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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The New & The Moved in the City

Lucky for all of us, new businesses are starting up in the city and ones that have been around for a while have become successful enough to upgrade to larger spaces. Better yet, businesses are ditching the 'burbs for new city digs. That's the kind of movement we like to see. 

Check out the city's new businesses and those who have moved:

The New:

The Vesper

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The newest business in the Washington Square Park Neighborhood is The Vesper Kitchen + Bar. This "gastro pub and raw bar" opened in September in the former space that Restaurant Nikko previously occupied on the 1st floor of the Capron Lofts building.

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From the food (burgers and wings to oysters and chocolate dipped bacon) to the craft cocktails, wine, and beer, you'll find something to enjoy at Vesper. We'd describe it as classic American fare in a warm, rustic setting in one of the coolest areas of downtown. 

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Leaf Tea Bar

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Leaf Tea Bar is the expanded endeavor of Happy Earth Tea owners Niraj and Mary, a brick and mortar retail shop and tea bar. Located at 650 South Ave, this tea bar is not only a place to sit back and enjoy tea, but also to learn about where it comes from and perfect the art of pouring a fantastic cup every time. 

Niraj and Mary moved from their original spot in the The Hungerford.  

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Jetty at the Port

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Jetty at the Port is new restaurant at the Port of Rochester. A bigger space inside than we imagined, this restaurant can easily hold your next family celebration, corporate function, or holiday party. 

It also boasts an expansive outdoor section that includes tables for meals, a lounge-type area for relaxed conversation, and of course, a beautiful view of Lake Ontario where you'll see all the action happening at this newly re-designed section of our city. And yes, it's in the city.

Check out Port of Rochester for more info. You'll also want to check out the Harbor Town Belle at some point, as this beautiful riverboat runs in and out of the Port from May through October. 

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Cedar Mediterranean

A new Lebanese restaurant has opened up at 746 Monroe Ave, Cedar Mediterranean. We haven't been there yet ourselves, but foodies crave relatively unknown spots like this. It looks like the menu has a lot of options, including vegan and vegetarian dishes.

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The Moved:

Stacy K Floral

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From a small garage type space on Park Ave to a large spacious, well-lit retail and design lab, Stacy K Floral has expanded.

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If you're looking to buy flowers, home decor, or accessories, head to 43 Russell Street in the booming Neighborhood of the Arts.

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Peppermint

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This vintage inspired boutique now has a beautiful, larger new home at the Culver Road Armory. Think where Benrus used to be, around the corner from the entrance of TRATA, facing Cobbs Hill Park. 

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Formerly on Park Ave, Peppermint sells woman's clothing, accessories, bags, bowties, tie clips, a growing home goods section with greeting cards, candles, posters and more.

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Rochester Brainery

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Not only is Rochester Brainery a place to "take a class or teach a class", it's an art gallery, event rental space, and new Friday co-work space.

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If you have a skill you'd love to share, or if you'd like to take a class, check out their new home at 176 Anderson Ave.

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Hettie's Delites Cafe

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Don't let the signage confuse you - Hetties Delites Cafe (formerly located in The Shops on West Ridge in Greece), has overtaken the former Boulder Coffee space at the Public Market.

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This cafe serves Boulder Coffee exclusively, and is serving the community an entirely vegetarian menu with a focus on vegan fare. On the weekends you'll find lots of sweets and even donuts from Pudgy Girl Bakery.

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More Fire Glass Studio

Previously in a tucked away location off East Ave, More Fire Glass Studio now has a beautiful, newly renovated, larger space at 36 Field Street. Home to Elizabeth Lyons Glass and Jennifer Schinzing Glass, More Fire is a glass blowing studio and gallery. Check out the website for more information on the artists, the hours, and upcoming events.

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BONUS: Big Announcement from Nosh

Lastly, a not so subtle announcement was recently made about what's going to be new for Nosh this coming Spring.

Stay tuned for most posts about new businesses and changes coming to the city.


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