2014 in Review: looking back

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Each year brings new things. In 2013 we launched the Rochesteriat and in 2014 we celebrated ONE year. It's been an incredible journey. Let's look back at some of the posts and highlights:

JANUARY:

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The New Year started with a bang of creativity when we met EvenOdd Creative founders, Liza and Ashley. Their ability to repurpose bicycle inner tubes is incredible.

Posts: EvenOdd Creative | Video, EvenOdd Creative: reusing the unusable

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Creativity continued at Genesee Center for the Arts & Education. Letterpress, paper making, bookbinding, art galleries, community darkroom, classes for all ages, pottery and so much more... all in one place.

Post: Genesee Center for the Arts & Education: get creating

FEBRUARY:

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In February we looked at typical Valentine's Day gifts and gave you different city options. Celebrate with more than just chocolate and roses.

Post: Valentine's and the City: friday night love

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We also talked about 5 big developments to keep your eye on during the year. Culver Road Armory continues to grow and expand, construction on Midtown and Sibley's continues, the Transit Center finished EARLIER than originally projected, and College Town is filling in. We can't wait to look at more city developments for 2015.

Post: 5 City Developments to Watch for in 2014

MARCH:

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March was all about ART in our city. We watched Thievin' Stephen paint a traffic box in the Washington Square Park Neighborhood and collect hygiene products and cleaning supplies for Sample Soap.

Post: Thievin' Stephen's Spring Clean: a call for soap

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We explored the Geisel Gallery in the Bausch & Lomb building Downtown. Who knew their was an art gallery hidden inside?!

Post: The Geisel Gallery: what you're missing on the inside

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...and we teamed up with Margot Muto Contemporary Art to support local artist Henry Avignon, who had entered into the 5th Annual EXPOSURE Photography Contest in NYC. Thank you to everyone who voted for his work! And congrats again to Peter, who won a piece of Henry's art.

Post: WIN LOCAL ART: #henryavignon

APRIL:

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In April, Blackfriars Theatre gave us a behind the scenes tour. We learned not to judge a building by its size... step inside and you'll see there's way more than meets the eye in this creative theatre on Main Street.

Post: Blackfriars Theatre: off-broadway meets main street

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We also snuck inside the soon-to-open Pour Coffee Parlor! They became a quick favorite to MANY in the city - it's hard to believe they've been open over 8 months now.

Post: Pour Coffee: sneak peek inside

MAY:

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May brought us the great outdoors. On the 3rd, the city came together for the annual Clean Sweep! We love joining the Washington Square Park Neighborhood team every year, it's a great way to invest in where you live!

Post: Clean Sweep: one day, city-wide

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And with the weather warming up we brought our lunch outside into the fresh spring air.

Post: 6 outdoor spots you may want to try out for lunch break

JUNE:

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In June, many left their cars behind and set out on ROC Transit Day to discover the freedom of transit travel.

Post: ROC Transit Day: get your free card

JULY & AUGUST:

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This past summer we were a part of something new, something that brought the community together in a public park under the lights of downtown, for free. This was Movies with a Downtown View. Presented by Buckingham Properties & the Rochester Area Community Foundation and situated in the park formerly known as Manhattan Square Park (now: MLK Jr. Memorial Park), this first-time event drew over 250 attendees to both movie nights, as we gave out hundreds of dollars of trivia prizes and raffles, snacks and more from the 20+ vendors that participated.

In July we paid tribute to the late Philip Seymour Hoffman with "Almost Famous" and August in we enjoyed "The Kings of Summer". Soon, we will begin the planning for 2015. We hope to make these annual summer events!

Posts: Movies with a Downtown View: coming to center city Movies with a Downtown View: SUCCESS!

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Hart's opened in August! If you haven't made it down to Hart's Local Grocers yet, what are you waiting for? Explore locally made products, grab a coffee, your groceries, and enjoy the friendly atmosphere and customer service at Hart's.

Posts: Urban Perspective: Hart's Local Grocers Hart's Local Grocers: shop local downtown

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We also stopped to smell the roses, and the orchids, succulents and every other wonderful thing you will find at Stacy K Floral on Park Ave! Looking to spruce up your place with new decor? They have that too.

Post: Stacy K Floral: flowers with a city vibe

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Since we were slowing down for the flowers it worked out perfectly to sit with Niraj, founder of Happy Earth Tea. After sitting with Niraj for only a short time, we quickly realized there was more to learn about tea then we imagined!

Posts: Happy Earth Tea: profound simplicity in the city Happy Earth Tea: the Darjeeling of the city

SEPTEMBER:

My Fringe Thing Launch

September means FRINGE FEST! And once again, 2014 did not disappoint. This multi-arts fest takes over Rochester with over 380 shows across 25+ venues. Each year brings great new and unique performances.

Post: MY THING FRINGE: interactive art

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In honor of Park(ing) Day, Matthew Denker gave us a new and creative use for on-street parking spots inside the Inner Loop with a free 9-hole mini golf course, the Inner Loop Country Club!

Post: Park(ing) Day 2014: get golfing

OCTOBER:

In October, the Central Library launched Phase 1 of some big changes with the Reynolds Media Center. Why bother spending money when you can rent something for free with your library card? Movies, music, audio tapes and more.

Post: Who needs $1 Redbox when you have the Central Library's Media Center? 

Ribbon Cutting

This was also a special year for Stefanie's family. Her grandfather's welding and auto-mechanics shop, Fab-Weld, on Dewey celebrated 50 years of business! We were honored to be at the celebration. They are a big part of our inspiration of working towards our own 50+ years in the city.

Post: Fab-Weld: welding 50 years strong!

NOVEMBER:

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Originally expecting to complete the new Transit Center in early 2015, RTS celebrated an early opening on 11/28. This beautiful facility offers a lot to the community and is a big part of the revival downtown.

Post: Bathrooms, Heated Floors, Free Rides (and More)!

George Eastman House

November also brings the start to the winter holiday season. We looked at many places to shop local and celebrate the holidays - one of which was the George Eastman House.

Post: Here are 6 Ways You Need to Enjoy the Holidays at the George Eastman House

DECEMBER:

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Main Street was once the place to be. Well, who's to say it won't be that way again? Sibley's and CGI Communications gave us a little glimpse into the past and the future with their festive window displays this year. We can't wait to see more development in this neighborhood!

Post: Main Street Holiday Window Displays Coming Back

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Dunkin' Donuts recently opened on East Ave. - the 1st 24 hour coffee shop downtown. Word on the street is that their Grand Opening is Monday, 1/12, from noon-2pm. Not only will there be live music and raffles, there may be a special guest coming...

Post: Dunkin' Donuts is Getting Cozy in the East End

Happy New Year!

These are only a small handful of the many many wonderful memories and people we have met this past year. 2014 will always hold a special place in our hearts as we celebrated 1 year and grew in the community. Thank you for coming along the journey with us!


Stefanie is co-Founder and Editor of the Rochesteriat. She has loved every minute of this journey so far. Find her with a camera & phone in hand, taking photos for @theRochesteriat on Instagram. Follow her on Twitter.