SWQ Summer 2016

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The Reality of Yelp

Deb Zakrzewsi SWQ Summer 2016

According to Wikipedia, “Yelp is an American multinational corporation ... which publishes crowd-sourced reviews about local businesses... The company also trains small businesses in how to respond to reviews, hosts social events for reviewers, and provides data about businesses...”Founded in ... read more

Thank Heaven for the Friends of Mt. Hope

Rose O'Keefe SWQ Summer 2016

The South Wedge has astounding, amazing world-class natural and historic resources right in our back yard. If you have never taken a walk in Mount Hope Cemetery, consider it. is city-owned facility is a working cemetery as well as a ... read more

An Interview with Overhand Sam

Leslie Zinck Ward SWQ Summer 2016

After years of watching him perform, and adoring him from afar, I got the opportunity to sit down for a cup a joe and a shared scone with the one and only Sam Snyder, otherwise known around this town as ... read more

Music Review: My Morning Jacket

Don Alcott SWQ Summer 2016

It Still MovesJim JamesSpring 2016 | CD/LP/DigitalGenre: Kentucky Fried Rock & ReverbThis classic re-issue is long over-due and contains some real gems and glimpses of the very bright future ahead of a much younger Jim James.It sounds like Jim James ... read more

Music Review: Ray LaMontagne

Don Alcott SWQ Summer 2016

OuroborosRCA/Jim James ProducerMarch 2016 | CD/LP/DigitalGenre: Thematic Floydian Splendor Ray LaMontagne has been creating his own blend of American rock and roll for the past decade, with songs and albums born out of loss and heartache and heartbreak. He made ... read more

Music Review: Maybird

Don Alcott SWQ Summer 2016

Turning into Water30th Century Records/SonySpring 2016 | CD/LP/DigitalGenre: Swirly Psychedelic Sunshine Maybird is making waves. Not so quietly up to some very interesting things and making us all so very proud. This is a Rochester band, comprised of three of ... read more

Hot Chicks in the City

Paula Frumusa SWQ Summer 2016

Thinking about raising your own chickens? Fresh eggs in the morning sure do sound tempting. But there are some things you need to consider before bringing home a chick or two. The City of Rochester codes relating to owning fowl ... read more

Louelle Design Studio

Maureen Malone SWQ Summer 2016

Sisters-in-law Andrea and Ashley Durfee’s respective creative talents first bore the fruit of collaboration when the two came together to design Ashley’s wedding invitations. They discovered a shared passion for ... read more

The Grand

Philip Duquette SWQ Summer 2016

On July 8th The Grand had its grand opening celebration. Family and friends toasted the future success of Beth Roberts, Heather McKay and Jodi Muscate as they join forces to ... read more

Sweet Summertime

Bridgette Pendleton-Snyder SWQ Summer 2016

Ahhh...Summer! Without a doubt my favorite season. All year long I look forward to outdoor concerts, days spent by the pool, boating on the lake, and best of all, backyard picnics. Having grown up in a small town in western ... read more

Highland Park's Children's Pavilion

Rose O'Keefe SWQ Summer 2016

Not everyone who visits Rochester during the Lilac Festival may be aware that Highland Park has a world-class arboretum designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. The broad south-facing slope from the heights to Highland Avenue, east of South Avenue, west of ... read more

A walk in the park with Larry Staub

Rose O'Keefe SWQ Summer 2016

What does a good day at work look like for the County Parks Director who oversees 21 parks covering 12,000 acres, with 100 employees and double that in warm weather? In late June, Lawrence “Larry” Staub II was the first ... read more

Birds & Bees

Paula Frumusa SWQ Summer 2016

A farm girl from Bethany, NY and an Iraqi Freedom veteran weren’t looking for a house when they came across the 1879 Victorian for sale. Their plan was to buy a small farmstead, but ironically they ended up right back ... read more

Lisa Meyer

Katie Libby SWQ Summer 2016

Totaling the company car doesn’t usually translate into an opportunity for growth, but in the case of Lisa Meyer, it did just that. Meyer was living and attending college as an Art ... read more