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Planning a Weekend in Rochester? Here Are 3 Shops to Check Out

Thursday, March 3rd, 2022

If you are planning on visiting Rochester soon, there are three shops that you will want to make sure that you visit. Rochester is a great place to visit and there is a lot to do. There are plenty of shops to visit while you are on your weekend getaway but there are three that you must visit.

It is Time to Travel Again

The COVID 19 pandemic has been raging for about two years now and it has kept us all at home. Luckily, with the advent of the COVID vaccines (about 15% of the US population was already vaccinated by March 2021), we are able to get back to life and start traveling again. Visiting Rochester and making the most of the shopping opportunities is a great way to get back on track with life and have a little fun.

Walking from shop to shop is not only good for your mental health, but it is also good for your physical health. Regular physical activity, including walking, can reduce the risk of diabetes to 50%. That means you can enjoy a weekend of shopping and improve your health all at the same time when you visit Rochester.

Tips for Preparing for Your Shopping Trip in Rochester

There are plenty of places where you can shop in Rochester. Before you head out for the day, plan your day. Most shops in Rochester have websites that you can check out and use to plan your shopping trip. The design of the website can tell you a lot about shops. Website design is one of the key factors that people use to determine the credibility of the website (75%) and ultimately of the shop.

One of the planning tools you can use is Google maps. By mapping out your shopping day you will be able to get to more shops and do it more efficiently. Planning your shopping ahead of time and knowing where your next stop is located will make the entire trip enjoyable.

Consider the amount of time you have to dedicate to your shopping trip. Time plays a crucial role in which shops you will be able to visit and how long you can spend browsing. If you are not able to get to all the stores you want on this trip, it is never too soon to start planning your next trip to Rochester.

If you are only able to get to three places to shop, you will want to get to the three places listed below. You will find a large selection and great prices.

The Rochester Public Market

If you love to browse and find great deals, then you must visit the Rochester Public Market. It is open 52 weeks a year every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. It is a combination Farmers Market community sale site. You will find amazing options for food, jewelry, and unique items. If you are around on a Saturday morning, you want to make sure that you stop by.

Reviewers on TripAdvisor gave this market a five-star review 66% of the time. It is a great place to stroll around and find great deals on a great number of goods. Make it a priority to visit, you will be glad you did.

The Eleventh Hour Gift Shop

If you are in the market for unique gifts for friends and family (or yourself), stop in at the Eleventh Hour Gift Shop, where unique is the name of the game. They offer a wide range of inventory that takes gift-giving to a whole new level.

Hedonist Artisan Chocolates

If you have a sweet tooth or even if you do not, stop in at Hedonist Artisan Chocolates and buy something special for someone left at home. There is only one word to describe the smell when you walk into this shop; heavenly. All your senses will enjoy a visit to this shop. The chocolate is delicious, the staff is welcoming, and it is a great place to indulge.

Shop Rochester and experience all the great shops that will make your weekend getaway memorable.

Thursday, March 3rd, 2022
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How to Help Small Rochester Businesses

Friday, January 14th, 2022

Helping Rochester small businesses is an easy way to give back to your community. During the cold winter, many families struggle to heat their homes and put good food on the table. Read along to find the best ways to support these local companies.

Use Their Services

The best and most obvious way to support a business is to pay for its services. Landscaping companies are abundant all over the company, and homeowners are encouraged by 90% of real estate agents to have their homes landscaped before selling. This service will help your home look better and support a small business.

If you are not eating in person due to COVID-19, order from your favorite local restaurant. Make sure to tip well and thank the delivery workers. This will help delivery workers and restaurant workers stay afloat and want to come back to work. And you will get to keep eating your favorite meals. Treating everyone in the city with kindness and compassion goes a long way, especially for a small business.

Many students live in Rochester. You might look online to see if any art shows or plays are being put on by universities in the area. This is a great way to support the community and enrich your life in the process. There is always something to do in the city to help a small business, of which there are almost 28 million in the United States.

Learn Where to Find Local Businesses

There is no shortage of small businesses, especially in Rochester. Just walking down the street you can find local grocers, boutique candy stores, craft stores, and more. Look around your office building or apartment to see what the city has to offer. The Rochester Public Market is a great place to walk around and find these local vendors who want to share their goods.

You should check the local paper and news stations to see what is going on in your area. This might lead you to a great new flower shop or clothing store that has just opened up. You can also ask your friends where they are getting groceries or paint supplies. Have open discussions about the importance of small businesses, and more will seem to crop up. Make sure to check everything out in person to give small businesses a chance.

Promote Them Yourself

Word of mouth is very strong and has become even stronger in the digital age. Make sure to leave positive reviews and tell your friend about the new businesses you have found. Share your new finds on social media! This can be done with a geotag or by tagging the business in your post. This step will always go appreciated by business owners who are struggling to get off the ground or make a return during COVID-19. This will help small businesses, 64% of which are struggling with finances, get new customers, and grow their client base. It is always good to help your community prosper.

If you have your own small business, talk with other business owners about combining efforts. This might mean a local wine store and chocolatier having a chocolate and wine night. This will bring clients from both businesses together and give everyone a better chance at growing their business. Take the time to go to local events and you might even find yourself with a coupon for the future.

Trying to support a small business will help your community grow. By funding businesses with your service and giving them free press, you will be instrumental in their success. Help Rochester be better with these tips for helping a small business in the city.

Friday, January 14th, 2022
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5 Great Ways to Stay Active in Rochester this Summer

Thursday, July 1st, 2021

By Samson Weinberg

With 3 months of sun and hot weather with the kids at home for the summer, there are so many activities that you and your family can enjoy in Rochester…

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Thursday, July 1st, 2021
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Strong Museum of Play Welcomes New Inductees to National Toy Hall of Fame

Tuesday, November 24th, 2020

By Samson Weinberg

Whether you’re a parent, a child, or simply young at heart, you might have toys on the brain during this time of year. Back in 1964, 94,000 pedal-powered toy Mustangs were purchased for children during the Christmas season. And while more than 50 years may have gone by, we’re still paying tribute to the toys that shaped our childhoods thanks to Rochester’s own Strong Museum of Play and its National Toy Hall of Fame.

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Tuesday, November 24th, 2020
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4 Great Ways to Have Some Family Fun In Rochester

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020

The weather is finally getting nicer so it’s time to put the video game controller down, gather up the family, and do something fun! Here are some great ways to kill time and have a blast around the great city we call Rochester…

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Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020
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ROC Around the Christmas Tree: Must-See Holiday Events in Rochester

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

By Sammi Cohen

According to the New York Post, Rochester seems to be a “grim and depressing” place to live. But anyone who loves the Flower City will tell you otherwise — even when it’s covered with that ubiquitous lake effect snow. Although people over the age of 55 are at least four times more likely to suffer a heart-related injury when shoveling the white stuff, many Rochesterians feel the harsh winters are well worth staying for.

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Wednesday, November 27th, 2019
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Notes from the Fringe 2016: The countdown begins!

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Cirque du Fringe: MIRACLE CURE & Other Wonders from the Vagabond Caravan. [IMAGE: Provide]
By Joanne Brokaw

Rochester’s arts and entertainment community is in the final stages of preparation for the 2016 First Niagara Fringe Festival external link, which takes place Thursday, September 15 to Saturday, September 24, all across Rochester. There will be more than 500 performances at more than 25 venues in and around the city. And 170 of those performances are totally free!

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Special Weekend Events Mark 60th Anniversary of Rochester Subway Closing

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

The Rochester subway station at Monroe Avenue (June 1956). The Rochester subway ended passenger service on June 30, 1956. [PHOTO: Rochester Municipal Archives]
By Mike Governale

The Rochester Subway stopped passenger service on June 30, 1956. To mark the 60th anniversary of the subway’s closing the New York Museum of Transportation external link will host a two-day weekend event filled with talks, trolley rides, demonstrations of the Subway’s fully restored “Casey Jones” speeder, food, and vendors…

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Saturday, June 4th, 2016

St. Boniface Church in 1911 [PHOTO: Albert R. Stone Negative Collection, Rochester Museum & Science Center]
By Matthew Denker

From local development to just plain news of the weird, here are your RocLinks for this past week…

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Saturday, June 4th, 2016
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Movie Fans, Step Aboard the “Race” Bus

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

This 1948 Greyhound bus from the NY Museum of Transportation recently appeared in the movie 'Race' and is now open to museum visitors. [IMAGE: Provided]
By Mike Governale

This fully restored vintage Greyhound bus appeared in the movie Race external link, the recent film about Jesse Owens’ fight to compete in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games where he won four gold medals. The bus will be open for visitors and tales from the restoration and filming of the bus will be told next Sunday at The New York Museum of Transportation…

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Rochester Makerspace Sunday Artists and Makers Expo

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

Artwork by Alexandros Hatzigiannidis. [IMAGE: Provided]
By Mike Governale

Rochester Makerspace external link is hosting a Sunday Artists and Makers Expo on May 22 from 2 PM to 5 PM. Bring your friends or family and enjoy live music, plenty of refreshments, and an eclectic collection of artwork, crafts, and maker projects on display…

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Save the Letchworth Park Rail Bridge

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Portageville rail bridge at Letchworth State Park, NY. [IMAGE: Richard H. Jordan III]
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Letchworth Bridge in southern Letchworth State Park celebrates its 141st birthday this year (built 1875) and will be replaced external link by a new steel arch bridge about 75 feet to the south. The new bridge will take approximately 3 years to complete. During that time efforts will be made to turn the original bridge into a pedestrian walkway similar to the hugely successful Poughkeepsie NY bridge crossing the Hudson River and gorge—now a New York State Park…

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Tuesday, February 16th, 2016
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Inside Abandoned Medley Centre (a.k.a Irondequoit Mall)

Sunday, January 24th, 2016

Abandoned Medley Centre / Irondequoit Mall. Rochester, NY. [IMAGE: Random Retail, Flickr.com]
By Snoop Junkie

Last week Medley Centre finally went up for auction. Angelo Ingrassia, former owner of Irondequoit Dodge, won external link the vacant building plus nine adjoining properties for the bargain basement price of $100,000.

The following images were taken last month (December 2015) inside Medley Centre…

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Sunday, January 24th, 2016
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Replica Rochester Landmarks

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Replica of Kodak World Headquarters, Rochester NY. [IMAGE:  ReplicaBuildings.com]
By Mike Governale

Searching for the perfect stocking stuffer this holiday season? How about an itty bitty version of Kodak tower? ReplicaBuildings.com manufactures replica scale models of famous buildings from around the globe. And two of them have been plucked right from Rochester’s skyline…

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Monday, November 30th, 2015
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“Rolling Thunder” Food Truck Festival at Ellison Park

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

The Rochester Rolling Thunder Festival is coming to Ellison Park this Saturday. [IMAGE: RocPX.com]
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This Saturday Ellison Park will host Rolling Thunder – The Food Truck Wonder external link and what’s being billed as “a food truck rodeo on steriods.” Rolling Thunder will be the first food truck event to take place at a Monroe County Park…

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