Shopping in St. Lawrence County
St. Lawrence County has some of the big box stores that provide everything under the sun, as well as the unique one-of-a-kind treasure stores that make a shopping experience an adventure.
Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, TAUNY, at 53 Main Street, offers an exceptional selection of items from Northern New York. This store and gallery features items from the traditional arts, such as hand-woven baskets, quilted items, folk lore books and audio recordings, maple syrup, and Adirondack styled home décor items.
At 3 East Main Street, across from the Village Park, the St. Lawrence Historical Association at the Silas Wright Museum operates a Museum gift shop with historical related gift items from ornaments, to miniature hand-painted blocks of historic Canton buildings and homes. You can also find Amish quilted items, hats, and publications.
Coakley Carpet One ACE Hardware, Route 11, offers a wide range of hardware supplies, remodeling items, as well as a huge selection of flowers and plants in the spring, kissing balls and wreaths at the Holidays.
Ye Olde Liquors in the University Shopping Center on Rt. 11, offers a wide variety of wine and spirits, whether looking for a hostess gift, holiday present, or just the perfect complement to a fine meal, the selection can be found at Ye Old Liquors.
With its headquarters in Gouverneur, Kinney Drugs Inc., is a pharmacy and retail store with shops located in more than 75 communities from the St. Lawrence River to Lake Champlain. Kinney’s has been in business for more than 100 years and prides itself on customer service and community involvement. The stores offer everything from cameras and picture processing to gift and food items. In St. Lawrence County stores can be found in Canton, Potsdam, Gouverneur, Massena, and Ogdensburg.
Link’s Stained Glass Creations, 1983 Country Route 11, Rock Island Road, is a great place to find that perfect piece of stained glass for anyone. Tina Link creates a variety of pieces and sizes and will also do custom and commissioned work. Stop by the workshop or order from her online store, for seasonal pieces or everyday interests.
Pickens General Store is a renovated store from an old opera house from the 1800s located at 83 State Street in downtown Heuvelton. Befittingly, it is now remains in the cultural realm selling items made by the local Amish population, as well as products that the Amish use in their everyday life. It is truly a shopping experience checking out hundreds of baskets, quilts, and furniture.
In Massena, the St. Lawrence Centre Mall, Rt. 37, offers a wide range of shopping opportunities with anchor stores of JC Penney, Sears and Bon Ton. The Mall also includes salons, fitness center, locally roasted coffee shop, book store, clothing stores, gift stores, and seasonal options and a food court. And if you want more than just shopping, the Mall includes a skating arena, with public hours and skate rentals.
In downtown Massena, Seasons Specialty Gifts, 27 West Orvis Street, offers a wide variety of gift items, from jewelry to home décor items. They carry gourmet food items, and are happy to put together a gift basket for any occasion.
At 8 Main Street in downtown Massena, Lasting Memories is a bridal shop catering to the need of brides of all ages and styles. The shop carries 10 different bridal companies for a great selection, as well as more than 300 prom dresses, mother-of-the-bride dresses and evening attire, as well as accessories.
In the Harte Haven Plaza on Rt. 37, residents can take advantage of renting to own items through Easy Home, whether is a camera, computer, television or an entire room of furniture, Easy Home offers an easy and convenient way to get was any might want for an apartment or home.
Hackett’s Hardware Co, 1223 Pickering Street, off Route 37 in Ogdensburg is not the typical hardware store. The store offers a variety of gift items as well as name brand clothing. A small café is also a great place to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, as well as a light lunch.
The Frederic Remington Art Museum offers a small gift shop just inside the Museum at 303 Washington Street. If you are looking for a Remington reproduction or something with a North Country or Western theme, the Museum Gift Shop offers a wide variety, as well as jewelry, souvenir items and sculptures.
A few miles north of Ogdensburg in the hamlet of Red Mills, at 9830 State Highway 37, The River Myst Winery not only creates its own selections that are locally name for places around the County, but it also conducts wine tastings and sells many hand-crafted gift items from home décor items, gift baskets, maple syrup, wood duck decoys and candles and bears, as well as wine related accessories, glasses and baskets. Experience the region through the taste of wine.
In addition to the some quaint cafes and eateries in Potsdam, niche stores dot the downtown streets. At ½ Main Street, Asian World Imports, LLC offer a wide variety of handcrafted items from Southeast Asia, including handmade papers, puppets, jewelry, statuary and other gift items. And just a couple doors up the street at 4 Main, St. Lawrence Chocolates offer gourmet chocolates and confections that are made right on premises. The case is full of truffles, creams and clusters. Pick up something that is ready to go, or ask to have a box packed with your favorites. Within St. Lawrence Chocolate’s store one can find the Raquette River Gift Company gift baskets. Owner Christa Kelson creates gift baskets for any occasion filled with locally made products or specialty gourmet items. Pick up a pre-made basket at the shop, or leave an order.
Village Wine and Liquors, 2A Main Street, is located behind St. Lawrence Chocolates. Access to parking is off Maple Street near Key Bank. The Village Wine and Liquors was recently remodeled and offers wines and spirits from around the world, as well as a selection of local and New York State wines.
About half-way between Potsdam and Canton, 6734 State Highway 11, is the Clothes Closet, offering a thrifty way to find some great clothes that may never have been worn or that were gently used.
Rensselaer Falls, NY
In Rensselaer Falls, about 15 minutes from downtown Canton, Fiber Options, 221 Rensselaer Street, is a quilter and knitter’s dream come true. We offer a large and varied selection of premium fabrics and yarns, complete lines of accessories, books and patterns, as well as kits designed exclusively for us. Our helpful staff is ready to suggest material for new quilting or knitting projects or assist with works in progress. Come enjoy our country setting, relax and knit by the fire or take one of our many classes. We are easy to find and knitters and quilters from Montreal to Syracuse have discovered it’s worth the trip!
Just around the corner at 208 Front Street, is River House Wares and Restorations. This place is truly and adventure. Mentioned in the recent release of New York Curiosities, the owner Kyle Hartman offers unique antiques and reclaimed parts from old structures. There are a variety of antiques and treasures, anything from windows and doors to church pews and vintage paper. And while you are browsing through the old historic mill, the Ladies First Gallery is just next door feature the works of Kyle’s wife Sally, as well as other local artists.
For a special experience and lunch, check out the Artworks Creperie and Gift Shop at 2 Main Street. The shop features a variety of pottery, paintings, photography, blown glass ornaments and jewelry all done by local artists. In the back, the Creperie offers savory and sweet crepes with fabulous views of the St. Lawrence River.