Have You Seen It? Rochester Beer Park

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June 1st, 2018 marked the opening of a 3,000sq foot walk/drive-in interior space called the Rochester Beer Park. This is a trailer park-themed bar and food joint that aims to give people a place to relax and enjoy like it's summetime all-year 'round, just like you're at a barbeque in someone's backyard - yes, at a trailer park. 

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60 local and domestic draft beers on tap and a large bar area leaves plenty of room and choice for the discerning hops customer. Local hometown brew Genesee is on draft for $2...

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...others aren't that far behind. 

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With some unique decor throughout the trailer park -

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- and plenty of vintage outdoor patio seating - 

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- there's even a "backyard" complete with a white picket fence, lawn chairs, picnic tables, and outdoor games to give you the full 'merican dream experience. 

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Open 7 days a week from 11am - 2am. 

Find Rochester Beer Park: 375 Averill Ave


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With Very Few City Condos Offered, You Just May Rule in this One


NOTE: This post was originally written on August 14th, 2014 when this condo was up for sale. Most of the info and links have been updated, but if we're missing anything, please let us know.

And no, this condo is NOT on the market anymore, sorry! For more information on downtown condos available, check out our City Guide


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Naturally, when we heard that one of our most favorite condo units was up for sale and we saw a beautifully written piece in Rochester City Living by Padraic Michael Collins-Bohrer, we thought, "Is there anything else that we can add to the facts and figures list that people would want to know?". Sure it's nice to understand the nuts-n'-bolts of the Lamborghini, but most of us want to know what we can do with it. And that's when it hit me: why don't I sprinkle in some extra this-is-what-my-daily-life-could-look-like-in-the-city to the mix, and allow potential urbanites to imagine it for themselves.

It's not often that we get an inside look like this, as it is well known that owner-occupied condo units are a rare gem in our city. With that said, get ready to let your imaginations race:

1. It's like living on Central Park West and 61st Street in New York City - at a discount

You have beautiful greenery from one of the city's oldest parks, the Washington Square Park, and the downtown skyline coming through your windows. There's no need to fill your walls up with generic wall art from Target or Walmart - the skyline brings the windows to life!

2. Plan how you want to rule the city at this table

Having a view of downtown Rochester, this area serves as your personal "secret meeting spot" to all the things you want to accomplish. It's here you can people watch at the Washington Square Park, keep a keen eye on the progress over the Erie Harbor Park Promenade, or plan out your next multi-million dollar business venture at Woodbury Place…or you can simply call mom and dad and invite them over for dinner.

3. You'll never be alone in this unit - (literally, it's a condominium!)

Whether you are single, married, with/or without kids, or somewhere in between, there's truly something for everyone. The downtown population has risen to over 6,000 residents, a burgeoning Neighborhood Association that needs your input, and a city on the rise that requires passionate, urbanites to give their talents to what the future holds for this metropolis - the city, much like the condo building, is a diverse and changing scene like the squares of a Flor carpet - different in their own respects, yet together they form a beautiful, cohesive structure.

And no, little Cloudy is not included in the price.

4. You like to wine, dine, and entertain 

You would have a fine, open eatery with a ton of natural light to perfect your favorite dishes, and even better yet, you can buy the necessary ingredients from your own downtown grocery store - Hart's Grocers! Opening day was August 15th, 2014, and it's the first grocery store to open in Center City in nearly two decades. Because of this you should have no problem keeping the cupboards stocked and stainless steel refrigerator full, but if you're looking for more specialty goods, just a short walk south to the Wedge presents you with the option of the South Wedge Spirits & Wine, and for dessert - Hedonist Artisan Chocolates.

5. Working at this lofty desk lets you operate Executive Style

Try local boutiques such as Abode, Stacy K Floral, Greenovation, and Archimage to decorate your space. West Elm, IKEA, The Container Store, Flor, Crate & Barrel - we'd approve also, but only after you've exhausted the local options. Can you imagine what you would do with this home office if this were yours? You're the boss of you, your household, and everything in it.

6. Everything Zen and Feng Shui, get rid of a cluttered mind

Being so close to everything, you're gonna want to hit the town at great hotspots such as Tapas, Victoire, and the newest of establishments, Apogee Wine Bar on Park Ave. Remember, there is also Eastman Theatre, Geva Theatre, and The Little Theatre all within a quick walk. With this lifestyle, you're gonna need some good shut-eye. This should do.

7. Is this Rochester's finest hotel, or your own modern escape right within your home

Maybe you'll have visiting guests that will stay at some of our swankiest hotels in downtown such as The Strathallan, the East Ave Inn & Suites, or the new Hilton Garden Inn - mere minutes away from the Capron Lofts. Or maybe you'll be generous and offer up that unoccupied, second bedroom to relatives and close friends…either way, YOU can be sure that a modern, warm, luxury hotel-esque experience is waiting for YOU every time you use your own master bath.

8. See the stars...or at least the rooftop lights

Need a quick get-away? Want to unwind with a glass of wine or a cold brew (from our neighbor Roc Brewing of course!) after the hectic day? Take a walk (or the elevator) up to the rooftop and experience the sunset and the skyline like never before. See the spectrum of colors that come out during sunset on the most clear nights, and enjoy the finished roof deck with a friend or two, a few community grills, and an abundance of patio furniture. Can't see any stars at night because the city lights drown out the galaxy? No worries, the celebration lighting keeps it festive at night.

9. Lastly, celebrate in style!

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Where else, aside from a local parking garage, can you be this close to the fireworks action on Independence Day and New Year's Eve? Nowhere is the answer to that. At the Capron rooftop, you're close enough that you feel immersed in the flashes of light bursting in the city sky, overlooking the Genesee River and all the city below. You might even get so spoiled that you think the fireworks are put on for you alone - ok, that's when you know you've lost it. So bring a date, your loved ones, your family up to see these special events - it's like no other around.

More Information:
Rochester City Living
Washington Square Park Neighborhood Association

Best Things to Do that May or May Not have to do with Valentine's Day

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the Rochesteriat

Christmas is long gone, winter seems to be gone too. Lately, red hearts and roses have taken over and a lot of people are looking for great gifts and date night ideas. Whether you celebrate it or not, here are some great things to do during the Valentine's season:

Short Month Market

Whether you're shopping for your Valentine, someone's birthday, planning way ahead for Mother's Day or for just no reason at all, you can't deny that gathering over 30 amazing artists and vendors from all over Rochester won't be awesome. This first annual Festival from Short Month Market boasts:

"If you come, you'll find artisan food, photography, coffee, bike builders, jewelry, textiles and more!" (via the website).

To see a list of the vendors who've signed up, head to the Facebook page. You'll find this market on Saturday, February 6th from 10am-5pm @ 44 Elton Street in NOTA.


Valentine's Day Weekend at College Town:

Make no mistake - College Town has become a growing part of the community holding fun events throughout the year. This one will be no different. With an array of events, sales, and deals happening from February 11th through the 14th, the most notable event will be Fire & Ice on Saturday, February 13th from 3-5pm. According to College Town:

"Check out the ice sculptures and a live demo, take your photo in the ice chair for two, and guess the number of hearts frozen inside for a chance to win a $100 College Town gift card... Sculptures will be in various locations. Warm up by the fire pits in the commons."

Check out the full list of events on Facebook or their Website.


South Wedge in Love

The South Wedge will be celebrating the LOVE on Thursday, February 11th from 5-9pm. A few businesses are joining together for a fun night to be with the one you love or a group of friends (Galentine's Day anyone?). Enjoy Little Button Craft & Press, Hedonist Artisan Ice Cream, Harry G's New York Deli, Abode, and Zak's Ave. See what each place is offering on Facebook.


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"Relationships are complicated. Enjoying ART doesn’t have to be."

After MAG Museum of the Dead turned out to be a smashing success, the Memorial Art Gallery has once again pulled together a 21 + over event sure to be a hit. "Spend your night on a scavenger hunt of over 5,000 years of MAG’s World Art, tell your sob stories and seek advice from our personalized listeners*, participate in the Brainery’s First Person Singular storytelling with Woody Battaglia and Sarah Reedy, and more!" Find all the details online for Friday, February 12th.


Dutch Connection

If you're aching for Spring you won't have to head far starting Friday, February 12th. The George Eastman Museum is about to be overtaken by some beautiful blooms.

"Beat the winter doldrums with the museum’s annual display of flowers, including tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, amaryllis, clivias, begonias, primroses, and azaleas. Hundreds of blooms fill areas of the historic mansion with the scent and color of spring."

Dutch Connection runs through February 28th!


February Brainery Bazaar

Every month, Rochester Brainery holds a Brainery Bazaar, showcasing local artists and their goods. February will not disappoint with over 30 artists setting up shop - the perfect place to do some last minute shopping. The Bazaar runs 11am-5pm on Saturday, February 13th. Find out which artists will be there on the Facebook page.


Diptych: A Valentine's Day Group Show

As a husband-wife team, we love seeing other talented couples throughout the city working together to follow their dreams. Makers Gallery and Studio is bringing together artists who also happen to be couples during this show starting on Valentine's Day:

"From February 14th - March 13th we are celebrating two artists working together, through life and art. Each of the six couples has created a diptych (a work made up of two matching parts) for this month long show."

Check out the Facebook page for a list of collaborate artists/couples.


This month is full of events and things to do. Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or just enjoying the city - get out and enjoy! See more of what the Rochesteriat is up to on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Young Urban Preservationists: Bikes, Beers, & Buildings

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The Landmark Society of Western NY has recently formed a Young Professionals group: Young Urban Preservationists. We love what this new group is about: in their own words they "are a new group of youngish folks interested in preservation and community revitalization. We come from various walks of life and various professions—lawyers, planners, doctors, veterinarians, architects, writers, artists—but we all have one thing in common: we care about our communities and we believe our historic resources play an important role in any community’s revitalization."

The Young Urban Preservationists have held a number of events since they formed in March. The Young Urban. Their kick-off was in March at Black Button Distilling:

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Their second event in May was to launch Where the #&@% Am I?, a project launched to tell the stories of the historical places we live, play, and work at here in Rochester.

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If this is something that looks interesting to you, you might want to get out and try their next event. It's a great way to get out, have some fun, and meet some like-minded people here in our city - check it out!

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Event Description: "Grab your bikes, your smart phone, a few friends and join the Young Urban Preservationists (or YUPs—a group of The Landmark Society) for Rochester’s first bike scavenger hunt, followed by a few well-deserved drinks at LUX Bar & Lounge. You’ll see some of Rochester’s best known gems and little known secrets, you’ll get some exercise, and you might even learn something new about the Flower City."

Event Details: Saturday, July 12th 1pm Departure from Star Alley

Website: http://landmarksociety.org/yup/ Facebook Event Page

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South Wedge Farmers Market: Opening Day Strawberry Fest

Photo Courtesy South Wedge Farmers Market

Photo Courtesy South Wedge Farmers Market

Looking to get fresh local produce & food weekly? Check out the South Wedge Farmers Market! Located in the parking lot behind Boulder Coffee on Alexander at South Clinton, this Farmers Market not only has fresh food from nearby farms, but live music, activities for kids, food trucks, cooking demonstrations and more!

This year the market kicks off the 2014 season on Thursday, June 12th at 4pm with a Strawberry Festival!

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The Rochesteriat

Many strawberry treats will be available, including a special dish prepared by Chef Adrian Baldwin of Napa Wood-Fired Pizzeria, strawberry lemonade from Le Petit Poutine, fresh strawberry jams, and strawberry ice cream from Eat Me Ice Cream.

Besides all of the treats, there will be baskets of freshly-picked local berries for sale!

If you're a fan of strawberries, this is for you. But besides just opening day - check out the South Wedge Farmers Market any or EVERY Thursday!

South Wedge Farmers Market Details:

When: Every Thursday, June 12th - October 16th, from 4-7pm
Where: 100 Alexander Street, in the lot behind Bolder Coffee
Website: http://www.swfm.org/
Parking: 140 Alex (corner of Alexander and Broadway) Highland Contractors (620 S. Clinton) Glidden Paints across the street (after 5 pm)