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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Here's What We Found Looking Through Our iPhone Pics 2015...

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We take a lot of photos. It's what we do. It's a huge part of the Rochesteriat, and simply - it's what we love. Most days we carry our camera around and we always have our phones on us, no matter where we go. When we write posts, we always have a ton of media to look through. Some of the best shots make it in our posts, many others do not. 

So, as we've been tweaking the new site for 2016, here's a look at some of our iPhone shots that didn't make it into the posts last year. Yes we may be a little behind doing a look back at 2015, but better late than never. And yes, we found out that we liked food - A LOT. But don't judge us because WE'RE those people always taking shots of our plates. What can we say, food on a plate at these city establishments is like art to us. 

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Yup, good ol' comfort food. This was a delicious smoked mozzarella pizza at Fiorella's at the Public Market infused with garlic, greens, and pecorino cheese. You just have to treat yourself to a pizza sometimes.

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One of our favorite persons in Rochester - Niraj Lama of Happy Earth Tea. Niraj and his wife, Mary, started Happy Earth in 2011 and have been importing some of the world's finest teas to Rochester. You may be interested to know that they are located in the historic Hungerford Building, and you can sign up for an amazing tea class experience here, during which we captured this shot. 

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Listen, as healthy as we try to be, sometimes you just have to splurge a little. Have you been to Balsam Bagels lately? Maybe a vegan-chocolate-chip-cream-cheese bagel? There are so many options of bagels and flavors of cream cheese, you can change it up every time you go. Oh, and it's not all vegan for those of us who like the normal stuff. 

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If we want to keep eating like we do, we have to make sure to work it off as well. This picture was taken in early August last year of the mini sweep a group of us did just prior to the first-ever outdoor salon for TEDxFlourCity in the Washington Square Park. We're grateful for such committed, hard-working residents of this city keeping it beautiful. 

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And speaking of the Washington Square Park - did you know that there is a Dachshund Parade that happens every May? Yes, it's quite the spectacle where dachshunds (and their owners!) get all dressed up and prance around the stage and park. This coming year is the 15th anniversary happening on May 7th, 2016 - do not miss! 

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You've had Hart's Breakfast sandwiches, right!? Yes, they are the best. In fact, this was the first place we went after we came back from being out of the country because we simply wanted something American-Amazeballs. You can build-your-own or you can go with a popular selection, the Signature Breakfast Sandwich. So here's the plan: on May 7th, stop over to Hart's for a great breakfast, and then you can walk it off by heading to the Dachshund Parade that starts at 10am - see we know how to plan your day right! 

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And yet another way to be involved at the street level here in ROC...this was a street painting party in NOTA that took place in September. We're really excited how much creativity goes into beautifying this city!

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We all know of Jines, The Frog Pond, and Cure, to name a few of the amazing places around the City to get brunch. But what about something different? What about the "Hangover Bowls" at Blu Wolf Bistro on Park Ave? Yes, they may look like slop on a plate, but essentially it's heaven in a bowl. Try one out and you won't be sorry...forget the hangover, I'm pretty sure this will put you into a food coma afterwards. 

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Finally, this shot was taken last year of an iconic building that is being transformed in downtown Rochester - The Metropolitan - formerly known as the Chase Tower. We are eagerly awaiting the work that Gallina Development is doing to convert it into mixed-use space of apartments, condos, office, and retail.

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Jason is Co-Founder of the Rochesteriat and wants to purchase a 26th floor condominium so he can use the stairs to work off all the Hart's Breakfast sandwiches - that's my promise to my wife if she'll let us buy there. Join the conversation on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.  

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.


Happy Earth Tea: the Darjeeling of the city

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To many people, a cup of tea is a quick process - open the box, pull out the tea bag, and add it to piping hot water. But, what if there's more to it? We sat down with Niraj Lama and his wife Mary Boland, owners of Happy Earth Tea, to find out just what we were missing... Niraj at Happy Earth Tea Tea is not a new passion for Niraj and Mary, he is from Darjeeling, India (which is where they met), and it was there that they owned their first tea company, Darjeeling Tea Exclusive. After moving to New York with his family, this company became Happy Earth Tea, and we quite like the fact that they landed here in our city!

Only Organic Tea After sitting with Niraj for only a short time, we quickly realized there was more to learn about tea then we imagined. There are a lot of factors we don't think about, from where the leaves are grown, the climate, side of the mountain it is on, to the elevation and more.

Happy Earth Teas It even breaks down into seasons. First Flush teas come from a spring harvest, Second Flush is a summer harvest, and lastly is the aptly named Autumn Flush. Each produce a slightly different bodied tea as well - either a lighter or stronger tea. Each tell a story of where it came from.

And the major difference between green teas and black teas? The oxidation process. Green teas are less oxidized and black teas are completely oxidized. Can you see the difference?

Oxidation Stages For a great description on what happens to tea leaves once they are plucked check out Happy Earth Tea's blog post entitled What is oolong? Part 1 - Manufacturing.

Loose leaf tea is nothing to be afraid of.

Brewing TeaTea Leaves Pouring Tea at Happy Earth Tea Whether you have a tea pot with an infuser...

Tea Infuser ... or an infuser that sits right inside of your mug...

Mug Tea Infuser ... loose leaf tea is easy. Here's a quick introductory video of Niraj making Darjeeling: How to make a good cup. You don't have to be a tea expert to enjoy a good cup.

Rochester has been a home away from home for Niraj and tea is a big part of their lives, especially for Niraj. It reminds him of his home in Darjeeling, their way of life, and even the scents of the forests and wildflowers.

Loose Leaf Tea Leaves Tea is an experience, it's a journey, every cup is a new discovery. Stop in to Happy Earth Tea in the Hungerford building and enjoy the simplicity of tea.

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Find it in the City: Hart's Local Grocer's Joe Bean Coffee Roasters The Red Fern

Address: The Hungerford 1115 East Main St., Suite #228 Rochester, NY 14609

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Happy Earth Tea: profound simplicity in the city

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There is an abundance of great things going on at the Hungerford Building in NOTA, near the Public Market. So many artisans, shops, and creatives that you might not know about, all in one massive complex. We were delighted when we received an email from Happy Earth Tea to come and check out the family business. Not only is there a real knowledge of teas and the art of making a perfect cup, but also the fact that Niraj and his wife, Mary, want you to come and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a moment, and enjoy a great cup of tea amongst friends.

In their own words, "Happy Earth Tea is inspired by the idea of sharing the profound simplicity, art, health and wisdom contained within a cup of tea."

Check out this introductory video posted by owner and tea expert, Niraj Lama. We're pretty sure this won't be last video we'll show from Happy Earth Tea on our site.

While you're there, check out the Kumagama Clay Studio that shares space with Happy Earth Tea - what a great partnership!

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Address:
The Hungerford
1115 East Main St, Suite #228, 2nd Floor
Rochester, NY 14609