Shop Local Rochester: For the Artists, the Readers, the Bakers, + the Beauties.

{ Left to Right: Gallery Salon owner Erika Schramm in action, The Dollop Book of Frosting (my copy), Gallery Salon front counter, TDBOF writer + Dollop Frosting creator Heather Saffer from Facebook. }

NEW

look good, feel good

HOLIDAY

#roc the holiday

TRADITIONS

#shoplocalroc

{ Ever heard that Girl Scouts song, “Make new friends, but keep the old,”?? That’s exactly what the holidays do. Mix the comfort of “old” with the excitement of “new.” And with that, we create new holiday traditions. That’s right–we create new celebrations that keep us jolly & joyful year after year. The arts, reads, bakes, & beauties below are incredible gift ideas. But more than that, they’re new traditions that keep our old ones alight. }

heart-to-heart

The past few weeks I’ve had the overwhelming joy of discovering.

  • Rochester native + cookbook author Brittany Angell
  • Cupcake Wars winner, former cupcakery owner, + Rochester native Heather Saffer sells her gourmet Dollop Frostings at Wegmans and Hart’s!
  • Gallery Salon { now off of University } is so much more than any salon I’ve ever been

The past few weeks I’ve discovered that Rochester, NY is about re-imagining + enhancing the old with the new. In fact …

this is how Rochester has survived

{ It’s true! We’re a tough city. Look at how profoundly the small businesses + merchants keep our life-blood flowing + rich. … This is why: #ShopLocal. }

gifts + new tradish’s!

Gallery Salon. Be seduced + enchanted.

Gallery Salon. Be seduced + enchanted.

ARTISTS
Who’s the artist in your family? Shop in these spots, in-person or on-line. You are guaranteed to please.

1975Gallery + online shop owned and curated by Erich Lehman.

WHY I DIG

  • Gallery admittance? FREE.
  • Exposes artists to community + community to art
  • Exhibits and events that entertain, broaden, cultivate, + give-back

WHY GIFT GIVERS GIVE

  • Local Rochester artists { favorite, obscure, + all of the above } are featured
  • Erich knows art. { the art that artists love + want to know }
  • Incredible, browsable collection from which to choose

WHY ART LOVERS LOVE

  • Style + variety
  • Taste
  • Fresh perspectives

PROMOTIONS + LOGISTICS

  • Online Buyers: use the code “LOCALSONLY” for free pick-up at the gallery { 89 Charlotte Street }
  • Buyers: Allow 1 business day to transport artwork from secure storage to the gallery
  • Holiday Purchases: Last recommended day to purchase – December 19, 2014
  • Questions??: Contact 1975 directly through the online shop

FACEBOOK | WEBSITE | ONLINE SHOP | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM

be enchanted

Sophistication + Comfort. Twinkle lights. Boughs of pine. Chitter-chatter. Cascading lights. Vintage walls, fixtures, + vignettes. Stepping into Gallery Salon Wednesday after work transported me into a world I truly never have known. The bustling business of an exposed brick building, beautified by decadent glass and metal fixtures that mingled with every era, seductively juxtaposed the calm + comfort bestowed by Gallery’s innate grace. { … Guys, I haven’t even gotten to the wall of old mirrors! } There is simply no way to describe Gallery Salon, owned by art collector + expert stylist Erika Schramm. To put it palinly – you just have to go.

The Shop at Gallery Salon. { About 1/5 of it. }

The Shop at Gallery Salon. { About 1/5 of it. }

ARTISTS + BEAUTIES
Not that we’re looking to kill birds … but kill many birds with 1 stone at this off-the-beaten-trail { off-a-main-road } stop.

Gallery Salon. Salon + spa, art gallery, boutique, + vintage paradise owned by Erika Schramm.

WHY I DIG

  • Seductive + enchanting
  • Vintage knick-knacks everywhere
  • Friendly, knowledgeable, warm, fun staff … + owner!

WHY GIFT GIVERS GIVE

  • 1-stop-shop { hair product, Mirabella make-up, earrings, bangles, bracelets, necklaces, headbands, T shirts, cards, teas … you get it }
  • Locals featured!
  • Prices that will make your jaw drop { i.e. stud earrings for … $3 per pair! }

WHY ART LOVERS + BEAUTIES LOVE

  • New art every 2 months! { Courtney Gruttadauria – featured Nov + Dec }
  • Shawnee Hill { paintings, T-shirts, + complimentary buttons! }
  • Richard D. Mekkri { Earthen Woodworking jewelry }
  • Breathtaking architecture, light fixtures, + decor feat. Erika’s personal collection { such as More Fire Glass Studio }

WHAT TO DO

  • Shoppers: Stop by! { 4 Elton Street is directly off University between Merriman + Culver. } Walk in. Say hi. The boutique will greet you with twinkle lights + a cozy seating area.
  • Spa + Salon Goers: Schedule an appointment + lavish in the beautiful decor and boutique that greets you in the waiting area.
  • Relax + Have Fun: The vibe at Gallery Salon? Vibrant. You can’t help but to feel warmed + cozy, energized + relaxed.

FACEBOOK | WEBSITE | ONLINE SHOP | INSTAGRAM

new traditions

Old + New. Dollop Frosting, created by #Roc local Heather Saffer, embodies Classics with a Twist. Dollop Frosting isn’t just decadence + dessert. It’s friendly to restrictive diets. It’s healthier + mindful of our diets and our world. Dollop Frosting is one of those things that we can’t afford NOT to have for the holidays { at home, at work, and at school }. Dollop Frosting is safe + festive + fun … and fucking delicious.
firebomb, hot chocolate, peanut butter cookie dough, madagasgar vanilla
Dollop Frosting. Now available at Wegmans + Hart's Grocers!

Dollop Frosting. Now available at Wegmans + Hart’s Grocers! From Dollop Gourmet Facebook Page.

READERS + BAKERS
This gift is a win-win. You give the gift of bake … you get baked in return. { And I don’t mean that kind of “baked,” … unless it is your thing. }

Owner, Writer, + Creator Heather Saffer with TDBOF. { From DG Facebook Pg. }

Owner, Writer, + Creator Heather Saffer with TDBOF. { From DG Facebook Pg. }

The Dollop Book of Frosting. By Heather “Cupcakes” Saffer, Rochester native + winner of Cupcake Wars.

WHY I DIG

  • Heather’s former cupcakery, Dollop { in Penfield … remember this gem!? }, tasted as good as it sounds.
  • Inspirational story. { This woman is a fighter + a visionary + a businesswoman + a doer. }
  • The frosting is AMAZING.
    • { non-GMO. dairy free. gluten free. soy free. vegan. no trans fat. no high fructose corn syrup. BPA-free jars. Sustainably sourced all-natural ingredients. made in the USA. made with more than 90% organic ingredients. DELICIOUS. }

WHY GIFT GIVERS GIVE

  • You can buy Dollop Frosting at … Wegmans! And Hart’s!
  • Cookie-Dough frosting tastes like real cookie dough without the raw egg { … and you can bake it. }
  • Probably almost every single person you know can eat this.

WHY READERS + BAKERS LOVE

  • Reads like a book. { Most well-written cook book I have ever read. Heather – I want lessons! }
  • Pictures of every single recipe!
  • Beginners: “Trick of the Trade” + super easy-to-follow recipes
  • Bakers: Everything from “The Classics” to “Be Crazy: Live a Frosted Life”

HOW TO GIVE + GET

Sriracha Brownies with Cashew Sriracha Frosting - TDBOF.  { DG Facebook Pg. }

Sriracha Brownies with Cashew Sriracha Frosting – TDBOF. { DG Facebook Pg. }

FACEBOOK | WEBSITE | BLOG | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM

Every Last CrumbBy Brittany Angell, Rochester native + Paleo cookbook author.

WHY I DIG

  • GLUTEN FREE – I can truly relate to the chronic health + dietary struggles Brittany has faced .. and to how integral diet is in helping us to overcome!
  • Way healthier than normal breads + sweets
  • You canNOT tell the difference between “regular”/”normal” + paleo with these transformational recipes

WHY GIFT GIVERS GIVE

  • Something for everyone! – old + new, classics + twists
  • Reference/Encyclopedia for every single bread imaginable { including croissants, naan, English muffins, pancakes, muffins, …. I cannot. }
  • Great for food allergies! Clearly marked combinations of:
    • { dairy free, egg free, nut free, grain free, coconut free }

WHY READERS + BAKERS LOVE

  • Sumptuous recipes that make you look like an expert
  • Beautiful photographs
  • Professional grade feel with easily applicable { + innovative } recipes
  • Tried, tested + true by Brittany herself, and Club Angell! { for support, tips + tricks, and more. }

HOW TO GIVE + GET:

FACEBOOK | WEBSITE | CLUB ANGELL | CLUB RECIPES | INSTAGRAM

Gallery Salon.

Gallery Salon. { Handmade cards from Ithaca, NY. }

It’s easy + simple + inexpensive + fun to #ShopLocal this holiday!!
Start your new traditions, today.

{ And remember to enter the Shop Local Rochester contest! 1. Shop Local 2. Take a Pic 3. Tag #shoplocalroc to Facebook or Instagram. You’re entered! }

#shoplocalroc

#eatlocal

#readlocal

#artlocal

XO.

Drink Local: Ouzon All-Natural Soda.

{Photograph taken from www.greeksoda.com}

OUZON

OPA! ORIGINALS GREEK SODA

FACEBOOK ALL NATURAL | WEBSITE 

“What about an ouzo flavored soda?”

~Phil Broikos, co-owner

WHO: Anastasia + Phil Broikos

WHAT: All natural Greek Soda. Makings in Dundee, NY. Non-alcoholic. Pairs nicely with alcohol. (Submit cocktail concoctions online!)

WHERE: Made in Dundee, NY (syrup)

WHY: Where ingenuity meets culture meets calculated risk meets why not

BUY: Grocery Stores. Restaurants. Check by Location Here. I found mine at Abundance Cooperative Market! Also at Wegmans (all of Monroe County).

SAY: OUZON (pronounced “OO-zone”).

EVENTS: Like on Facebook: OPA! Originals. Check for all Events. 

Greek Fest – Going on Now! 

Annunciation of the Greek Orthodox Church on East Ave: Thurs | Fri | Sat | Sun

Natural. Refreshing. Unique. Delicious. Anastasia Broikos, co-owner of OPA! Originals along with husband Phil, is everything Ouzon Soda oozes. Add to this: Effervescent. Inviting. Sweet. I met Anastasia at Abundance Cooperative Market during Earth Day Birthday. Tiny table near the entrance of bulk foods. Crowds clamored. Like me, I’m not sure they knew what for. I suppose exuberance. It flowed. From Anastasia, the petite woman originally from Queens, with a genuine smile + boisterous laugh. And from her clear, bubbly cups. At that juncture, it was Grand Central. Photographs. Pleads from Abundance for more. Old people. Young people. Laughter. I pressed the cup to my lips. Dainty bubbles fizzed. In that moment, I felt like family.

Family. Because Ouzon Soda is family. Engineered in 2009. Incorporated into OPA! Originals by 2010. Winner 1 year later in 2011 of the Beverage World Bronze BevStar Award for Best Carbonated Soft Drink. Managing a household with 2 beautiful girls, now 4 + 6.  Anastasia + Phil, Greek-Americans with complex ties to their heritage, truly run a family-owned company.

“I’m constantly pulling Barbie dolls out of my files,”

~Anastasia Broikos, co-owner

Both successful professionals (Anastasia in print media + Phil, a lawyer), put aside these careers + pursued a vision. As Phil explains, the Broikos’ decided to “give it a year.” With “calculated risk” as their strategy and “value judgement” as their guide, Anastasia + Phil navigated this epic endeavor. I’m tempted to say that Ouzon Soda was inspiration from the gods. But well, I think Phi’s father had more of a role.

“What is uniquely Greek?”

Go Greek. Phil is a Rochester native, + his dad worked as an engineer at Xerox. Happening upon a Greek inspired premium soda was a journey–a calculated one–before anything else. I’m no marketing major, but with 2 simples questions it’s evident that Phil carved out ingenuity by identifying a niche product with existing platform.“What is unique?” “What is the speciality [to each culture]?” Next, he + Anastasia invented. “What is uniquely Greek?” Oregano. Feta Cheese. Greek Wine. Greek Whiskey. Greek flavors. Greek ingredients. Greek products. Non-Greek still-popular products. Anastasia + Phil populated this matrix and, after ditching their diaper truck idea (someone sniffed it out 1st), they imbibed the ingenuity behind Rivella, a famed Swiss soft drink. Thank. God.

A Greek Ouzo Liqueur Inspired Soda.

Invention. Phil doesn’t actually love the taste of ouzo, an aperitif that is practically the national liqueur of Greece. The connection? Ouzon Soda tastes the way ouzo smells. (Genius.) More importantly? Both Anastasia + Phil love all-natural. The About page on their website www.greeksoda.com explains it best:

OUZON (pronounced “OO-zone”) soda is a premium all-natural sparkling beverage based on the flavor profile of ouzo, the unofficial national liqueur of Greece. The proprietary syrup for OUZON is meticulously handcrafted using pure cane sugar, and is infused with certified organic star anise to impart subtle notes of licorice.

By wishing upon a star is exactly how Ouzon Soda went from promise to pop. Ouzo liqueur smells refreshingly crisp, but the heavy taste doesn’t follow. Anastasia + Phil needed to capture a way to project this signature taste from anise, a Mediterranean herb responsible for the licorice undertones, and had to do it naturally.

All Natural. Made Local.

No Corn Syrup. Anastasia + Phil came up with the recipe for Ouzon Soda in their very own kitchen located in Penfield, NY. (Official headquarters of OPA! Originals. Unless you also count Starbucks.) They needed star anise, the Asian spice (not the Mediterranean herb), and they needed it to make a tea. When Phil reverse engineered this, the rest flowed. Cane sugar creates an all-natural syrup and: Opa!  …Too predictable? Well, Ouzon Soda is not.

  • certified organic star anise

  • star anise tea made in upstate NY (Dundee)

  • cane sugar … made from scratch

  • natural citric acid as a preservative

No corn syrup. No sodium benzoate (an artificial preservative). No chemicals. Just pure, homemade, all-natural, premium ingredients. As crystal clear as the Ouzon Soda they create.

OPA! Originals

Godliness. When Anastasia + Phil started OPA! Originals + invented Ouzon Soda, they did not just become entrepreneurs. Anastasia + Phil–married, with children, starting a business–became an entrepreneurial deity. What do we get?? Ouzon All-Natural Premium Soda. Whose taste + purity + authenticity embodies the very standards + traditions, culture + nuances the Broikos family generates. Godliness. Infused into every single last drop of Ouzon Soda.

Drink Local

With OPA! Originals located in Penfiled, NY, the makings of Ouzon Soda started in Dundee, NY, and with Ouzon sold all over Monroe County: Anastasia + Phil Broikos make Rochester, NY a city among the gods. Truly, we thank you so much.

Opa!

(had to.)

Now head over to your nearest retailer + drink for yourself!

#drinklocal

#allnatural

#Ouzon

#OPAOriginals

XO.

Save v. Spend. Lacquer. Varnish. Nail Polish.

I LEARNED SO MUCH.
Lacquer. Varnish. Nail Polish.
 
Varnish. Lacquer. Nail Polish.
Fraction of @nicolejaclyn ‘s collection.
My friend Nicole is a nail polish goddess. This babe has all of your higher-end drug store varnishes, like OPI & Essie, plus couture lines, like Butter London, and Indielines (!), like NinjaPolish, in a smattering of mattes & sparkles, in every hue of every single shade possible. Cue: I-am-overwhelmed-smile.
She taught me SO much. And, yes, there is much to learn about nail polish. Especially because you have to spend & spend wisely.
Know what products to buy. Which ones to try. Where to buy. And … which ones to rent??
Yes. You will end up shelling between $6.50 and $9 per pop on the “less” expensive, though equally as lavish, brands. Simply put, brands like OPI, in comparison to those associated with drug store make-up lines, have more lacquer. More lacquer means truer hue & lasting finish. Think about it this way. Spend on the most expensive hair product, and you might be $40 in the hole for a humidity-defying spray. Spend on a worth-it varnish, and $6.50-$9 is a manageable expenditure. An investment? Absolutely. Not only did you skip the salon but, let’s be honest, when was the last time you ever used 1 entire bottle of lacquer? (…Never.) Chances are, you buy a bottle, & you only buy it once.
OPI.
Only bottle Nicole’s bought more than once.
And it was because the previous bottle dried-up.
 
So, what are you saving on? The manicure. Truly, $10-30 savings depending upon the salon & you have the polish for touch-ups & do-agains. Also, distributor. As much as I adore salons & secretly wish Icould live inside of one, Nicole highlyrecommends not buying in-salon or drug store. On average, both amount to between $2-3 extra. Beauty supply stores like Beauty Plus Salon, CosmoProf, or Ulta, and sometimes even larger grocery chains, like Wegmans, have the fairest prices. Shop around & shop wisely.
The true key to spending (wisely) on nail polish? Know What Products to Buy Basics:
Base Coat: CND(sticky coat) or Orly (bonder)
Varnish: OPI, Essie, or your favorite mid-priced designer brand (i.e. Zoya, China Glaze)
Top Coat:Seche Vite (fast drying)
You need a sticky/bonding base & a fast drying top. Need.
You don’t need this many. But that would be awes.
Possibly as awesome as this rug beneath Nicole’s varnishes.
 
Keep in mind, couture lines do exist. Niche brands like Butter London or brand icons like Chanel & Dior run for much more than $7-9. While these shades glide-on like velvet over chocolate, they are super expensive. However, with emerging rent-&-try trends like Lacquerous, nail-onistas might grab the best of both Save v. Spend worlds.
Nicole’s Mini Series. (She knows them by name.)
Minis are great way to delve into designer & color.
Inevitably, the miser in all of us rears its head & wants to know if it is at all possible to save. Yes. Of course. For super trendy colors or hues for trendy nail art, go inexpensive. Wet ‘n’ Wild & Rimmel, while more prone to chipping, have tailored brushes for even coating. And, hey, buy 2 while you’re at it.
Go Team!
Base, 2 – 3 Varnish, Top.
From Left: Barbara, Nicole. Shannon.
xo.