On The Road: Corning

By Matt Markham

June 28, 2011 Updated May 20, 2013 at 3:39 PM EDT

Corning, NY (WBNG Binghamton) This city needs no introduction...

But its nickname tells a lot about it.

Corning is called the Crystal City by the locals.

It got its name from the glass that was and still is produced here.

"If they haven't been here before, they ought to go to the Glass Museum. Because that's got the history of a lot of interesting things and they have glass across the ages. It's not just Pyrex," says Corning Resident Rebecca Baker.

There are great museums and walks for you to take in Corning.

It's a city rich in history.

"Our historic downtown is a beautiful place to visit. It's a wonderful five-blocks," says Ginny Coon of Imagine That, one of Corning's local businesses.

And at the center of it...Some great shopping.

Exchange Street dissects downtown. On it, you'll find Imagine That.

"We are a full-specialty childrens store. We begin with toys, the majority of the store is toys. We also include clothing up through size twenty-four months," says Coon.

If you have kids, they'll really like this place.

"Our specialty toys are well made. They are beautifully crafted," says Coon.

Corning really does have something for everyone. There are a lot of antiques here and for the television and radio enthusiasts -- though maybe I'm the only one -- this is really interesting. This place restores old radios from the '30's and '40's that still actually works.

And there's more.

"We have beads of all kinds. There are sea beads and vintage lucite, vintage metal. We have local artists who make their own glass beads," says Ann Recotta of Soulshine Studio.

Soulshine Studio has something for everyone.

"We do classes, birthday parties, girl's night out, we have kits for people who may not quite know what to do," says Recotta.

And if you have something to get for the special lady in your life, I recommend coming here.

For anyone else, Corning is the perfect spot to go gift shopping, eating, museum-hopping...anything really.

"It's a wonderful place to be. There are all kinds of things to do, and you don't really need to look very far, from one end of the street to another," says Recotta.

It's crystal clear why people head on the road to Corning.

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