3 Reasons You Need to Go to the Kodak Visitor Center

Whether you’re new to Rochester or a long time Rochesterian, get the Kodak Center on you MUST-DO list, now. Formerly known as the Kodak Theater on the Ridge and then Kodak Center for Performing Arts, the Kodak Center features touring productions, musicians, comedy, kids shows and more.

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While you should definitely check out their list of shows, we want to make sure the Kodak Visitor Center, which opened in December and is FREE, is on your radar. Here are 3 things you don’t want to miss:

1. Over 130 Years of Kodak History

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Kodak has a very deep and rich history here that extends beyond Rochester and now there’s a place to learn about it in person.

Learn about the start of Kodak, the way it impacted the world we live in, the Kodak cameras that went to the moon with Apollo 11, see the first digital camera, learn why film has perforations on the outside and so much more.

Check out this quick intro video on the Visitor Center:

2. The Lost Coloramas

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The very first temporary exhibit featured at the Visitor Center is The Lost Coloramas, highlighting the work of photographer Neil Montanus. Neil traveled the world with his photography, he’s known for taking “the best portrait ever” of Walt Disney as well as shooting 55 of the 565 Kodak Coloramas that hung in Grand Central Station from 1950-1990.

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See a number of the “Lost Coloramas” that were never featured in Grand Central and haven’t been viewed in more than 4 0 years.

3. Ugly Duck & The Retail Shop

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The best way to start your tour of the Visitor Center may be first to grab a coffee at Ugly Duck Coffee and then peruse the exhibitions….

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Well, whether you do before or after your tour, you won’t want to miss this space housing Ugly Duck Coffee (grab coffee, a latte, tea, chai or maybe some pastries from Scratch Bakeshop) and the Kodak Retail Shop featuring mugs, bags, shirts, and more.

Not only will you have a great beverage from Ugly Duck, but the shop is also full of great gift ideas for someone who once worked at Kodak, someone who moved away from Rochester, a Rochester history buff (or fanatic), or maybe even a little something for yourself!

Kodak Visitor Center Hours:

Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
Also open during Events & Shows

Ugly Duck Hours:

Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
Also open during Events & Shows

Website: Kodak Center
200 West Ridge Road
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8 Places to Learn Something New

It's a new year and like many people do, it's a time for new goals and resolutions. What would you like to accomplish this year, where do you want to improve? If you're looking for change or something new and refreshing, why not learn something new? Our city is full of businesses and organizations dedicated to the arts and education.

Check out these 8 places to learn something new this year in ROC:

1. Flower City Arts Center

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Formerly known as Genesee Center for the Arts & Education, the Flower City Arts Center is a great place for adults and kids alike to learn about the arts with hands-on classes. From letterpress, paper making and pottery, to photography, digital arts, book binding, there are a lot of options to improve a passion you already have or start a new one.

2. Hoopla, City Library

If you're a resident in a city neighborhood, you're in luck. Check out Hoopla, this service offered FREE through the Rochester Public Library (to city residents ONLY!) gives library card holders access to ebooks, audio books, movies and more, accessible right from your desktop browser, to your mobile phone through the Hoopla app. Check out our recent post on the service for more information: Hoopla for Snow Days & Lazy Days. We can say from experience we have already really enjoyed taking advantage of all of the audio books available.

And even if you don't have access to Hoopla, your local library is full of resources, books, and classes to take advantage of.

3. Amore by Wegmans

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A great place to hone cooking skills is from a place that makes great food. Why not take a cooking class from a restaurant? In 2016, Amore Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar, located at the East Ave Wegmans, launched a series called Eat, Drink & Learn (check out our post). Keep an eye out for classes throughout the year including Pasta Making, Mozzarella Making, Gnocchi, Risotto and more. Check out the class schedule.

4. 540WMain Communiversity

540WMain is a grassroots non-profit (501(c)(3) community school and event space. They offer classes and programs focused around diversity & inclusion, historic preservation, sustainability and more. With their main location at 540 W. Main Street, they will be opening a second satellite location at The Yards in February focusing on the arts and wellness. Check out the website for a list of all of their classes and events.

5. Rochester Brainery

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Don't have time to sign up for a series of classes? Try taking a class (or ten) at Rochester Brainery in NOTA. If you've got a few hours to spare the Brainery offers classes from business, to arts, gardening, cooking, history, photography, jewelry making, and more.

6. George Eastman Museum

If photography is your passion, why not improve and hone your skills at a place dedicated to the life and dreams of George Eastman and educating the community and world on photography, film and much more, the George Eastman Museum? Did you know that they offer photography workshops throughout the year, ranging from one day to five days in length? If you've ever wanted to learn more about the history of photography and difference methods of developing film, check it out.

7. Creative Workshop @ the MAG

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Located at the Memorial Art Gallery, the Creative Workshop is another great place for adults and children to learn the arts. Ceramics, jewelry making, painting, sketching, weaving, there's even art appreciation classes. See all of the class offerings online.

8. Studio 34 Creative Arts Center & Gallery

Studio 34 is located on Elton Street in NOTA and offers classes at all levels in different areas of glass work, jewelry, photography, clay and more. Private lessons and group lessons are also available.

What places are we missing? Where do you head when you want to learn something new?

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Take a Look Inside Metro CoWork


If you travel down East Ave often, you’ve probably watched this space (350 East Ave) transform and been curious about what it is. Well, Metro CoWork has recently opened and we wanted to give you a look inside.

The property is a project that was acquired in 2017 and is now under the direction of Craig Webster and Webster Properties, with collaborated interior design work by Nicole Gerstner. You’ll want to know that the space is being managed under the expertise of Cat Hood, Head Community Manager, who is a UK implant who has prior award winning experience on the "Ugli” Project.


CoWork spaces are designed to help reduce costs for startups and small businesses, as well as provide flexible working conditions. Metro CoWork was built to offer more than just a desk to work at: it’s a place where mere functionality, affordability, and beautiful design converge.


This beautiful and inspirational space offers multiple membership options, depending on your choice of a “hot desk” or a more permanent one, as well as many amenities and opportunities to promote collaboration among its membership community.

Supporting the immediate neighborhood is always a key goal, with plans to collaborate with local businesses such as POP ROC and the like in the near future.


Do you have conference calls or need to invite clients in? There are different places to gather, hold conferences, and even make private phone calls in one of the phone booths.


The open concept kitchen was strategically placed in the back of the cowork space to encourage the collision of the minds when you’re grabbing lunch or coffee. It’s a way of getting to know your fellow co-worker, thereby increasing the chance that more collaboration and/or success will happen in our city.


Metro CoWork is continuing to grow and build out their space to offer even more opportunities for office and collaborative space.


While these pictures only highlight the East Ave space, Metro CoWork also has locations in High Falls and Brighton and will be opening in the future in Webster and Irondequoit.


There’s a lot more in store for this space, including this open outdoor space in the back of the building that has already been painted by local artists, so stay tuned or check it out.

Want to see the space in-person? Get your (FREE!) tickets for the 2018 Holiday Party and Ribbon Cutting that is being held on Friday, December 21st. More information and tickets on their Facebook Event page.

Metro CoWork:
Cat Hood, Head Community Manager

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ROC Holiday Village: All the FREE Things You Don’t Want to Miss

Downtown Rochester is transforming in major ways with development projects, new restaurants, and business openings. To go along with all of this, Jenna Knauf (Bella Events Group), photographer Kelli Marsh, and Sean McCarthy (McCarthy Tents & Events) have teamed up to produce the first ever City of Rochester ROC Holiday Village presented by Five Star Bank.

Whether you’re 2 or 102, this village is for YOU and it’s not just a one-time, weekend pop-up - it’s EVERY weekend leading up to Christmas: December 1st through the 23rd. There will be different restaurants every weekend, music, igloos that can be reserved, shopping, and so much more.

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With so many different activities happening, we wanted to highlight all of the FREE things you won’t want to miss.

Opening Ceremonies:

Every year, the City of Rochester kicks off the holiday season with the annual Lighting of the Liberty Pole festivities with Santa and his helpers. Following the lighting this year, everyone is invited to join Santa in a parade to Holiday Village for the Grand Opening of the Village and tree lighting (opening night details).

Santa’s Workshop:

Come meet Santa and have your picture taken and even have that picture emailed to you for free. For a nominal fee photos can be printed on the spot as well with a portion of the proceeds going to IACKids. There will even be free cookies courtesy of Wegmans. Head to the website to see Santa’s Workshop hours.

Ice Skating:

During all of the Holiday Village hours, ice skating and skate rentals are free! Skates are limited though, so if you have your own, it’d be a good idea to bring them. Even if you don’t want to ice skate check out the Holiday Village Schedule for opportunities to see performances by Genesee Figure Skating Club and Rochester Ice Center on December 2nd, 15th, 22nd and 23rd.

Live Music:

Enjoy different musicians every Friday and Saturday evening from 8-11pm in the Lodge Restaurant and Bar. See the schedule of who’s playing here.

Curling Demonstration:

Whether you’re a fan of curling during the Olympics, have always wanted to learn, or are just curious about the sport, don’t miss the free curling demonstration and instruction on Saturday December 15th from 11am-3pm. Learn the lingo, watch a demonstration, and get to try it for free.


Yes, we know there’s gonna be at least one person out there who is concerned about parking. But as the producers of the annual Movies with a Downtown View events in the same location, we know there’s quite a bit of on-street parking surrounding this park. Better yet, it’s free after 6pm on weekdays and ENTIRELY FREE on weekends.

We also know that some of the area’s parking garages are free on the weekends IF there aren’t Special Events that are happening (i.e., Washington Square Garage). It makes sense to call ahead to see if a particular garage is open and free so you can plan ahead.

Don’t Miss:

Get your holiday shopping done this year in the Village! Peruse the retail vendors, food vendors, the Holiday Village merchandise tent and the Mini Maker Markets on December 8th and 15th. See the list and schedule: Holiday Village Shopping.

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For ALL of the details, events, schedules, parking information, restaurants, and more, head to the Website and follow along on social media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. Here’s an overview Map to check out as well:


Holiday Village Hours:

Friday: 4pm – 8pm
Saturday: 10am – 8pm
Sunday: 10am – 6pm


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5 Ways to Enjoy the Holidays at the George Eastman Museum

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The Holidays are once again upon us and we all know there are many ways to enjoy the season here in our city. We’ll go out on a limb and say that most won't offer the ultimate combination of glitz, glamour, and ROC history that our treasured George Eastman House will.

Here are 5 ways to take advantage of this incredible gem in our community and to get you in the holiday spirit.

1. Take in a Holiday Movie

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Dryden Theatre is a great place to get to during the holidays. Find classics like White Christmas and more contemporary favorites like Love Actually. There is sure to be something to fit everyone most people’s tastes.

Speaking of, don’t miss celebrating the 30th anniversary of the ultimate Christmas classic, Die Hard , on December 15th. “Yippee ki yay, mutha…” - ah, the true Holiday spirit.

Find the full list of Holiday films here: Dryden Holiday List

2. Drool Over Some Gingerbread Houses

Miss the good ol' days of being a kid and building gingerbread houses? Why not relive these memories. This annual tradition brings in dozens of Gingerbread house creations from professional bakers, families, and community groups. See something you like? These are also available to purchase through a silent auction.

Sweet Creations Gingerbread House Display: 11/2-12/12

3. Tabletop Trees - Get Inspired

Looking for some Christmas Tree decoration inspiration or maybe a smaller size tree for your home? Displayed throughout the historic George Eastman Museum you'll find tabletop Christmas trees decorated by local businesses. These trees are available for purchase through a silent auction and all proceeds go toward providing fresh flowers in the house year-round. What's not to love?

Tabletop Tree Display & Auction: 11/13-12/16

4. Holiday Homecoming

The Holiday Homecoming party is also an annual tradition. Meet Santa and enjoy kid friendly activities, festive displays, live music, refreshments and more.

Annual Holiday Homecoming Party: 12/6, 5-8pm

5. Shop for the Holidays

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Not everyone thinks of shopping at museums for Christmas. But you should! There are tons of great options from the museum store, to Dryden Theatre tickets, to museum memberships. Looking to give a unique gift this year to that die-hard Rochesterian? Head to the Eastman Museum and don’t miss “An Eastman Christmas”, a 24 track CD of holiday classics played on the Eastman’s Aeolian pipe organ.

Eastman Museum Store | Membership

George Eastman Museum:
Holiday Activities


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