It takes a (Lakeview) Village


Whether it be a rainy day or one with a picture postcard backdrop, the Lakeview Village Shoppes bring an extra measure of creativity and brightness to Olcott Beach. Since 1992, the shoppes have created an experience like no other, with a “down home” feel and unique gifts that are sure to have you telling your family and friends about them. Oh, and the view is pretty good, too.

There are ten shops in Lakeview Village. They are: Cameron’s Lakeside Ice Cream, Corner at Olcott Beach, Emma’s Tiques and TreasuresGift Box at the BeachJesse’s Girl, Just Lookin’, K.M. TreatsNature’s Child & Sea Hag, Picasso Moon, and VacantiArts.

973038_770009198701_727019164_n“I think the stores are the icing on the cake for a perfect one-tank getaway for western New Yorkers,” said Janet Vacanti, co-owner of VacantiArts. “Family fun, weekly festivities, food, and shopping are the perfect recipe for a destination.” This season, VacantiArts has expanded to make shopping a more 
comfortable, relaxed experience. “We’ve added Fair Trade products to our inventory 
to promote cultural diversity and have expanded our gem and mineral collection,” added Vacanti.

983541_770009258581_60071422_n“The shoppes have been getting better and better every year because of the variety on the boardwalk,” said Karen Young, owner of Gift Box at the Beach. “We have a great group of stores here now and the owners not only take pride in their own shop, but in the boardwalk as a whole.” If you are a fan of the “Life is Good” clothing line, you’ll find it at Gift Box, as well as Robert Rothschild Dips & Sauces.

Besides the staples in the village, you could also see some spontaneity. The weather may bring out an acoustic music 
jam on the corner of the boardwalk. Did we mention the views were pretty nice, too?

Photo courtesy of Lakeview Village Shoppes

Photo courtesy of Lakeview Village Shoppes

If you are looking for ice cream or gems, jewelry or antiques, the Lakeview Village Shoppes are the spot to visit for travelers and locals. The shops are open Monday thru Thursday from Noon to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday from Noon to 8 p.m., and Sunday from Noon to 6 p.m.