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Cat cafe will open at Eastview Mall later this month

Cat cafe will open at Eastview Mall later this month
If you’ve visited the Eastview Mall in Victor recently – you’ve probably seen the signage for a new ‘cat cafe’. Lisa Cragle of Farmington is hoping to open Purrs and Paws Cat Cafe by mid-February. They’re working inside the store, which is located near the Von Maur store will be a space for visitors to interact with and potentially adopt... more

Plastic bag ban comes with a hefty fine if stores violate new single-use law

Plastic bag ban comes with a hefty fine if stores violate new single-use law
While most stores – including local grocery stores – get ready for the plastic bag ban, a few questions remain. One of the major ones involving enforcement: Who is going to be policing the ban? What if someone, or a company decides that they will not observe it? To be clear, it doesn’t appear as though any businesses are considering... more

Cuomo signs bill exempting flights of beer from sales tax

Cuomo signs bill exempting flights of beer from sales tax
The beer and wine industry is getting a boost, thanks to legislation signed into law by Governor Andre Cuomo. Both the beer and wine Industry generate billions of dollars in taxes and lawmakers have been looking for ways to help them grow more. “It’s just one more thing we are doing to help promote New York’s craft beverage industry,” explained... more

Old Pueblo Grill to open Victor location along Route 96

Old Pueblo Grill to open Victor location along Route 96
Old Pueblo Grill is coming to Victor. The fast-casual hit, which has developed a strong reputation in the Rochester-area, will open a second location at the HighPoint development off Route 96. One major change will be size. The new location will seat 75, while the original location on Russel Street only seats 45. The Victor location will also have an... more

Ontario County will give away reusable grocery bags at food pantries

Ontario County will give away reusable grocery bags at food pantries
Ontario County is going to do its part to help some residents with the transition from single-use to reusable shopping bags. They will give away thousands of reusable bags at local food pantries around Ontario County. “Residents who visit the pantries starting in February will receive a free Ontario County Recycles bag,” Carla Jordan told the Finger Lakes Times. She... more

Buyer lined up for United Methodist Church in Palmyra at historic intersection

Buyer lined up for United Methodist Church in Palmyra at historic intersection
In June 2019 one of the region’s oldest churches held its final service. The church is located in Palmyra, at a truly-unique intersection. It’s the one that has a church on all four corners. The First United Methodist Church had seen its membership dwindle down to 10. In 2018 they voted 9-1 to sell the church the following summer. After... more

FingerLakes1.com has biggest traffic month of all-time in January 2020

FingerLakes1.com has biggest traffic month of all-time in January 2020
In 2019, FingerLakes1.com set a record for visitation and page views with our biggest year since our site launched in 1998. Fresh off that record breaking year, we are off to another great start in 2020. As we close out January, FingerLakes1.com is reporting our biggest single traffic month ever. Find out more in our new monthly digital marketing series... more

Opinions vary on legislation to lower BAC to .05 in New York State

Opinions vary on legislation to lower BAC to .05 in New York State
Opinions vary on a move to lower the legal BAC limit from 0.08% to 0.05% in New York State. Lawmakers who support the measure are hopeful that it will be able to be taken up. Others, are hoping it stays buried – like the legislation has in recent years. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 10,000... more

Business groups: Don’t reclassify gig workers in New York

Business groups: Don’t reclassify gig workers in New York
Business groups are urging lawmakers to not reclassify gig workers. It’s a move that has already caused waves in California, where those workers were reclassified – putting employers of all types into a difficult situation. At issue is a push to provide traditional labor benefits and collective bargaining rights to workers who provide services for apps like Uber, Lyft and... more

Cheribundi was faced with tough choice: Leave Geneva or risk killing business

Cheribundi was faced with tough choice: Leave Geneva or risk killing business
It was an announcement that surprised a lot of economic development professionals in the Finger Lakes. But for Cheribundi – the announcement to leave Geneva, and New York State, was anything but a surprise move. Mike Hagan, who serves as CEO of Cheribundi, which announced last week that they would be shutting down its Geneva operation – told the Finger... more

Gordmans stores in Geneva, Penn Yan, and Newark will have Amazon Counter

Gordmans stores in Geneva, Penn Yan, and Newark will have Amazon Counter
Some Peebles locations, which will become Gordmans stores next month – are going to get more than a facelift. Officials say that five stores will open in the Rochester-area, and in the Finger Lakes – locations in Geneva, Newark, and Penn Yan will serve in place of Peebles. Goldman’s offers home décor and clothing items that are priced lower than... more

Redemption center in Auburn paused for traffic study

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Officials in Auburn want to see a traffic study before they take action on a proposed bottle redemption center on Lexington Avenue and Genesee Street. The Auburn Citizen reports that the city’s ZBA unanimously decided to postpone any action until the study was completed. A drive-through redemption center has been proposed for the location at 6 Lexington Avenue. Anthony Tardibone... more

State bill would offer domestic violence training to beauty professionals

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If a new bill is approved it would place the cosmetology industry on the front lines of domestic violence prevention. The bill would amend the general business law, and provide beauty industry professionals the option to take a domestic violence and sexual assault training course when they renew their license. That option isn’t available at the moment. Senate Bill S96,... more

Chamber will host ribbon cutting ceremony for Fall Street Brewing

Chamber will host ribbon cutting ceremony for Fall Street Brewing
The Seneca County Chamber of Commerce will host a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Thursday, January 30th at 5:00 PM to celebrate the grand opening of Fall Street Brewing Company in Seneca Falls, NY, located at 106 Fall Street. Fall Street Brewing Co., home of Finger Lakes Kombucha, is owned and operated by Seneca Falls native, Brad Luisi-Ellis and his wife,... more
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