Finger Lakes Community Remains Steadfast


Yes, life continues on and Finger Lakes businesses remain steadfast in providing for their customers. In spite of the fact of some event cancellations and postponements, all of us remain optimistic about the future. Please show your support for the advertisers that partner with Life in the Finger Lakes magazine. Every dollar spent with them means so much for our local community.


Culture and Entertainment



Finger Lakes Cheese Alliance
4970 County Rd 14, Odessa, NY

It is with deep regret, great consideration for public health and safety that the committee of the FINGER LAKES CHEESE FESTIVAL has opted to cancel the 2020 festival scheduled for July 25th. The committee has taken into consideration local regional and state guidance for social distancing and stay at home orders into our decision making. As much as we would love to share our products and produce with all of you, at this time we feel that it would be safer to plan for 2021. At this time, all tickets holders that have bought tickets through Eventbrite will be issued refunds as per Eventbrite’s refund policy.


Schweinfurth Art Center
205 Genesee St., Auburn

The Schweinfurth Art Center hated having to cancel "Both Ends of the Rainbow," one of its most popular exhibits. So the art center decided to create a virtual exhibit! Travel to the center's website at and click on the Exhibits tab to view videos of artwork from students in Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES, Schweinfurth members, and Cayuga County seniors. Join the Schweinfurth Art Center on Facebook this Friday for the third in our series of Quarantined Studio Visits, this time with artist Ben Diller of New Orleans. Diller speaks with Schweinfurth Program Director Davana Robedee about how architecture in general, and his NOLA house in particular, informs his artwork.


Arts Center of Yates County
127 Main Street  Penn Yan, NY  14527

The Arts Center of Yates County’s Board of Directors has cancelled all Arts Center workshops, activities and events through the month of June.  An alternate date for the Keuka Arts Festival scheduled for June 13 and 14 is under consideration.  The Arts Center’s Flick Gallery may open sooner with health and safety guidelines in place.


Rosamond Gifford Zoo
One Conservation Place, Syracuse NY

Even though the Rosamond Gifford Zoo is closed through the end of May, education is an integral part of the zoo's mission. Whether you are an individual, a family, a teacher or group leader, we offer fun and engaging programs and activities designed to meet your needs and interests – and connect you with the natural world while you learn at home. Enjoy keeper chats, animal facts, storytelling, activities and more. Visit Follow us on Facebook (Facebook/syracusezoo) for daily zoo videos and animal updates!


West End Gallery
12 West Market St. Corning, NY 14830

Although we are temporarily closed to the public, we may still be reached by phone and email during normal business hours: Monday-Friday: 10am – 5:30pm and Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm. Follow Us: Facebook - Twitter - Instagram - Pinterest  Get exclusive announcements: Email Signup  Artists seeking representation: Artist Application





Auburn Downtown Business Improvement District

Auburn Downtown BID so grateful to those that have been able to continue to support downtown businesses. Huge kudos to the business owners, for being creative and resourceful with the delivery of their products and services. Whether it's ordering food and beverage, take-out from the eateries and breweries, buying  gift certificates, making  donations to cultural and entertainment venues and showing support through memberships – it is making a big difference! Through April, BID is running a weekly drawing to support employees in our district. Each Friday, we draw four names for $25 gift certificates redeemable at 40 downtown businesses. Please email the name, address, email address & place of downtown employment.


Skaneateles Marina
1938 W. Lake Road, Skaneateles, NY  13152

The marina is scheduled to open for “summerzing” on May 4, 2020. We will begin selling gas May 15.


Joseph’s Wayside Market
202 South Main Street Naples, NY 14512

The Josephs are excited about this season's opening April 24.  Since we opened in 1955 this has been a fairly routine procedure. Of course, this is far from normal this 2020 season. Our thought process this season is to create a safe and healthy environment for all. Being open air will make shoppers feel more safe & comfortable after being at home for weeks. Of course, safe distancing is the norm. We, also, will offer delivery and call and pick up options. We encourage patience in these new and trying times. Otherwise, business as usual! Looking forward to seeing you!


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.


Pettis Pools
East Rochester
825 Fairport Road, East Rochester, NY 14445

Confidently shop our e-commerce website and safeguard your pool and hot tub water quality! Of course, we are following social distancing protocols and have closed our showrooms, except for appointments! So, order on or Call 585-392-7711 for all your pool, hot tub, softub, and swim spa chemical supplies. Note: We Have Extended Our East Rochester Store Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday for “Curbside Pickup.” Remember, our casual furniture showroom will be open, by appointment only, for your safety. The East Rochester store address is 825 Fairport Rd, East Rochester NY 14445. Phone 585-383-0700. Stay healthy and be well!


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

Business by phone and appointment. We are available by phone Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 noon. 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 fireplace for your home. 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 outdoor 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. 


Mayflowers Nursery & Garden Center
2505 Rochester Rd (NY 332), Canandaigua, NY 14424

Mayflowers Nursery & Garden Center is an essential business supplying food producing vegetable and fruit plants and supplies as well as maintenance supplies for the lawn and garden. We are now open for the season. Well visitors are welcome to visit our outdoor nursery.  We have made the following changes this spring to ensure the safety of our visitors and staff: outdoor checkout facilities, touchless credit card processing machines, a brand new online store open 24 hours a day, curbside pickups and deliveries. Please think of this Mom ‘n Pop shop when you need supplies to work on your lawn, garden and outdoor living spaces this season. We are a trusted family business serving the Finger Lakes for over 25 years.


40 Main St., Brockport, NY 14420

As the situation with Covid-19 evolves day to day, our top priority during these challenging times continue to be the health and safety of our customers and communities. At Lagom, taking care of both our community and our own safety is important to us. We are practicing proper hand washing protocol, worked areas are being cleaned and sanitized prior to shipping each package and curbside delivery. Together we will get through this! Stay home + Stay safe. Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @lagom_brockport_ny for at home shopping and  live videos. Let us see your home decorating ideas, the kids & creative adventures using #safelagomliving





Cherry Grove Campground
12669 Ridge Road Wolcott, NY 14590

The campground will be opening April 15. Activities will be limited. All guidelines issued by the State Health Department will be followed.



Food and Beverage


Montezuma Winery & Hidden Marsh Distillery
2981 US Route 20, Seneca Falls, NY 13148

Montezuma Winery is once again proud to announce its partnership with Hope for Heather to support ovarian cancer awareness. This year’s Hope dry rosé is fresh and complex, with aromas of strawberry, pink grapefruit, lychee and gentle hints of mint. The Hope dry rosé is available to purchase at Montezuma Winery and on for $14.99. A portion of the proceeds from every bottle sold will be donated to Hope for Heather. The Hope Dry Rosé will be featured in Montezuma Winery’s virtual tasting happening April 28th at 6:30pm on their Facebook page. Learn more about their Hope rosé as the Winemaker tastes and discusses this rosé along with three others. Learn more about this event at


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

We are open 9 a.m. to 5 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.
– Best Wishes from the Finger Lakes, Monica Schenk


Big Tree Inn
46 Main Street, Geneseo NY 14454

The Big Tree Inn in Geneseo is now offering takeout. Our menu includes family-style meals in addition to our regular menu favorites. New specials added weekly. We are also offering alcoholic beverages to-go. Stop by for growler fills, bottled and can beer, cocktails, and bottles of wine. Call us to place an order or visit our website for more information. 4 to 8 p.m. daily.


Sheldrake Point Winery
7448 County Rd 153, Ovid NY

With the Tasting Room closed to the public for the forseeable future, we are currently offering free shipping of 6+ wines, no promo code needed. Join us, @sheldrakepoint, on Instagram and Facebook for interactive events with prizes, virtual tastings, new vintage release announcements, and other ways to connect with our #flxwine family.


McGregor Vineyard
5503 Dutch Street, Dundee, NY 14837

Visit our website to place an order to be shipped or scheduled for roadside pickup. Pickups are offered 12 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Join our mailing list and stay up to date on all announcements and specials. Stay safe!


Wohlschlegel’s Naples Maple Farm
8064 Coates Rd, Naples 14512

Our sugarhouse store will be OPEN this weekend, Saturday/Sunday, April 25-26th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days. Grab-n-go available. Choose pickup at the sugarhouse from our online store. Or, we can ship to you. Sugarhouse store open daily year round by appointment.


Atwater Estate Vineyards
5055 NY-414, Burdett, NY 14818

Atwater's tasting room is closed to visitors but remains open for curb-side pickup Mon-Sat 10-5 and Sunday by appointment. You can order wines via website or by phone for shipping to the following states:
You can order any quantity - Special Flat Rate shipping $10 per 12 bottle case for the month of April, no promo code necessary.


Wagner Vineyards and Wagner Valley Brewing Co.
9322 St. Rt. 414, Lodi, NY 14860

We remain open seven days a week from noon to 4 p.m. for pickup sales. Our online store still is open 24/7 with several shipping discounts for in-state customers and the other 18 states we ship to. Join us Friday, April 24 on our Wagner Vineyards Facebook page for a live virtual tasting experience!


Prison City Pub and Brewery
28 State Street, Auburn, NY 13021

We are working hard to do everything we can to help #flattenthecurve, and along the way, ensure we do our part to support and feed our community and our team. We are offering online ordering and curbside pick-up. Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 7p.m. Beer and cheese board at-home pairings, every Thursday. Pre-order for pick-up 4 to 7 p.m. $45. This week 4/23:  4 Beers | 2 Logo Glasses | 3 Cheeses | 2 Meats |  Bacon Jam | Ale Mustard | Pickles | Crackers | Bread.


Lynnie Lou’s Homemade Ice Cream and Custard
8665 Rte 21 South, Naples, NY 14512
Lynnie Lou’s on Facebook

We are opening for the season with all your favorite Homemade ice cream and custard flavors on Friday, 5/1/20.  We have shakes, floats, sundaes, smoothies, frappe’s, slushies, sodas, cakes, pies and other novelties including puppy pops!  Hours are 1pm-8pm to start with extended hours beginning on Memorial Day Weekend. We have drive thru service as well as a walk-up window. Peace, Love, Ice Cream!

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