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Local ice cream makers move toward non-dairy products (access required)

In April, Perry’s Ice Cream released a line of oat-milk-based frozen desserts that are dairy-free. In June they started sending out frozen yogurt laced with vegetable purees. This week craft ice-cream maker Eat Me Ice Cream was blending locally grown black currants into a ...

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New eateries come to downtown’s east side (access required)

Even while eateries are closing on the west side of downtown, new ones are springing up on the east side. Syracuse-based Original Grain has opened a second location on the Broad Street side of Tower 280. The restaurant at 280 ...

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Facelift part of revamping of former Medley Centre (access required)

The owner of the former Medley Centre in Irondequoit is hoping facility maintenance and a facelift will entice new tenants to call the vacant property home. Developer Angelo Ingrassia, who bought the former mall three and a half years ago, ...

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Charming Charlie closes Marketplace store, 260 others (access required)

 Charming Charlie, a chain of stores offering women’s accessories, clothing and jewelry, filed for bankruptcy last week and is planning to close its stores, including one at Marketplace Mall. The 261 stores began going-out-of-business sales on Saturday, conducted by a ...

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British firm closes on purchase of Fastrac (access required)

British retailer EG Group has completed the purchase of all 54 Fastrac convenience stores and gas stations in New York, including seven in the Rochester area. EG America LLC will now oversee operations of the stores, part of the company’s ...

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Ever-evolving Wickham Farms closes so it can grow in a new location (access required)

As soon as a birthday party at Wickham Farms ended Sunday afternoon, the staff started dismantling the building in preparations to move. The popular agricultural-entertainment business closed last week temporarily to move around the corner to 1315 Sweets Corners Road ...

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Re-purposing of Kmart into Chili Square nearing fruition (access required)

The transformation of the former Chili Kmart into a new retail center is well on its way to completion. Aldi opened its doors on Thursday, Dollar Tree has been open, Pet Supplies Plus will welcome the public into its new ...

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Appeals court issues split ruling on Whole Foods project (access required)

A state appeals court’s split ruling on an aspect of the proposed Whole Foods project in Brighton is a victory for everyone, if you hear the various sides tell it. The appeal, filed by the Clover/Allen’s Creek Neighborhood Association against ...

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ALDI opens new Chili store (access required)

 ALDI will open another Rochester-area story on Thursday as it works toward its goal of reaching 2,500 stores in the United States by the end of 2022. The newest store is at 3170 Chili Ave., Chili. A ribbon cutting was ...

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Grubhub finds vegans plentiful in Rochester (access required)

Who knew Rochester was a haven for vegans? Grubhub did, that’s who, and they’re sharing their data in a “State of the Plate” report. The online food ordering and delivery service has analyzed usage trends from the first five months ...

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Farm-to-table movement gains steam in Finger Lakes (access required)

  Full-service hotels, especially those in small markets, don’t normally get adventurous with their restaurants. But the Ramada Plaza in Geneva, which changed hands in October 2017, has set out to do just that with the hiring of Finger Lakes culinary star ...

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