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A little bit country

Two friends, Chris Stapleton, and a whole lot of fun; photos by Alex Weiss Last week our editor, Christine Green, and “Lunatics Lounge” columnist, Taylor

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The living’s easy

Can’t make it to the shore this summer for an old-fashioned clam and lobster bake? There is no reason you can’t recreate the experience in

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A feast for the senses

Vinalia Urbana  230 Monroe Ave., Rochester  738-0384  vinaliaurbana.com Along the stretch of storefronts on Monroe Avenue is an unassuming black building. There are no flashy

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Get outside!

Ben VanderStouw— “Connection”  A skilled rock climber and ice climber, Ben VanderStouw has immersed himself in the sport for nearly a decade. He’s traveled the

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Style is freedom

When did you start designing clothes and why?  I launched Golden Road back in 2011, driven by a passion to redefine Rochester’s narrative and infuse

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See an inch, take a mile

After years of grinding tickets for password resets and printer malfunctions, Chris Sirianni launched his entrepreneurial journey in 2016. Except it wasn’t his own. “There

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Armchair travels

Summer doesn’t always have to mean it’s time to travel. You can experience unique points of view without leaving your couch. Whether its journeying to

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Celebration Venues in the (585)

Arbor Midtown 183 E. Main St, Rochester, 454-9917, arbormidtown.com Natural stone flooring and marble columns are just a few of the details that make this venue special. It can accommodate 550 guests cocktail style, 300 guests for receptions, and 250 guests with ceremony on-site. Bridal suite and grooms parlor available. In-house catering. Crisp 819 S. …

Celebrate giving

As I’ve moved into adulthood, I’ve come to appreciate an opportunity to get a group together to celebrate something. Be it birthdays, babies, weddings, or other exciting news, I’m here for it. But these gatherings can also cause stress both in the form of “stuff”—thoughtful gifts and trinkets that you’re not quite sure what to …

Stone killer

During the summer of 1887, Rochester’s population was about 50,000 but rapidly on the rise. Kodak, Bausch and Lomb, French’s, and Sibley’s were all in their infancy. Downtown, where the Erie Canal crossed the Genesee via what is now the Broad Street viaduct, was already densely urban. But only a mile or so to the east, the landscape was still largely rural. …

The road to The Avenue

The Avenue Blackbox has been a special place since opening its doors in June 2018. Now celebrating its fifth season, “The Ave” is a safe and creative performing arts space focused on providing opportunities and experiences within performing and nonperforming career paths. In the last five years, it’s offered affordable and culturally rich experiences created by …

North Winton Village’s Wildflour blossoms

620 N. Winton Rd., Rochester  wildflourrochester.com  If you’ve recently given up carbs in this bright new year, I apologize in advance. Wildflour probably isn’t for you.  But if your resolutions are more open-ended—something sensible, like eating healthier or pursuing happiness—well, keep reading.  After visiting the new North Winton Village restaurant, I began to think existential thoughts about …

The legacy of Fannie Barrier Williams

If you’re from Brockport, you probably know about Fannie Barrier Williams. But most of us don’t recognize the name, despite her former status as a national celebrity. Barrier Williams was a suffragist, civil rights leader, orator, and changemaker. She was born and raised in Brockport, and hers was one of the only Black families in the …

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