Shop Local Rochester: { Forget the Mall } 1-Stop-Spots for The Holidays!

{ “Look at that doggy in the window,” He’s real! Thread in the South Wedge. }

YOUR

#roc the holiday

ONE STOP

#shoplocalroc

SPOTS

{ Loud. Smelly. Crowded. Over Priced. Parking. … I don’t like the mall. Still, the 1 most common myth associated with #ShopLocal is this – It’s not a 1-stop-spot. Untrue! The proximity of diverse shops + merchants found while shopping local rivals any “convenience” the mall offers. Take this Holiday Bazaar + this South Wedge main drag as proof. }

The Yards Holiday Bazaar

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local convenience

50-52 Public Market Way (above Cure at the Public Market – Facebook)

No to the Mall: What is so “convenient” about shopping at the mall??

  1. Parking – excessively far.
  2. Finding your Car – a chore.
  3. Stores + Food – at opposite ends of 4 different wings.
  4. Loud Nosies – It’s loud, and some stores really smell!
  5. People – Inherent traffic laws of “left + right” seem not apply.

Yes to Shop Local: Shopping Local maximizes convenience while creating experience.

  1. Parking – Never more than 1 { 2 at most } city blocks away.
  2. Finding your Car – glance at street name + intersection: voila.
  3. Stores + Food – all in a row, and { as with bazaars } all in the same space!
  4. No Loud Nosies – played-out music + smells do not dominate the air waves.
  5. People – Joyfully + contently peruse shops and stands in merriment + harmony.
Hedonist ice cream shop has art for you to buy! { Madelyn Neva }

Hedonist ice cream shop has art for you to buy! { Madelyn Neva }

make your holiday light

SHOP

SHOP LOCAL ROCHESTER CONTEST

  1. Shop Local
  2. Photograph your purchase
  3. Post { Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter } + Hashtag – #shoplocalroc
Abode has endless gifting options.

Abode with endless gifting options.

top 3 reasons for 1-stop-spots

“small businesses work really hard to find really unique things,” -Ann Duckett, owner of The Little Bleu Cheese Shop

LBCS also sells local art + has tons of ideas for gifts!

LBCS also sells local art + has tons of ideas for gifts!

The South Wedge

One of the friendliest neighborhoods in Rochester, with some of the friendliest, most gracious merchants in tow.

This past weekend I stopped by Abode, Little Bleu Cheese Shop, + Hedonist Artisan Chocolates, all near the corner of Gregory + South. This is why 1-Stop-Spots like The South Wedge make Holiday Shopping better:

  1. Unique Gifts
  2. Hand Selected Quality
  3. Friendly, Amenable Service
  4. { BONUS: All of these businesses are women owned! }
95% vintage - 5% looks vintage. Abode.

95% vintage – 5% looks vintage. Abode.

ABODE | 289 Gregory Street Rochester, NY 14620 | FACEBOOK

Love Anthropologie? Me too … But. It’s at the mall, + the prices are exorbitantly high. { No way am I decorating my home with decor that exceeds my clothing/make-up/wine budget. } Enter Abode, owned + operated by Ariane Krenichyn + Amanda DeFisher, 2 women with a passion for design, a taste for mid-century, and an eye for local + vintage. At Abode, you will find:

{ BONUS: Find vintage pieces on Etsy! }

More versatile than an LBD. It's LBCS.

More versatile than an LBD. It’s LBCS.

THE LITTLE BLEU CHEESE SHOP | 684 South Avenue Rochester, NY 14620 | FACEBOOK

We simply love cheese,” reads The LBCS tag-line. And I simply love Ann. Owner Ann Duckett selects handcrafted, artisan cheeses from around NYS, the US, + the world to bring us and Rochester the very best. And she does so with love. Every single time I have ever brought LBCS cheeses to a party, a friend’s, a holiday occasion, or as a gift – that parchment packet of goodness has turned each occasion into a gracious celebration. At LBCS, you will find:

  • impeccable cheeses { that take your breath away } + the opportunity to sample
  • more gifts! locally handcrafted cutting blocks + granite blocks + mustards to Brooklyn made pickles to cookbooks and a myriad of unending accoutrements
  • convenience – LBCS is happy to deliver! { the beauty of buying from small businesses }

“At The Little Bleu Cheese Shop, we really get to know our cheese makers,” –Ann Duckett, owner of LBCS

Truffles + Clusters are just the beginning.

Truffles + Clusters are just the beginning.

HEDONIST ARTISAN CHOCOLATES | 672 South Avenue Rochester, NY 14620 | FACEBOOK

Ice cream, sorbet, + chocolate to be, exact. Let’s be clear – this isn’t just any sweets shop. This is down-and-dirty gourmet. With almost a decade in the South Wedge, I wouldn’t expect anything less. Truly, Hedonist Artisan Chocolates, owned by Jennifer, lives up to the jovial + rascal-like implications of its name. … Food allergies, you say? Hedonist offers options, including dairy free! At Hedonist, you will find:

{ BONUS: All chocolates in-store last at least until Christmas. Hedonist delivers. And there’s a Goat Cheese Collection! }

A feast for the eyes. South Wedge window displays. { Hedonist. }

A feast for the eyes. South Wedge window displays. { Hedonist. }

This, your last weekend before Hanukkah ends + Christmas begins. Get your 1-Stop-Shopping done + look good, feel good doing it. #Roc the holiday and #ShopLocal!

#happyholidays

#shoplocal

XO.

Shop Local Rochester: You Can Shop { Local } Online!

{ EvenOdd Creative Margo Clutch. Made from reclaimed bike inner tubes. … That’s what I have! }

SHOP

{ LOCAL }

ONLINE

#shoplocalroc

{ So many of our favorite local shopping spots feature websites + therefore, plenty of opportunity to browse at home (or at work!) + shop online. Best thing to do – hop online + see for yourself! To invoke imagination into those of us who disbelieve, please take a look at the following. }

Chances are most of your fav #ShopLocal haunts have websites you can purchase from. Today – I’m going to highlight a few that indiscriminately cater to men + to women … okay, and 1 specifically to women.

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EvenOdd military grade Lanyard with reclaimed bike inner tube.

EVENODD CREATIVE

WHOAshley + Eliza, 2 graphic designers doing recycled, right. { Check out this article in (585) by Sydney Bell! }

WHATUpcycled, Handcrafted dopeness in the Form of:

WHEREThe Hungerford Building { check out First Fridays! } | Instagram | Online

{ Last day to order online is Wednesday, Dec 17th! }

WHY: EvenOdd captures every single thing it means to be a Rochesterian + adds a slice of succotash on the side. { That’s a good thing. }

  • one-of-a-kind
  • upcycled
  • refurbished
  • custom
  • genuine
  • unique
  • affordable
  • fucking real deal

bonus:
follow Benson { shop French bull dog } on Instagram!

{ And pet him when you go inside. PS – When I ordered online at EvenOdd, I picked-up in shop + it was a breeze! }

1975

WHOErich Lehman – visionary, Wall\Therapy curator, art afficiando, working stiff, Roc enhancer + creative

WHATArt Gallery featuring seriously good art, many local artists, enchanting installations, + incredible events

WHERESuper Close By | Online

WHY1975 Gallery supports the art movement that makes Rochester unique + the artists who live + work here. Additional reasons include:

  • it’s art
  • it’s an investment
  • it’s a piece of Rochester
  • it’s very good art
  • pieces range from all price points, sizes, + tastes

bonus:
find promo code + other 1975 holiday purchasing tips
here

{ Tip: It’s an incredibly personal gift! Give the gift someone wouldn’t normally give him or herself. If you know someone loves a certain artist or a certain piece, chances are … you can find it at 1975. }

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EvenOdd utility pouch with inside detail.

GO BUY ROCHESTER

WHOEquaTEK Interactive, Inc. Initiative

WHATAn online marketplace solely dedicated “to make shopping local easy,”. { See! You can shop online + shop local. } Items include:

WHERE: Online! | { learn more on their Blog }

WHYWhen talking #ShopLocal, you’ll often hear me refer to the “multiplier effect.” This means, “every dollar spent with a locally-owned merchant has three times the impact of a dollar spent at a big box store.” Every single time I quote or cite the Multiplier Effect, it comes straight from GBR! Also …

bonus:
interested merchants can join GBR
here

KURVIE KULTURE

WHO: Latiffany Anderson, owner. Kurvie Kulture is a movement about embracing, empowering, + evolving

WHATThis online fashion boutique { also shoppable via Instagram! } carries a variety of sizes + specializes in plus sized fashion from women. From:

WHERE: Online | Instagram!

WHY: “Embrace Your Kurves, Empower Yourself, Evolove your Life.” Oh, and the …

  • high fashion
  • high quality
  • on trend
  • versatility
  • diversity + options
  • you’re killing it every time

I cannot speak highly enough for what KurvieKulture does for women + for fashion. And here we have it right in Rochester, NY.

bonus:
Enter the
Shop Local Rochester Contest!
{ post a screen shot of your purchase + #shoplocalroc }

Porter Window

EvenOdd Porter Foldover Bag. … Why yes, I would love one.

Shopping Local is easy. It’s also fun, affordable, and { let’s face it } way better than all the other gifts you can buy. A slew of days until Hanukkah ends + Christmas begins. #Roc the holiday + #ShopLocal!!

#shoponline

#shoplocalroc

XO.

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

{ Fahsye even gift wraps complimentary! }

HEY BOYS

fahsye

LET’S KEEP THIS

north winton neighborhood

SIMPLE

{ 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. }

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

what’s a guy to do?

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FAHSYE.

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.

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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. }

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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!

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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.

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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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ring me

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!

#fahsye

#handmade

#ROC

#shoplocalroc

XO.

How To. Wrap a Gift: Last Minute. Hipster. Environmentally Friendly. Festively.

You can thank my Momsly for this. Woman knows how to save a bag. And its packaging. Ribbons? Yup. That really thick nice wrapping paper she made you remove from the present ever so delicately as to preserve it for the does-not-yet-exist-present? Uh huh. She taught me all of this. And now I’m going to share it with you. 

Truly, a very Merry Christmas.
Ambience.
(Fired made by Momsly.)

I store my bags smack-dab against the wall in my bedroom. Snug between 2 dilapidated cubbies, which made it through college, and my pop-together bookshelf that I’ve had since jr high (noting a theme?): I save anything–anything–I know I can use with a gift. Here are some of the most useful bobs & ends to keep around:

Left: Huge bags o bags, boxes, ribbons,
tissue papers, wrapping paper, & things. Top: The Red Series.
Bottom: The Metallic-as.

1. Vibrant Tissue Paper:  Always a must-keep. It’s super easy to store & incredibly versatile for all occasions. I’ve found that shades of red & pink (think Holiday Season, Valentine’s Day, 4th Of July) & metallics (trendy neutrals) have the biggest re-use factor.

2. Ribbons & Baggies: All things tiny & sweet. I literally saved the twine-like ties off of (the most delicious) Trader Joe’s cookies, because I knew their their homemade feel would make them a sweet addition a top any gift, be in for Christmas or just because.
#SHOPLOCAL .
Some giftwrap items I do buy.
Such as the candy-striped paper you see here & the
twine from Archimage that you see above. A necessity!
Also, if ever you’re shopping & you buy a pair of earrings for yourself, I’m not telling you to ask the sale’s person for a gift bag. But I am saying that if the sale’s person asks you if they are a gift, then you should probably bite-your-tongue & nod-your-head. You might end up with some adorable purple or pink baggies for items ranging from earrings to sample size make-up.
3. Boxes: Perhaps the most coveted all of re-giftwrap items. The perfect-fit box lends itself squarely for the perfectly wrapped gift. Not featured here, I have saved all of the Birchbox boxes in which my speciality make-up, toiletry, & luxury good items have shipped. In fact, if you’re a Birchbox-er yourself, or just need a project for the various BB-like boxes that you have laying around, please check the website and blog. You can find cool crafts, like making a neat make-up organizer. (I know.)
All gifts (- 2) are from Local Rochester Vendors!
See follow-up Post for Details. For now:
Craft Co No 6., Sara Silvio c/o Peppermint,
ArchimageAbundance Co-Operative Market,
Peter Lazarski Comics
Other great boxes to opt for? Anything pretty & designed. In the top-right corner of the 2nd photo, you can see a floral patterned box. My Aunt Katy this to me with 2 very delicious & very pretty smelling pink candles. A floral, romantic looking box?? That could be Valentine’s Day, Birthday, Anniversary, Thank You, Congratulations, Christmas. Clearly, I had to keep it. Who can throw away that gem anyhow?
Final Tips
When wrapping for dudes, keep it simple. And always keep a Sharpie (or 10) around. They do some miracles with the lettering.
Merry Christmas

Eve.

 

 

 

♥.

How To. Make BarbaraEllen’s (Superficial) Holiday Wishes Come True!

BarbaraEllen’s 2012 Holiday Wish List.
Forever21
(Or #7.)

Kinda of tradition in The Wilcox Household to scrawl a meticulously ranked list–color-key & all, via price range & store set–for all of your DefinitesSo-Sos, & Maybes. And when I say, tradition in the Wilcox Household, I mean: Tradition for me & not for my brothers because no one still makes lists & no one ever made lists that meticulous to begin with. (Except for me.) Well, lucky you, I’ve scaled-down the complexity of this year’s.

Let’s Begin:

1. Flannel Shirt. Classic. Button-up. Soft. Fitted. Comfortable. Thrifted? Red. That’s all I ask.
2. Over-The-Knee-Boot. Leather. Chocolate Brown or Black. Sleek. Sexy. Wearable. Durable.
3. Facial. Scott Miller Salon. Therapeutic. Even when you have a migraine. Rejuvenating.
4. Brow Wax. Scott Miller Salon. Feels so good. So, incredibly necessary. Looks even better.
5. Minimalist Running Shoes. Cute. Support. Neon. Can wear when I walk. Go!
6. Oversized Envelope Purse. Flat. Floppy. Canvas. Or Leather. Classic. And Hip. #ShopPeppermint .
7. Sheer Button-Up Blouses. Yes, Plural. Candy Pastels. Neutrals, Too. Fitted with Flow.
8. Rochester Subway Poster. #Roc had a subway! I love maps. Those posters are bomb. #ShopLocal .
9. Water Bottle. I need the perfect one! Preferably glass. Easy to sip & swig & carry.
10. Tattoo. Black & Grey & White. Ribs, I think. Not totally sure what. …I’ll let you know.
#1.
#2.
#8.
#5.
 
 
 
 
#6.







 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Merry Merry.
xo.