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.
The florally gifted team at The Magic Garden creates vivid, versatile arrangements of fresh blooms, earning third place in the eighth annual Florist Exhibition–People's Choice Award at the Flower & Vegetable Show in Monroe County. Brighten up a birthday party, baby shower, or sensory-deprivation tank with a duckling-yellow My Little Chickadee vase brimming with yellow spray roses, daisies, and chrysanthemums, or save up the yields from a Money Tree, a sleek Pachira arranged with moss and stones in a modern, square container ($35). The orange roses, birch, and white ghost figurine of a Ghostly Gardens arrangement make an appropriate centerpiece for an autumn dinner party ($37.95), or the hot pink carnations, matsumoto asters, red carnations, and orange roses of a How Sweet It Is bouquet ($39.95) add an air of romance to anniversaries and bumblebee-hunting sessions.
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.
With 45 years of wicker-weaving experience, Ridge Rattan decorates homes and apartments with its own original pieces and other furnishings from well-known brands. Living up to their legacy as rattan workers and antique-basketball-hoop designers, the talented craftsmen fill floor space with handsome cane work in pieces such as a 20"x17" rattan bench ($250) or a 24-inch rattan glass-top end table ($175). Enhance a drab bedroom or den with elegant items from notable labels, such as armoires from American Drew and Lane Venture or sofa sets from Norwalk and Braxton Culler. Ridge Rattan also cradles bodies with seats made in-house, such as Mackey chairs ($300) and custom stools ($197), both personalized with the shopper's choice of finish, fabric, and hidden booby traps.
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.