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Paint Your Own Pottery at Color Me Mine

August 3, 2011 by in Neighborhood Guide, Pittsford, Webster
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For the artistic and not quite so artistic alike, Color Me Mine can be an outlet for stress as well as a source for personally painted pottery pieces. At this locally owned franchise, kids, adults, teens, and pretty much anyone can create something unique, and often times practical.

With locations around the world, we’re lucky enough to have two locations in the Rochester area! There is a Webster Color Me Mine, and a Pittsford Color Me Mine. One owner operates the two of them, so it’s easy to go back and forth between the stores.

At Color Me Mine you pay a studio fee plus the price of the pottery. The studio fee is $7 for kids (12 & under) and $10 for adults. Pottery prices range from $1 beads with letters on them, to as much as $70 for large platters, but the average price for a piece is $20. It takes one week from the day that you finish your masterpiece for it to be ready for pick up.

Kids often gravitate towards pottery like piggy banks, dinosaurs, fairies, and Disney characters, and often enjoy letting their creative side shine. But Color Me Mine also offers a large assortment of plates, mugs, and bowls that can easily be transformed into beautiful pieces of art.

Color Me Mine Piggy Banks

Say you are furnishing your apartment and want special light switch covers that you are searching for in every store without luck, you could go to Color Me Mine and design them exactly the way you want. Or if you just don’t know what gift would be perfect for your friends’ birthdays you could go in and paint them each a monogrammed plate in their favorite colors.

The staff at Color Me Mine is pretty friendly and always willing to help you brainstorm or help you with fun techniques like using bubbles and lace. Painters really seem to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and the opportunity to be creative. You never know, you might just have a hidden talent that involves painting garden gnomes and teapots!

Hint: Check out their monthly calendar for daily specials that can help you save on the studio fee or pottery price. For example, most Thursdays are “Ladies’ Night Out,” and ladies get 20% off their purchase and can bring in wine and food to enjoy the evening!

Date Night in Pittsford

July 19, 2011 by in Pittsford, Restaurants
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The perfect location for date night or girls’ night out, Schoen Place in Pittsford is home to lots of delicious restaurants and sweet spots. Whether you’re in the mood for Mediterranean fare, French-inspired American cuisine, or homemade ice cream, you’re sure to find something to whet your appetite along the historic and scenic Erie Canal.

Looking for date ideas? You can’t go wrong with the classic “dinner and a movie” combination. Start your night with a movie at Pittsford Cinemas in Pittsford Plaza (may I suggest Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2?) then indulge at Olives Greek Taverna, a classic Greek restaurant in Northfield Common that provides delectable meals made with the freshest ingredients. Follow up your dinner with homemade ice cream from Bill Wahl’s Microcreamery right next door. The canal path across the street extends for miles, but a short walk up and down Schoen Place is enough to feel refreshed after a delicious meal. You can take a seat on one of the many benches along the path, feed the ducks, and watch the sun set over the water.

Schoen Place Pittsford, NY Flickr Image by John Lam

No matter which night of the week you venture down to the Canal, you won’t be alone! Schoen Place is a popular spot for both kids and adults to spend time. During the day, the path is littered with walkers, runners, and bikers. If you’re going for a run along the canal, expect to weave your way through strollers, empty of toddlers, waddling precariously close to the the water, tossing bread crumbs and bits of ice cream cone to the many ducks who call Pittsford home. The shops and restaurants are often bursting with people, enjoying the warm summer breeze in one of Rochester’s most charming suburbs.

Eyes on the Future

June 21, 2011 by in Pittsford, Rental Market Info
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We wanted you to see this little video produced by Greater Rochester Enterprise, which they showed at this year’s Eyes on the Future festival at St. John Fisher College, in Pittsford.  In this tour de force of infographics and Rochester love, Greater Rochester Enterprise highlights many of the kudos given to the region by major blogs and publications, such as The Daily Beast, and Forbes.  Of course the cynic in me was sick of the soundtrack (straight out of Saturday morning cartoons) by the time they’re touting us as the being in second place for the most renewable energy patents in the world, so if you’re like me you’ll want to watch this to the beat of your own Pandora station.  I won’t tell.

For the Love of the Burbs

December 3, 2010 by in Charlotte, City of Rochester, Cobbs Hill, Greece, Pittsford, Spencerport, Webster
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I can’t let the city of Rochester shine alone in the limelight here at Newdigs when it comes to entertainment and fun. Whether you’re a Rochestarian for life or an upstate newbie, the suburbs and surrounding communities can certainly offer you plenty of things to do, places to go, and destinations worth visiting. In fact, I’d argue to say that for almost any city attraction, there’s likely another somewhere in the ‘burbs. For instance:

City: You’re all about doing your holiday shopping at fun places like Parkleigh, which provide unique gift ideas and keep you far away from a mall.
Burbs: Check out Main Street in Pittsford as well as Schoen Place, where the shops are eclectic, fun, and one of a kind. Grab some bubbly for holiday parties at Pittsford Wine & Spirits right in the heart of Pittsford, or head west a few minutes on Rt. 31 and check out One World Goods or Ambiance to check some fun and funky items off your shopping list.

City: Two words: Little Theatre.
Burbs: Get away from the often overwhelming megaplex movie-going experience and catch a flick at Brockport’s Strand Theater. The Little’s got the indie films covered, but if you want to check out a mainstream movie in a more low-key atmosphere, head over to Brockport.

City: You enjoy the proximity of experiencing the outdoors right in the city, such as Cobbs Hill and Highland Parks.
Burbs: An ideal spot during autumn and spring, head up to Charlotte and experience Turning Point Park and Rain Garden, which offers gorgeous views of the Genesee River surrounded by picturesque forests. Dog lovers can head to Greece Canal Park with their pups and use the park’s recently opened dog park. While there, you can also enjoy beautiful views of the Erie Canal, recreation areas, and hiking paths.

City: On any given Sunday, you can be found at your customary brunch spot: Jines, Charlie’s Frog Pond, or Highland Park Diner.
Burbs: East siders can head to Peaches Cafe in Webster, or West side residents can head over to the village of Spencerport and check out Pineview Restaurant for a tasty stack of pancakes.

In or out of the city, you have a lot to do and experience here in Rochester. I’ve only scratched the surface here — check back often for more, and let us know in the comments what you most enjoy doing in Rochester and the suburbs.