Shop Local Rochester: Park + Shop.

{ Metro Justice Alternative Fair! }

WHERE

ARE WE

GOING TO 

#shoplocalroc

PARK??

{ I want to hear everyone’s Shop Local Black Friday + Small Business Saturday stories!! I’ll be perfectly honest … I did not make it out for either! And that’s okay, because #ShopLocalRoc is really about shopping local all times of year … Oh, and there’s 3.5 weeks until Christmas, for those who count. }

parking meme

http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/365vle

Look familiar?? My parking lot anxiety begins:

  • before I leave for the mall
  • once I get there + see the mall parking lot
  • and once I circle three times before re-remembering how much I dislike the mall

{ I said it. }

#parklocal

Top 3 reasons Parking Local is super simple, non-threatening, + friendly.

  1. Familiar Places
  2. Quick Walk
  3. Promise you Won’t Have to Parallel

I’ll be real – I enjoy a good parallel. { I also have an incredibly tiny car. } But, you don’t have to parallel park do when driving to your fav local store. Let’s talk:

  1. Familiar Places – Did you know the next 2 weekends there are Fairs, Craft Festivals, + Bazaars?! Many of these are hosted in the most familiar spots to us, including: churches, museums, + Village Gate. Parking spaces?? Yes. Over-crowding? … Not as bad as the mall.
  2. Quick Walk – Which brings us to #2. Even if spaces, like Village Gate, feel over-crowded: a friendly and nearby side street awaits your arrival. Trickiest part?? Read the signs correctly. (They’re phrased in-the-negative, so use those brain reasoning skills … and use the other parkers as a guide!)

In fact, the best part about #ShopLocal means … not driving at all! If you or a friend lives close, grab the bike or your fav walking shoes + enjoy a late-fall stroll.

3.  Promise you Won’t Have to Parallel – Here’s a tip in case you do { lower your passenger-side       side-window so you can see the curb – works like a charm! }. But, truly, unless you’re intent on                 getting the primo spot that no one else can { which, granted, is tempting } you won’t have to                     parallel. Drive to the next side-street. Your walk is still shorter { and probably less windy! } than the           mall or big plaza.

#ShopLocalRoc:
#Roc the holiday the next 2 weekends

1. Metro Justice: Alternative Fair – First Unitarian Church of Rochester { S. Winton near East Ave! }

  • Saturday + Sunday, December, 5th + 6th

2. Genesee Center for the Arts + Education: WinterCraft – GCAE { Monroe Ave near Oxford + the Inner Loop! }

  • Saturday, Dec 6th: 12PM-3PM

3. Rochester Brainery: Holiday Brainery Bazaar presented by Yelp Shops Local! – Village Gate { Between University + Main (Circle St.)! }

  • Saturday + Sunday, December 13th + 14th

Look Good, Feel Good:
I cannot wait to see you there!

And remember: Enter the Shop Local Rochester Contest!

  1. Shop Local
  2. Take a Pic
  3. Hashtag #shoplocalroc + share on Instagram or Facebook!

#shoplocal

#shoplocalroc

XO.

Around Town: #ROC Your Weekend.

{Photo: Look for Wall \ Therapy Ts this Saturday at The Public Market!}

KNOW YOUR CITY:

#ROC YOUR WEEKEND

ARTS | FOOD | DRINK

DONATE | CELEBRATE | DISCOVER

Scenic views of the beach. Walks in public gardens. Shopping in boutiques. Eating in great diners + restaurants. World class Cinema. Not enough? Rochester has you covered. A unique cultural scene means something for everyone at turns you never knew existed. Need to know? Check out The Rochesteriat! This burgeoning website has up-to-date, easy-to-follow ideas + reviews detailing the full spectrum of Rochester’s urban scene. (I could look at it for days + always learn something new.) Need ideas for this weekend?? You’re in luck! Starting 6pm Friday through to 6pm Saturday, Rochester ravishes your artistic, cocktail, educational, + … oh, fun … cravings.

FRIDAY

ROCHESTER BRAINERY: 6-9PM FIRST FRIDAY LET’S ALL GO TO THE MOVIE

FREE art exhibition with snacks + refreshments.

Who says no to that?

HUNGERFORD BUILDING: 6-9PM FIRST FRIDAY

FREE art viewings + exchange of information with chances to buy.

Don’t wait until next month!

CURE BAR: 9PM-MIDNIGHT 2nd ANNIVERSARY BBQ 

$20 for Grill, Chartreuse Cocktails, Eat Me Ice Cream + a DJ. 

Everyone Loves a Birthday Party…

SATURDAY

WALL \ THERAPY FUNDRAISER: 8AM-2PM PUBLIC MARKET AT THE YARDS 

FREE Learn more about Wall Therapy + Public Art.

Final Shot to Donate to Wall Therapy Indiegogo! Donation Match through Saturday!!

WALL \ THERAPY ARTIST\THERAPIST ECB: CHARLOTTE NEIGHBORHOOD

FREE Check out German Artist ECB in Action. Check out Website for latest updates!

Therapy for the eyes + the soul + for your city.

SPOKES + INK: 12-6PM GENESEE CENTER FOR THE ARTS & EDUCATION

FREE Admission for the whole Family.

Live Music, Bike Demos, Art, Food, Letterpress … Scavenger hunt??

THE SHOW ON MONROE: 12-6PM SPOKES + INK BUSKERS SCAVENGER HUNT

$10/Team. Still Spots to Register! Check out Facebook for the latest updates.

Monroe Ave just got weirder + cooler.

You guys know where to find me this weekend.

What are your plans??

#rocisrad

#rocyourweekend

#shoplocal

XO.

Spokes + Ink Festival: June 7, 2014.

{Photo taken from Spokes + Ink Website.}

SPOKES + INK

SAT JUNE 7

BIKE & POSTER FEST

WHO: HOSTED BY GENESEE CENTER FOR THE ARTS + EDUCATION

WHAT: “ON THE AVE. OFF THE CHAIN.”

WHERE: 317 WILCOX ST. {That’s my last name. Please do not excuse the enthusiasm.} MONROE AVE, BETWEEN OXFORD + RUTGERS.

WHY: FOR THE FUN. FOR THE FOOD. FOR THE MUSIC. FOR THE RIDE. FOR THE #ROC.

WHEN: SATURDAY, JUNE 7, 2014. 12PM-6PM.

SPONSOR: DOGTOWN

12-6PM | WILCOX ST | MONROE AVE | FREE

“It’s a Monroe Ave block party mashup of cycling enthusiasts, local artists, cold beer, live music, unique vendors, and stuff for the kids.” –Facebook Event

I have been to Genesee Center. But I’ve never been to Spokes + Ink! Both are just down the street from where I live. Genesee Center for the Arts + Education (GCAE), member of The National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts + a community based non-profit on Monroe Ave {near 490}, “transforms lives” and our Rochester community. Celebrating its 4 year this June, I am seriously excited to finally check out GCAE’s Spokes + Ink’s Festival! Aside from general dopeness, here are my Top Pics:

SPOKES + INK TOP PICKS

LOCALLY MADE POSTERS

WHO: Locally produced prints by local graphic artists, letterpress artists, + photographers.

WHAT: All $20! This year’s? See examples HERE. {ALERT : High Level of Pure Talent.}

THE PICKPOCKETS

2-4PM

WHO: The Pickpockets

WHAT: Bootleg Ass Cassette Mixtape. I gotta find out more about these guys.

WHERE: 1st saw them live at 1975 Gallery for an event in partnership with The Little Theatre.

WHY: True musicians. Haunting music … that makes you dance!

SHOW ON MONROE

1-4PM

WHAT: SCAVENGER HUNT. Sign up now!

WHERE: All along Monroe Avenue. Get your FUNK on.

ROC CITY SKATEPARK

WHO: Skateboards. BMX-ers. Fathers. Athletes. KRUDCO. Community.

WHAT: Fundraising Initiative + Advocacy Group.

WHY: To get a “well-let, safe, outdoor, community center for the entire family” up in Rochester, NY.

EAT ME ICE CREAM

WHO: Amber Odhner + Catelyn Augustine

WHAT: Local + Organic artisan ice cream. Gluten free + vegan options! So delicious!!!

WHERE: South Wedge Farmers’ Market, Thurs 4-7 | Joe Bean Coffee Roasters, Fri 6-9 | Brighton Farmers’ Market, Sun 9-1 | Abundance Cooperative Market  | { My 1st time? At Rochester Brainery‘s Brainery Bazaar. }

LETTERPRESS ACTIVITIES

WHO: Printing + Book Arts Center

WHAT: Classes + Studio Access for “letterpress printing, bookbinding, book arts, paper making, + calligraphy.”

be a spoke, leave your ink

Spokes + Ink Festival spins the wheels of collaboration + creativity within Rochester, NY. Each organization, each shop, each band, each business that contributes to this fest is another spoke in the wheel of Rochester. Growing. Thriving. Connecting. Moving. Spokes + Ink is more than a festival and more than a block party. Spokes + Ink is a lifestyle. Spokes + Ink links us to our greater Rochester community. Ultimately, Spokes + Ink helps us to spin the wheels that keep Rochester moving.

Thank you to Genesee Center for the Arts + Education and to Communications Specialist Kate Edgerton for this indelible festival!!

See ya there!

#spokesandink

#printmaking

#bicycle

#artlocal

#printlocal

#ROClocal

XO.