Our first stop is Corning, NY which is also known as the Crystal City. Corning, NY features The Gaffer District, where you can stroll along beautiful brick sidewalks exploring charming downtown. There’s shopping, antiques, galleries, restaurants and more. There’s so much to see and do. A great place to do some shopping is at Connor’s Mercantile. They have been a staple in Corning for 39 years and carry unique gifts, jewelry and even chocolate.
“It’s just a fun overall store to come in to,” said Jill Agosta, Store Manager. “We change with the trends that happen always keeping it interesting and upbeat.”
Another great place to do some shopping or just taste testing is at Crystal City Olive Oils. They feature over 50 different types of olive oil and specialty vinegars.
“In here you get to taste everything before you buy and we have tasting sheets where you can keep track of what you are doing and after you decide what you want we bottle everything fresh for you, “ said Wendy Oppenheim, Owner of Crystal City Olive Oil.
And after a day of shopping you might want to grab a bite to eat at R&M Restaurant & Bar. They are known for having delicious burgers and what keeps their customer’s coming back?
It’s the freshness. We use fresh ground beef in all of our burgers, they’re hand made patties not frozen. We buy locally to make sure everything is really fresh every day.
You don’t even have to leave Market Street in Corning for great shopping or food. Market Street in the Gaffer District was named one of the top 10 great streets in 2013 by the American Planning Association. Corning is also continually voted one of the top 25 small city art destinations in the US. A great place to try out your artistic side is at Soulshine Studio.
Soulshine Studio is a full service bead shop where we offer classes, birthday parties, girl’s nights out,” said Ann Recotta, Owner. “We do bridal parties for bridal favors and things. We do walk in projects and I offer a selection of unique beads that are hard to find as well as a wide variety of seed beads.”
You don’t have to be artistic to bead…or to appreciate good design. Our next stop is at Pure Design where you can shop for unique home décor, cutting edge furniture and even kitchen gadgets. Another great place to eat in Corning is Little Boomer’s Burrito Bar. It’s fresh Mexican food that’s made right in front of you as you watch.
“The food is fresh, we don’t even own a freezer on premise,” said Owner of Little Boomer’s Burrito Bar, Andrew Cleary. “Everything comes in fresh never frozen and just delicious good food.”
Delicious fresh food isn’t the only thing that keeps visitor’s coming back to Corning. There are certain simply places that exude quality you can sense it in the beautiful scenery and the experiences you find here in Corning. One of the great experiences in Corning is the Glassfest. This year is the 5th Annual Glassfest which takes place from May 22- 25.
“There is everything from live entertainment in the park to fantastic street fare with fine and fire arts and all of the businesses come out on the street for great sales and promotions,” Executive Director of the Gaffer District Coleen Fabrizi said. “There’s just something that everyone is going to enjoy.”
And she said that you can save your money for shopping because almost all of the activities are free. There are activities taking place all along market street including at the Corning Radisson.
“On Saturday we have a smoking hot barbeque from 4-7, Distilled is playing live music from 4-7 on the West lawn behind the hotel and we have a chicken barbeque for 10 dollars,” Michele Donegan, general manager of the Radisson Hotel said.
Another great place to eat during Glassfest is at Holme’s Plate 54 on Market Street. “We make everything on our menu from scratch,” Brendan Holmes, owner of Holmes Plate said. “We do barbeque, we do great burgers, we do everything from a filet mignon sandwich all the way to just a generic house salad, but everything in between.”
Whether you’re in town for Glassfest 2014, or visiting the Corning Museum of Glass, there’s so much more to see and do in Corning.