Welcome to Barbara Ellen Shops Local. This passion project began around 2012 as an exploration of all excellent things local in Rochester, NY! From #ShopLocal to #EatLocal #DrinkLocal #ArtLocal #BuyLocal to #BeLocal. Barbara grew-up in the city of Rochester and loved experiencing how small businesses help our communities thrive. Although BESL came to a close in 2016, Barbara has since resumed blogging to support her community amidst the covid crisis. Thanks for stopping by!