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.

Pre-Halloween.

{ I vant to suck your blood. – Finger Lakes Wine: Dr. Konstantin Frank Salmon Run Petit Noir. }

HAPPY

tips + tricks + treats

PRE-HALLOWEEN

{ Halloween is a magical holiday for so many reasons. Including the making of Hocus Pocus, which receives many a-mention on this blog. This year, the bewitching hour befalls a Friday. All will wake from the dead … and become the dead the next day, rest assured. Best part?? Halloween in Rochester – we still celebrate early! So grab your costumes + get yo’ freak on because this weekend proves to be wild. }

ghastly pre-Halloween gasts

WICKED WEEKEND CHOICES

  1. SPECTRAL CARNIVAL: Friday + Saturday. St. Joseph Park {“a piece of local history“}.
  • Family by day.
  • Freaky by night.
  • Incredible artists … follow The Yards on Instagram to get a taste + discover more.

#SpectralCarnival2

2. AL SIGL CENTER WALK ABOUT: Saturday. Eastview Mall.

3. FINGER LAKES RESTAURANT WEEK: Ends Sunday. 11 Finger Lakes Restaurants.

  • Lunch + Dinner Pre-Fixe Specials.
  • Local Food – celebrate the harvest!
  • Frighteningly delicious – a great way to try new cuisine at affordable prices … and an incredible excuse to see that Finger Lakes Fall Foliage + landscape!

4. DEVIL’S IN THE DETAILS: Ends November 1. 1975 Gallery.

  • Coincide this exhibit ends on All Saints’ Day?? {I think not.}
  • Devilishly decadent does not begin to describe.
  • 666 or 60+? Like an incantation, the website says it best.

#devilsinthedetails

5. LUX LOUNGEOn Going. South Wedge – 666 South Ave.

  • Located at 666 South Ave. So. “Let your freak flag fly.”
  • Chillest outdoor scene in Roc – picnic tables + hammock, penis stool + ring toss, fire pit + once I roasted hot dogs and marshmallows on it … creepy lady in the window. {Just go.}
  • Incredible art. Last time I was there – Shawnee Hill was up. Just insane.

let’s all raise hell this weekend

Are you not as excited as I that this year, Halloween is a week-long celebration. It’s phantasmic.

#happyhalloween

#eatlocal

#candycorns

#drinklocal {not blood}

#artlocal

XO.

Around Town: 1975-ish.

{ Photo Cred Courtesy of Erich Lehman: Clockwise from top left: }

Binho, Mike MingSt. Monci & Erich Lehman, Ryan Bubnis & Lucas Irwin 

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1975 

Exposing talented artists to our community + facilitating the would-be art collector

89 Charlotte Street Rochester, NY 14607

FACEBOOK TWITTER SHOP

P: 585.466.4278
E: info@1975ish.com

Gallery Hours
Wednesday: 1-8pm
Thursday: 1-8pm
Friday: 1-8pm
Saturday: 12-5pm
Sunday: 12-5pm
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed

EXHIBITS. EVENTS. ART.

Entrance to exhibits is FREE. Donations are accepted. BUY THE ART online.

This evening I checked out “All Things Wild and Free,” the art exhibit-fundraiser by artist Mr. Prvrt, his debut at 1975 Gallery. I also had the pleasure of sitting down and chatting with Erich Lehman, owner, curator, collector, and all things Rochester.

CURRENT EXHIBIT

ALL THINGS WILD AND FREE

3.15 – 3.29

MR. PRVRT

MR. PRVRT EXPLORES MYSTICAL

NATURE OF ANIMALS AND HELPS

RAISE FUNDS FOR WILD WINGS

SHOP ARTWORK ONLINE

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 COLLECT LOCAL

Positioned just off Union Street and past Rochester’s East End, behind The Little Theatre and Restaurant 2 Vine (where The Little Bakery once … baked), 1975 Gallery (1975ish for Social Media handles) bolsters Rochester’s burgeoning subculture art scene. A scene that has some gnarly teeth.

First + foremost, 1975 Gallery directly connects our community to local artists + artists’ work who otherwise would be unknown. Artwork, available for purchase, is found online. Admission to The Gallery, itself, is free, so proceeds from openings + art purchases fund the entire project and accompanying fundraisers. Lehman explains that viewing art in an open space, such as 1975 Gallery, is communal. Owning art from a local artist–interacting with it, honoring it, allowing it to sink into you–is body + soul. Collecting local art transforms.  

APPROACHABLE GALLERY

If 1975 Gallery bites. Erich Lehman, owner + curator, devours.

RIT Teeth { alumnus and faculty member }

KRUDCO Teeth { former Creative Director }

WALL THERAPY { Leader Organizer }

THE YARDS { affiliant }

His tastes have class and his appetite, voracity. With teeth sunk into numerous endeavors, Lehman might be the name behind any movement in Rochester. Especially Shop Local. In 2008, when he sunk his teeth into 1975, Lehman built The Gallery so that it would be approachable. For artists. For community. For Rochester. Inside, 1975 is ordered for style. Outside, the walls are covered with graffiti/street art (Wall Therapy). The 1975 Gallery is a space for all art lovers and patrons, youth and experts to share. To explore. To see. And that’s exactly what 1975 Gallery and its artists are.

Visionaries.

Muses.

Imaginators.

Dreamers.

The communal connection viewers experience in the open palette that is 1975 Gallery, fills viewers eyes and minds, inspires viewers bodies and souls.

Catch all the 1975 Exhibits (booked through November!) + Events. (LIKE TONIGHT’S AT THE LITTLE.)

I promise you, gallery life tastes priceless.

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EVENT TONIGHT!

MR. MOUSTAFA’S PRIVATE PARLOUR PARTY

3.21

8:30PM – 12:30AM

1975 GALLERY

FOLLOWING THE SCREENING OF THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

INVITE HERE

LIVE MUSIC – THE PICKPOCKETS

HORS D’OREUVERS – HUNGARIAN + OTHER

DRINK – ROC BREWING

COSTUME – DRESS AS YOUR FAVORITE WES ANDERSON CHARACTER

UPCOMING EXHIBIT

 4.5 – 4.26

VULNERABLE GEOMETRY

JAIME MOLINA

VINCENT COMPARETTO

MAX KAUFFMAN

OPENING RECEPTION: 4/5, 7PM-10PM

 

#shoplocal

#collectlocal

#artlocal

#allthingswildandfree

#1975

XO.