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Olivia Kim: Bringing Frederick Douglass to Life

Olivia Kim: Bringing Frederick Douglass to Life

Paula Cummings SWQ Holiday 2018

STATUES of beloved Rochester resident Frederick Douglass have been stationed all about town. One of the likenesses stands at the site of the old Douglass Family Farm on South Avenue, beside Anna Murray Douglass School #12.The statues are being created ... read more

A Feast for Everyone

Bridgette Pendleton-Snyder SWQ Holiday 2018

Days are getting shorter and the sweaters and gloves are back out. The smell of woodsmoke is in the air and leaves are crunching underfoot. It’s time to plan the menus for your holiday parties and family gatherings.This used to ... read more

Allstate Agency

Rose O'Keefe SWQ Holiday 2018

Who doesn’t agree that it’s a pleasure to see the storefronts on South Avenue fill up? The latest is the Allstate Agency at 661 South Ave, owned by Jon Yaeger, a western New Yorker born and bred. Jon has been ... read more

Drinks: The Classics

Evvy Fanning SWQ Holiday 2018

My first love was cocktails. I grew up in my grandparents’ center city loft in the old world and in the old time. They hosted brilliant parties: I remember women in pearls, with fragile glasses of fizzy drinks. Men at ... read more



John Magnus Champlin SWQ Holiday 2018

While the usual paranormal or supernatural occurrences tends to happen when the observer is seemingly alone at home or on a dark poorly lit street, there have been cases that break those molds. Times that not just a couple witnesses ... read more

ME Real Estate

Rose O'Keefe SWQ Holiday 2018

It may be hard to tell from the quiet exterior that ME at 644-648 South Ave. is one busy place. As owner Jim Marchegiano says, “Honestly it is a very hectic business. We cover many aspects of the real estate ... read more

Lux Lounge

Jen Brunett SWQ Autumn 2018

LUX LOUNGE is kind of a misfit toy, that welcomes other misfit toys in a misfit part of the city. Revolving works of local art decorate the interior, there are tables with body parts, handmade sconces and nuances of demons ... read more

Bradley James Designs

Bradley James Designs

SWQ Autumn 2018

Mention the new floral shop on South Avenue and people want to know if they can buy flowers there. Yes. Walk-in hours are Wednesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday by appointment only. Stepping into the shop ... read more

The Old Stone Tavern

Rose O'Keefe SWQ Autumn 2018

Let’s put our hands together for Old Stone Tavern, at 758 South Ave. which had its soft opening in July. After business partners Marc Taranto and Jeff Wilczewski took over the Orbs location, they had to apply for a liquor ... read more

Adam Bierton: Professional Pumpkin Carver

Morgan Flake SWQ Autumn 2018

Adam Bierton, a Rochester native, is happy to be back where he started out as an artist, before becoming a professional pumpkin carver in the artistic capital of Brooklyn. Halloween has always been one of Bierton’s favorite things. Like many ... read more

Spooky and Delicious

Bridgette Pendleton-Snyder SWQ Autumn 2018

When I say Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday all year I’m not at all exaggerating. Cooler weather, jack-o-lanterns and being able to wear one of my many Witch hats - what could be better? On Halloween night we get ... read more

Drink Local: The Spirit Room

Mark Tichenor SWQ Autumn 2018

“Tell him about the dimes!” Gabrielle the bartender yells, overhearing the conversation, Rachel McKibbens, The Spirit Room’s co-partner and resident poet laureate, smiles. “When summer was starting, and we hadn’t anticipated the slowdown from everyone staying outdoors, we were figuring ... read more

Make it a Festive Halloween

Madelyn Posey SWQ Autumn 2018

When I was growing up as a kid, there were a few houses that will forever stick in my memory as the place to go on my trick-or-treating route. They were always decorated, a little spooky, and the owners were ... read more

Kurstie Grimble (Khaos by Design)

Paula Cummings SWQ Autumn 2018

Kurstie Grimble never thought she’d be making a living as an artist.“I couldn’t find stuff I liked in stores because I’m a little bit different. So I started making my own jewelry and clothes – what I liked in my ... read more

Ashley Landon | Knotty Owl

Jen Brunett SWQ Summer 2018

Four-year-old Ashley Landon was heading for a life altering surprise when she was lead through the doors of the Memorial Art Gallery for the first time. Her passion for art. She found it right there at the Gallery and her ... read more

Rochester’s Top 10 Places to Wet Your Whistle Outdoors

Christina DiPilato SWQ Summer 2018

Summer in Rochester is FINALLY here! I don’t know about you, but this time of year all I want to do is grab a drink and head outdoors. While some of us imbibe from the comfort of our yards and ... read more

Let’s Talk Cheesecake

Katie Libby SWQ Summer 2018

National Cheesecake Day falls on Monday, July 30 and we’re lucky enough to have one of the best cheesecake shops in town right on South Avenue. Cheesy Eddie’s celebrates the holiday in a big way every year, giving away between ... read more

Trevyan Rowe 2004 - 2018

Trevyan Rowe 2004 - 2018

Victoria Robertson SWQ Summer 2018

Trevyan Devon Rowe died March 8, 2018. He is survived by his mother, Carrie M. Houston; 4 brothers; 1 sister; aunts, uncles; other relatives and friends. On Thursday March 8, 14 year old Trevyan Rowe walked away from his school ... read more

​Highland Family Medicine

​Highland Family Medicine

Thomas M. Campbell II, MD SWQ Summer 2018

Highland Family Medicine is proud to care for patients and families at our home base in the heart of the South Wedge on South Clinton Avenue. We are the largest single-site primary care practice in Rochester, serving over 23,000 patients, ... read more

​Bivona Child Advocacy Center

Morgan Flake SWQ Summer 2018

Bivona Child Advocacy Center opened its doors in the South Wedge in 2015, but it has been serving the Rochester community since 2004. Bivona provides comprehensive services for children who have experienced abuse in their families. At Bivona they can ... read more

Rochester Childfirst Network

Nolan Parker SWQ Summer 2018

Although their reputation is built on innovation in childcare and attention to the needs of children, there is a quality to the Rochester Childfirst Network (RCN) which is symbolic of all of Rochester’s best intentions. I visited the RCN build-ing, ... read more

Jay Lincoln

Jen Brunett SWQ Spring 2018

I think if you took a peek into the mind of Jay Lincoln (RIT Professor and Artist), you’d see a swirling kaleidoscope of vivid color— distorted hues rippling into one another with their own brand of vibrancy. You’d be slightly ... read more

Cinco de Mayo

John Roth SWQ Spring 2018

Spring means one of America’s favorite cultural holidays! No, I’m not talking about St. Patrick ’s Day, I am talking about the one with the arguably better tasting food that comes later in spring. That’s right, it’s Cinco de Mayo!But ... read more

David Halter 1935 - 2018

David Halter 1935 - 2018

Rose O'Keefe SWQ Spring 2018

By Rose O'Keefe with Lisa HalterAt the service for the celebration of the life of David “Dave” Halter on March 4th at Calvary St. Andrew’s Church, everyone who spoke showed a side of him that others didn’t know. Sandy Brewer, ... read more

Trevyan Rowe 1914 - 2018

Trevyan Rowe 1914 - 2018

Victoria Robertson SWQ Spring 2018

On Thursday March 8, 14 year old Trevyan Rowe walked away from his school bus at James P.B. Duffy School 12 on South Avenue and eventually drowned in the Genesee River. His family did not even know he was missing ... read more

Know Your Farmer, Know Your Farm

Know Your Farmer, Know Your Farm

Sarah Hilfiker SWQ Spring 2018

With more consumers choosing and eating organic in recent years for many different reasons from personal health to environmental concerns, knowing where your food comes from is something we should all be more curious about. Growing your own food is ... read more

Abundance Co-op

Morgan Flake SWQ Spring 2018

Abundance Food Co-op is the grocery store and community space around the corner. Whether you are a member, a frequent or occasional customer, or someone who is still wondering what the grocery store on the corner of Averill and South ... read more

Pure Sole Nails

Rose O'Keefe SWQ Winter 2018

When I met Jessica Lynn at Pure Sole Nails, she was in the thick of end-of-the-year holiday appointments, but I would guess Valentine’s Day appointments will keep her busy too. Jessica moved into the space at 684 South Avenue in ... read more

Eat Your Heart Out!

Bridgette Pendleton-Snyder SWQ Winter 2018

Let’s get real, we all snack. And in all honesty, snacking isn’t bad for you if it’s done in moderation and by making healthy choices. With February being National Heart Health Month I want to share some of my favorite ... read more

Boulder Coffee Under New Ownership

Boulder Coffee Under New Ownership

Rose O'Keefe SWQ Winter 2018

Michelle and Kanwal Singh, new owners of Boulder Cafe, at 100 Alexander St., know that Boulder has a loyal following. When Michelle looked at the menu, she aimed to keep most of it the same while sourcing more items locally, ... read more

Auto Parts & Repair Shops

Auto Parts & Repair Shops

Morgan Flake SWQ Winter 2018

Photos by Dave Burnet, Heather McKay, & Dick BennettWith Rochester’s notorious winters, one local business you can hardly help but patronize is your local auto repair shop. Whether to purchase and install snow tires or get a fix for that ... read more

Hippity Hip Community Play Space

Rose O'Keefe SWQ Winter 2018

If you pay attention to demographics, there’s a large group of 25 to 35-year-olds in and around the Wedge. With the need to play in mind, Jenna Chew has opened Hippity Hip Community Playspace at 131 Gregory St. It’s a ... read more

Nabil & Nassin

Marjorie Rolleston SWQ Holiday 2017

Nabil Shaibi and Nassim Salem’s South Wedge home buzzes with energy. In addition to their 5 children, ages 4-14, and two additional teenagers under their care, the house is often filled with many others from the South Yemen diaspora. Nabil ... read more

Giving Back

Rose O'Keefe SWQ Holiday 2017

How does someone who has survived extreme hardship celebrate holidays? In Sadiya Omar’s case she teaches her youngest son the same lessons her parents did. “I always remind my children, although we pray in a different way, we are all ... read more

Make It Sparkle

Christina DiPilato SWQ Holiday 2017

With the holiday season looming upon us, thoughts of elaborate dinner parties, gifts for our loved ones, and holiday shopping are filling our heads. As stressful as the holidays are, at their core they are a celebration of food, drink, ... read more

New Traditions

Bridgette Pendleton-Snyder SWQ Holiday 2017

With the holidays around the corner it’s time to start making my lists and checking them twice. Each year I’m in charge of our Christmas Eve cocktail party. As a kid, we would celebrate this evening at my Nana and ... read more

Welcome Home

Rose O'Keefe & Chris Jones SWQ Holiday 2017

EXACTLY 200 years ago, in 1817, Lyman Munger settled on the eastern bank of the Genesee River wilderness with his wife and five children, in the area between what are now Averill Avenue and Hickory Street. A Connecticut native who ... read more

History of Lot #85 Hickory

History of Lot #85 Hickory

SWQ Holiday 2017

Using plat maps, deeds, newspaper archives, city archives, census and city directories it seems likely that David’s house was built around 1863 and 1864. Several of us worked on researching the house and received invaluable help from Michele Rowe and ... read more

Home Again

Morgan Flake SWQ Holiday 2017

If you’ve walked or driven past the corner of Meigs and Caroline Street in the last six months, you’ve seen a major restoration project underway. Anticipation has been building for the reopening of Dicky’s Corner Pub since the announcement that ... read more

The Floor Dance Co.

Katie Libby SWQ Holiday 2017

Kristie Schillaci, owner and director of The Floor Dance Company (758 South Avenue) grew up dancing. She’s had training in ballet, jazz, tap, and contemporary and has been sharing that knowledge with students in Rochester for years. After graduating with ... read more

Jim Wolff & Chris Jones

Katie Libby SWQ Autumn 2017

Talking with Chris Jones and Jim Wolff, owners of Historic Houseparts (540 South Avenue), it is clear that they have a passion for preservation, for the South Wedge neighborhood that they have lived in for over twenty years, and for ... read more

Of Course You Can!

Bridgette Pendleton-Snyder SWQ Autumn 2017

As the air starts to cool a bit and the daylight hours begin to dwindle, it’s clear that Autumn is almost here. Then comes the realization that it will be at least 6-7 months until fresh local produce will again ... read more

Fountain of Youth

Rose O'Keefe SWQ Autumn 2017

If you are looking for a warm and welcoming place to work out, by all means, visit Fountain of Youth, 390 South Ave., Suite A. When I first spoke to Hassan Robinson at a BASWA monthly meeting in the spring, ... read more

Ron Maier

Rose O'Keefe SWQ Autumn 2017

A common sight early on a Saturday morning in the Wedge is Ron Maier patiently, tirelessly removing old handbills from light poles, pulling weeds, or picking up trash around Gregory and South Avenue. These acts, small contributions which greatly enhance ... read more

Remodel Your Way to a Free Vacation

Heather McKay SWQ Autumn 2017

Most people like you and me use credit cards for everyday spending or a few big ticket purchases. Are you using the right card? Is your credit card working for you and helping you to stay out of credit card ... read more

BASWA Brings Zagster Bike Share to the South Wedge

BASWA Brings Zagster Bike Share to the South Wedge

BASWA has partnered with the City of Rochester to bring a Zagster Bike Share to the South Wedge neighborhood. The city-wide bike share program launches tomorrow, our 10-bicycle docking station is now located at the corner of South Avenue ... read more

Community Composting

Jessica Hamm SWQ Summer 2017

Collectively speaking, we waste a lot of food. According to the USDA, Americans waste between 30-40 percent of the food supply, which equates to over $150 billion each year. The Environmental Protection Agency states that each American tosses out an ... read more

Rebecca Lomuto

Erica Sanko SWQ Summer 2017

Wedge resident Rebecca Lomuto and her partner Becky Riedman met at the Tap and Mallet over a year ago and shortly afterward embarked on a cross-country road trip which solidified their connection. Now the pair live in the South Wedge ... read more

Spotlight On: The Mighty High and Dry

Jen Brunett SWQ Autumn 2017

The Mighty High and Dry was coined as co-founder and South Wedge resident Alan Murphy was listening to satellite radio and noticing some trends feeding back to him in the form of singer-songwriters and their plights. “There was a simultaneous ... read more

Getting to Know: Beth Ditto

Getting to Know: Beth Ditto

Ben Frazier SWQ Summer 2017

Small-town Arkansas might seem like the least likely starting point for someone who would eventually become a queer icon and be called “the coolest woman in the world,” but that’s precisely the case with Beth Ditto. Leaving Arkansas as Mary ... read more

Dewey Rice + Wednesday Westwood

Jeana Bonacci-Roth SWQ Summer 2017

Wedge resident Dewey Rice doesn’t originally hail from Rochester but he’s well known here. You probably know him best as Wednesday Westwood, the gloriously goth and punk-inspired drag queen. Dewey grew up in the Watertown area but after spending two ... read more


Rose O'Keefe SWQ Summer 2017

For Stephen Rees, a summer job working at Bristol Harbor Lodge at age 15 led to baking and pastry competitions. After getting hooked on those, he attended the Culinary Institute of America where he received degrees in both looking and ... read more


Jen Brunett SWQ Summer 2017

It’s been eleven years since Equal Grounds Coffee House broke proverbial ground in the South Wedge but its intention presented itself long before, when a frustrated couple wanted to do nothing more than hang out together in public. Except they ... read more

A Time For Wine

Rose O'Keefe SWQ Summer 2017

For weeks, looking in from the outside, the store looked well stocked, but the long-awaited opening of Time for Wine was held up by software delays. Finally, at lunchtime on April 27, the “Open” sign lit up and owner Thomas ... read more