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Empathy Wines brings enhanced direct-to-consumer presence to Constellation (access required)


Constellation Brands has acquired Empathy Wines and plans to use the digitally native wine brand to expand its own direct-to-consumer platform. The acquisition is part of Constellation’s vision to be a “bold and innovative, high-end portfolio of distinctive brands and ...

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Birnbaum bringing drive-in movies to Henrietta (access required)


A pop-up drive-in theater is coming to Henrietta. Birnbaum Properties is usually focused on creating office, mixed-use or flex space within the commercial real estate marketplace. But president and CEO Bernard Birnbaum, together with Dr. Joshua Weitz, has ventured into ...

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TGW Studio promotes benefits of a four-day work week (access required)

TGW Studio founders Lisa Kribs and Gavin Thomas. (Provided photo)

When it comes to the workplace, Lisa Kribs and Gavin Thomas truly believe less becomes more. That’s why the founding partners of TGW Studio in downtown Rochester have sliced the firm’s work week from five days to four and the ...

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Howard Hanna was top home-seller in Rochester in 2019 (access required)


Howard Hanna Real Estate Services ranked No. 1 in homes sold and sales volume for 2019, according to the REAL Trends Market Leaders report. Howard Hanna Real Estate Services sold nearly twice as many homes as the second-ranked firm, Keller ...

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City to reinstate parking fees (access required)


The city of Rochester will reinstate parking fees at meters and downtown garages beginning Wednesday, ending a three-month hiatus that was prompted by the coronavirus pandemic. Fees were waived starting April 1 to lessen hardships during the COVID-19 outbreak. The regular ...

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Santiago joins RASE Commission as third co-chair; members sought (access required)


Arline Santiago, senior vice president at ESL Federal Credit Union, has been named the third co-chair of the Commission on Racial and Structural Equality (RASE), a collaborative project launched earlier this month by Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and Monroe County ...

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ID Signsystems helps creates info kiosks at Empire State Trail parks (access required)


ID Signsystems is putting the finishing touches on the fabrication and installation of interpretive landmarks at parks along the Empire State Trail. The creations are a collaborative effort of ID Signsystems, landscape designer Starr Whitehouse and C&G Partners and have ...

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Experts don’t expect massive changes for commercial real estate industry as offices reopen (access required)

Heidi Zimmer-Meyer

As the coronavirus pandemic forced businesses to shut down and offices to shift into work-from-home mode, the future of commercial real estate’s office sector came into question. If productivity remained high from employees working remotely, then why couldn’t this be ...

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Creating inclusive, diverse campuses must be priority for SUNY system (access required)

SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson (photo courtesy SUNY).

Safety measures and protocols will be very apparent when State University of New York campuses reopen in the fall, but outgoing Chancellor Kristina Johnson sees an even greater change to the look of the SUNY system over the next decade. ...

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LaBella expanding again with addition of Syracuse firm (access required)

LaBella Associates President Jeff Roloson (Provided)

LaBella Associates is growing yet again after completing the acquisition of Harmony Architectural Associates, PC, of Syracuse. Harmony has more than 45 years of experience over a wide range of commercial and residential architectural projects, including design-build. It’s the fifth ...

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RG&E ready to implement rate hikes (access required)


RG&E customers will pay more for their electric service beginning in October if a proposed rate settlement is approved by the Public Service Commission. The increase will be minimal for the final three months of 2020 and the first four ...

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Landsman Development begins transition to new CEO (access required)

Kurt Ziemendorf will become president and CEO of Landsman Development Corp. on Jan. 1 (provided photo).

After guiding Landsman Development Corp. for nearly 20 years, James Goff will hand off the leadership reins to Kurt Ziemendorf on Jan. 1. Ziemendorf has already assumed the role of president and will transition to CEO as well over the ...

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Reopening set for Sand Bar at The Lake House on Canandaigua (access required)

The Sand Bar, a feature at The Lake House on Canandaigua, will reopen on July 1 (provided photo).

The Lake House on Canandaigua, a re-creation by the Sands family of the former Inn on the Lake, will christen the first phase of the new destination hotel when the Sand Bar opens on July 1. The redesigned Sand Bar will ...

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McDougall Communications, Dixon Schwabl win PRism Best of Show (access required)


McDougall Communications and Dixon Schwabl were named Best of Show winners in the Public Relations Society of America Rochester chapter’s 30th annual PRism Awards on Thursday. McDougall was recognized in the corporate Best of Show category for “Brighter Day, Brighter ...

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