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The Best Places to Shop in Downtown Oswego this Season and Support Local Business

The Best Places to Shop in Downtown Oswego this Season and Support Local Business

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A Day of Shopping Downtown Oswego

You want your home to feel like your own space.

The holiday season is here, and so is holiday shopping.

You don’t want ready-made décor that everyone else has or gifts that someone already bought, but something that fits in just right.

Maybe it’s a piece that makes everyone swoon, or the piece that complements your friend’s unique style. 

But where do you find that piece that puts it all together? 

Downtown Oswego, of course! 

Find your newest treasure at one of several downtown antique stores, gift stores, and vendor markets and turn your style from cookie-cutter to one of a kind.


Dusty Road Merchants

  • 5 S. Madison Street

  • Open Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Both indoors and out, Dusty Road Merchants is jam-packed with a wide array of items you never knew existed but absolutely need. The jungle of home décor, handmade pieces, jewelry, and many other vintage pieces is a treasure hunt. They feature several vendors who bring their own pieces and unique style to add variety to the store. Check out the indoor showroom for colorful refurnished furniture staged throughout the store, then head outdoors for garden décor and plants to turn your yard into an oasis (and check back in December for Christmas trees.) Feelin’ crafty? Dusty Road Merchants is a retailer for DIY Paint, a clay and chalk finish furniture paint. Follow Dusty Road Merchants on Facebook for announcements of fun upcoming events.


Floral Expressions & Gifts

  • 26 Main Street

  • Open Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

One sure way to her heart is flowers. Not only do they smell good, but they are a token of your love. Floral Expressions & Gifts is the place to go for a beautiful bouquet. With flowers of every color, their handmade arrangements will make any girl swoon. Bolster your gift to her with a personalized engraved picture frame or wooden garden sign. If you’re expecting, Floral Expressions & Gifts has a baby boutique with baby clothes in sizes up to 2T. They can also do floral arrangements for weddings, corporate events, prom, and others, so you have all of your bases covered.


Happenstance Goods

  • 67 Main Street

  • Open Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

You will feel like part of the family when you walk into this charming antique store run by a mother-daughter team. Happenstance Goods is full of antique pieces that will instantly add character to any room in your home. Handmade décor is scattered throughout the sea of antique pieces to vary the age and look of the space. Head to the basement to see their collection of vintage toys and old records for sale. You’re sure to find a toy that the little kid in your life definitely doesn’t already have. Make sure to stop by the back to browse through their salvage area full of rustic wood and old tools perfect for your next project. Want to learn how to turn an old piece of furniture into your next centerpiece? Happenstance Goods teaches classes on how to use Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint, which they also sell in-store.


Hudson Design House

  • 76 Main Street

  • Open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

It can sometimes be difficult to visualize how your grandma’s old table is going to fit in with the modern furniture and décor in your home. Hudson Design House is here to help you see just how perfectly your furniture — new and old — can fit together like pieces in a puzzle. Each area of this large lifestyle boutique highlights a different color to help you get an idea of how any color can be stylized. Not looking for décor or furniture? That’s okay! They also have a wide selection of trendy women’s clothing and apparel, perfect to help you look and feel good at the next summer barbecue.


The Marmalade Tree

  • 79 Main Street

  • Open Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If you’ve lived in Oswego for the past few decades, chances are you’ve heard of The Marmalade Tree. This mainstay on main street has been in town for the past 24-years. If you’re not sure what gift to get someone for a holiday or birthday, you’ve come to the right place! The Marmalade Tree has gifts for everyone, from your retired grandparents to your parents, to your best friends and teachers, everyone will be satisfied with their gift. If you want something more unique, look at their selection of apparel, scarves, and jewelry. And, if you’re looking for some entertainment, watch The Marmalade Tree’s monthly Facebook live, where co-owner Steve Tews dresses up in a fun costume to show off their new products.


Stonehouse Market

  • 62 Washington Street

  • Open Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Walking into this beautiful cream-colored stone house built in 1853, you will see that not much has changed. In the former living room is a display of repainted furniture and fun home décor. Several eco-friendly kitchen products are in the old partial kitchen, helping you envision those products in your own space. Check out the upstairs bedrooms where two vendors have their chic and stylish furniture and décor. Do you like to paint? Stonehouse Market has a room dedicated to Fusion Mineral Paint workshops. You can also purchase the paint to take home and try on one of your own pieces.


Velvet Grace

  • 4025 US-34

  • Open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pulling into the parking lot of Velvet Grace, you might think you are going camping. Situated in two log cabins, Velvet Grace is actually a high-end fashion and design boutique. Entering the boutique, you will feel cozy with the large stone fireplace and chandelier. Feel inspired walking through the vignettes showcasing furniture and décor. See how adding just a little bit of texture can change an entire room. Once you’re done shopping for décor and furniture, stop by the fashion boutique in the back with stylish, chic clothes to help you be the best-looking person in any room. Velvet Grace also offers in-store design service, delivery, and is a stockist for Annie Sloan chalk paint.

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