Following in the footsteps of his father, who opened his first meat market called The House of Costanza back in 1946, Tony Costanza showcases the family’s gift for processing encased meats. For Tony, what started as a modest hobby—hunting, and smoking venison sausage in his garage—quickly expanded and evolved into a business venture. Once his friends had sampled his sausages and word spread, he opened Costanza's Sausage, inventing new recipes and reviving old family ones, including the italian sausage that had made his father's shop such a success. Today, the selection has grown to include a huge amount of encased meats, from blueberry-maple breakfast sausage to the Inferno brat.
At first glance, it seems unusual that Mooseberry Café sells both soap and gourmet fare under the same roof. However, organic ingredients provide the unifying link between the two, infusing roughly hewn soap squares and freshly baked desserts with aromas such as cinnamon and spearmint. In the café, cooks take care to satisfy all eaters, stirring up organic and vegan breakfast and lunch feasts alongside batches of cookies and treats sans dairy, gluten, animal products, or Doughboy flesh. Soap-makers share a similar dedication to their clientele, packing moisturizers and cleansers with vegetable-based glycerin and natural colors. For the full experience, owner Mary Bartolotta invites clients to enjoy a healthy meal with fare-trade coffees and freshly squeezed juices, then head over to the soap shop to lavish their skin in nutritious body products.
Eye-Candy Clothing's staff helps style-conscious shoppers cultivate a personalized look, culling both women's and men's fashions from the boutique's racks and shelves. As chronicled in Rochester Business Journal, Eye-Candy Clothing was launched in 2009 by professional graphic designer Nadine Ball, who even designs some garments herself. Pieces from button-down shirts by Lucky Nahum to custom-made tees by artist Frank Versace swathe bodies in season-tailored wear. The shop stocks a cadre of accessories as well, such as bracelets brighter than Einstein dangling from a chandelier in a dapper tux. A white-and-deep-pink color scheme informs the shop’s aesthetic, as well as whimsical animal décor mounted on the wall.
Since 1987, the specialists at Encore Chocolates have been sweetening weddings, holidays, and special get-togethers with handmade chocolate specialties. For each artisan truffle and cream-filled candy, the team selects the perfect type of chocolate based on sweetness, creaminess, and texture. Products range from delicate milk chocolate with 33% cocoa to bold bittersweet chocolate with 72% cocoa, which pairs well with naturally sweet foods such as ripe berries or syrup milked fresh from a maple tree.
When Chocolate & Vines proprietor Michael transformed the first floor of his historic home into a wine bar, he strove to preserve the space’s sense of domestic comfort: stenciled wallpaper and crystal-draped chandeliers adorn the sunlit dining room, where guests can cruise free WiFi.
This sense of delicate grandeur matches Chocolates & Vines sugary treats: chocolate truffles’ glossy shells are laced with intricate designs, and cakes sport tufts of mousse and layers of mascarpone. Servers are happy to recommend flavor pairings from Chocolate & Vines’ menu of more than 100 wines and beers. Alternatively, guests can opt to sip French-pressed coffees and herbal teas.