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Good news! May 29, 2020

Dear (585) Friends,

Hope you had a great week!

Tomorrow, SpaceX will reattempt its launch of two Americans into space—a first for a commercial aerospace company, and the first we’ve seen astronauts head to space in nearly a decade.

Here’s hoping that bit of excitement can draw us all together, as our shared experience working through this pandemic has.

We’ve compiled some recent community news below to keep you in the know. If you have content you’d like us to share or updates you’d like to see, please reply to this email with suggestions.

  • A couple local businesses have announced they are permanently closing:
    • The owners of Bristol Harbour in Canandaigua will be closing the business and transforming it into a personal property for their family.
    • Morton’s The Steakhouse in the Hyatt Regency Rochester has shut its doors after three years in business.


  • A virtual craft fair experience, ArtStream is bringing together more than 100 local artists, crafters, and businesses on Saturday, May 30, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is no cost for artists to participate, so proceeds go right into the artists’ pockets. Attendees can watch live streams of artist interviews, studio tours, and demonstrations, and purchases will be available for same-day or next-day delivery.


  • Newly reopened for curbside service, Lux Lounge is serving a full cocktail menu as well as canned and bottled beer from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Lux is also cooking up $4 hot dogs (with a bag of chips) and $1 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Daily punch specials also available. Masks required.


  • While it may not be the best time to travel to the Adirondacks, aspiring climbers can now virtually scale the peaks. Yellow Jacket Racing’s 46 Peaks Challenge tasks participants with completing the virtual ascent of all 46 High Peaks in the Adirondacks over the course of 120 days, starting June 1. Complete one peak in a single workout or accumulate the elevation throughout the summer. $60 registration fee required.


  • Farmers Creekside Tavern & Inn in Le Roy reopened last week for curbside service, with orders available for pickup Thursday through Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. Menu items include fried chicken, rainbow trout, rib eye, and more. Family meals serving four, “Grill Your Own” entrees, and wine and cocktail options are also available.


  • Interested in starting your own food business? The Commissary, a downtown kitchen incubator that will be opening in September, is hosting a webinar on getting your permits and documents in order—whether you hope to join the Commissary as a member or launch a business in your own facility.


  • Thousands of original artworks are available for purchase during Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery’s virtual 6x6x2020 event. Art has been created and donated by international and local artists, designers, youth, and more to be sold for $20 each during the gallery benefit. All 6” by 6” art is signed only on the back, to be sold anonymously. The Virtual Opening Party & Artwork Sale is June 6, with global online purchasing beginning June 9.


  • Looking to kill some time, boost those brain cells, and learn about all the Finger Lakes area has to offer? Finger Lakes Visitors Connection, the official tourism promotion agency for Ontario County, is offering a virtual Finger Lakes Activity Guide for all ages and abilities. The Activity Guide includes crossword puzzles, word searches, mad libs, coloring sheets, connect-the-dot puzzles, and more.


  • Veneto Gourmet Pizza & Pasta opened a second location on Buffalo Road this week. Takeout (curbside or come-right-in) is available Wednesday through Sunday. Try their “Date Night To Go” meal for $55, which includes two entrees, a large salad to share, two cannolis, and a bottle of wine.

Our May/June issue of (585) Magazine is still available to read for free online here.

A big thank you to our readers! You’re our everything.

Stay well,

– Jinelle Vaiana, contributing writer
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