Small Businesses – The Heart and Soul of the Finger Lakes


Re-Open New York is a coalition of nearly 300 small businesses in New York City calling for a reopening by May 26, for all small businesses across the state. Their point of contention is that big box stores have been allowed to be open during the pandemic, where many people congregate in small areas. The coalition’s argument is that small businesses should also be allowed to open, since small groups normally shop there. Life in the Finger Lakes magazine has always been a champion for the small businesses – the boutiques, shops and enterprises that make up the heart and soul of the Finger Lakes Region. We encourage you to continue to support these businesses – especially our advertisers.



Food and Beverage


Billsboro Winery 
4760 West Lake Road, Geneva NY 14456

Billsboro Winery remains open for online orders and scheduled curbside pick-up everyday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.  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!


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

Our sugarhouse store will be open Saturdays and Sundays the month of May, 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.


 Sunset View Creamery
4970 County Rd 14, Odessa, NY  14869
607-857-5726 (cell) 607-594-2095 (Store)

Sunset View Creamery resumes their summer hours on Friday May 22, 2020 with Saturday - Wednesday 10 -5 and Thurs and Fri 10-7. Be watching Facebook for an announcement of upcoming activities and additions. We continue to ship orders throughout the US. Go to our website to place your orders. Thanks to everyone for the continued support during these unprecedented times. We are here to serve your needs and welcome your visits!


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

Reinvention Brewing is open for to-go sales only at least until mid-June. Food trucks are starting to return for the season, allowing us to become a one-stop-shop for beer and dinner to-go! Food Truck Friday, 5/22 from 4-7pm: CR7 Catering will be grilling up hand-crafted sausages and burgers, along with delicious sides. Full to-go menu of beer, wine, and cider is on our website: To-Go window hours: Thursday & Friday 4-7, Saturday 2-7, and Sunday 2-5. Local home delivery available Wednesday-Sunday within a 15-minute radius of Manchester. Order online for delivery to your doorstep!



Culture and Entertainment


Fingerlakes Drive-In
1064 Clark Street Road, Aurelius, NY 13021
315 370-7780

New York State’s oldest, continually running drive-in theater is open! The Fingerlakes Drive-In opened in July of 1947 so take a step back in time and experience some 1950s nostalgia. Stay up to date with the modernity of weekly emails or text messages on movie titles and times which help bridge the gap of images of staring up at a big screen or iconic dates with the newer generations. While they still ask that you wear a mask when out of your vehicle this is a fun experience that you can partake in while social distancing. A friendly reminder to bring cash, preferably exact change for ticket and concession purchases.


Finger Lakes Cheese Festival

After much thought and consideration, the committee for the Finger Lakes Cheese Festival has decided that in the interest of health and safety for our vendors, guests and families, we will cancel this year’s event.  We will begin working on the 2021 Festival to make it the BEST ever.


Schweinfurth Art Center
205 Genesee St., Auburn

The Schweinfurth Art Center unveiled a new light installation that is being projected onto the second-floor windows of the art center. The exhibit, titled “Threads of Light,” is a collaboration between Skaneateles artist Lorne Covington and contemporary textile artist Gerri Spilka. Covington, who creates interactive artwork and installations as Noirflux, manipulated images of Spilka’s large-scale art quilts by adding movement. The resulting work is a changing textile of pattern and light visible from the front of the art center between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.


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. 





Kendal at Ithaca
2230 N. Triphammer Rd., Ithaca NY, 14850
607-266-5300 or 800-253-6325

Kendal at Ithaca sends greetings to all our neighbors in the Finger Lakes. Please be well. As the weather finally improves, let’s get out and enjoy – safely distanced – all our region has to offer. Discover a new off-the-beaten path place. We continue to follow all official guidance to keep the residents and staff of our community safe and infection-free. You can follow what’s happening at “News” on our website, We welcome inquiries about life at Kendal at Ithaca, as well as new residents to campus!     


Cindy's Glass Crafts & Collectables
Canandaigua's Gift Store & More
155 South Main Street, Canandaigua NY 14424

We are open! Face mask required. Hand sanitizer at door for our convenience. Great face mask and hand sanitizer crafted by us for Sale! Come check out all our great stuff. Hours: Mon-Wed. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thurs-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m.-6 p.m.


KW Gateway | Keller Williams Realty
Allyson Adam-Anderson
1880 Rochester Rd , Suite 200 ,Canandaigua, NY 14424
585-967-0579  • Cell: 585-256-5408 • Office: 585-256-5409

Allyson is giving virtual tours through Zoom on any home you wish to tour. Also, Allyson has recorded the seminar she gave on “First Time Home Buying and Grants Available” and will a send a copy of it to anyone who is interested via e-mail.


CabAve Kitchens & Built-in Cabinetry
1111 Stryker Rd Clifton Springs, NY 14432

We have a temporary outdoor showroom set up for customers to now visit, but we are mainly still operating with online video meetings. Please call ahead if you can so we can have some samples ready for you! Call or email any time to set up a meeting.


Jane Morgan’s Little House, Ltd
378 Main St Aurora, NY 13026

Jane Morgan’s Little House reopens with style! Randi and the great staff at Jane Morgan’s can’t wait to open and see you all! We plan to open when Phase 2 is implemented. Hours will continue as 10-5 Mon-Sat. If you are nervous, schedule a before or after hours solo appointment. The shop is brimming with beautiful Spring clothes and the staff is fully prepared to keep you healthy and well-dressed!  Check our website for up to the minute information.


Fireplace Fashions
1936 Hudson Avenue, Irondequoit 14617

Although the showroom at Fireplace Fashions in Irondequoit is still closed, their staff is available to assist you! As so many folks have been at home this cool spring and thinking about updating their fireplace, or perhaps adding a new one, the team at Fireplace Fashions will work with you on your ideas and help you make a selection from the best products in the industry.  And now that everyone is outdoors more, what a great time to add a fire feature to your deck or patio. Fireplace Fashions has gas & wood firepits assembled and ready for pickup! Feel free to inquire at or call 585-266-8967.


40 Main St., Brockport, NY 14420

We hope you are all staying safe and healthy during this unpredictable time. We are now entering Phase 1 in reopening New York State. Shop online, pick up at store. We are excited to be moving forward but also very cautious. We are following New York State’s strict guidelines to assure the safety of our staff and customers. We will be offering contactless curbside pickup. Now you can get what you need quickly and safely. Our designated hours for pick up outside of Lagom on scheduled days are: Monday, 12-4 p.m. Wednesday, 12-4 p.m. Saturday, 10-2 p.m. Orders can be placed online or by phone at: Please follow us on Instagram and Facebook for our latest updates @lagom_brockport_ny. New items coming in almost daily. Please call or text with any questions at 585-281-9398.


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.

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