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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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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5 Ways to Celebrate Mother's Day Besides Brunch

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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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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

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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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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

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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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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.  

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:


EvenOdd Creative

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.

Post-Thanksgiving Shopping - Buy LOCAL this Year


Tis' the season - the season to head out and look for the perfect gift for your favorite people. Here are just a handful of deals happening after Thanksgiving right here in the city. No need to head to the big box store, try local first.

Shop Local - Black Friday Deals:

This Friday, Black Button Distilling is releasing their new Little Barrel Bourbon. This is the first locally made-craft bourbon to hit the market in Monroe County since Prohibition. This bourbon is a limited 1,400 bottle production that has aged four months in 5-gallon barrels. And, if bourbon's not your thing they have plenty of other gift options to peruse. GO SHOP!

Related Post: Little Barrel Bourbon - Here's One Great Shot to Get You Out on Black Friday

Got that need for caffeine or coffee related items? Joe Bean Coffee Roasters will have in-store and online sales this Black Friday. In-house: spend $50 or more and receive a $5 gift card. Online: free shipping on orders for $75 or more. Time to stock up! See Deals.

Small Business Saturday - Support SMALL!

It doesn't matter if you eat too much on Thanksgiving, good homemade dessert can never be passed up. This Small Business Saturday, Scratch Bakeshop (soon to open on Park Ave) is offering 15% off on any order placed on Saturday. Do you know what you're going to order yet? Scratch Bakeshop website.

Hip, urban florist, Stacy K Floral, located on Park Ave, will be offering 10% off store-wide on Saturday. Shop their vast selection of gifts, decor, and fresh flowers and plants. What are you waiting for?

Related Post: Stacy K Floral: flowers with a city vibe

Friday, Saturday & Beyond!

If you're looking for the perfect piece to accent a family member or friend's home (or maybe your own), look no further than More Fire Glass Studio. This studio produces incredible glass-blown vases, sculptures, ornaments, and more. Their annual holiday sale is Friday-Sunday, November 28th-30th, as well as Saturday & Sunday, December 6th & 7th. Don't miss this sale!

Related Post: More Fire Glass Studio: glass blowing in ROC

New isn't always better. Know someone who feels that way? Head to Far Out Vintage on Monroe Ave to give a unique piece new life. Get 50% off on Black Friday and 25% off on Small Business Saturday. Go Vintage!

If you're not even sure where to start shopping or what to get for someone... try Zak's Avenue. This eclectic shop in the South Wedge really does have everything. Gift for a guy, girl, friend, hostess, boss, etc. if you're not sure where to start, start here. For both Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, Zak's is offering 20% off your purchase of any one item over $20! Get shopping!

Related Post: Zak's Avenue: a one-stop-shop in the Wedge

So, once you've eaten all you can and gotten a good nights sleep - get out there - and shop, support a local business.


Stefanie is co-Founder and Editor of the Rochesteriat. She is planning to do lots of local shopping this year and hopes you will too! Find her with a camera & phone in hand, taking photos for @theRochesteriat on Instagram. Follow her on Twitter.

Stacy K Floral: flowers with a city vibe


A love for plants and flowers is not new for Stacy K Ercan... that love started young while working in a landscape center. Stacy K Floral What began as just a few weddings on the side, has grown into being a full time florist with a retail shop, delivery options, and more.

When you first enter her shop you can't help but notice these large coolers full of beautiful flowers:

coolers Coolers like these just aren't around any longer. They are from the 1940s and are radiantly cooled, which causes the flowers to last longer since they don't dry out. When it was made, all of the metal that you see was actually hand bent around a wooden frame for a perfect fit!

In 2010, she opened a design lab, options are endless for ideas and arrangements.

The Design Lab She also has décor and giftware to add to the vast selection of flowers...

Stacy K Floral Decor If you haven't noticed from her style, the vibe of her shop fits in the city. She may have grown up on Keuka lake, but she knew she needed to be here (and we're happy she is).

Stacy K Decor You'll find orchids, succulents, air plants, and so many kinds of flowers we can't even begin to name them!

Orchids Or maybe you're just looking for a home for some plants you already have - shop the vast selection of vases and terrariums.

Succulents at Stacy K FloralVases The items you'll find inside stretch even further to fit an urban lifestyle with accessories, hair bands, pins, greeting cards, hats, and more...

accessories-pins The thought of buying fresh cut flowers may only come up every so often, birthday's, anniversary's, mother's day, holidays, etc. But why let it stop there? There's just something about having flowers, plants, and the perfect pot or vase that makes a home or office feel so much warmer and inviting! So whatever the occasion, Stacy K Floral has the perfect piece, even if it's just for your kitchen table.

Stacy K Floral: Website:

Hours: Mon - Fri: 9am - 6pm Sat: 9am - 5pm

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