Downtown Books & Coffee fills the minds and mugs of Syracuse residents, stacking tomes of all genres on its shelves with a focus on local literature and community events. Page-turners savor the steaming blends from local roaster Finger Lakes Coffee ($1.75/large) as they flash through the fast-paced thrills of Dean Koontz's Velocity or purchase a pound of beans ($11.50) for the slow-burning, thought-provoking labyrinth of Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves (paperbacks average $7.99–$15; hardcovers average $25.99). A large selection of children's titles plants intellectual seeds for tykes of all ages, lassoing their attention from popular digital distracters such as graphing calculators and clock radios. The local picks selection proudly displays local authors alongside regional reads, such as Slices of Orange, about Syracuse University's sports history, and Folklore and Legends of Rochester, delving into the legend of a second, subterranean Rochester.
At the tender age of 19, young businessman Mikeal Wood founded Upstate Party Rental in 2001, provisioning celebrations with tables, tents, and glassware while roping in a 2006 award for Young Entrepreneur of the Year from the U.S. Small Business Association. When not raising his four kids, Mikeal stays hard at work alongside his team of trusty roustabouts, hammering stakes for canopies and tents, setting out seating, or enveloping flatware in crisp linens. With a wealth of tables, chairs, silverware, coolers, and equipment at hand, Mikeal and his team can equip any style or size of gathering, from laying out cloth-clad tables for a fancy barbecue to putting down a dance floor for weddings. After each revelry, workers speedily dismantle the rented furnishings, load up their vans, remind the hosts it was all a dream, and leave backyards or banquet halls exactly as they found them.
Soldiers dart across Combat Zone Paintball Park’s grassy outdoor field, fighting for a single, noble purpose: to splatter their opponents with brightly colored paint. To prepare for play, participants can rent gear from an onsite shop, which doles out paintball guns, masks, and CO2 canisters, or bring their own paintballs produced by their malfunctioning bouncy-ball factory.
Lavishing attention on jobs both large and small, Farmboy Graphics emblazons shirts, signs, and a plethora of other surfaces with personalized messages and graphics. There is no minimum quantity on any product, and Farmboy can accommodate orders as small as one short-sleeved tee with basic text and graphic ($25). Publicize your business or the location of your yard with a 24"x18" yard sign (from $12 each), help bubbly beverages retain effortless cool with 10 printed can koozies ($30), or communicate without revealing your face with a hooded sweatshirt ($30 with basic text/graphic).
Creekside Books & Coffee exhibits a refined collection of literature, gifts, wine, and café fare in one homey place. The bookstore specializes in fiction, local interests, travel, home and hearth, and children’s books. Unrepresented titles, provided they're still in print, will appear shortly after word munchers make a request. Hunger evoked by colorful cookbooks subsides in the coffeehouse with a half-wrap-and-soup special ($8.95) or a grilled swiss sandwich with roasted red peppers and spinach ($6.75), two of many treats gracing the menu. Coffee fiends can treat their faithful coffee makers to one of Creekside's in-house-roasted artisan coffee offerings, such as the Juanasno blend ($12.99/lb.), or sip coffee on-site along with smoothies, teas, and other beverages. Bottles and glasses of beer and wine absorb the reflections of café tables and sleek black chairs gleaming from the gray ceramic-tile floor.
When she opened Elbridge Wellness Etc., Melinda Chilson hoped to treat existing wellness conditions and educate the community on nutritional and naturopathic methods aimed at improving quality of life. Today, she and her crew of experts see this vision through with karate, Zumba, and yoga classes alongside personal wellness counseling and reiki services. To help their clients bring healthful practices home with them, the staff stocks supplements and administers holistic pet-care services.