Clifton Park Center Route 146, Clifton Park, 383-0059. shopcpc.com. The reinvented Clifton Country Mall is now part indoor mall, part open-air plaza. Anchored by Marshalls Homegoods, Boscov’s, and JCPenney. A new 10-screen Cineplex is anticipated to open in November.
Colonie Center Central Avenue and Wolf Road, Colonie, 459-9020. shopcoloniecenter.com. The smaller of Albany’s major malls has been reinvented as an upscale shopping center. Boasting the largest Macy’s this side of New York City, the only Christmas Tree Shop upstate, Boscov’s, Sears, the Gap and other typical retail chains. L.L Bean, Sephora, Barnes & Noble, and a Regal Cinemas Multiplex round out the offerings.
Crossgates Commons Washington Avenue Extension, Albany. Nirvana for the big-box-shopping crazed. Among the mainstays are Home Depot, Ultimate Electronics, PetSmart, Michael’s, and Walmart.
Crossgates Mall 120 Washington Ave. Extension, Guilderland, 869-9565. shopcrossgates.com. It’s big, big, big—the biggest mall in the region, in fact. It now features more stores than we want to count (around 230), restaurants and services, plus an 18-screen Regal movie complex with IMAX. Macy’s, JC Penney, Dicks and Burlington Coat Factory are among the department stores anchoring the behemoth. You’ll also find Pottery Barn, Banana Republic, H&M, Old Navy and Best Buy.
Delaware Avenue Delmar. A suburban stretch offering strip-mall fare at Delaware Plaza, including a Fashion Bug, Payless Shoes, Hallmark and more. At the Four Corners (where Kenwood Avenue intersects Delaware), a collection of boutiques offers toys, books, gifts, jewelry, gourmet foods and more.
Downtown Troy With new shops opening around every turn, downtown troy has truly begun to realize its potential. Some of our favorites: J.K Bloom Jewelers, Counties of Ireland, River Rocks Bead Shop, Artcentric Gift Gallery, the Beat Shop, Aurora’s Willow Creek and a collection of antique shops on River Street.
Downtown Saratoga Springs Saratoga may not have old-time prices, but it still has that old-time downtown feeling, with one of the area’s classiest collections of boutiques and shops. Don’t miss the off-price Saratoga Shoe Depot. Check out Elevate Cycles for bikes, snowboards and related accessories, Saratoga Clothes Horse for boutique attire and DiVinyl Revolution for new and used records. There are even a stores downtown to will satisfy your cravings for the true shopping-mall experience: Gap, Banana Republic, Starbucks and Eddie Bauer have all graced Broadway with their chain-store presences. You can even pick up a Vespa and scoot your way around the Spa City in style.
Jay Street Schenectady. A little retail paradise in the middle of the Electric City: A handful of gift shops flank a common area that has been closed to traffic. The Open Door Bookstore holds court at one end, and don’t forget to hop across the street to check out Proctor’s Arcade, where there are a few sweet gift shops and a sheet-music store.
Lark Street/Lower Central Avenue Albany. An oasis of specialty shops, restaurants and bars. There’s something for everyone at the secondhand, antique, boutique, record and gift shops that line these several blocks. Don’t miss Romeo’s Gifts, Elissa Halloran Designs, and the Lark Street Flower Market. Also, pop into Season’s Skate Shop for all your boarding needs. Among the storefronts on Central Avenue are Earthworld, for all the comic lovers, and a Central Avenue fixture: The Honest Weight Food Co-op, a must for the organic food connoisseur.
Latham Circle Mall Routes 9 and 7, Latham, 785-8363. Eight-screen Cineplex and anchor stores JCPenney and Burlington Coat Factory.
Manchester Center, Vt. Routes 7A and 11/30, Manchester, Vt. manchesterdesigneroutlets.com. A veritable outlet town nestled amid the Green Mountains. Plenty of upscale, outlet-priced retail therapy at every turn. And the added bonus: clothing is tax-free.
Mohawk Commons State Street and Balltown Road, Niskayuna. Built over the former site of Mohawk Mall, this big-box supercenter hosts a number of stores, including Target, Barnes & Noble, Lowe’s and Marshalls.
Northway Mall Central Avenue and Wolf Road, Colonie. Mega strip-mall featuring Target, Marshalls, Empire Wine and Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts, among others.
Prime Outlets at Lee Route 20 East, Lee, Mass., (413) 243-8186. primeoutlets.com. Outlet shopping just across the state line, without the hefty New York state sales tax. Among the stores, you’ll find J. Crew, the Gap, Bass, and Jones New York.
Rotterdam Square Mall 93 West Campbell Road (I-890 Exit 2), Rotterdam, 374-3713. rotterdammall.com. Featuring most of the usual retail chains, anchored by Sears, T.J.Maxx, Macy’s and Kmart. The mall also boasts a seven-screen cineplex.
Route 9, Latham With Hoffman’s Playland and miles of high-end strip-malls, this area offers just about everything you could want from suburbia. On the northern end of this stretch is Latham Farms—a mega plaza with a big ’ol Walmart, PetSmart, Sam’s Club, Staples, Michael’s and more. Across Route 9, Price Chopper Plaza offers A.C. Moore Arts and Crafts, Hobby Lobby and Marshalls. At Latham Retail Center, just west of Latham Circle, you’ll find Target, Babies R’ Us, T.J. Maxx and Sports Authority.
Stuyvesant Plaza Western Avenue and Fuller Road, Guilderland, 482-8986. stuyvesantplaza.com. An upscale strip mall featuring some distinctive (and pricier) clothing stores, including Circles, Ann Taylor and Casual Set. The plaza is also home to the Book House, the area’s largest locally owned bookstore; Hippo’s, a haven for home-electronics connoisseurs; Pearl Grant Richmans fine and unique gifts; 10,000 Villages, a not-for-profit store filled with exotic, affordable, fair-trade furnishings and gifts; and much more.
Sutton’s Marketplace Route 9, Queensbury, 798-1188. suttonsmarketplace.com. An eclectic spot where you’ll find everything from sophisticated women’s designer clothes, baked goods, and gifts, to a furniture emporium and a “toy cottage.”
Upper Union Street Schenectady. The other area of significant retail concentration in the Electric City. Clothing, jewelry, gifts, cards and fast food are all available.
Wilton Mall Route 50, Saratoga Springs, 583-2138. wiltonmall.com. Old Navy, Dick’s Clothing and Sporting Goods, Abercrombie & Fitch and H&M are among the features of this complex, which also boasts old faithfuls JCPenney and Sears. And when you’re done shopping, you can catch a flick at the eight-screen movie theater.
Wolf Road Colonie. A gauntlet for the shopping crazed. If you can get past Colonie Center, watch out . . . what lies in store (pun intended) is a shopaholic’s paradise. To name a few: Bed, Bath & Beyond; Pier I Imports and Wolf Road Shoppers Park.