Shopping in Central New York

Destiny USA is the big one. But don't overlook the many boutiques and shops in our charming villages, city neighborhoods and waterfront destinations .

So many choices, so many stores to explore

Every place has shopping malls, but no place else has Destiny USA. Shops, big anchors, outlet stores, and all kinds of entertainment spread over Destiny’s six stories and 2.4 million square feet. It draws 26 million shoppers a year. Here’s another draw: Destiny’s owner is the Northeast's largest privately owned developer of shopping malls. Syracusans founded the company and have their headquarters in downtown Syracuse. It means they try shopping and entertainment innovations here before taking them elsewhere. It’s pretty cool knowing CNY helps to shape the way America shops.

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Beyond Destiny, you'll find shopping gems in charming villages like Skaneateles, Fayetteville, Cazenovia, and Baldwinsville. They invite you to stroll, browse, and talk to knowledgeable owners in an unhurried way. So do stores in neighborhoods like Armory Square, Westcott, Eastwood, and in downtown Syracuse, where boutiques fill streets where big department stores used to be. In downtown Ithaca, The Commons is a four-block pedestrian shopping area with more than 100 independently owned and operated shops.

There are too many independently-owned stores to list, but here's a don't-miss handful to experience: Boom Babies, in Syracuse's Westcott neighborhood, is the place for women's fashion, especially for proms, cocktail parties, and anything formal. J. Michael, in the Marshall Street district near Syracuse University, has hot fashions for men and women from Europe and the Coasts. Ra-Lin is a family-run discounter on Burnett Avenue with an always knowledgable staff. Dunk & Bright, founded in 1927, is the largest furniture, mattress, and carpet showroom in New York State, right on Salina Street. The Stickley Audi & Co. furniture store in Fayetteville helps even a beginner afford and appreciate its enduring tradition, craftsmanship, and excellence.

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Destiny isn't the only large collection of chain stores and shopping fun. Try Towne Center at Fayetteville, Township 5 in Camillus, and Great Northern Mall in Clay. Suburban Utica has Sangertown Square and the New Hartford Shopping Center. An hour west of Syracuse is Waterloo Premium Outlets, a collection of more than 100 stores featuring designer and brand name outlets.

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Corridors of stores big and small spread out along Erie Boulevard East in DeWitt, Route 31 in Clay, Route 11 in North Syracuse, Route 57 heading out from Liverpool, West Genesee Street in Camillus, Route 13 near Ithaca, and Genesee Street near Auburn. You'll find what you expect along these broad and well-traveled suburban thoroughfares, from familiar big-box chains to small independent stores.