Be More Creative with your V-Day Cards this Year

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The Rochesteriat

Sure, it's nice to get a coupon in the mail from Wegmans to save on cards this time of year, because who doesn't want to save a few bucks? Greeting cards can get expensive, but why not be a little more creative this year and support some local shops?

Here's a list of places to checkout BEFORE you think about going to Wegmans, Walmart or Target:

The Hub by Archimage

The Hub opened this past June and is full of great home goods and unique gifts. Check them out for not only gifts, but for some fun cards. 

Details: Website, Facebook, Instagram


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While it might be easy to be distracted by the clothing and jewelry on the first floor of Peppermint, head up the stairs to find some local goodies AND some hilarious greeting cards.

Details: Website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Little Button Craft

Straight from the caption, because we couldn't say it better ourselves, "Still looking for that perfect card to say “Hey, I care about you!”...well they don't literally say that but you get the idea." Check out Little Button Craft for cards (and other things too).

Details: Website, Facebook, Instagram

Hart's Local Grocers

Check out the rack of cards at Hart's and then swing by the aisle with all of the chocolate bars (p.s. there's a ton on sale right now).

Details: Website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Brainery Bazaar

It's pretty convenient that the February Bazaar falls just before V-Day, a space full of local vendors is a great place to do some last minute shopping. While we cannot guarantee there will be greetings cards - you'll have lots of other options.

Details: Facebook Page

Bonus Points:

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the Rochesteriat

Better yet, let out your inner child with some good ol' crayons and construction paper. The cheesier, the better, right?

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Stefanie is Co-Founder of the Rochesteriat. While she totally plans on the construction paper route, she may also have to buy one for Mr. Rochesteriat (p.s. don't tell him). Join the conversation on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

5 Ways to Celebrate Mother's Day Besides Brunch

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the Rochesteriat

This Sunday, May 8th, is Mother's Day! And while everyone is making brunch, lunch, or dinner reservations to take their Mom out, we thought we'd offer some other suggestions for things to do and places to shop for your Momma this year. Here are 5 ways to celebrate Mom this weekend (and every other day too):

1. A Day of Art & Culture

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the Rochesteriat

Going out for coffee or food is great, but why not also go somewhere to enjoy a cultural experience together? Our city is full of amazing museums and galleries that should be taken advantage of. We have Artisan Works, the George Eastman Museum (who also has special Mother's Day events), Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo), Makers Gallery and Studio, Susan B. Anthony House and many many more.

2. Learn Something New Together

Rochester Brainery |  Facebook

Rochester Brainery | Facebook

The gift of time together is exactly what Mom is looking for, so why not learn something new while you're at it?

Rochester Brainery's classes range from painting, to crochet, cooking, gardening, and even fencing. Check out their current classes and find something fun that you can do together over the next week or two.

You'll also find classes at Little Button Craft & Press ranging from faux calligraphy and screen printing to paper quilling.

3. Immerse Yourself in Flowers

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the Rochesteriat

What's better than the scents and sights of the Lilac Fest? Kicking off this Friday, May 6th and going through Sunday, May 15th, there are plenty of days to enjoy the buds and blooms, food, music and all of the festival fun. Check out Art in the Park both weekends, all of the concerts, events and of course - the blooms (festival map).

Sunday also happens to be first of the Flower City Days at the Market. The Rochester Public Market will be overtaken by over 250 local nurseries and growers selling flowers, plants and all things greenery.

4. That Perfect Gift

More Fire Glass Studio |  Facebook

More Fire Glass Studio | Facebook

Forget department stores, shop local this year and always. Flowers? Head to Stacy K Floral or Arena's. Something sweet? Go to Hedonist Artisan Chocolates or Stever's Candies. Accessories, Scarves or Purses? Shop at Fahsye or Peppermint. Something else unique? The city is full of unique places to shop like Abode, Little Button Craft & Press, More Fire Glass Studio, Parkleigh and Louelle Design Studio.

5. Catch a Show

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the Rochesteriat

Looking for a laid back day? Catch a flick at The Little Theatre or Dryden Theatre. Looking to take in a theatrical production? Take Mom out to one of Rochester's incredible theaters like Geva Theatre or Blackfriars Theatre.

Whether you celebrate over the weekend or on another day, we hope you get to enjoy the city with the ones you love.

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Stefanie is Co-Founder of the Rochesteriat. She's not sure what their doing yet for Mother's Day, but she has a ton of ideas! Join the conversation on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.  

12 Events This Spring You Definitely Don't Want to Miss

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the Rochesteriat

Warmer weather, shed some layers, this city coming alive. Sounds like our favorite anthem here in the northeast. 

This is what spring is all about here in ROC. Here are 12 Events This Spring You Definitely Don't Want to Miss. 

Saturday, 4/23 - Earth Day #ROCSTAMEET

Explore Rochester |  Facebook

Explore Rochester | Facebook

Celebrate Earth Day with some good eats at TRATA and then an adventure through Cobbs Hill with Explore Rochester for this ROC Instagram Meeting, a.k.a. #ROCSTAMEET. Get the details and schedule here.

Sunday, 4/24 - Olmsted's Birthday

Landmark Society of Western NY |  Facebook

Landmark Society of Western NY | Facebook

The Landmark Society is hosting a birthday party for revered landscape architect and designer of Rochester’s parks system, Frederick Law Olmsted with live music, food, tours and more in Genesee Valley Park from 2-4pm. Don't miss Bridging The Canal: An Olmsted Birthday Bash.

Saturday, 4/30 - Clean Sweep

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the Rochesteriat

Be a part of the positive change and help clean up ROC! Start at Frontier Field with some breakfast and coffee, grab your tee-shirt and join a team to clean a section of the city. All volunteers will also receive a voucher to head back to Frontier and enjoy the Red Wings game for free (with free lunch)! Details.

Thursday, 5/5 - Cinco de Rhino

Seneca Park Zoo |  Facebook

Seneca Park Zoo | Facebook

"Leave behind the margaritas of Cinco de Mayo in favor of a beer and wine tasting at Cinco de Rhino." Seneca Park Zoo is holding a benefit to raise funds for rhino conservation. Enjoy beer and wine samplings, wild fusion food, music by Significant Other, learn about the Zoo's rhino conservation efforts, and more! Details.

BONUS Cinco de Mayo Events:

city newspaper |  facebook

city newspaper | facebook

City Newspaper's Best Busker is taking over the Wedge on Cinco de Mayo with great music and deals from surrounding businesses! Don't forget to vote for your favorite Busker. Details.

the penthouse |  Event Page

the penthouse | Event Page

The Penthouse Presents: Cinco de Mayo "Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Style, and support a great cause!" Music, food, salsa dance lessons, and more benefiting the Center for Youth! Details


Fri. 5/6 - Sun. 5/15 - Lilac Fest

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the Rochesteriat

Kick off the festival season with the Lilac Fest at Highland Park! 10 days and nights of flowers, vendors, food, music and more. Details.

Saturday, 5/7 - 15th Annual Dachshund Parade

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the Rochesteriat

Whether you have a Dachshund or not, go for the fun and festivities: dachshunds in costumes, dachshunds on parade, the food and all around good time as hundreds of dachshunds and their owners take over Washington Square Park. Details.

Mon. 5/9 - Sun. 5/15 - Rochester Cocktail Revival

Rochester Cocktail Revival |  Facebook

Rochester Cocktail Revival | Facebook

7 days, 9 hosting bars, events, dinners and seminars! Keep an eye on the RCR Facebook page and Website for details on all the events as the city comes together to celebrate cocktails.

Sunday, 5/22 - A Garden Party

Greentopia |  Facebook

Greentopia | Facebook

Celebrate Spring and the FlourGarden at High Falls with an afternoon Garden Party along Browns Race, Granite Mills Park and the Pont de Rennes Bridge. Come in your finest garden party attire, enjoy delicious food, beverages, and more while supporting Greentopia's efforts at the Falls. Details.

Fri. 6/3 - Sun. 7/17 - RoCo 6x6

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the Rochesteriat

In it's 9th year, Rochester Contemporary Art Center's beloved 6x6 Exhibition returns bringing art in from around the world - and Rochester! Enjoy thousands of 6" by 6" pieces that have been created and donated to this exhibit. Details.

Saturday, 6/4 - Spokes & Ink

Genesee Center for the arts & Education |  Facebook

Genesee Center for the arts & Education | Facebook

Celebrate life on two wheels at this bicycle and art fest! Featuring local food, music, art and more at Genesee Center for the Arts & Education. Details.

Sunday, 6/12 - Explore NOTA

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The Memorial Art Gallery and Rochester Brainery are teaming up to celebrate NOTA this summer. Their first event Explore NOTA: Architecture Then & Now takes you on a walking tour to learn the history of some of the neighborhood's buildings.

Saturday, 6/18 - Maplewood Rose Festival

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the rochesteriat

The historic Maplewood Rose Garden boasts over 5,000 roses and every year the Maplewood Neighborhood comes together to celebrate these roses. Enjoy tours, music, food, vendors and more, just keep and eye on their Facebook Page and Event Page for more information!

Get out and enjoy the city this Spring! And as always, keep checking our events page for even more things to do.

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Stefanie is Co-Founder of the Rochesteriat and cannot wait to soak up every ounce of sun she can this Spring enjoying events around the city. Join the conversation on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.  

#10 - Scouting a Location

For those new to this monthly installment, Conversation with A Stranger  is a regular series from local photographer Stephen S. Reardon. This quick post captures a local stranger and only gives a tiny bit of background – but not much else. We’ll let the photo speak for itself. Have you met any strangers lately?

Conversation With A Stranger #10

Stephen S Reardon Photography

Stephen S Reardon Photography

Pictured: Norah Coughlin
Occupation: Team Member at Rochester Brainery
Location: Rochester Brainery

Notice the city around you: "I was at the Brainery to scout a location for a photo shoot with "First Person Singular" held every month at Rochester Brainery. I had arrived early and was talking with Norah as I stood looking at the great tables and chairs they have. So I put two and two together and got another Conversation With A Stranger portrait." S. Reardon

See previous Conversations with a Stranger:
#9 - Training Day
#8 - Behind the Bones
#7 - In A Truck
#6 - Motorcycle Makers
#5 - In a Museum
#4 - On a '57 Bus
#3 - No Longer a Stranger
#2 - An Artist at the Market
#1 - A Luthier on East

See more Strangers: here

Stephen Reardon, a photographer for over twenty years, has gained much of his professional experience living in Denver & NYC, but these days can be found in Rochester happily creating iconic portraits for the commercial & editorial industry. Follow him on Facebook and Instagram.

Best Ways to Keep or Break Your New Year's Resolutions

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the ROchesteriat

Let's be honest, when January kicked off, we were all pretty gung-ho about the New Year. "This year will be different. This year I'll eat better and work out more. This is the year."

Yes, we've all been there and we sure do start strong. Sometimes good practices turn into habits...and sometimes they don't. February is almost over and the year presses where are you with your New Year's resolutions - steadfast, barely holding on, or long gone?

All judgement aside from us, here are some of the best ways we found to keep - and break! your New Year's Resolutions in the city.


EAT AT HOME! Cooking at home is a great way to eat healthy - especially since you see everything that goes into your food. Shop LOCAL at the Public Market, Hart's, or Abundance Co-op and enjoy the comfort and quiet of your own home.

Why yes, that bowl is bigger than your face! Don't force yourself to finish it, take half home. And, if it was a delicious meal, you'll get to enjoy it twice... what's not to love? Pictured above is the quinoa beef kabob bowl at Saha Med Grill on University. Quinoa, grilled veggies and beef kabobs. Don't devour the entire thing (and the soup or salad it comes with) and this could help you keep your diet resolutions...


A garbage plate a day will not keep the doctor away. Rochester (and Nick Tahou's) is home to the "Garbage Plate". This classic has grown from more than just burgers or dogs over fries/homefries, mac salad, and beans, to Italian sausage, chicken fingers and more, oh and don't forget the hot sauce. But according to Wikipedia, has named the Garbage Plate the "fattiest food in the state of New York".

Burgers smothered in cheese, topped with onion strings, mac & cheese, pulled pork, fries, and more, that's what you'll find at Bunga Burger Bar. But, don't despair, their menu has "lighter fair": turkey burgers, black bean burgers, salmon burgers, and portobello mushroom burgers. You will also find 2 salads on the menu, but alas, they are covered in Caesar dressing & cheese, or blue cheese and buffalo wing sauce. These may not be on the New Year's Resolution diet either...

Apparently, all of our break-your-resolution food ideas involved burgers... and Furoshiki's Ramen Burger makes the list with their ramen buns. Though we will say, it is topped with tomatoes, lettuce, and avocado with a side salad. Maybe this won't won't break your diet after all.


We've written about the Downtown Fitness Club before, because of their stellar memberships starting at $5 a month. For what we spend out to eat and on coffee, we can probably spare $5 a month to get fit, right?

Maybe you need the appropriate gear first. Head over to Fleet Feet in the Culver Road Armory and stock up on all the essentials. Maybe a new outfit will inspire you to hit the gym more often.


Amore's latest happy hour deal is sure to delight those who want to eat out and save money. Tuesday thru Thursday, 4-7pm, sit in their wine bar area and get $5 pizzas - that's half price! And enjoy their happy hour drink specials. Heading out on a Monday? Well, that's Flight Night with its own set of deals. Great food and drinks for a steal.

Did you know tickets for a Monday movie showing at The Little Theatre are only $5? Compared to national chains where tickets can cost $10-15 dollars, you can't go wrong. And if you're a fan of strange or offbeat movies, check out their MONDO MOVIE Series on Friday night's, these screenings are also only $5.


If your resolution was to save money, then spending it would be the opposite. What better way to splurge and indulge than on high quality, American made clothing at the new BENRUS in the Culver Road Armory. This military inspired company fits perfectly with the history of the Armory which was built in 1918.


Maybe your goal this year is to learn something new. Check out the offerings at Genesee Center for the Arts & Education if you're looking for something creative to tackle. You'll find paper making, bookbinding, letterpress classes, a community darkroom, classes for all ages, pottery and so much more.

Maybe you don't have days or weeks to commit to something new, try Rochester Brainery. Learn something new in 2 hours for a price tag you can afford. Classes range from topics on technology and crafts, to architecture and languages. Maybe you're on the opposite end of the spectrum and you have something to share with others - why not teach a class? You'll even make a few bucks in the process.

And don't forget about this thing called a LIBRARY, it lets you borrow books, audio books, dvd's and even art with just the swipe of a library card! Check out the Central Library's new media center while you're at it!

So, whatever your goals and dreams may be - stick to it! And remember it's not bad to splurge every once in a while. Happy resolution keeping.... or breaking!

Stefanie is co-Founder and Editor of the Rochesteriat. She isn't really one for writing resolutions so it's safe to safe she hasn't kept... or broken any! Find her with a camera & phone in hand, taking photos for @theRochesteriat on Instagram. Follow along on Twitter.