Once a month I go to Albany for a few days to grade state exams. I might grade NYS teaching certification exams, or exams from Ohio or Illinois. I head to Albany early to scout out the "shopping opportunities" and I have found some really cute and unique shops!
Oliva is a cute little shop across the street from the hotel I stay in while working there. The store has many fustis filled with infused olive oils and balsamics so that the customers can help themselves to a taste. I bought a Basil Oil to try - I can imagine this on pasta with tomatoes and garlic - YUM! I will be back to Oliva for more next month!
At Crossgates Mall I found Penzey's Spices! My local "spice lady" hasn't been able to find Florida Seasoned Pepper - BUT Penzey's had some. I also picked up some Tellicherry - Can you tell I LOVE pepper?
I grow greek oregano in the summer, but the strong aroma of this turkish oregano made me buy a jar! I use very little salt, but their seasoned salt was irresistible!
Also across from my hotel is Coccadots Cake Shop:
This is the happiest little bakery….
…with tempting sweets...
…and adorable decor! Almond Cherry Cupcake ~ YUM
In the same plaza is the Silver Parrot, a cute little boutique with accessories and clothing, where I bought a purple jacket:
These are 4 little shops that I will visit again when I return to work again next month!