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Gardens for All Spaces

It used to be Gardens for Small Spaces. But Gardens for All Spaces is the name George Wilcox’s firm goes by now. Fourteen years old, the company began when horticulturist Wilcox moved into a Rochester house with a tiny garden. ...

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Armchair Sales

Seven weeks ago, Louis Povio had moved most of his wares from an old Lyell Avenue store when he got word that the building he now rents on Jay Street had been condemned. Just another day in the life of ...

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Nilokinad Ltd.

“OK, I bought it. But I figured this would be another thing I would wind up throwing in the closet. You know, next to the Thighmaster,” Pamala Brown says. Instead, Brown quit her job at Bausch & Lomb Inc. last ...

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Unite and Write Co.

The 14-panel mural designed and painted by students at Monroe Middle School not only accomplished its original goal–enhanced racial harmony among the school’s diverse student body–but it has led to financial profits as well. Monroe Middle School’s student-run Unite and ...

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Arteffects Inc.

Her 11th-floor corner office in Midtown Tower is a study in muted eggplant tones and furniture that puts the “f” in funk. “This environment says a lot about who we are and what we do,” says Mary Lou Lunt, president ...

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Charlie Brown’s
Family Restaurant

Charlie Brown’s Family Restaurant may not be an ideal place for a business breakfast or lunch. The food is too good, the clientele too interesting and the decor at holidays too entertaining. But regulars at the North Goodman Street establishment ...

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Pierrepont Visual Graphics Inc.

When Joseph Zappia retires next month, he will turn over one of Rochester’s oldest continuously operating businesses to his children. Founded as Pierrepont Signs Inc. in 1896, Pierrepont Visual Graphics Inc. has been in the Zappia family since Joseph Zappia ...

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Mike the Clown

It would be difficult to find someone whose career path parallels that of Michael Harrigan. Harrigan, who says, “I think I’m 41” when asked about his age, received a bachelor’s degree in theater from SUNY College at Brockport, then became ...

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Rick’s Recycled Books

Need a good book, but not sure if you can get your attitude on right? Afraid your inadequacies will be obvious in the chic surroundings of the mondo hoo-hoo bookstores? Worried what the clerk will say? Afflicted by the urge ...

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Aardvark Signs

Some call him Bob. Some call him Rembrandt. But many customers just say: “Hey, Aardvark!” As long as they call, that’s OK with Robert Engle, owner of Aardvark Signs. The one-man operation splashes Rochester with window and wall signage, and ...

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The Mystery Game

When Bruce Whitehill decided to move to Rochester in 1992, he thought he would tide himself over until he found a real job by staging mock-murder mystery games. Such staged events in which participants get to act out and solve ...

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Al’s Monroe Shoe Service

Alfonso Riolo was a teen-ager when he came to the United States from Sicily in 1947, but by then he had been making and repairing shoes for over a decade. “I started when I was 6,” says Riolo, 65, who ...

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Precious Pet Watchers Inc.

An I-can-do-that epiphany hit Elizabeth Hartley while reading the book “Pet-Sitting for Profit.” Using the book as a guide, Hartley launched Precious Pet Watchers Inc. in 1991 as a part-time venture, keeping her day job as an accountant. Today, Precious ...

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Arlene’s Costumes

One of the most attractive aspects of Arlene Stephens’ “one-stop disguise shop” is that almost nobody walks through the door in a foul mood. She has found that people willing to take on the appearance of a gorilla or an ...

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Moonbeans Gallery
and Coffee Saloon

Makeup artist Christine Goff’s business took her out of the shop more often than not. But she was not about to give up her space in the wedge building at the corner of University and Atlantic avenues. With the help ...

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