Finger Lakes Businesses Persevere


As Cayuga County Tourism states, people in the Finger Lakes Region truly have a spirit of community and pride. We at Life in the Finger Lakes magazine admire the mental toughness it takes for businesses to persevere and in some cases flourish during this pause in New York State. Necessity is the mother of invention, and many businesses – many of them our advertisers – are finding ways to still address their customers’ needs. Even though we all still need to be patient and follow safety rules, every week brings us closer to returning to a lifestyle that will resemble something a little more normal. Better times are coming, we are sure of this!



Culture and Entertainment


Schweinfurth Art Center
205 Genesee St., Auburn NY

Check out our virtual “Both Ends of the Rainbow” exhibition of student and senior citizen art on our website at or
Hear a message from Schweinfurth Executive Director Donna Lamb about changes to programs due to COVID-19 at or
The Schweinfurth Art Center is canceling its annual two-week summer art quilt conference, Quilting by the Lake (QBL). However, staff has rescheduled many of the workshops to be held at the art center in October. The two-, three-, and five-day classes will be held between Oct. 13 and 30, 2020.


The Ward W. O’Hara Agricultural & Country Living Museum/
Dr Joseph F. Karpinski Sr. Educational Center
6880 NY-38A, Auburn, NY 13021

Ward W. O’Hara Agricultural & Country Living Museum remains closed until further notice.
The Patron Event Scheduled for June 10 is postponed until fall. Old Ways Day Scheduled for June 6 is cancelled and will be rescheduled later in the year. The Harvesting History Series  is also cancelled until the Museum Reopens. We are awaiting word from the governor when Museums can reopen.



Food and Beverage


Sheldrake Point Winery
7448 County Rd 153, Ovid NY

We’ll be streaming happy hour with Winemakers Dave Breeden and Greg Dlubac via Facebook Live on Friday, May 8 from 4 to 5 p.m. We hope you can join in as they open a couple bottles from our Library Mixed Packs to enjoy and chat about. Feel free to email any questions you have to or let us know if there’s a particular topic you’re interested in hearing them discuss!
Stay up to date with all current news at Sheldrake Point Winery here


Reinvention Brewing Company
9 N. Main St., Manchester, NY

 Reinvention Brewing Company in Manchester will be celebrating its 3rd Anniversary in business May 15th-17th!  Our drive-thru celebration will include 3 new beer releases available to-go, and takeout meals from two local food trucks.  CR7 Catering will be serving Friday, 5/15 from 4-7pm, and Black Hart BBQ on Saturday, 5/16 from 1-6pm.  Full to-go menu of beer, wine, cider is on our Order Online for curbside pick-up or local home delivery within a 15 minute radius of Manchester.  Weekly to-go window hours: Thursday & Friday 4-7, Saturday 2-7, and Sunday 2-5.


Monica’s Pies
7599 Ste. Rte. 21, Naples NY 14512
585-374-2139 • Fax 585-374-2968

We are open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., 7 days a week. We are taking all the precautions. Ring the doorbell and we will serve you from the door. Call ahead and place your order if you would like to. We are taking credit, checks or cash. 585-374-2139. Thank you for your patronage.


Billsboro Winery
4760 West Lake Rd., Geneva, NY 14456

Billsboro Winery remains open for online orders and scheduled curbside pick up.  Flat rate shipping in NY for $10, PA for $15.  We are now also shipping to Florida.  Billsboro hosts a weekly Virtual Tasting Series that streams on Facebook Live every Saturday at 5:30 pm.  Our second session will be April 18.  You can purchase a 4 pack of the wines we are tasting through the website, though not a requirement. For virtual tasting recaps and updates, check out our Facebook page or IGTV channel on Instagram. *The link to our IGTV channel will bring you to a page to view all of our videos and may serve as our video URL if that works for you!


4069 West Lake Road, Geneva, NY 14456

Belhurst Winery is now open from 11 am to 7 pm and our wine is buy two get one free! Call 315-781-0201 Ext. 8 to order ahead for pick-up or stop in!





Cayuga Lake Cabins
6472 State Route 89, Ovid, NY 14521

A cabin stay is a perfect way to enjoy a mini-vacation in the Finger Lakes. Especially when many hotels and motels are closed and due to social distancing, travelers are avoiding them. The cabins are open, welcoming visitors and are a very safe way to practice social distancing without worry. We have two 2-bedroom and 1 3-bedroom cabins located on the west shore of Cayuga Lake. The log cabin homes feature modern fully-equipped kitchens with rustic log cabin exteriors. Many local wineries, breweries, cideries and distilleries, as well as restaurants are open for take out orders. Enjoy a cozy fire at our large outdoor firepit.  Bring a great book, play board games, schedule a popcorn and movie night, hike to gorges and wateralls, go boating or kayaking, or do nothing at all! Cayuga Lake Cabins are open year-round and are dog friendly so bring your furry friend can vacation with you. Please call us at 607-738-9288 to inquire about making a reservation.





Cayuga County Office of Tourism
25 South Street Auburn, NY 13021
315-255-1658 I 800-499-9615

Here are the Cayuga County Office of Tourism we are celebrating National Travel & Tourism Week by highlighting the faces behind places that make up the tourism industry in Cayuga County. We see the week as an opportunity to remind our visitors and our residents of the incredible spirit of community, the people, and their pride of place and just why that Cayuga County is special. It is only a matter of time before we all get moving again, and Cayuga County will be here and ready for you when that time comes.


40 Main St., Brockport, NY 14420

Staying home and staying safe is the best thing we can do for ourselves and our community during the pandemic. We are doing what we can at Lagom to help keep your spirits up, stay safe and keep positive. Handmade face masks for the whole family are now available on our website with free delivery. Use coupon code STAYSAFE. If you are in the local Brockport area, we offer free pick up or curbside delivery. We are taking all safety precautions during packing & shipping. We look forward to the day when we can open our doors and greet you with happy smiles!


Fireplace Fashions
1936 Hudson Avenue, Irondequoit 14617

The showroom at Fireplace Fashions in Irondequoit is closed at the present time. While you are at home, it is a great time to think about updating your fireplace, or perhaps adding a new one! Or maybe that cool spot could use a stove. And, when we go outside, think about how nice a fire feature would be on your deck or patio! Visit to see a showcase of available products. Feel free to e-mail us or call with any questions or requests! or 585-266-8967×123. Stay warm & safe! 


I.D. Booth Inc.
620 William Street Elmira, NY 14901

I.D. Booth Inc. a family owned business established in 1875; is a distributor of plumbing, heating, electrical, steel and industrial products serving the Finger Lakes Region through its 11 locations in Elmira, Ithaca, Cortland, Bath, Geneva, Corning, Dansville, Batavia, Wellsville, and Olean. Hours 7am – 4:30 pm M-F. We are currently open because we are an essential supplier.


Cricket on the Hearth, Inc.
900 Panorama Trail South 
Rochester, NY 14625

We are available by phone Mon-Sat 10-12.  Please call and leave a detailed message, so that we may call you back. It is time to design and order your Swing Kingdom play set or plan a new gas or wood burning insert for your fireplace!  Make your family safe and comfortable with an investment in your home.  Visit! We are entering the swing set season and many families would like a new set for out door play at home today. It does take a little time to design the Swing Kingdom set you’d like and place the order but, you can start with the Design Center at  When requesting a quote, be sure to include your phone number.  We will also have catalogs available in the red mail box next to the play area for pick up any time.

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