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 Exhibitions

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The very first temporary exhibit featured at the Visitor Center was 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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While The Lost Coloramas has ended, check out what’s open now through June 29th: The Kodak Park Works by Justin Scalera.

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
Saturday: 9am-3pm
Also open during Events & Shows

Ugly Duck Hours:

Thursday-Saturday: 9am-3pm
Also open during Events & Shows

Website: Kodak Center
Location:
200 West Ridge Road
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ROC City Guide: Best Places to Get a Coffee

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As much as Rochester is a beer town, we're also a caffeinated city. Everybody needs to know where to get their coffee. This is a FACT. 

It's probably the reason we can go out late and enjoy a great beer or two, and be up and at 'em the next morning. Luckily, we have plenty of options. 

Here are the Best Places to Get a Coffee in this city. 

1872 Cafe

Mayor's Heights

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431 W. Main Street
Rochester, NY 14608

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Boulder Coffee

South Wedge & Public Market

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100 Alexander Street
Rochester, NY 14620

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Cafe Sasso

Park Ave

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739 Park Ave
Rochester, NY 14607

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Fifth Frame Brewing

St. Paul Quarter

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155 St. Paul Street
Rochester, NY 14604

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Fuego Coffee Roasters

Center City & Public Market

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1 Woodbury Blvd
Rochester, NY 14607

280 Union St. N (Public Market)
Rochester, NY 14609

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Glen Edith Coffee Roasters

Park Ave & NOTA

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23 Somerton Street
Rochester, NY 14607

44 Elton Street
Rochester, NY 14607

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Java's Cafe

Eastman Theatre + multiple locations

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Downtown Location:
16 Gibbs Street
Rochester, NY 14604

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Joe Bean Coffee Roasters

NOTA

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1344 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607

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New City Cafe

Beechwood

New City Cafe

New City Cafe

441 Parsells Ave
Rochester, NY 14609

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Spot Coffee

East End + multiple locations

200 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14604

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Starry Nites Cafe

NOTA & Center City

NOTA
696 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607

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Soul Coffee & Jazz

NOTA/Village Gate

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274 N. Goodman Street
Rochester, NY 14607

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Ugly Duck

Center City

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89 Charlotte Street
Rochester, NY 14607

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Village Bakery & Cafe

Culver Armory + multiple locations

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145 Culver Road
Rochester, NY 14620

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Video - Affogato at Ugly Duck

Ever had Ugly Duck's Affogato? Do you even know what that is?

It's ice cream topped with an espresso shot! 

We recently headed over to the newly opened coffee shop near Hart's Grocers and 2Vine to try give theirs a try. While the affogato is not a staple on their menu, one can currently ask for the delicious concoction on Fridays and Saturdays.  

For all you ice cream fans needing an extra jolt, you're gonna love it!

Keep an eye out for our newly launched Youtube channel for more quick videos of the best places to see around our city. 

Ugly Duck Coffee
89 Charlotte Street
Rochester, NY 14607

 

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Nomadic Ugly Duck Coffee Makes a Home

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If you are a lover of coffee whether you'd call yourself a connoisseur or not, you've hopefully been following Ugly Duck Coffee on social media to see where they're setup for the day. Until this week, Ugly Duck owners Chris & Rory Van Grol ran the business off of a beautiful mobile coffee bar setting up in various locations throughout the city. They now have a permanent place to call home.

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Good news is that people who were also fans of the 1975 Gallery will know exactly where to find Ugly Duck... in 1975's former home at 89 Charlotte Street.

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Rory works with local coffee roasters as well as regional and national, so you'll constantly be able to try something new.

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They also worked with local company Staach to design the space and create the furniture.

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Soft Opening hours are currently Tuesday-Saturday 8am-3pm while they train staff and finish setting up their space, but hours will soon expand.

For more photos and information check out the recent posts by Boomtown Table, Food About Town, and the D&C.

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