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Christmas Fancy

Jingle bells in July. Mistletoe in May. If you think that jolly ol’ Saint Nick visits only in December, think again. On the corner of Park Avenue and Goodman Street, Christie Scoville has created a retail wonderland for all seasons. ...

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One Hip Chic

The lack of trendy eye wear in Rochester had frustrated Tamra Kujawski ever since she became an optician 17 years ago. One night over dinner, a friend said, “Tamra, you’re one hip chick. Why don’t you open up your own ...

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TeleSales Services

A hidden weapon exists inside every office, William Samuels says, one that has the potential to boost revenues, but often is overlooked by entrepreneurs. No, it is not the fax machine or the World Wide Web. It is the telephone, ...

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Yellow Dog
Communications Inc.

Ziggy, a 73-pound Labrador-setter mix, presumably knows little about computers. Yet he provided the name for a World Wide Web design company. Yellow Dog Communications Inc. was founded in 1995 by Tony Gasparre (Ziggy’s owner) and Edwin Trefzger. The two ...

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The Pedestal

Handmade American crafts have resurged in popularity over the past 20 years–a backlash, perhaps, against the rise in malls and chain retailers. Co-owners Eleanor and Remegia Mitchell have been both avid participants and keen spectators of the changing American consumer ...

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Sawyer’s Exterminating Inc.

“We only go where the bugs go.” It is a rather obvious slogan for a pest-control company. But termination of creepy, crawly insects is not the only goal of Sawyer’s Exterminating Inc., says Michael Poja, regional manager. Bringing chemicals into ...

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McDougal/Wilson Design Inc.

Louise McDougal got the idea for a ski-safety game for children in the early 1990s when she was working at a Vermont ski resort taking care of children while their parents were on the slopes. A nurse with homes in ...

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Jane’s Herb Farm

People come from around the country to browse through Jane Kuitems’ gardens in Webster. Kuitems says she can tell a lot about an individual by his or her plant choices. “Plants do reflect people’s personalities,” she says, adding that plant ...

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Treuthart’s Rugs Inc.

As kids, Scott Treuthart and Lana Hoffere would jump off the bus after school and run to the playroom their grandfather had built for them in his carpet store. Since then, the cousins have been promoted from the playroom to ...

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Amateur Sports Program Inc.

Don Aselin bought 38 acres of land in Chili in 1978. Area softball teams at that time had run out of decent fields to play on because the towns could not keep up the maintenance of their own baseball fields. ...

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Bisque & Brush Ltd.

Paint-your-own pottery defies easy explanation, yet its appeal is obvious. Barbara Wilson and Candyce Custer have brought the trendy past-time to Rochester with their studio, Bisque & Brush Ltd., in the Park Avenue neighborhood. After people have wandered passed the ...

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Rochester Metal

Before he bought a steel distributorship last July, Nickolas Harris was a salesman for an equipment-leasing firm. In his first year as owner of Rochester Metal, Harris says, he came close to his initial goal of doubling business in six ...

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Rudy’s Oven

After five years of traveling the culinary circuit of Rochester’s finest restaurants–making stops at the Phoenix Mill Publick House, the Strathallan and the Pomodoro Grill–chef Steven Conversi decided to wear a hat with his own name on it. He opened ...

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CJ’s Gourmet Soups

Rochester has soup weather at least three seasons of the year, a fact that Christopher John Gressell is counting on. He opened CJ’s Gourmet Soups in March, and the word has spread about the six winter soups on his menu ...

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At Your Service

“If you’re doing what increases your excitement and vibration … the universe goes along with it,” says Charles Woodruff. The owner of At Your Service, a domestic-management firm for upscale households, says being able to create and provide positive energy ...

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