Goals for 2018 @ the Rochesteriat

The Rochesteriat

The Rochesteriat

At the end of each year and the beginning of the new one, we (Jason & Stefanie) always take some time to reflect and look ahead.

When we launched the Rochesteriat (coming up on 5 years!) we had a goal to write about all of the positive and great things happening within the city limits of Rochester - that goal has never changed. We're proud to be a positive light for what's happening in the city.

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The Rochesteriat | Fahsye Mug

When we started this site, it was our only "passion project", but since then it's expanded to Movies With a Downtown View, the Washington Square Park Community Association, our coming soon business - MetroPops, and so much more! We wrote about some of these things in our 2017 is Done! Let's Look Back post if you haven't seen it yet. As we dig into this new year, we wanted to share some behind the scenes info...

Our Professional Goals for 2018

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the Rochesteriat is here to stay. Even as our time is spread among other things our goal is to continue to produce fresh content, keep our Events Page up-to-date and continue to produce our Weekly Email. Our new posts may not be weekly, but we're not going anyway and don't forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter!

 
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Our biggest goal for 2018 is to launch MetroPops! The idea for MetroPops came from a desire to help local businesses in Rochester and see more people support local. MetroPops is a deal site focusing on the best LOCAL places to eat and drink, experience and enjoy.  We accomplished a lot in 2017, but there's still so much to do - (again, check out our 2017 is Done! Let's Look Back post for more info).

 
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Movies With a Downtown View is celebrating 5 years this summer and we could not be more thrilled. We have some exciting things in the mix for this year that may or may not include more than 2 movie nights. Stay tuned for the dates and all the deets!

 
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Lastly, and on a broader perspective with the WSPCA, we're beginning a focused look at Washington Square Park and how we can make some much needed changes to it. There are a lot positive things happening in Center City, and we want to make sure we do our part by making our neighborhood and park the best  it can be. Work will begin shortly as we partner up with Community Design Center Rochester through a series of discussions, meetings, and events that include a public charrette, hiring a professional landscape designer, and developing plans for the near future and beyond. 

The Rochesteriat

The Rochesteriat

We're looking forward to a great year and hope you continue to follow along with the Rochesteriat, stay tuned for MetroPops and join us at our movie nights this summer!


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Top 5 Posts of 2017

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Before we dash into some new content for the year we thought it would be fun to look back at our most popular posts of this past year. We were surprised to see what content brought the most viewers, so without further ado here are our top 5 posts of 2017:

#5 - 2017 Holiday Guide: Shop LOCAL!

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the Rochesteriat

Our 5th most popular post of 2017 just so happened to be our Holiday Shop Local Guide. Loaded with ideas of places to shop, we're happy this made the list, because it works all year round - Valentine's, birthdays, anniversaries - you name it! Check out the post here: 2017 Holiday Guide: Shop LOCAL!

In early 2017, the Rochester Downtown Development Corporation announced The Commissary would be coming to the basement of The Metropolitan in early 2018. We can't wait, read about it here: A Kitchen Incubator is Coming to Downtown Rochester

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The Rochesteriat

Radio Social opened in May of 2017 and is more than just a bowling alley. It's a place to lounge, eat, drink, play games and be social. This post was written before it opened, check it out: Let's Be Social @ Radio Social

#2 - 9 Things You'll Want to Know About Nagle's Observance

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the Rochesteriat

Nagle's Observance, a new neighborhood bar to the midtown area opened in August of 2017. We took a peek inside just before they opened, read the post here: 9 Things You'll Want to Know About Nagle's Observance

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Our original list started with 10 places, but quickly expanded to 15. Rochester has a lot of great brunch places and even still, there are more than we have listed! Clearly, we love brunch since it became our most viewed post! Read our top post: 15 Places You Should Be Thinking of for Brunch

BONUS: Did You Know?

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the Rochesteriat

Apart from our homepage, did you know that our most viewed page on our website is our Events Page? We try to keep a diverse list of events happening within the city. It's not always everything to everyone, but we hope you enjoy it!


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2017 is Done! Let's Look Back...

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The Rochesteriat

The year is just about over, but it has been an exciting one. While we're always working to produce new posts for the site we also have a lot of things happening behind the scenes.

Here are some of our highlights for 2017:

Washington Square Park Community Association

Informally for the last 4-5 year we've been working to create a neighborhood association for the Washington Square Park Community. At the end of 2016 we gathered some stakeholders in the area and officially formed a non-profit (501c3) at the beginning of 2017. Our 11 member, all volunteer board has been hard at work this year working to solidify the inaugural year of the Washington Square Park Community Association

Things we've accomplished this year: formed 501(c)(3), incorporated, put up neighborhood banners, 2017 Clean Sweep, awarded a $15,000 RACF grant, the Austrian cannon was refurbished and returned, and the Soldiers and Sailors monument was cleaned. 

We're in our last few days of the 2017 fundraising initiative, check out this link for more information. 

Related Posts:
6 Things You'll Want to Take Note of in the WSP Neighborhood
The Austrian Cannon Has Returned

Movies With a Downtown View - Year 4!

One of our favorite things every year happens once in July and once in August - Movies With a Downtown View. This FREE movie night happens in MLK Jr. Memorial Park and includes food trucks, a beer garden, tons of local giveaways and a great movie. This event would not be possible without all of our incredible sponsors.

In 2018 we will be celebrating 5 years! We are looking forward to making it an even better event and celebration. Keep an eye out for the announcement of our dates for the year: MWADV.

Related Post: Movies With a Downtown View 2017 - That's A Wrap!

Reached over 10,000 on Instagram

We love sharing our adventures across the city and all of the great places we have here. Social media has been a fun and quick way to do this. The picture above shows our top 9 Instagram pictures for the year, thank you to everyone who follows us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter!

Upstate Social Sessions - Panel

Photo: Jessica Gasbarre

Photo: Jessica Gasbarre

This year Upstate Social Sessions celebrated 3 years. This has been a great event for our city (and the only Social Media conference in the area). It's a day to inspire and educate the community on the value of social media in our personal and professional lives. This year we were honored to sit on the "Matching a (User)name To a Face" panel along with Sarah Knight of Roc Girl Gang, Kevin Heffernan of Rise Collaborative, and Scott Pukos of The Little Theatre. We're already looking forward to year 4.

MetroPops - Coming Soon

You may have seen us post about MetroPops this year on the site and social media. MetroPops is a deal site focusing on the best LOCAL places to eat and drink, experience and enjoy. While we haven't launched our new biz yet, it has been an exciting year of accomplishments:

  • We created MetroPops and hired A3 Design to help us create our brand visually
  • MetroPops launched on Social Media to begin sharing our journey and business venture (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
  • We held events at McCann's, The Playhouse/Swillburger, and The Vesper
  • Our Indiegogo campaign raised over $1,000
  • We've met with quite a few businesses to have our first deals ready to go
  • We've received a lot of positive and helpful feedback from friends, family, supporters and businesses in Rochester!

Each of these steps and many more little ones have brought us to the end of the year. Our website is built and we're going through the final process of preparing for launch. We're really looking forward to 2018 - stay tuned for our launch date.

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The Rochesteriat

Cheers to 2017, now bring on the New Year!


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Final Days for the 2017 WSPCA Fundraiser!

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You may or may not know that we were a part of the creation of the Washington Square Park Community Association this year.  This is a Community Association in downtown Rochester focused on a historical section of the city that includes Geva Theatre, St. Mary's Church, ESL headquarters as well as other businesses and organizations. The historical Washington Square Park sits at the center of our community. 

For those of you who have already contributed to our neighborhood, we graciously THANK YOU! 

For those of you who would like to show your support, we would be honored. We're only $1100 away from our $26,000 fundraising goal, and we're asking for you to consider a tax-deductible gift to our organization. To learn more about what the funds will be used for and how to donate, please check out: https://www.rocwashingtonsquare.org/donate/ .

I hope that you consider donating to the WSPCA in the next few days. Even as important, I hope you consider getting involved in the WSPCA in some way or another in 2018 and do not hesitate to reach out to me personally. 

On behalf of the entire WSPCA Board of Directors, the Rochesteriat, and thousands of passionate city residents, Happy New Year to you and your family. 

- Jason


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Video: Come to Rochester

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Video Screenshot

Sometimes in our Rochester travels, whether around the actual city or exploring for history on the internet, we find a gem worth sharing. Now, we have pretty much no idea why a French designer put it together, but we wanted to share!

Without further ado: Come to Rochester

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Court-métrage réalisé par Constant Revest / Knst
Sélection officielle Audi Talents Awards 2010.
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If anyone out there knows its background story or knows about the original video, please share it in the comments. Also, what are your favorite parts? How enjoyable it is driving here? The traffic safety or maybe the convenient parking?

Anyway - Come to Rochester!


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