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Dynamic Recording Studios

David Kaspersin was just out of high school and about two verses into his first record when he fell hopelessly in love with the recording business. Thirty-six years later, Kaspersin, now 53, is still strumming his guitar, still singing, still ...

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Flower City Site Contractors Inc.

Somebody out there must be happy to see winter go on and on and on, right? Like maybe the snow-removal outfits, right? Wrong. “I’m a little tired of the snow,” says Michael Nasello, owner and chief operator of Flower City ...

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R.S. Newman Associates

Priced mostly in the $20,000-and-up range, Richard Scott Newman’s intricately handcrafted furniture is hardly fare for the Ruby-Gordon crowd. On the contrary, some connoisseurs of art furniture believe, it will be fodder for museum exhibits someday. Working out of his ...

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HPA Telecom Group Inc.

William Hughes could have retired to the golf greens of Florida, “but I stink,” admits the 30-year veteran of Frontier Corp. So Hughes did the next logical thing: He became an entrepreneur. Hughes and partner Thomas Phelps, also a former ...

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Mountain Sun

When William Wheeler and his fiancee, Wendy Rayburn, opened their Mountain Sun women’s boutique in Brighton’s Twelve Corners area of Monroe Avenue 11 months ago, they were pretty sure they had a good idea. They just did not know how ...

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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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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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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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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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