Steve Chesler and his team of shutterbugs blend traditional and photojournalistic shots to capture the spontaneity of each client's wedding day. A winner of a Photographer of the Year award from the Professional Photographers of America in 2007, 2008, and 2010, Steve also zips to destination weddings from Key West to Mexico City. Creative trash-the-dress sessions let decked-out brides jump in swimming pools or caper about on horses for a down-and-dirty photo shoot after the big day. Chesler Photography also offers traditional in-studio portrait and maternity sessions.
Mema’s Deli & Sweet Shoppe offers an extensive menu abounding with fresh meats, hot entrees, and homemade Italian confections. Specialty-meal options include the chicken parmigiana, a platter of poultry dressed in homemade bread crumbs, sauce and mozzarella cheese ($7.49), or the eggplant parmigiana ($7.49). An open-faced meatball sandwich features homemade meatballs ($6.49), and the ziti, rigatoni, or spaghetti dinner includes sauce, cheese, and a choice of house made sausages or meatballs ($6.99). Dining duos can sup on their choice of grilled chicken dishes, such as the texas chicken, an Alamo-remembering bird served with barbecue sauce, bacon, and provolone ($5.49), or can sink teeth into a fried-chicken basket with fries ($7.99). A selection of desserts stands by to deliver the meal's fairy-tale ending, complete with cheese-filled cannolis ($1.49), a cocoa-crammed big brownie ($0.99), or a gift-wrapped Prince Charming.
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.
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).
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.
On 134 acres of farmland outside of Fairport, the dedicated staff and volunteers of Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester care for thousands of stray animals each year. The open-admission shelter adopts animals of all breeds and species—including cats, dogs, rabbits, birds, horses, and pigs—and holds programs to educate visitors on the issues that contribute to the animals' overpopulation and difficulty in attaining advanced degrees.
The staff encourages families to visit the animals and enjoy the outdoor farm petting area, and oversees younger visitors as they build bonds with animals through education programs such as basic pet care for 3–5 year-olds. The Future Vets program teaches aspiring veterinarians in fifth–eighth grades how to conduct basic exams and begin working toward careers in animal care or pig-to-horse translation services. Summer farm camps also provide a hands-on experience as young visitors have fun feeding animals and caring for their own designated camp pets.