Since opening in 1981, Rochester Fencing Club has produced two world-champion fencers and a slew of prodigious Olympian qualifiers, including five members on the 1996 team, four on the 2000 team, and one on the 2008 team. Two of those Olympians, sisters Iris and Felicia Zimmermann, have returned to the facilities as co-owners and instructors. Iris?s fencing aptitude has earned her a position as the president of the Stanford Fencing Association, while Felicia?s fencing prowess?she was the first and only woman to win the NCAA championship in both foil and ?p?e?remains unrivaled despite rumors that rhinoceroses will now be allowed to compete. Continuing the club?s tradition of excellence, the staff cultivates talent among young fencers in summer camps and classes of all levels. Two-hour birthday parties teach kids fencing basics, followed by an hour of frenzied birthday-cake consumption and duels with pi?atas.
At RockVentures, climbers of all ages and experience levels scale challenge-filled walls lining the 18,000-square-foot facility. Classes impart students with surefooted spirit and fundamental climbing skills such as anchoring the rope for comrades. In addition to individual challenges, the center hosts several group events, ranging from team-building weekends to kids' birthday parties and summer camps. Rock Ventures grants discounted admission to veterans and their families with advance reservation on Saturday mornings, and helps disabled climbers conquer the rocks by using block-and-tackle systems to hoist themselves up.
Owner Kent Winchester informs his work at RockVentures with a multifaceted history of leadership and team-building experience, including a stint in the Peace Corps.
Leichtner Studios earns the trust and patronage of hundreds of Rochester-area businesses and families with 85 years of photographic expertise. Like a royal dynasty or a treasured secret barbecue recipe, the business remains in the hands of its founding family. They continue the tradition of capturing stunning images of graduating students, high-profile executives, and adorable pets.
During traditional and non-fantasy related photo sessions, photographers retouch and retake pictures to perfectly meet clients' satisfaction, and then they place the final product online for easy client access. An in-house custom framing process immortalizes images on canvas, keepsake coffee-table albums, or lustrous metallic Kodak prints.
Art isn't merely housed at Artisan Works?it's born here. The 40,000-square-foot facility includes galleries showcasing thousands of regional artists as well as onsite studios where creators pour their imaginations onto canvas, wood, and clay. You can watch them while they work as you check out the paintings and sculptures in the galleries. A non-profit organization, Artisan Works relies on individual and corporate support for funding.
At Erwin's Dry Cleaners, professional garment scrubbers delicately deterge cherished wedding gowns while maintaining their pristine condition for future generations to enjoy. During each dress cleaning, dedicated cleaners restore vestments to their original luster, removing sullying stains from cake, wine, or champagne-powered bottle rockets. After about four weeks, clients return to find a purified symbol of their nuptials, just as spotless and pristine as it was the first time. In addition to restoring precious dresses to their original beauty, the meticulous cloth curators preserve gowns for generations to come, ensuring heartfelt heirlooms for future children, grandchildren, or great danes.
For more than 25 years, Kiddie Kollege has fostered a love of learning in kids age 6 weeks–12 years, offering safe, nurturing day-care programs led by a caring and experienced staff. Staff members develop individual schedules for each child age 6 weeks–18 months, curious kids 18 months–3 years develop their motor coordination and confidence with structured activities, and preschool kids, age 3–5, participate in a storybook-based curriculum that introduces literacy, language, math, and science. Staff members assess each child twice a year to identify developing skills and needs. Kids age 5–12 build friendships and academic skills with book readings, games, and field trips, along with supervised science experiments where they'll learn how to transmogrify homework about physics into homework about fudgsicles. The staff-to-child ratio is four to one for infants, five to one for toddlers, eight to one for preschoolers, and ten to one for school-aged children.