Since 1910, Hallmark has stocked its shelves with a wide variety of greeting cards, gifts, and thoughtful keepsakes. Patrons can write a formal request for better candy from neighbors with Halloween greeting cards ($0.99+ each) or record a personalized greeting card to document a baby's first words in English or made-up baby language. Keepsake ornaments ($9.95+) inspired by the memorable Peanuts comic strip feature Snoopy, Lucy, and Charlie Brown decked out in Halloween costumes, and a variety of scrapbook kits and photo albums help to preserve memories without having to pickle the brain. A large selection of wrapping paper, ribbons, and bags encloses gifts in layers of festivity.
Downtown Books & Coffee fills the minds and mugs of Syracuse residents, stacking tomes of all genres on its shelves with a focus on local literature and community events. Page-turners savor the steaming blends from local roaster Finger Lakes Coffee ($1.75/large) as they flash through the fast-paced thrills of Dean Koontz's Velocity or purchase a pound of beans ($11.50) for the slow-burning, thought-provoking labyrinth of Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves (paperbacks average $7.99–$15; hardcovers average $25.99). A large selection of children's titles plants intellectual seeds for tykes of all ages, lassoing their attention from popular digital distracters such as graphing calculators and clock radios. The local picks selection proudly displays local authors alongside regional reads, such as Slices of Orange, about Syracuse University's sports history, and Folklore and Legends of Rochester, delving into the legend of a second, subterranean Rochester.
Creekside Books & Coffee exhibits a refined collection of literature, gifts, wine, and café fare in one homey place. The bookstore specializes in fiction, local interests, travel, home and hearth, and children’s books. Unrepresented titles, provided they're still in print, will appear shortly after word munchers make a request. Hunger evoked by colorful cookbooks subsides in the coffeehouse with a half-wrap-and-soup special ($8.95) or a grilled swiss sandwich with roasted red peppers and spinach ($6.75), two of many treats gracing the menu. Coffee fiends can treat their faithful coffee makers to one of Creekside's in-house-roasted artisan coffee offerings, such as the Juanasno blend ($12.99/lb.), or sip coffee on-site along with smoothies, teas, and other beverages. Bottles and glasses of beer and wine absorb the reflections of café tables and sleek black chairs gleaming from the gray ceramic-tile floor.
Community-minded curator Jan Constas stocks The Gift Box's red and white cottage-style storefront with locally crafted goods. The floral Bella Taylor-designed Blue Tropic eyeglass case ($10.95) keep spectacles conveniently stored, and a bevy of handbags ($29.95+) carts necessities more stylishly than a bedazzled wheelbarrow. Decorate delicate joints with Viva Bead bracelets and necklaces ($12.99+) or the Tribal stretch cuff, a 2-inch-wide wrist embellishment fashioned from gold, copper, and silver beads engraved with tribal patterns ($19.95). Chic shoppers can cloak necks in ethereal shrouds with the Snake scarf ($16.95), a lengthy purple and white shawl emblazoned with serpentine scales, tailed by fringe as delicate as the summer breeze on a snowflake's face.
Boasting more than 5,000 bolts of quilting fabric and a diverse collection of yarn, books, and patterns, Mission Rose keeps creative hands occupied. Grab an arsenal of yarn ($4.50–$14.95) for a knit sweater, a yard of batik fabric ($9.50) for a jazzy quilt, a spool of thread ($2.80) for a repair project, or bamboo knitting needles for threatening the mailman. Check the newsletter on Mission Rose's website for updates on products, classes, and quilting-club hazing ideas.