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Author Archives: Kevin Oklobzija

Rethinking surplus office, commercial space in a changing culture (access required)

Developers and owners of commercial real estate may be able to make properties more attractive and efficient by incorporating community ventures into surplus space and/or embracing ESG compliance standards. That holds true whether developers are building new or if a ...

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Crockett promoted to CEO of Mower (access required)

Stephanie Crockett has been promoted to chief executive officer at Mower, a Syracuse-based marketing communications agency with a presence in 12 cities, including Rochester. Crockett, who has been with Mower for 18 years, had been president and chief operating officer since 2021. She succeeds agency founder Eric Mower as CEO. Mower becomes the executive chairman of the agency he has guided since 1968.

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Salvatore’s to open pizza franchise in Florida (access required)

Fairport native Ferdinand Formoso will open the first out-of-state Salvatore's in Jacksonville. The target date for opening is July 5, the 45th anniversary of the first Salvatore's on East Main Street in Rochester. "I am honored beyond words that Sam and his team have accepted me into the Salvatore's family," said Formoso, a doctor of osteopathic medicine with two medical offices in Jacksonville. "I am excited to bring their amazing food to Florida and show the folks here what a real pizza is supposed to taste like." Salvatore's has 31 full-service locations in the Rochester area, plus two outlets (at Innovative Field and the Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport). There also are two Donuts Delite stores, a subsidiary of Salvatore's.

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Union accuses Hickey Freeman of ‘stealing worker wages,’ company denies allegation (access required)

The union representing workers at Hickey Freeman is accusing the iconic Rochester-based men's clothier of stealing workers' wages and shirking benefit obligations. The Rochester Regional Joint Board (RRJB) of Workers United filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Tuesday against Hickey Freeman over the alleged diversion of funds.

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The Beer Market has a new name (access required)

Small restaurant and beverage franchise The Beer Market has rebranded to Beerhead Bar & Eatery. Beerhead combines the appeal of a rotating selection of draft beers from local and regional brewers, as well as wine and other locally sourced beverages and food offerings. The company says the rebrand is meant to expand the consumer experience from a haven for beer-lovers to more of a family friendly atmosphere.

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