Parkleigh on Park Ave has been serving the city for over 5 decades. Having once been a grocery store and then a pharmacy, this Park staple has become a "must-see" on one of Rochester's most popular street of shops and restaurants.
And while some of you may think that it's all Vera Bradly purses...
...and Crab Tree & Evelyn soaps & lotions (one of its very first stores for CT&E is still here), we know it's more than that. Recently the Rochesteriat took a trip through the store to find some of the most unique things they have for sale, and to see what we could find for the Holidays. But this isn't just a store for the Holidays - it's a store that has something for everyone, for any of life's treasured moments, even just plain old everyday living.
So without further introduction and in no particular order, here are 17 of the most unique, interesting, and craziest things we found - things that you wouldn't necessarily find out at the suburban malls.
1. Zombie Gnomes
Maybe you're trying to ward off those pesky squirrels in your garden, preparing for the zombie apocalypse, or you just have a friend who loves zombie movies... why not get a Zombie Gnome?
2. Beard Lube
With the recent rise of the "Lumber Sexual" we're sure that you know at least one hipster dressed in flannel, rocking a beard. What would they love more than some good ol' beard lube?
3. Flat Flowers
Are you sick and tired of taking care of flowers that die immediately when you bring them home? Maybe you're a college student without the money, time or place to put them. Got a window? Here's another option - stick to any window and you'll have (flat) flowers that live forever!
4. Colon Cleaner
You no longer need to go to the doctor to have your colon cleaned... just add this elixir to your meal! Don't bother with a new fad or detox diet, this hot sauce will cleanse your system quick.
5. Squirrel Underpants
For this one we had to go straight to the source, "Are you sick and tired of squirrels running naked in the trees around your house? Have you had to hide your children’s eyes when a tiny furry streaker crosses the sidewalk in front of you? We’ve got the answer, Squirrel Underpants! Each pair of tiny briefs has a 3" waist and is made of 95% cotton and 5% spandex. The underpants squirrels prefer! Also good for hamsters, frogs and gerbils." (via. Squirrel Underpants)
6. Shakespearean Lip Balm
So maybe you like to walk around, speaking in a British accent, and pretending to audition for Romeo & Juliet... it's ok, you're not the only one. Why not have the perfect chap stick for those lips?
7. Downton Abbey Tea
Just in time! You cannot be ready for the premier of season 5 on January 4th, without some Downton Abbey tea to sip (holding the tea cup with two fingers and your pinky pointing upwards, of course) during the big event. Maybe you should stock up on that Shakespearean Lip Balm as well to help with the British accent...
8. Meat Wrapping Paper
Gift giving isn't just meant for Christmas - there are birthdays, Valentine's Day, and many special occasions throughout the year to wrap something up (we're also big fans of "just because" gifts). Got a meat lover in your life? What better way to show your love, than to wrap their gift in bacon, sausage, or hot dog wrapping paper.
9. Socks for any Occasion
While socks may be a necessity, this time of year especially, that doesn't mean they have to be boring. In fact, trending in 2014, socks have become BIG business to help make one's outfit unique and bright. What else can we say... they're socks and most of us need them!
10. Underpants Stuffed Animals
Ok, we're back to underpants. Trying to teach your little ones the importance of clean underwear? Tell them with a stuffed animal! And, "Don't forget to wash your underwear!"
Many come to Parkleigh for their vast selection of chocolates and candy, you may find a handful with some unique flavor combinations as well. We found this one from local Hedonist Artisan Chocolates. Like to try different things? How about fresh raspberries and wasabi in dark chocolate, we also found Lemon Pepper Truffles...
...and strawberry basil candies.
12. Mr. P
Maybe you're looking for the perfect gag gift or something to match your quirky style and taste. Check out Mr. P. Of course, it's aptly named.
13. Picture Frame with a Family
We usually buy picture frames and replace the photo with one of our own. We couldn't help but hope that someone might buy this and leave the photo in it. Who's to say that's not your Great Aunt Mildred!
14. Flask Ties & Scarves
Walking around with a flask may not always be an option, or maybe you're just looking to be discreet. Here's the perfect option for men and women, function and fashion. Some of you would probably like this gift for your next office party or even a trip to the in-Laws...
15. Happy Sippy Cup
Whether you've had a coffee out of this classic NYC coffee cup or not, we're sure you've seen it in a movie or tv show. Now there's a matching sippy cup so your hip kid will have one too, without the caffeine that is.
16. Breakfast Floss
If you're a fan of clean teeth and breakfast, you know to never drink orange juice after brushing with fresh minty toothpaste! But, feel free to delight in all the breakfast food you want after flossing with breakfast flavored floss.
Poo-Pourri is fairly new to the odor prevention scene. If you need an intro to what this creation is, head to their website and watch the video. Not only will you find the original version at Parkleigh, you'll find some other products for the people in your life, like Gone Fishin' "Trap Bathroom Odor… Hook, Line and Stinker!". We will also go out on a limb and say that this product would pair well with #4 on this list. Now that's getting stickin' creative!
Gift-giving needs no holiday, birthday, or special occasion. Whether for yourself or someone else, peruse the isles of Parkleigh. You won't be sorry!
Address: 215 Park Ave. Rochester NY 14607
Stefanie is co-Founder and Editor of the Rochesteriat. She loves taking pictures, drinking vanilla lattes, and living downtown with her husband, Jason. Find her with a camera & phone in hand, taking photos for @theRochesteriat on Instagram. Follow her on Twitter.