Don’t Miss: Downtown Living Furniture & Decor Show

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On April 6th and 7th, head downtown to Sibley Square for the first Downtown Living Furniture & Decor Show. Featuring refurbished, renewed and refreshed urban lifestyle designs from classic to mid-century to contemporary style room settings and vignettes. The special weekend sale showcases multiple, eco-aware retailers echoing the reinvention of the venerable Sibley’s Department Store.

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Sibley Square recently has been reclaimed by WINN Development as 1 million square feet of multi-use residential and commercial space. WINN Development and ABODES Property Services will host the show which is sponsored by Rochester’s (585) magazine.

The event will feature furniture and accessories from Rochester’s leading resale stores, including upstate New York’s largest consignment shop, Sequels Home Furnishings of Victor, along with the area’s top Mid-Century experts from South Avenue Treasures and Abode of Rochester’s southeast neighborhoods. “This is a show highlighting stylish yet sustainable ideas for designing and decorating your home,” said Lewis Stess, founder of ABODES Property Services and show organizer.

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Downtown Rochester is an exciting and growing urban residential experience. Nearly 7,000 residents currently live within walking distance of Sibley Square in renovated and repurposed residential spaces. In keeping with the mission of Sibley Square to revitalize and reuse some of the best of our past, the Downtown Living Furniture & Decor Show brings hundreds of brand name, quality furnishings and accessories that are very gently used, at very attractive prices.

The event is 2 days only: Saturday 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday noon to 5 pm. Entry is free.

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The weekend show is both furniture gallery and pop-up retail shop. People can browse and buy authentic, high quality decor that maintains the best characteristics of past designs, updating it for today’s lifestyles. Living, dining, and bedroom settings will be adorned with art, photography, accessories and rugs. The show supports resource-saving, green choices in today’s home interior design.


Event Details:

Saturday, April 6th: 10am-6pm
Sunday, April 7th: 12-5pm
Facebook Event Page

Sibley Square:
250 East Main Street


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What 40,000 Balloons, 5 Stories, & 3 Minutes Looks Like at Balloon Manor


Balloon Manor Sibley's, one of our favorite places in the city, has been over taken for the second year in a row by more than 40,000 balloons. In just 4 days, Airigami and a crew of 75 people (and many from across the globe) have created a five-story undersea world called Balloon Manor.

"Dive five stories down and journey through the briny deep world of Atlantis! Discover a mighty pirate ship and its hapless crew battling the giant octopus! Will they be rescued by the Mermaid Queen? You won’t believe your eyes as this tale unfolds..." (Balloon Manor).

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When we stopped by on day 2 to see the progress the undersea world was already beginning to take shape.

If you weren't able to make it down while they were creating Balloon Manor the Amazing Air-Filled Under-Sea Adventure, you can watch the entire 4 day production here in just 3 time-lapsed minutes:

Balloon Manor will be on view until 3pm on March 8th. What happens next? Get your tickets for the Popping Party. If all good things must come to an end, why not join in the fun? Word on the street is that some of the balloons will even have prize coupons inside.

Oh and don't miss out on the evening of the 6th, Fifties First Friday: Enchantment Under the Sea. "Dance the night away, or stand awkwardly in a corner while you relive your prom night at our Enchantment Under the Sea Dance. We’ll rock around the Sibley clock with live music by Krypton 88, dance with the Rochester Swing Dance Network, and explore all 5 stories of the Balloon Manor sculpture. Vintage prom costume contest sponsored by Yelp Rochester. Dress in vintage prom attire or as your favorite character from Back the Future and you may win a prize from Yelp. The event is family-friendly. Everyone is welcome. We encourage teens and up to attend." It's FREE!

More Information: Airigami Balloon Manor

Stefanie is co-Founder and Editor of the Rochesteriat. Our city is full of incredible talent and she loves getting out to enjoy it. Find her with a camera & phone in hand, taking photos for @theRochesteriat on Instagram. Follow her on Twitter.

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2014 in Review: looking back


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:


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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


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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


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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

Henry Avignon Slider Green

...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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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


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!


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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


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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.

Main Street Holiday Window Displays Coming Back!


Pinterest Once upon a time, Main Street Rochester was was the place to be. Sibley's, McCurdy's, Woolworth's and many other prosperous businesses lined the streets. This time of year we can only imagine what the window displays looked like as people flocked to downtown to go shopping.

Ok, we may not have the hoards of shoppers just yet, but we're starting to see the Main Street Holiday Window displays come back, one by one.

Take a walk down Main Street now and you'll find beautiful displays at CGI Communications and Sibley's. Let's take a look...

CGI Communications

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On the corner of Main & St. Paul you'll find CGI. This powerhouse in Rochester has created beautiful and festive displays these last few years and this year is now different. Let's take a closer look...

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One of us here at the Rochesteriat (*cough* Stefanie) LOVES their Narnia inspired window... let's be honest, who doesn't love Mr. Tumnus?

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Just a little further down Main Street the holiday window displays at Sibley's will greet you!

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We all know it's quite cold this time of year so head inside to enjoy the Christmas displays even more...

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All of these decorations give us a little glimpse into Sibley's in it's heyday, what it must have looked like during this busy time of year.

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Their decorations go beyond the main entrance, so take a walk and look around.

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We know these aren't the only festive window displays in the city, but it's nice to see Main Street come alive like it used to. What are your favorite windows to enjoy this time of year? Peppermint? Thread? Hedonist Chocolate? You tell us!

Happy Holidays!

Stefanie is co-Founder and Editor of the Rochesteriat. She loves this time a year, not only because her birthday is a week before Christmas! Find her with a camera & phone in hand, taking photos for @theRochesteriat on Instagram. Follow her on Twitter.

Fashion Week of Rochester - our city's most premier fashion week


Fashion Week Rochester Launch If you have never been to a Fashion Week of Rochester event before, you're going to want to change that this time around. This year promises some of the coolest, most unique city venues around. Think it's way too exclusive for your taste? Not even close. While most Fashion Weeks around the globe err on the side of exclusivity, FWR events are proud to be open and inclusive for the whole community to take part of. From the FWR website:

"Most fashion weeks are exclusive and impossible for the general public to attend. Seats at NYC Fashion Week are reserved for celebrities and a list of who's who. Fashion week of Rochester is the exact opposite. Although it is a glamorous, exciting, and an amazingly inspiring event, it is something that the whole community can enjoy. It is because of this vibe that we feel we have been so successful."

On the other hand, don't let the all-inclusiveness cloud your judgement of how Fashion Week really is in Rochester - this IS the city's most premier statement of exciting textile designs, beautiful models, and of course the coolest venues - all for a great cause. Check out this video shoot in The Sibley's Tea Room, one of the fashion show venues, and go to the website to learn more and buy your tickets now.

More information: Fashion Week Website Facebook Page