Parkleigh History

Parkleigh, Rochester’s favorite gift shop, is considered a “landmark” and a must-see for visitors. Located on Park Avenue in the heart of the cultural district for over 50 years, Parkleigh has many times been voted “Best Place to Find a Unique Gift.” Once a grocery store, and later a pharmacy, the building Parkleigh calls its home has seen many incarnations. In the 1970’s Parkleigh Pharmacy envisioned new ideas in merchandising unusual products and began carrying cutting edge items that were fashionable, trendy and fun. The selection of items grew to house ten distinct departments throughout the store which eventually led to saying good-bye to the pharmacy in the late 1980’s. Since that time Parkleigh continues to grow and evolve as the unique shopping experience you will find today.

In and around premiere brands such as MacKenzie-Childs, Vera Bradley, Michael Aram, Kiehl’s, Trollbeads, Uno de 50, Godiva, Moonstruck Chocolatier and Stonewall Kitchen you will find an ever-changing selection of affordable luxuries: beautiful women’s accessories, indulgent toiletries, adorable children’s gifts, side-splitting novelties, gourmet coffee and tea, and an extensive and eclectic selection of greeting cards. Parkleigh is also home to one of the first Crabtree & Evelyn stores in the country.

The sounds and aromas within are warm and inviting. Strolling throughout the store the ambiance offers exposed brick archways, hardwood floors, original tin ceilings, expertly painted murals, enjoyable music and a warm and knowledgeable sales team. Samplings of coffee, gourmet foods and candies are an everyday event. Hit it right and you may find yourself in the middle of Free Banana Day or Crazy 8’s Trivia!

Within walking distance from the Memorial Art Gallery, George Eastman House and the Rochester Museum and Science Center, Parkleigh has been a strong part of the community since its beginning, and a destination shop for generations. As if the awesome shopping experience isn’t enough, Parkleigh is strongly dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts and local charitable organizations.

We look forward to your visit and promise that you will…
Have fun. Feel good. Buy stuff.


Store Hours
Weekdays 10 am to 8 pm
Saturdays 10 am to 6 pm
Sundays 10 am to 5 pm

Parkleigh at 215

Mackenzie-Childs at Parkleigh 235

Gift Registry at
Parkleigh 235

Store Hours
Weekdays 10am to 8pm
Saturdays 10am to 6pm
Sundays 10am to 5pm
December 24 10am to 5pm December 25 CLOSED
December 31 10am to 5pm
January 1 CLOSED

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