by Rebecca Roberts

Campus Times Staff

Are you tired of staying on campus staring at the same brick walls week after week? Ready to find something new to do? Then you should take a stroll down Park Avenue and explore its many exciting shops and cafs.

Park Ave., which is tucked away in a residential neighborhood and located just a few blocks from the Eastman School of Music, is brimming with diverse businesses and unique restaurants for you to visit.

Here you can find Parkleigh, a unique gift store famous for its warm, inviting atmosphere and filled with an abundance of treasures you will not be able to find elsewhere.

Parkleigh, 215 Park Ave., offers gifts such as Swiss Army knives and Crabtree and Evelyn products as well as coffee, tea and chocolates.

?Parkleigh is my favorite store on Park Ave.,? junior Susan Klassen said. ?It?s got so many funky accessories and unique gifts, I can always find the perfect thing to buy.?

Klassen says she often takes walks down Park Ave. because it is a safe environment and has numerous things to see.

Senior Andrew Vasicek said he enjoys taking his girlfriend to Park Ave. because of the variety of great places to eat.

On Park Ave., among the many eateries, one can find The Dutch Market, offering Dutch and Indonesian food, Chester Cab Pizza and the Classy Cookie and Deli.

Most of the cafs and pubs have outdoor seating that accommodates the various shoppers who are eager to enjoy beautiful days and people watch.

?I love being able to eat outside and the cute array of shops are fun,? junior Kelly Wentworth said. ?It?s a good way to spend the evening as you can eat and shop and it?s within walking distance to other places of interest as well.?

The George Eastman House, Little Theatre and the Memorial Art Gallery are also all in the vicinity of Park Ave. and within easy walking distance.

Students can take Regional Transit Bus 72 to Park Ave. They can also get off at the Eastman School of Music stop and walk the few blocks east to Park Ave.

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