In "Understanding CrossFit," founder Greg Glassman says CrossFit?s ?specialty is not specializing.? Flower City CrossFit's dedicated instructors certainly follow that philosophy, providing their members with a slew of constantly changing exercises that incorporate everything from bootcamp?style cardio and body-weight routines to Olympic lifting, climbing, throwing, and basic tumbling. Classes are held multiple times per day, and might feature the Workout of the Day, focus on athletes prepping for the CrossFit Games, or help children prepare to face another week of extreme recess. But exercisers will rarely see the same workout twice. In fact, some classes introduce completely new techniques, such as self-defense seminars, dodge-ball tournaments, or the occasional Barbells for Boobs event, which supports low-income and uninsured women in need of breast-cancer prevention screenings.
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 more than 100 manufacturers, including Honda, Kawasaki, and Stihl, 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.
Gateway has matted masterpieces, protected posters, shielded still lives, and framed photographs since 1984. Offering artwork enthusiasts thousands of frame-molding options, Gateway's creative staff consults with collectors and connoisseurs so that cherished canvas surfaces correspond visually with the colors and designs of the frame. UV-ray protective glass prevents pieces from falling victim to the cultural-deconstructionist rays of the sun, ensuring that Mona Lisa's smile doesn't fall into a frown or that the letters identifying Timmy's hard-earned PhD don't melt into a Rorschach inkblot. Museum-quality matting beautifies everything from Monets to baby pictures, and mirror-framing services bestow borders to reflective glass. Framing services appeal to objects and art of any size, allowing clients to adorn walls with favorite sports jerseys, ticket stubs, or portraits of previous walls.
Proprietors Jerry and Kim Manley serve up delectable paragons of diner cuisine crafted with fresh ingredients sourced from local businesses. Like the Yankees' short-lived lederhosen uniform, the menu combines American classics with a hint of German flavor, gracing breakfast tables with house-made apple pie ($3.25), potato pancakes ($6.95), and homemade bratwurst ($3.95). Dinner menus change daily, often featuring mouthwatering standbys such as hand-cut fries, chicken and biscuits, and hand-pressed burgers. On the weekend breakfast menu, strawberry irish oatmeal ($8.95) tantalizes palates with fruity flavor and a charming brogue, and a bourbon-raisin french toast ($7.95) rings in the end of the workweek with a tastefully tipsy sweetness.
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.
Preferred Plants’ 5,000-square-foot warehouse features artificial botanicals and home décor specifically designed to spruce up decks, halls, walls, tabletops, and more. Enliven drab corners with Preferred Plants' life-like floral accents, including eucalyptus ($5), freesia ($12.50), and daffodils ($8.50). Handcrafted trees provide shade from fluorescent cubicle lighting, and hanging baskets make ideal landing spots for the office chimpanzee. For houses in need of a sweeping transformation, Preferred Plants also matches living rooms with furniture, window treatments, floor coverings, light fixtures, and more.