Vlogger & accessory stylist Hope Breen loves helping locals become tourists
INTERVIEW NO. 109
Designer & editor Eric C. Wilder shares his favorite parks, cideries, and trails in and around #ROC
INTERVIEW NO. 108
Staff members and librarians from University of Rochester River Campus Libraries share their perspectives on life in Rochester.
INTERVIEW NO. 107
FLCC student and urban explorer Dan McMorrow is riding the wave of Rochester progress.
COLLEGE STUDENTS HEART ROC, INTERVIEW NO. 106
Bilingual Snapchat Storyteller Chad T. Krohn (MeowChickenFish) is using his platform and the Rochester community to teach Deaf Culture.
INTERVIEW NO. 105
Musician Aaron Rizzo is silently flourishing in Rochester while creating his own music.
INTERVIEW NO. 104
Rochester transplant Elise Miklich is all about taking in all the Rochester views.
INTERVIEW NO. 103
Art therapist Shannon Halligan feels connected enough to offer her unique skills to the Rochester community.
INTERVIEW NO. 102
Comedian/Thespian/Librarian Abby DeVuyst is all about living Rochester life on the fringe.
INTERVIEW NO. 101
100 Things to Love About Rochester
TO DO, LIST, FEATURE
Women’s rights activist and rebel Susan B. Anthony inspires us to continue to fight for what we believe in.
INTERVIEW NO. 100
News producer Scott Fairbanks is inspired by Rochester’s continuous search for a sense of purpose.
INTERVIEW NO. 99
Software engineer and fashion blogger Abeer Kadhem feels completely at home in Rochester.
INTERVIEW NO. 98
Musician Seth Faergolzia is feeling the support of the Rochester music community.
INTERVIEW NO. 97
Ian Cramer, the Plant-Based Cyclist, is nurturing healthy and plant-based lifestyles in Rochester.
INTERVIEW NO. 96
Kristen Seversky of Girl Develop It is supporting new ideas and putting her beacon out there.
INTERVIEW NO. 95
Nicole Milano of CGI Communications is jazzed about living in a city where every niche has it’s place.
INTERVIEW NO. 94
Erich Lehman of 1975 Gallery and WALL\THERAPY is changing the community and going deep.
INTERVIEW NO. 93
Kit Kalfs & Nancy Tisch of Bet the Farm are tasting everything from Rochester to the Finger Lakes and beyond.
INTERVIEW NO. 92, FINGER LAKES SPOTLIGHT
Michael Cmar embraces the variety (and cold) Rochester has to offer.
INTERVIEW NO. 91
How to Have the Most Rochester 4th of July
EVENTS, TO DO
Paige Doerner of Lollypop Farm is all about sharing your city experiences with others.
INTERVIEW NO. 90
Writer and film critic Adam Lubitow stays for the arts community and rich film history of Rochester.
INTERVIEW NO. 89
Artist Meghan Murphy finds the right mix of everything in Rochester.
INTERVIEW NO. 88, ARTISTS HEART ROC
Anita O’Brien is focused on helping everyone have access to everything Rochester has to offer.
INTERVIEW NO. 87
Julianne Pangal is running her way through all the beautiful Rochester seasons.
INTERVIEW NO. 86
Photographer Jason Wilder candidly captures raw and real Rochester moments.
ROConnoisseur host and creator Casey Bowker is a fan of the ever-evolving food and drink scene.
INTERVIEW NO. 84
Bookbinder and artist Rachael Gootnick loves reading and learning about other people’s stories.
INTERVIEW NO. 83, ARTISTS HEART ROC
Chris Fanning, Director of Communications for Writers & Books loves being an advocate for literature in the city.
INTERVIEW NO. 82
Recent college graduate Lauren Zazzara is proud to be back in the interconnectedness of Rochester.
INTERVIEW NO. 81, COLLEGE STUDENTS HEART ROC
RIT Digital Games Coordinator Rob Mostyn is telling you to get out and find your people.
INTERVIEW NO. 80
Open Mic Rochester Editor-in-Chief Tianna Manon encourages us all to collaborate even more.
INTERVIEW NO. 79
Joe Bean Coffee Roasters owner Kathy Turiano and head chef Christin Ortiz are all about collaboration and innovation while sticking to their roots.
INTERVIEW NO. 78
Comedian Madelein Smith is all about fostering the underground Rochester comedy scene.
INTERVIEW NO. 77
University of Rochester PhD student Dan Gorman teaches us about Rochester’s legacy of innovation.
INTERVIEW NO. 76, COLLEGE STUDENTS HEART ROC
Local band Tart Vandelay make music for your soul in the perfect mix of Rochester.
INTERVIEW NO. 75
Artist Shay Lawhorn is refreshed by the change of pace a gray day in Rochester brings.
INTERVIEW NO. 74, ARTISTS HEART ROC
George Eastman Museum Digital Manager Kate Meyers Emery believes Rochester has something for everyone.
INTERVIEW NO. 73
Carolyn Stiles of Rochester Beer Gals is passionate about both the opportunity and heritage of Rochester.
INTERVIEW NO. 72
Meet the January Residents at The Yards collaborative art space.
INTERVIEW NO. 71
Writer and Little Theater Social Guru Scott Pukos wants you to consider Rochester’s whimsical side.
INTERVIEW NO. 70
Hooperella Gala K. Tubera is whirling her way through Rochester’s subcultures.
INTERVIEW NO. 69
Rochester artist Megan Charland encourages you to use all the resources and just go for it.
INTERVIEW NO. 68, ARTISTS HEART ROC
RIT Student Justin W. Flory challenges you to keep an open mind and try something new in Rochester.
INTERVIEW NO. 67, COLLEGE STUDENTS HEART ROC
Your Favorite Places
PLACES TO GO
Shelby Pryzbylek of Little Button Craft is all about going 100% Rochester.
INTERVIEW NO. 66
Sarah Murphy Abbamonte advocates for Rochester’s diverse culture and diverse heritage.
INTERVIEW NO. 65
2016 in Review
YEAR END REVIEW
How to Survive Winter: Advice from True Rochestarians
EVENTS, TO DO
Artist John “Magnus” Champlin floats through Rochester and leaves little surprises everywhere.
INTERVIEW NO. 64, ARTISTS HEART ROC
Iron Smoke Whiskey Founder Tommy Brunett is excited about creating jobs in Rochester and (of course) making whiskey.
INTERVIEW NO. 63
25 Ways to Give Back
Artists Rachel and Cordell Cordaro of Art House Press, are living their dream days and showcasing the artist talent of Rochester.
INTERVIEW NO. 62, ARTISTS HEART ROC
Hiker and adventurer Tyler Socash encourages you to get outside and enjoy the beauty of the Rochester area.
INTERVIEW NO. 61
Journalist and college student Vanessa Cheeks is impressed by the city’s willingness to grow and change.
INTERVIEW NO. 60, COLLEGE STUDENTS HEART ROC
Musician Jon Lewis is inspired by the continual rebirth and flavor Rochester offers to all.
INTERVIEW NO. 59
Open Letter Books Founder Chad Post encourages you to see the true potential of Rochester.
INTERVIEW NO. 58
Artists Sigriet Ferrer and Matthew Leffler appreciate the opportunities and resources Rochester provides to artists.
INTERVIEW NO. 57, ARTISTS HEART ROC
U of R student Jackie Capita is all about changing your perspective and embracing the diversity of Rochester.
INTERVIEW NO. 56
Designer Shawn O’Hara is inspired by the beauty and optimism of the Rochester community.
INTERVIEW NO. 55
50 Things You Must Do in Rochester
TO DO IN ROC
DJ Alykhan encourages you to be a part of Rochester’s engaging nightlife.
INTERVIEW NO. 54
The Upstate Social crew are connecting you to the Rochester community both online and offline.
INTERVIEW NO. 53
On For Friday founder Michael Agnello is all about the genuine experiences Rochester offers.
INTERVIEW NO. 52
Fashion blogger and college student Ruya Kirac is all about changing your perspective of where you are.
INTERVIEW NO. 51, COLLEGE STUDENTS HEART ROC
Rochester Fringe Creative Director Matt DeTurck is an advocate for the amazing local art community.
INTERVIEW NO. 50
Terry Sinopoli appreciates the unique flavors of Rochester.
INTERVIEW NO. 49
Eboni Jones loves how Rochester can feed you spiritually, creatively, and literally.
INTERVIEW NO. 48
Maker and creativity supporter Dan Schneiderman is energized by the passion of Rochester.
INTERVIEW NO. 47
Musician Greg Best is on board with Rochester’s untapped potential and renewed sense of passion.
INTERVIEW NO. 46
Rochester Brainery Co-Founder Danielle Raymo loves making local connections and Rochester in the fall.
INTERVIEW NO. 45
Jewelry designer Nicole Antonini enjoys everything Rochester has to offer.
INTERVIEW NO. 44
Yoga girl and adventurer Nicole Kazimer has the best memories during snowstorms.
INTERVIEW NO. 43
Explorer and writer Chris Clemens experiences the undiscovered wonders of Rochester and beyond.
INTERVIEW NO. 42
Corn Hill Arts Festival Chair Joanie Fraver revels in Rochester’s historical significance.
INTERVIEW NO. 41
SHORT STORY BY EMMA DAITZ
Music lover and producer Kelsey Delmotte shares her passion for the ROC music scene.
INTERVIEW NO. 40
Hannah Barry feels Rochester with all her heart, and always enjoys a good Zweigle.
INTERVIEW NO. 39
Rochester theatre advocate Jennifer Caton gives a look into a vibrant community.
INTERVIEW NO. 38
Art lover Jessica Gasbarre shares her favorite places to see beautiful things in Rochester.
INTERVIEW NO. 37
Our creator and editor, Maria Gorre, reminisces about Rochester summers and Wednesday nights on the porch.
INTERVIEW NO. 36
Year One Reflections
SHORT STORY BY EMMA DAITZ
Meet the I Heart ROC team
TEAM INTRO BY MARIA GORRE
Charles Moreland is all about slow mornings and making strong Rochester connections.
INTERVIEW NO. 35
Restauranteurs Kelly & Aaron share their story of seized opportunities and Rochester love.
INTERVIEW NO. 34
Dave Meleca of Genesee Beard Co. loves fishin’ and supporting local ROC businesses.
INTERVIEW NO. 33
Photographer Jessica Waydelis finds adventure in the everyday.
INTERVIEW NO. 32
Spencerport alum Katy LaJuett talks secret bars and the rise of the South Wedge.
INTERVIEW NO. 31, BY JULIE ADNER
BFFs Sam Dibona and Sarah Hudson talk garbage plates and “cultural Sundays.”
INTERVIEW NO. 30
SHORT STORY, MARIA GORRE
Jason Barrett, Head Distiller and President of Black Button Distillery
INTERVIEW NO. 29
Taylor, our new contributor, embraces gray Rochester days and hangover bowls.
INTERVIEW NO. 28
Vegan baker Jenny Johnson loves mornings and long canal walks.
INTERVIEW NO. 27
Emily Hessney Lynch welcomes spring and loves exploring all the ROC parks.
Interview No. 26
Stylist Amanda DeFisher talks lady business and shares her love for Tuesdays downtown.
Interview No. 25
Nate Leisenring, Age 20
INTERVIEW, BY STEPHEN LUKE
Na’Tasha Jones, Age 23
CONTRIBUTOR INTERVIEW, BY STEPHEN LUKE
Denard Smith, Age 22
CONTRIBUTOR INTERVIEW, BY STEPHEN LUKE
Stephen Luke, our new contributor, finds solace in those cool Rochester nights.
Breanna Banford explores Rochester ‘hoods and is all about community love.
Meet Emma, our new Social Media contributor and Bagel Land fan.
Calin Lawrence loves beer and is a master of her winter destiny.
Tony Palermo can’t stay away from Rochester and all its complexity.
Short Story, Julie Adner
Jacalyn Meyvis likes sunsets on the lake and Sam Patch.
Matt Rogers likes Saturdays and exploring hidden gems.
Same Girl, Different Place
Change is good.
Madelyn & Jennifer, Little Button Craft & Press
Anthony, Frankfort, IN
Like Violence, Dogtown
Danielle, Shema Sushi
John, San Francisco, CA
The Corbins, Moonlight Creamery
Meg, Lux Lounge
Kim, San Diego, CA
Steph, Nox Cocktail Lounge
Frankie, Equal Grounds Coffee House
Michele, Cambridge Street
AJ, The Old Toad
Juliana, Skylark Lounge
Julie, Genesee Brew House
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