by Carolyn Batt

Growing up in the Buffalo suburb of Williamsville, and having relocated to the city after graduating college, I find myself returning to my roots (if 15 minutes from the city is what you want to call it) often.

The Village of Williamsville has one of the most charming Main Streets in the area that is quickly becoming reminiscent of Elmwood Avenue. New shops, restaurants and cafes are popping up what seems like daily to line the streets of this quaint area.

It’s not hard to spend an entire day along Main Street. Begin with picking up a freshly baked pastry at DiCamillo’s, a Western New York bakery-staple for more than a century, and head across the street to the brand-new Spot Coffee for a unique twist on coffee.

If you’re looking for a great salon, Williamsville is chocked full of at least a dozen hair and spa locations. Capello, voted “Best Salon in Western New York” by Buffalo Spree is right in the heart of Main Street, along with Leon’s, Chez Ann Salon and Excuria, offering a complete spa experience.

For high-end shopping, Tony Walker offers the latest fall fashion with Citizens of Humanity jeans, North Face jackets and Juicy Couture purses. Pizza Plant—home of the pod, is right next door. Try the Wingy Dingy pod, a mix of chicken, ricotta, mozzarella, marinara wing sauce, cayenne and blue cheese for that wing fix if you’re tired of plain old chicken wings.

For dinner, it’s a toss up for two of the best restaurants in the area. Overlook Ellicott Creek and enjoy a gourmet dinner at Creekview, or head to the Eagle House, open since 1827 and a stop along the Underground Railroad.

The Village of Williamsville offers so much to see, eat and shop at, that you may find yourself returning frequently as I do to spend more than a day here.

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