By now, you all know I love to shop online but what you might not know yet is that I also love to support small, local boutiques here in Buffalo, NY. We’re reading so much lately about stores and small businesses closing across the country because of the increased popularity of shopping online. Believe me, I understand the convenience of online shopping but I also believe there’s still something very special and important about walking into a locally-owned business and supporting your community. My favorite boutique shop, The Perfect Gift, just happens to be located less than a mile away from my home in Clarence Center, NY, a suburb of Buffalo, NY and is owned by a dear friend of
mine, Deborah Tangelder. The Perfect Gift carries everything from clothing to jewelry, handbags, servingware, glassware, anti-aging products, home goods and more…most of which are designed by local artisans. Since The Perfect Gift was established in 2003, Deb has supported over 50 local artisans by selling their products in her store. The Perfect Gift’s theme is to “Shop Local and Support Many.” I don’t know about you, but that really speaks to me.
The Perfect Gift is truly a local gem. Abundant in history, the building was built in 1872 by a local Clarence Center family and is located right in the heart of Clarence Center at “The Four Corners” where Goodrich Rd. intersects Clarence Center Rd. The building
housed the first Alexander Graham Bell phone in the area, was a premier destination for inauguration parties and was considered the tallest building in Erie County outside the city of Buffalo!
At The Perfect Gift, you will experience a warm and welcoming atmosphere from the moment you walk into the store. Inside you will find the most beautiful space filled with antique woodwork, old fashioned push ladders, antique safes, treasured photo albums to browse history and of course beautiful items for sale.
Here I am walking in to meet Deb. I’m not going to lie, I was BURSTING with excitement! Dressed in one of my favorite outfits currently for sale at The Perfect Gift, I couldn’t wait to “work” with Deb on this blog.
Duster (lightweight) sweater vest $59.95
Ruffle Tank Black $42.95
Giving Keys necklaces, short chain $45, long chain $55
Suede Bucket Purse with Tassel $84.95
I can joke about this being “work” but we really did get right down to work! I’ve known Deb for almost 20 years and one of the many reasons why I love her is because she is a task-master. I also love her sense of style, her genuine heart, her generosity and the list of awesome qualities she has goes on. People often ask me, “Is she REALLY that sweet all the time?” The answer is always “Yes, she REALLY IS that sweet all the time!” In addition to the owner being a very special person, you should know that by shopping at The Perfect Gift, you are giving back to those in need because 100% of the profits are donated. Yes, you read that correctly! 100%! Amazing and incredible but that’s Deb. She’s one of a kind and her employees are pretty awesome too.
In addition to meeting some really nice people and being treated with kindness at The Perfect Gift, when you purchase an item from this boutique, you’re truly buying something unique. Each clothing item is carried in small quantities of various sizes which means…when it’s gone, it’s gone! Not much time to think twice but that’s what makes it special. You’re not going to be “Twinning” or dealing with “Who Wore it Best?” with your special purchase from this store 🙂
The Perfect Gift just received a large shipment of clothing and accessories for Fall which means it’s an opportune time to shop there. Here are some looks that Owner, Deborah Tangelder and I put together to show you as seen in the photos below. Please keep in mind that the women who work here are very talented and will tailor to your specific fashion wants and needs.
Embroidered Tank $64.95
Choker Necklace $24.95
Beaded Bracelets $10.95 each
Interchangeable Ring $18.95
Parkhurst Hat 50% off entire collection, now $18.95
Sweater (Made in Italy, extremely soft and comfortable! Bonus!) $89.85
Necklace – Proceeds from this necklace are donated to girls rescued from human trafficking (so cool!) $36
Artisan Gold Cuff Bracelet $28.95
I loved this dress. Beautiful Fall color. It hugged my body and was forgiving in all the right places. Deb and I were literally GUSHING over this dress!
Spartina 449 Boutique Wallet which could also double as a small clutch $92
Spartina 449 Gold Fringe Necklace $46
Navy and white are my jam. This top is so pretty! I love the lower cut on the sleeves and hem. I also really like how the bag and necklace pulled the whole look together!
Navy Top $48.95
Spartina Linen & Leather Hipster handbag $115
Spartina Long Necklace $44.95
The Perfect Gift is full of edgy and fun accessories. I think I need that cuff bracelet and clutch in my life!
Blush Tank Top $42.95
Artisan Leather Jeweled Bracelet $43.50
Spartina 449 Clutch Crossbody $78
Love this classic look!
Denim Dress $89.95
Beige Lasercut Tote $58.95
Stone Accent Gold Bracelet $24.95
Triple Strand Necklace on Leather String with Adjustable Length $44.95
Crushing on this pink sweater with the flowing back. A light, feminine look.
Blush Italian Sweater $76.95
Y-Double Strand Gold Necklace $32.95
Suede Crossbody Bag with Tassels $66.95
This top is an adorable look for many seasons. Let’s talk about that necklace and bag too… oh my!!! I just love it ALL!
Off the Shoulder Button Down Blouse $46.95
Spartina Tassel Necklace $48
Navy Crossbody with Embroidered Strap $72.95
What a fabulous day I had at The Perfect Gift. I hope this blog inspires you to take a trip to The Perfect Gift to shop small, meet some really nice people and learn more about this historic gem. When you shop local at The Perfect Gift in Clarence Center, NY you can be sure that you’re making a difference in this community, the surrounding Western New York area and even globally. Thank you to Deborah Tangelder and everyone from The Perfect Gift…”Perfecting Fashion” family for having me. I had a wonderful experience as usual. Looking forward to next time already!
6000 Goodrich Rd.
Clarence Center, NY 14032
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If you are local, be sure to put FALLFEST on your calendar! Friday, Sept. 22, 5:30-9:30pm @ Clarence Center and Goodrich Rd. Clarence Center FallFest is sponsored by the merchants of Clarence Center, Meet in the Center! Live music, Food trucks, Local Merchants, Cake Walk, Basket Raffle, Scavenger Hunt, Family Fun!
Check out FALLFEST on Facebook