GENEVA — When he was a kid, Steven Japp and some friends would often head to Roy’s Marina after school to fish Seneca Lake before dark.
MILO — As the new owners of the Showboat Motel & Restaurant, Mark Cronin and Matt Collins couldn’t have asked for more in 2019. They were looking forward to a better 2020 after making numerous renovations and improvements at the venerable site on the shores of Seneca Lake.
VICTOR — The parking lots and the wings of Eastview Mall are silent now, the result of the COVID-19 shutdown of non-essential business Gov. Andrew Cuomo has extended to April 29.
GENEVA — Bruce DiFederico has been steeped in roller skating his entire life.
PENN YAN/DUNDEE — The style of music has changed over the decades, but there has been a constant at one of the most venerable radio stations in the Finger Lakes.
GENEVA — Barb Herbert’s opening day for her Toeprints dance studio was Sept. 11, 2001. Obviously, first-day classes weren’t held.
WATERLOO — By nature, diners are usually small, intimate and friendly places to eat.
LYONS — From silent movies to talkies to multiplexes to the transition from film to digital, the beautifully restored Ohmann Theatre has been through it all — and all with a single screen.
WATERLOO — Laura Huff, founder of the deburring company Zyp Precision, jokes that she’s really good at the board game “Operation.”
PENN YAN — It is known as the “Lattimore Way,” and Jason Greco and his team of physical therapists live — and work — by those two words every day.
ROMULUS — People planning a visit to the Finger Lakes usually need a nice place to stay. So do local folks just looking for a relaxing getaway weekend.
CANANDAIGUA — There’s a place in Austin, Texas, where barbecue fans begin lining up as early as 7 a.m. to get a crack at the fabled joint’s meats — from brisket and ribs to sausage and turkey. It’s called Franklin Barbecue, and it’s on the bucket list for brisket lovers across the country.
PENN YAN — It may not have been a case of sibling rivalry, but something Mark Malcolm II's brother did decades ago set the course for Mark's future.
CANANDAIGUA — Plumbing can be a tough way to make a living. Whether it’s squeezing into small places, wiggling around in dirty, dusty crawl spaces, or getting doused with septic waste, it can be unpleasant at times.
CLYDE — Creating a café that would be at home in this Wayne County downtown was an admittedly audacious idea for Buck and Mary Lainhart.
GENEVA — It was a longtime goal of Don and Patti Scalise to open a gym, but not just any gym.
SENECA FALLS — Kathy Breen has lived much of her adult life taking care of her and her family’s health through the use of Young Living essential oils.
SENECA FALLS — For years, the faces of Abigails Restaurant were owner Jeanne Legott; her daughter, Liz Comatis; manager Jim “Woody” Woodard; and chef Marshall Grady.
CANANDAIGUA — Angelo Prestigiacomo sought a painter for his rapidly filling luxury townhome development, The Elms of Bloomfield, so he did what many in his line of work do: He asked a contractor. That contractor suggested Reason Painting, whose team had been working at the townhome project o…
PENN YAN — Mark Griffin photographed his first wedding in 1988, but it wasn’t until seven years later that he made a career-changing decision.
OVID — Matt Jones had a good job at BonaDent Dental Laboratories in Seneca Falls, but he wanted to be his own boss and run his own business.
BRISTOL — Jamie Kozlowski was 11 years old when his dad, Jim, left a teaching career in the Greece Central School District to pursue his passion for pottery full time.
CLIFTON SPRINGS — The folks at Everson’s Dairy/Corner Store are celebrating the business’ 50th anniversary — and the owner has been around for just about the entire half-century.
ONTARIO — Bill Kilpatrick’s guiding motto for his business is “making your dream a reality.”
TYRE — The Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition of eclectic is as follows: “Composed of elements drawn from various sources; selecting what appears to be best in various methods or styles.”
ARCADIA — Police agencies stock their fleets with vehicles that aren’t much different than the ones civilians buy. It’s the modifications made after purchase that transform them into the cars and SUVs used by law enforcement and other first responders.
KEUKA PARK — Adam Folts is no stranger to vineyards, having spent 12 years or so working on the family farm while he was growing up near Penn Yan.
WOLCOTT — Youngman Farms’ motto is “from our pastures to your plate.”
GENEVA — Cakes, pies, cupcakes, cookies, scones.
GENEVA — Running a food truck is a demanding business, even for seasoned chefs.
PENN YAN — Teresa Hoban has worked for poultry companies. She became a chiropractor and taught at New York Chiropractic College.
SENECA FALLS — Jon Andreas has been focused on photography since he was a youngster, so it’s no surprise he’s parlayed that passion into a career.
WATERLOO — The reviews are in, and they are good.
GENEVA — Will Hanvey and Dustin Bovard work the B-shift in campus safety at Hobart and William Colleges. They like their jobs, but as young fathers, it’s not the most family-friendly career.
BARRINGTON — For as long as anyone can remember, there has been a business at 823 East Lake Road (Route 54) in this Yates County town. However, it’s highly unlikely that any have been as popular as The Olney Place, which has been overlooking Keuka Lake for nearly a dozen years now.
OVID — The menu at the Golden Buck has remained largely the same through the years, its focus on all-American comfort food consistent throughout.
SENECA FALLS — All that’s missing are lounging guests sipping exotic drinks with little umbrellas stuck on top.
GENEVA — Once a year the Alliance Community Church on West North Street in Geneva hosts a special picnic and service at Seneca Lake State Park. This year, the gathering takes place Sunday.
GENEVA — One of the first things the new owners of the Geneva Ramada Lakefront did after purchasing the hotel, events and conference center in October 2017 was give the building a paint job.
PENN YAN — Ask Burney and Susan Baron why they moved from California to start a bed-and-breakfast in Yates County, and this may be the answer you get.
SENECA CASTLE — At 87, Cliff Kunes still makes it to work once in a while to the company he started 50 years ago. It’s not a long commute; in fact, the founder of Castle Harvester Metal Fabricators lives just across the street.
SENECA FALLS — Restaurants have a few basic kitchen needs, like the equipment needed to cook food, as well as freeze and cool it.
PENN YAN — Top of the Lake has been open for a little more than five years, but longtime residents of this Yates County community know the restaurant’s history dates back much longer than that.
TORREY — Pete Chapman’s job in the Air Force was to load bombs on A-10 “Warthogs,” as they are affectionately called.
WATERLOO — For Tim and Rachel Hoover, the key to more customers has been a bigger store.
LODI — Where can one go in the Finger Lakes to enjoy two of the finest smells a nose can experience?
GENEVA — Kathy LeFrois spent a quarter-century working at a large Monroe County childcare agency. Last year, she decided it was time for a change.
PENN YAN — About two years ago, Christi Silliman talked her husband, Jim, into looking at the Trimmer House Bed & Breakfast after seeing it was for sale.
GENEVA — Last Thursday morning, Lucky bounded into the Puppy Cut Hut and started running in circles. The small Shih-poo (a poodle and Shih Tzu mix) was looking for his favorite chew toy. A bath and grooming seemed to be nowhere on his radar.