Local Economy is Heating Up

Outdoor dining is now a reality in the Finger Lakes Region!

The weather is heating up in the Finger Lakes Region, and so is the local economy. Little by little, retailers, restaurants and other businesses are enjoying more freedoms to sell their products, and Life in the Finger Lakes magazine is excited to share what our advertisers are up to!



Food and Beverage


Java Gourmet Company Store and the Black Cat Bistro
2808 State Route 54A, Penn Yan, NY 14527

We will continue Curbside Pick Up for Company Store purchases and food from the Black Cat Bistro. We are open daily 11-4 through June 19th. June 20th we are open 10-2. Closed Father's Day. We will update plans for outside dining and coming into the store soon.


Ventosa Vineyards
3440 Rt 96a, Geneva, NY 14456

Ventosa is opening June 12 for lunch, dinner, and tastings! Dinner will be served Thursday - Sundays 6 to 9:30 p.m., including nightly specials. Reservations are highly recommended, and all seating includes a lakeview in our La Vista e Bella Ballroom with extra social distancing precautions of utilizing over 10,000-square-feet terrace and indoor seating! Masks are needed for entry and we will have additional ones available for purchase. Wine tastings daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., reservations needed for groups (max of 6 people). Café Toscana lunches daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and to-go boxed lunches for picnic areas near our vineyards.


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

As we prepare for re-opening in Phase 3, Reinvention Brewing will continue to-go sales only, offering curbside pickup and home delivery. To-Go window hours:  Thursday & Friday 4-7, Saturday 2-7, and Sunday 2-5.  Food Truck Friday, June 5th from 4-7pm: CR7 Catering will be grilling up hand-crafted sausages and burgers, along with delicious sides. Home delivery available Wednesday-Sunday within a 15-minute radius of Manchester.  Order online at: http://www.reinventionbrewing.com/order-on-line.html


Stonecutter’s Tavern at Belhurst
4069 West Lake Road, Geneva
315-781-0201 Ext. 3

Stonecutter’s Tavern at Belhurst is now offering TO GO! Choose from the same salads, handhelds and such you know and love, but now enjoy at home! Available seven days a week from 5 to 8 p.m.



Culture and Entertainment


East Hill Gallery at the Rochester Folk Art Guild
1445 Upper Hill Rd. Middlesex, NY 14507

We are planning a "soft opening" of East Hill Gallery at the Guild beginning June 5. We will follow advice from the health authorities and respect our customers, artists and residents' safety to the best of our ability. Together we can make this work! The Gallery will be open by appointments only the first few weeks. Call 585-554-3539 or email folkartguild@gmail.com and we will arrange a convenient time any day of the week. You can find us on Facebook at The Folk Art Guild.


Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum
7606 North Ontario Street, Sodus Point, NY  14555

To ensure the health and safety of our visitors, members, volunteers, and staff, the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum has canceled its entire 2020 season. The museum will not be open to the public this year, nor will any events be held on the grounds. This means that the Independence Extravaganza (including the Lighthouse 5-K Run) and the Summer Concert Series will not be held. Our gardens will be maintained and provide a beautiful location for a safe, outdoor walk. Stay well. We look forward to seeing you in 2021.


Genesee Valley Council on the Arts
4 Murray Hill Drive, Mount Morris, NY 14510

Our annual Fare and Ware Festival is going online! We are seeking vendors and artists to participate in this virtual event. Check out www.gvartscouncil.org/fare-and-ware for more information!


West End Gallery
12 West Market Street Corning, NY 14830

We're OPEN for business! Join us in celebrating the opening of a brand new exhibit just in time for our business re-opening! This Spotlight Exhibit features new artwork by: Alan and Rosemary Bennett, Jennifer Fais, Dana Hawk and Ileen Kaplan. The exhibit opens this Friday, June 5. In lieu of our traditional opening reception we will be celebrating this new exhibit ALL DAY!  Please join us for what is now "OPENING DAY" from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Due to capacity limitations it's recommended you call to schedule your visit.


Rosamond Gifford Zoo
1 Conservation Place, Syracuse, NY 13204

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is now open.  Admittance is by PRIOR RESERVATION and limited to the outdoor zoo for the time being. Please visit onondagacountyparks.com for safety protocols and instructions on how to make a reservation. Zoo members and those holding valid zoo guest passes must call the Member Reservation Line at 315-435-8511 x8589 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to reserve their time slot. The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is Central New York’s premier wildlife conservation center and an accredited member of the Association of Zoo & Aquariums (AZA), the gold standard for animal care and conservation education.


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

The Ward W. O'Hara Agricultural and Country Living Museum/Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Educational center is closed until Phase four takes place. We are eager to open and to receive visitors again. There have been many updates to the museum since we closed in March. The museum has installed a new heating system, the entire inside of the museum has been painted, and many new displays have been set up. We will open as soon as we get word from the state. Thanks for your patience. 





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.


Grace Gardens Home of Graceful Daylilies
Angus Rd., Penn Yan, NY 14527

Opening for season Sat June 27 using all recommended health guidelines (face mask & social distancing). Visitors welcome.


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

Our Sugarhouse Store will be OPEN Saturdays and Sundays the month of June from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days. 


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

We're BACK!!!! So Happy to offer you a chance to get started on a fireplace upgrade or conversion to gas burning fireplace with an insert. Summer time provides the ideal time for fireplace updates. Stop in to see our new displays and pick out the features of your new insert. We have changed our regular store hours to 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Saturday. Our Swing Kingdom swing sets are factory installed! It does take a little time to design the Swing Kingdom set you'd like and place the order but, you can start today with the Design Center at CricketOnTheHearth.com. When requesting a quote, be sure to include your phone number. We also have catalogs available in the red mail box next to the play area for pick up at any time.  


Fireplace Fashions
1936 Hudson Avenue, Irondequoit 14617

The showroom at Fireplace Fashions in Irondequoit has re-opened!! Their staff is ready to assist you with all of your fireplace needs-both inside and out!! A cool spring and being home a lot lately has folks upgrading their fireplaces, or adding a stove or fireplace to a chilly room. What a great time to add a fire feature to your deck or patio! Fireplace Fashions has wood & gas firepits assembled and ready for you to take home and fire up!  Call 585-266-8967 today.

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