Let's start by stopping for coffee and pastries on our traditional, small-town Main Street, which is part of the sprawling Little Falls Historic District. Main Street is all one-way traffic, so if we enter town from Route 167 or from the West on Route 5S, we will turn onto Albany Street, and then turn left onto William Street, and then turn left again on East Main Street. If we are coming from the East on Route 5S, we simply turn onto East Main Street at the light as we enter town. There is usually plenty of parking on the street, so we will try to park on the 500s block, across from the M&T Bank. Now the hard decisions begin! We have two fine bakeries literally next door to each other. The White Rose is a traditional small-town bakery serving coffee, donuts and pastries as well as a full-line of fresh breads, and Il Caffee is a more European-styled espresso bar with a limited but excellent line of upscale pastries, as well as sandwiches for lunch.
Coffee and pastries in hand, let's walk around for a few minutes and enjoy the sights of the Little Falls Historic District, which includes 347 buildings in Little Falls. The buildings date from the mid-19th to the early-20th century, with a number of Italianate-style commercial buildings and notable residences in vernacular 19th century architectural styles including Federal, Greek Revival, Italianate, Second Empire, Queen Anne, and Colonial Revival. Be sure to see our City Hall and the spectacular Masonic Temple as you wander around!
Before we leave Main Street, let's do a little shopping! To be honest, most of the businesses on Main Street offer either services or durable and hardware items, but there are still a few absolute gems for visitors to discover! First, let's start by visiting Always Treasured at 14 West Main Street, a unique antique store offering an ever-changing variety of fine collectibles and furniture selected by the discerning eye of Siegfried Sprenger, or Siggy as his friends know him. As a long-time resident who has lovingly restored one of the city's historic Queen Anne homes, Siggy is a font of knowledge about local history and lore, and so is a good place to start any visit to Little Falls!
Next, let's be sure to visit the Fall Hill Bead & Gem shop, at 32 West Main Street. The proprietors, Kim Hergert and Adam Riddle, will be delighted to show you their amazing inventory of semi-precious and glass beads, as well as minerals and jewelry. If you are a discerning crafter or jewelry-maker, you will almost certainly want to visit their web-site as well, to shop online! Afterwards, as we stroll back to our car, we will want to pay a visit to Designs by Shelly, to check out some of her current and always awesome ideas on decorating and to view the luxurious items she offers for the home.