocks here are beautiful, no matter how polished they might be! 

Adirondack Trading Company has so many interesting Adirondack-themed items there's sections; the maple syrup section, the Christmas nook, and the shelves that are all about the bears.

Adirondack Trading Company has a wide range of items to suit any gift-giving need 

For the ones on our list who are interested in cultural items, two great places are side-by-side downtown. The Adirondack Artists' Guild features the works of fifteen local members, mostly visual - but also works in jewelry and pottery. Always a fun, ever-changing, place.

  • unframed prints are available in the flip file in front of each display

we have the art gifts, from hanging on a wall to sipping coffee from every morning

Ampersound is our downtown music store, and is a treasure trove of musical instruments, from mouth harps and ukuleles to the guitars and banjos in the back room. There's always an interesting CD or three in the racks, and there's plenty of local talent featured, too.

  • check the bargain bin of lightly used and discount CDs

While not in downtown, there's also great gift shopping in the extensive housewares section of Coakley High Peaks Ace Hardware. Adirondacks Lakes and Trails Outfitters has holiday kayak packages. Of course, there's Moody Tree Farm for everything holiday related!

If you've been dreading going shopping for the holiday season, stop. Combine a fun getaway with some easy gift-giving, and enjoy yourself.

After the shopping, get a great dinner. Find just the right lodging. See if we have a package deal that is right for your family.

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Pamela Merritt finds a library's reading room as exciting as a hike through the forest. She met the Adirondacks in 1999 and declared it "home." She's been collecting stories ever since. She declares summer's hiking and kayaking blends beautifully into winter's snowshoeing and reading to create four great seasons of enjoyment. Her published works display her eclectic range, from How-To cat care manuals to literary short fiction.

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