Shop Local Rochester: Man’s Guide to Gift Giving { Fahsye }

{ Fahsye even gift wraps complimentary! }




north winton neighborhood


{ Ladies. Gentlemen. Keep holiday gift giving simple this season. And still buy bomb gifts. Gifts that earn you G status: gloating-rights, glowing praises, + greatest boyfriend/husband/son/brother/dad of the year. … #ROC the holiday. }


Five reasons + 5 plays, for every gift-giving scenario.

what’s a guy to do?



High Five – { Check out Nov/Dec (585) Mag with an article I wrote on Fahsye! }

  1. They have everything. You can’t NOT find a gift … for everyone on your list.
  2. Gifts are quality. From Thai Sterling Silver to handmade, handcrafted items.
  3. Gifts are affordable. Need a high-end gift but can’t break-the-bank? Fahsye.
  4. Gifts are unique. Handmade items that cannot be found elsewhere + hand selected items imported from Thailand … that also cannot be found elsewhere.
  5. Location. Centrally located! Corner of North Winton + Blossom. And next to Mayer’s Hardware … so there’s that.


hit-up 1 spot + make it count

Fahsye is 100% a winning play. It’s a 1 stop spot that gets you in + out without a hassle!

  • Unlike department stores, Fahsye is 1 room. { You can’t get lost. }
  • Unlike the mall … shopping at Fahsye is relaxing! { I never want to leave. }
  • It’s near CVS, Mayer’s Hardware, and a number of restaurants/eateries including Jim’s + Balsam Bagels. { Bonus. }


the male perspective

Best part? Shop manager + real estate agent, Rich Tyson, is on-hand to lend the male perspective. I promise you, dudes – you’ll feel at home.

“affordable, + a really high end look”
-Fon, owner of Fahsye

Five ways to shop Fahsye this holiday season? Here we go!


CAN’T GO WRONG – Shopping for mom, your grandmother, or your girlfriend … you can only go right.

  • Thai Sterling Silver
  • David Yurman-esque { classic, on-trend, affordable }
  • Let 1 piece stand alone, buy a set, or mix-and-match … you cannot go wrong.

If you’re pressed for time, at a loss, + really want to bring home a meaningful and beautiful gift … look no further than the high-end, reasonably priced sterling silver at Fahsye.

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GO TO – Fun, trendy, whimsical, and on-point … these crowd pleasers get people talking.

  • Handmade for a handcrafted, unique look
  • Less Expensive { starting around $15! }
  • ROC jewelry – handmade, at every price point

You know that really picky girlfriend? Pick up one of these treasures. … You’ll thank me.

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IMPRESS – Feeing more adventuresome? But still want it to be a sure-bet…

  • Scarves – classic, elegant, whimsical, warm, + on-trend { chicks love scarves }
  • Unique – handmade jewelry from Thailand that cannot be found elsewhere
  • ROC jewelry – share a piece of Rochester history + nostalgia with one-of-a kind designs

Showing-off when gift giving can backfire. Not with these selections! Plus, what’s more impressive than looking like you’ve barely even tried … .

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ONE STOP – Shop for everyone this holiday at Fahsye.

  • Men – skinny ties, silk ties … make you look good ties
  • Mom + Child – barrettes, key rings, chic diaper bags
  • Stocking Stuffers! – slippers, lip stick cases, accessories

Skip the mall. Skip the department store. Fahsye is your 1-stop-shop.



FON’S PICKSLike trying the chef’s favorite dish when you can’t decide, focusing on these items handpicked by owner + jewelry maker, Fon, is a home run.

  • Handmade – There’s something elusively everlasting about one-of-a-kind, handcrafted jewelry that cannot be found anywhere else. { Get on that. }
  • Seasonal – Snowflake earrings. They’re precious +, in upstate NY, they help us love the snow just a little bit more. { Every bit counts. }
  • Trend – Druzy! Fahsye carries real druzy + faux for all price-points and gift giving occasions. Druzy is both elegant + street smart – it compliments and completes any look. { It’s good. }

What’s more romantic than buying a one-of-a-kind, handcrafted sentiment?? Answer – Nothing.



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Here’s what you need to know about Fahsye the next coming weeks!

  1. Black Friday – 11/28: Deals! Perfect day to get out there + shop: 11AM – 7PM.
  2. Small Business Saturday – 11/29: Give Away! Support local business + great savings: 12 – 5PM.
  3. Verona Street Animal Society – Holiday Wish List Drive: donate to the animals!
  4. North Winton Village Holiday Open House – 12/11: Lots of fun + special offers! 5PM – 8PM

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Guys – do the right thing. Shop at Fahsye for your holiday gifts!






Give {biscuits} + Get {$10}: Peppermint Fundraiser for Verona Street Animal Society!

{ Rescue Dog/Shop Keeper/Tanvi Pup Cooper sniffing some treats I brought by Peppermint! psst – he has the best hair. }


{get $10}


{give dog treats}


{ I am extremely passionate about all of the causes represented here. Yesterday, I donated dog biscuits to Peppermint, who will donate to Verona Street Animal Society, + today I have to tell you all about it. So you can do it too! 4 Days left – You have until Sunday, 11/9. }

our furry friends need treats!


Penny + Rocky.


  1. Dogs + @vsas_ras – This society, the shelter, it’s volunteers, + the animals who they serve are a saint. Our pitty-pup Ms. MoneyPenny is a Verona Street dog! She’s a rescue who was a stray found wandering the turf of the Public Market in the freezing cold as just an itty bitty with a huge gash of a scare on her back. (Our other dog, Rocky, is from Lollypop.) My dad works across the street from Verona Street so it made sense we adopted from here.
  2. Fashion + @shoppeppermint – Affordable + Boutique. Trendy + Classic. International + Local. What more is there to say about Peppermint on the corner of Park + Meigs?? … Well actually, a lot. {See Below.}
  3. Shopping + #shoplocal Barbara Ellen Shops Local. ‘Nough said.

$4 when you bring in doggy treats.


  1. Buy your favorite dog treats
  2. Walk or drive to Peppermint
  3. Donate dog treats inside of Peppermint
  4. Get $10!
  5. Shop now + get $10 off your purchase OR Shop later + receive $10 as a gift certificate

$8 when you bring in doggy treats!!

$10 full dollars is bank!
Unless you plan on spending over $50, it beats 20% off any day


<$20 when you bring in doggy treats! {Burr. It’s getting cold.}


Interested in something for you, gifts for another, or getting an early start on the holiday shopping?? Peppermint is your spot.


$12 … when you bring in doggy treats.

  1. Unique. Quality. No one is going to have the jewelry, accessories, scarves, shoes, + clothing that Peppermint offers. Partially because much of the clothing Tanvi sells comes from her own Peppermint line that she designs! And almost all of the jewelry is locally made or handcrafted locally in other regions of the world.
  2. 1 For Me. 2 For You. Peppermint has everything you want, + an innumerable selection of jewelry, clothing styles, + accessories for your: best friend, mom, girlfriend, aunt, sister, grandmother. They even have letter press cards! And if I’m being really honest … it typically goes – 1 for you. 2 for me.
  3. Affordable. Selection. It’s absurd. Bracelets typically range form $12-16. Necklaces, $14-24. Rochester jewelry at $24. Blouses around $22+. I even found a cardigan wrap for $24!! What’s this mean for you???

$12 with doggy treats!! {It’s true.}

you do the math

With prices this low + a deal this fabulous, your purchase can be as low as:

  • $2 for bracelets + earrings
  • $12 or $14 for beautiful blouses
  • $14 for rocking #ROC jewelry
  • $26 for solid boots

$26 with doggy treats. {Must see new shoe room!}


  1. Buy some dog treats.
  2. Head to Peppermint before close on Sunday 11/9.
  3. Donate something good to the people + animals at VSAS.
  4. And get your shop on!

$14 with doggy treats! {I bought it!}

{ and tell me what you bought! }





Sweet Poison Cupcake: It’s JPop + It’s Dangerously Sweet.

{Tempest with handmade lollipops (non edible) and more #kawaii pieces in the foreground.}



274 N. GOODMAN ST D109


WHO: Tempest Paige, teen entrepreneur & Cosplay babe.

WHAT: JPop boutique! (That’s Japanese Pop. #kawaii)

WHERE: In the Village Gate!

WHEN: My tip (especially for bomb places like these, which often means smaller staff) … check Facebook for hours & updates! {Closed Monday for Labor Day!}

WHY: There absolutely is something for everyone. Handmade trinkets are one-of-a-kind and unique. … Ah, there’s a hand-crafted rhinestone carousel horse. And Tempest is a force that you have to meet.

“No comment that anyone could’ve made to me—especially a stranger at the mall—would ever stop me from doing what I love and dressing how I want.”


You’re in love too, right? Tempest does her own make-up & even dyes her own hair!! She mixes her own dyes using brands like Manic Panic. Basically – if you need a hair or make-up tip, drop by and talk with Tempest. She’s better than most pros. (I mean, look.)

Nineteen-year-old Tempest Paige puts the bad-assery into business owner and sells J-POP (Japanese pop) fashion and handcrafted Lolita jewelry and trinkets—think sweet with a cherry-on-top–at her boutique, Sweet Poison Cupcake Designs, in The Village Gate.

A typical Rochesterian who graduated from Spencerport and attends MCC, Tempest is not. Enchanting eyes, candy tresses, and a style that includes Cosplay and Sweet Lolita: Tempest channels every doll you wish you could have played with. “It’s not Halloween anymore!” gawkers taunted.

In the 7th grade, Tempest dressed as black-bob Britney Spears alla “Womanizer” for a school dance and at Otakon 2012, transformed into Jessica Rabbit. “Bullying never really bothered me,” Tempest admits.

“My mom raised me to be strong. Not to care about those who don’t care about me.”

Shaun, Tempest’s mom, an airbrush artist and painter, is credited for hand-gluing 100s of rhinestones onto the SPC carousel horse. She also helped Tempest begin SPC in 2009. … Tempest was in 8th grade!

After various Conventions, including RIT’s Tora-Con in 2009, SPC officially opened in April 2014. When a Village Gate storefront hit the market, a twist of fate baked Tempest her cake. The, “I don’t know middle ground,” attitude means she eats it, too.


Note – Wall of awesomeness behind the bejeweled carousel horse. Into ’90’s backpacks? From my assessment, Tempest & Sweet Poison Cupcake had them first!


Signature cupcake rings; a rainbow of sunglasses; kawaii pieces from Japan; Rockabilly fashions from Kreepsville 666; ‘90’s backpacks; club bling featuring pizza slices alongside lockets: at Sweet Poison Cupcake, there really is something for everyone.

And a sprinkle of inspiration, saucy, smart, empowered, and sweet.





Shop Local. Happy Birthday Shop Peppermint!!! & Wants v. Don’t Needs.

Happy Birthday ShopPeppermint!!!
Shop Peppermint.
Emma/Model. Tanvi/Owner/Designer. Cooper/Cuddly.

I wanted earrings. Bow earrings. Anchor earrings. Stud earrings. Sunglass earrings. Not all of the above, but some combination therein. And I wanted rings. Dainty rings. Edgy rings. Rings with character. Finally, I wanted bangles. Bangles that bang. Bangles that bling. But I did not–most definitely did not–want all of these things, all at once. What am I to do with 13 new pairs of earrings?? 

Lacquer Bow Set
Faceted Pyramid Studs
Bead, Heart, &Anchor Set

Wants v. Don’t Needs
We all know the concept of: Needs v. Wants. I surmise, we all loathe it. Buy only what you needEat only what you needBlablabla. It implies that what you want, what you desire, matters not. It is unimportant. Inane. What you want is unnecessary. Needs v. Wants. Pfft. We all need the same basic things. What we want is what makes you, you. I say, think not in terms of Needs v. Wants. Think in terms of Wants v. Don’t Needs.
Wayfarer Sunglasses Stud
Matte Rose Stud
Shop Local. A Lesson.
Shop Local & Know Why. Why do we #ShopLocal?? If you remember Go Buy Rochester, you’ll remember that:

Studies prove every dollar spent with a locally-owned merchant has three times the impact of a dollar spent at a big box store.

To #ShopLocal is to make a direct investment in your local community and to buy items that have a story. Often times, the goods we buy in our local shops are made & assembled solely in America. Did you know that a large number of the items in Tanvi Asher’s Shop Peppermint is jewelry from local artists and dresses, blouses, and skirts from her own clothing line, designed by Tanvi & made in NYC?? True fact. In order to appreciate the concept of don’t needs, you must appreciate the value of quality over quantity. I much rather have 1 quality, cute, ring than 2 of the same assembly-line carbon copies made out of who-knows-what-material in who-knows-where-working conditions.
Shop Peppermint. #ShopLocal.
Top: Local Artisan Ring. Pretzel-Heart Bangle
Bottom: Glasses Frames Earrings.
Know What You Want. 
(And How Many.)
I’m on a budget. At one point I realized that if I didn’t sign-up for 10 work-out classes (which is in addition to yoga), I had $100 extra for shopping. …
On Saturday, April 13, ShopPeppermint celebrated their 1st Birthday. Who doesn’t love a minty birthday?? Honestly. … Obviously, this “extra” hundo-was going straight to the candy bowl. More specifically, it was getting dropped on some jewels. As noted, Shop Peppermint boasts a lovely selection of local artisans’ work–double #ShopLocal!–as well as kitschy trunk-show products. From geometric necklaces and earrings, in mediums ranging from wood to mixed-metals and textures, and whimsical earrings, like ampersands and glasses frames, to bangle bracelets in silver and gold, with rose buds & pretzel hearts: never before had I partook in these delicacies. Birthday weekend was my shot.
Taken from My Bedroom.
Locally Made Chevron Necklace.
Truly, I wanted only 1 of each: earring, bracelet, ring, necklace. So I did an experiment. I tested myself.
The Test.
Everyone knows that you can buy a cute pair of neon orange matte rose studs at Forever21 for a-buck-80. It’s absurd. And 4 lacquered bow studs in a set for just $3 more. Ridiculous. Because shipping is free once you spend $50+ and because I budgeted $100, I decided to do it make a wish list. (That I titled Summertime Sassiness.) I wanted to test myself. BarbaraEllen, the #ShopLocal purveyor & self-proclaimed RocOPhile herself: would she succumb to the allure of rock bottom prices & quantity inexcess?? Or would she be won by her true love, local buys & quality character?
Nautical Stud Set
13 – pairs of earrings (set of 3 anchors for Nicole Jaclyn)
Mixed Metal Heart Ring
Double Cross Ring
2 – rings
0 – bangles
Bicycle Print
1 – T (Don’t really need. Just needed to get to $50.)
Denim Shorts
1 – denim short (Samesies.)
2 – totes (1 for a work friend who really didn’t want it & another for a photographer friend who is an artist and a genius wherein this bag wouldn’t do justice as a gift to thank her for her art of me!!)
Smile Camera Tote
Sunglasses Clad Tote
In order to spend $50 & get my free shipping, I had to buy all of this. Thirteen pairs of earrings!? Even if I did give away 3 of them, what am I to do with 10 extra pairs?? Where am I even to put them around my bedroom??? How on earth do I decide which pair to wear during the day. I’m late enough as it is getting out of the door each morning. I mean really. We know what would have ended up to most of that haul, don’t we?? …Don’t we.
Don’t Needs.
Waste & Excess.
Bonus Buy!!
Sleeveless Sheer Blouse.
That’s the point. We don’t. We do not use it. It lies around, maybe gets 1 use probably not even for 1 full season. Qualifier: I will say this. If I knew that 3 other of my friends really wanted bow earrings as well, well then yes, I would buy that 4 pack. And we could split them and be best friends forever. Aw. But so far as I know, none of my friends want the left overs of a bonus pack of earrings that I buy for myself from Forever21. So there goes that. Truly, I can not handle having all of that meaningless jewelry around me. And so, when I spend just about 10x as much money on a meaningful ring because it is made from a local artist and sold at locally owned shop, because I can afford not to buy so much crap, well, I feel pretty great.
Dave “Bippy” Boyer the Caricaturist.
Right: From Left – Nicole, Danielle, BarbaraEllen.
I am stoked about my haul from Shop Peppermint during its Birthday Weekend. First, let me say, I went twice in 1 day. Let me also say that Tanvi served vegan cake pops & red velvet cupcakes, on cake platters covered in mint (get it?) colored fondant, with honey-mustard pretzels and champagne, freshly followed-up by any amount of mint you could ever savor. All beneath a swirl of red and white balloons. My first trip began around 1pm, just as the caricaturist, a jovial and personable artist who goes by Bippy–Yes. Tanvi hired a caricaturist. Yes. We were the first to partake.–arrived and slews of patrons made Peppermint abuzz. My second trip, around 6pm and just an hour or so before Shop Peppermint closed, was greeted with just the same amount of red velvet cupcakes and champagne as when I arrived 5 hours earlier. …Not because no one ate nor drank. Because Tanvi’s a shop owner, a designer, a party planner, and a host.
Birthday Cake & Champagne!!
Vegan Cake Pops. Red Velvet Cake Cups.
Minty Fresh Party.
Guess how many Peppermints.
Complementary Beach Grab-Bag!!
Truly, a Happy Birthday to Shop Peppermint, one of the most locally minded #ShopLocal boutiques in town. Love the clothes. Love the jewels. Love the bag. Love the boutique. Love getting what I want & what I need. And Love that I’m going VIP to Peppermint Origins: Sewn Seeds Fashion Show!!!
Happy 1st Birthday to ShopPeppermint!!
(And be on the look out for the new blogazine #Rocstache.)



Shop Local. Think Global. Nicole France-Coe for Noonday Collection.

I learned that entrepreneurship was sustainable and aid was not.
Fair Trade. Female Entrepreneurship. Shop Local, Think Global. Beauty. Sustainability. Faith. Handmade. Noonday Collection & The Noonday Story tell the story of one woman’s, Jessica Honegger’s (co-founder), love. Love for family & faith. Love for sustainability. Love for beauty. To read about her transformation into globally-inspired humanitarian, businesswoman, and Noonday Founder, read About the Founder. An intricate relationship between creativity, business, & faith, it is absolutely evident that the Noonday Fair Trade Trunk Shows extend from “family, community, [and] intentionality.”

I played soccer & attended primary/secondary school with Nicole. One year older & generations wiser (than everyone), always she was a rock within our team and throughout our social circles. A paradigm of strength, beauty, & inspiration, I know there is not one person who has crossed her path who could say differently.

A mother and Noonday Ambassador, herself, I encourage you to begin your holiday shopping here. In her own words, Nicole describes Noonday and it’s Fair Trade policy as such:

 we develop relationships with the artisans behind the jewelry and accessories we offer, paying a fair and just wage, collaborating and learning their stories to share with the customers here in the US…it is certainly a more just way to shop and be fashionable!


Absolutely, this could not be closer to the truth. While these jewelryprices surpass those of anything offered, say, Forever21, they also trump the originality of, say, Anthropologie. The richness of Home & Gift and Accessories is unparalleled. Both in story, quality, & in beauty, Noonday is richer. For anyone—mother, daughter, friend, wife, girlfriend, grandmother–interested in inspired jewelry with equally as inspired stories, both steeped in fairness & sustainability, you must contact Nicole. Her Noonday Collection speaks the language of 10,000 lives changed forever.  
Dainty Everyday
Mediterranen Sea Necklace 
Light Layers Necklace (Seagreen)
Evening Horizon Necklace
Bone Carved Polygon Necklace
Inca Steps Necklace (Coral)
Angular Earrings
Bengali Sunset Earrings
Blooming Chandelier Earrings
Crocheted Juxtaposition Earrings
Looped Drop Earrings
Mediterranean Sea Earrings
Carved Cuff
The Louvre Bangle
Tagua Seed Bracelet (Seagreen)
Escalera Block Bracelet
Embira Seed Bracelet
Crocheted Bracelet
Animalito – El Pollo
Handmade Stationary
Ruffles iPad Cover
Cups: Fiesta (White + Red); Gallina (Blue) Set of 2
Nahuala Oval Tray
Wola Nani Bowls (Set of 3)
Phuket Shoulder Bag Sale (Purple)
Patchwork Clutch
Hamaca Scarf
Grey Whispers Cowl
Cuzco Wrap
Fireside Hand Warmers
(Not Pictured: Belts, Sandals, Hats)
All orders placed by Dec 16 will make it in time for Christmas!!
Shop Local. Think Global.
Nicole France-Coe for Noonday Collection.