PhiloSophie's stationery and gift items—which bear female-centric messages of love, companionship, and confidence—are born from the insomnious doodles and musings of founder Joanna Alberti. Joanna's handcrafted art drew the attention of CNN, which highlighted her "contagious honesty, not to mention playful wit" on its list of Young People Who Rock. Joanna's favorite creation, a cartoon "it" girl named Sophie, has become the face of the company. The whimsical protagonist frolics across birthday cards, greeting cards, and reams of wedding-related notes, accompanied by peppy ruminations that rival the ancient wisdom of Plato in both style and approach to all things metaphysical. The company’s many greeting cards can be purchased in blank form or personalized with text or custom artistic details. Among myriad gifts designed by the positive-lifestyle brand are personalized labels, mugs, and tote bags featuring Sophie, her cohorts, and the occasional healthy cocktail.
Elected to the PGA as an instructor in 1977, Gary Tatar has spent more than three decades helping students find the middle of the fairway and the bottom of the cup. Gary draws his greenside manner from World Golf Hall of Fame coach Harvey Penick, who taught him the importance of simple and direct communication and practical training devices rather than imparting swing advice via sand-trap hieroglyphs.
During private lessons, Gary often enlists the help of 3-D video analysis so players can view their own swing and better understand his feedback. Gary also imparts his pin-hunting panache in playing lessons at Deerfield Country Club, where he gives advice in real time and fields course management questions, such as what club to hit off of the tee and how to overcome a fear of being abandoned by one's golf ball.
A hint of grapes wafts over the 55 acres of vineyards at Lake Ontario Winery. Although it now produces and bottles wines made from hybrid and native American grapes, this winery began its life as a cider mill in 1962. David Bower Sr. purchased it to bring apple cider, grape juice, fresh fruit, and fried cakes to the area. Over time, his enterprise expanded into the winery that it is today, offering make-your-own wine and beer products in addition to its rich bottles of wines and ciders. An onsite bistro serves gourmet pizzas and paninis, and a new International Peace Garden commemorates the War of 1812 with abundant natural beauty.
At Clothes Mentor, fashion experts curate an ever-changing collection of upscale, gently used women's apparel and accessories ranging in size from 0 to 26 and maternity. The racks inside their resale shop bear seasonal dresses, jeans, jewelry, and handbags from a wealth of well-known brands, including Ann Taylor, Ralph Lauren, Bulgari, and Coach. When making offers, Clothes Mentor uses a computer matrix that calculates retail prices and 50-year predictions of textile-market trends, ensuring that its shelves are consistently stocked with fashionable threads for all seasons.
Soon after Rochester Optical was founded in 1932, the staff established contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense to supply the armed forces with durable, combat-ready glasses. Today, they continue to specialize in military eyewear, along with high-performance sports and safety glasses and a huge selection of designer frames. A team of optometrists—which includes a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a fifth-generation Rochesterian, and an eye doctor who has worked at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Salem, Virginia—performs comprehensive eye exams, and technicians manufacture lenses in an in-house, state-of-the-art optical lab. In addition to traditional single-vision lenses or no-line bifocals, they create digitally surfaced, free-form lenses that offer an expanded field of vision and minimize image distortion, allowing wearers to more clearly see apparitions standing next to them.