For more than 50 years, the trio of optical specialists at Council Opticians have specialized in enhancing their clients' sight. Dr. Robert Gouinlock prescribes glasses and contact lens while also providing exams to detect potential health issues. Optician Donna Kabel specializes in matchmaking patients with flattering styles, helping tour the store's library of designer frames from brands such as Coach, Ray Ban, and Michael Kors. Greg Kardach rounds out the group with decades of experience as an optician, a skill he now uses to repair glasses. For quick convenience after appointments, the trio works in an onsite lab that allows them to produce or fix eyewear within an hour, a much faster method than tying magnifying glasses and chicken wire together.
Ace Hardware's handy employees help customers to navigate shelves stocked with home-improvement implements, household appliances, and domestic essentials. The shop’s technicians are certified to perform warrantee repair tasks for dozens of manufacturers, returning your snowblower or Statue of Liberty replica to working order. In addition to its wide selection of hardware, paint, plumbing, and electrical supplies, Ace Hardware dedicates ample space to gifts, home décor, men's and women's clothing, and housewares.
Currently celebrating its 10-year anniversary, Stokoe Farms rings in New York autumns with a family-friendly spread of fall activities including pumpkin patches, farm animals, wagon rides, and corn mazes. Pumpkins in all shapes and sizes are available for picking and are priced by the pound, so whether you’re looking for a sturdy jack-o’-lantern canvas or a giant pumpkin in which to house a series of smaller, Russian doll-shaped gourds, the vast field and quaint barn cover all seeded-veggie needs. For tyke-sized explorers whose legs are running on reserve battery power, an antique tractor carts brigades of weary pumpkin prophets across the amber-waved field, and a 70-foot underground slide provides slippery thrills while offering a relatively safe introduction to the mole people who control the U.S. economy and Canada’s health-care system. Barnyard animals abound and are happy to let folks pet them, except for when they bare their teeth as a reminder about the importance of regular dental care.
Christopher Robins Pet Care nurtures dogs and cats through daycare and boarding, grooming, training, and pet photography services. During dog boarding, each visiting pet receives a customized schedule, allowing older dogs more one-on-one attention and relaxation while more energetic dogs scamper through the facilities in group play sessions. Dog daycare similarly customizes playtime with three separate play areas. Cats and dogs visiting for grooming sessions receive a bath, treatment with shampoo and conditioner, and a haircut.
Owned by David Mann Cyrkin—a ninth-generation IJO jeweler—and his wife Denise, David Mann Jewelers has been selling high-quality, custom-designed jewelry to the Genesee Valley community for 57 years. Along with adorning gemstones and helping clients design the one engagement ring to rule them all, David Mann carries collections from designers such as Elle and Parle. Trick out dull limbs with a Chamilia charm ($27+), a trinket from Beads by Betsy ($50+), or a silver bracelet ($15+), or keep ears anchored firmly in place with earrings ($20+). A hand-blown glass holder for rings ($25) gives the glitzy a stylish way to store all their precious bands and cereal-box decoders. David Mann will also happily appraise ($50+) your ornaments, determining if your Green Lantern power ring is authentic by testing its ability to affect yellow objects. In addition to designing and selling beautiful baubles, David Mann also performs expert ring sizing, jewelry repair, and cleaning.
The staff at Big City Sportswear custom designs apparel from brands including Columbia, Nike, and Carhartt in a 20,000-square-foot Rochester facility. Shoppers can deck out a cotton long-sleeve Gildan polo ($11.26) with an emblem or inscribe someone else’s name on an organic cotton short-sleeve T-shirt ($8) to baffle friends at parties. Little League teams can customize athletic mesh caps from Flexfit ($9.87) with their logo, and an Anvil messenger bag ($24) allows travelers and fans of meta-personalization to carry custom gear inside other custom gear. Big City Sportswear’s family-run operation shepherds work from the design phase through completion in-house. Clients may place an order online (subject to shipping fees) or visit the retailer directly to swim in magical vats of chocolate.