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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.

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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.

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CLYDE — Creating a café that would be at home in this Wayne County downtown was an admittedly audacious idea for Buck and Mary Lainhart.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.