Fun Find: Umbrella Stands

Occasionally ReHouse will acquire several of one type of item.  Maybe this is because someone gave up a collection or cleaned out the house of a hoarder.  Whatever the reason, last week we received about a dozen umbrella stands.  Not the ornate ones from the entryway of a Victorian mansion.  The kind that lives on the patio and is heavy as you-know-what.  The kind that hides under the outdoor dining table and holds the shade umbrella steady during summer meals.


Maybe you are like me.  I have one of these under my small patio table.  It has been there since we moved in 5 years ago.  It once held a  green and white striped canvas umbrella.  Sadly, the umbrella broke 4 years ago, but the stand is holding firm.  The arrival of these in the store made me think.  Does everyone’s umbrella break?  What are we going to do with all these stands?  If the umbrellas break, doesn’t everyone already have extra stands and instead need new umbrellas?

Can these heavy and decorative stands be used for something else?  Hmmm… Pinterest, here I come!  Here is what my search turned up for you.

  1. DIY Umbrella Stand into an Easy Patio Table from Victoria at Dazzle While Frazzeled  This is a well detailed DIY post with easy to follow instructions and great pictures.  Nice work, Victoria!DIY-Umbrella-Stand-Patio-Side-Table-collage-7
  2. Vintage Bike Planter.  I do not believe this is a real bike but it could certainly be the inspiration for something similar.  Found on Pinterest. Photo from flickr user Carmen Moreno. 55ff9426f2841b992f3056b68aa12040
  3. Repurposed Bird Feeder made from various pans and metal dishes with umbrella stand as the base.  (There was no link to an original post with this one.)
  4. Garden Fountain.  This is a store bought example from Loluxe on Shopify.  With a little help from This Old House and some spare parts you can certainly make your own.  89529a999d6a1ee3ed322a23209dac17.jpg
  5. Umbrella Stand.  Obvious perhaps, but maybe you have a less-than-pleasing umbrella without a stand.  Don’t throw it out just yet.  Penny at Penny’s Vintage Home shows you how to refashion your old, ugly umbrella to make it fit in your shabby chic outdoor living space.  PicMonkey Collage

Have you been inspired?  I know I have.  I am partial to the shabby chic umbrella.  I am also considering the small patio table but with a chess board.  Let me know what you plan to do.  You can always post your reuse projects on Instagram with #reusewithrehouse and we will feature your project on our feed too!  Here are some more pics of the stands we have available.  Get’em before they’re gone.


QR codes at ReHouse

Even if you don’t use QR codes, you have certainly noticed these strange pixel filled squares popping up all around. They look like miniature geometric works of art, but did you know you can actually learn from them?

At the local grocery store you can scan QR codes on everything from fresh produce to frozen dinners to infant diapers, and you might find recipes, instructions, or coupons.


When you are driving around town on a house hunt you can scan QR codes to look up detailed listings for the homes you want to know more about instead of collecting listing sheets from the box in the front yard.


A significant percentage of middle and high school students have access to a device with a QR reader which has become an actual learning tool for many.  Put that in your Funk and Wagnalls.


“What are these codes doing in ReHouse?” you’re asking.  Oh, so many things. For instance…

We are already using QR codes on our gift cards for ease of use.


Now you can scan a QR code to register for our upcoming workshops.


When you scan the QR code on this unusual industrial piece (left) you may discover that it was once part of a Popcorn & Peanut wagon (right).

In the future you will be able to scan the QR code on this garden cart, custom built by Paul, for his instructions on how to design and build your own.

garden cart by paul

The Quick Response Code possibilities are endless, and we are just getting started.  We hope to expand our use of these codes to help you learn more about our products, their uses, their origins, and the amazing futures they may hold.  Scan to your heart’s content.

A Philly Story: Narberth Church

In March of this year, Restore of Philadelphia salvaged this vacant church which had been the oldest house of worship in that borough until the new owner decided to replace it with apartments.  ReHouse has now acquired some of the unique architectural details that formerly called this church home.  Here is the story.
image source: Google Street View
The Baptist Church of the Evangel, was the oldest house of worship in the Philadelphia borough of Narberth.  Building for the church began in 1891 and was completed the next year.  This is the original structure.
Image source: S. F. Hotchkin, Rural Pennsylvania in the Vicinity of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, George W. Jacobs & Co., 1897), p. 55; collection of the Lower Merion Historical Society
The church building was enlarged in 1924 to its final size.  An article from the Our Town paper of Narberth, PA on January 28, 1928 offers the following view of the beautiful grey stone building.  You can read the entire 34th anniversary article HERE.
In an effort to save as much history as possible, Restore of Philadelphia was able to salvage what they could before the building came down.  Their original blog post is still available HERE.
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image source: Restore of Philadelphia
They removed the “enormous pair of doors that entered the congregation room.  Each door is 33″ wide and with the pair together in the frame, the overall width is 6′ and the height is 93″.  Each door is 3 full inches thick with massive hinges.  The jamb frame was buried in the floor about 5 or 6 inches to stabilize the pair.  Gorgeous, massive, impressive, functional, endless possibilities.  Trim for the door stopped at wainscoting on the other side and was inside the tile on this face side.  All parts that can make it work again are here and ready to reinstall.”  $3880.


Other doors from the church include some interesting sizes and hardware.  These 6 panel saloon style doors are from bathroom stalls.  They measure 33″ wide and only 66.5″ high.  They include decorative handles, side stoppers, and swinging hinges.  We received 3 of the 4 that were removed.

33w x 66.5h. #91844. $245each.

Next we have some 5 panel doors in the same dark finish solid pine.  The church originally had 26 of these doors throughout and in varying conditions.  We have at least 4 with the natural wood finish as shown and several that have been painted on one or both sides.  One has 2 hearts cut out near the top.  I wonder what room that went to. These do not include hardware.  Lastly, there are a few with ventilation panels on the bottom half.

29.75w or 36w x 84h. #various. $95-120


Wedding Trends Made Rent-able

Wedding season is approaching for 2017, and according to the top wedding trend sites (the knot, Bridal Guide, Glamour), couples this year are envisioning weddings styled with “vintage glamour” and situated in creative natural spaces.  Even with the popular themes of elaborate food pairings and bountiful blooms, a return to live bands, and portrait painters alongside photographers, today’s couples are also focused on going green in more ways than one.


Current popular venues are no longer limited church basements, conference centers, or banquet halls.  While these are excellent and often economical choices where you can be sure practice has made perfect, couples are branching out[doors].  Whether actually indoors or out, more weddings are featuring natural elements.  Free flowing bouquets offer the ambiance of an English Garden.  Potted dwarf trees bring the garden indoors.  Wood and stone elements complete the enchanted forest effect.

The ultimate example of bringing the outdoors in…the avenue of trees at the royal wedding in 2011.  – photo by Murray Sanders for

Going green is not only a desirable decor style.  Couples today are taking on an environmental responsibility to go green as they plan their special days.  Invitations are being printed on recycled paper with soy based inks.  Flowers are being donated after the ceremony for others to enjoy.  Vintage china, silver, glassware, and linens are all being rented to eliminate waste even for casual receptions.  Couples are being more aware of the lasting impressions left by their weddings.  William and Kate may have started this trend when they went green by planting the English Field Maples that adorned Westminster after the royal wedding.

These 3 doors have been in the racks for years…should they be trashed?

At ReHouse we make decisions daily about what we let go to waste and what we are able to save for reuse.  We strive to encourage others to do the same when planning a remodel, restoration, or deconstruction of homes and buildings.  What if we could do the same for weddings?

or should they be transformed with some paint and hinges?

We have always offered a rental option for items being used in theatrical productions or other short term events.  This option allows the renter to use the item as a prop for a predetermined period of time and then return it in like condition.  An item could be saved from the landfill when we salvage it from a house and then again when it is returned as a rental rather than purchased for a one-time use and thrown out For 50% of the retail price, if it’s in stock, you can rent it.


What do we rent out most?  Doors.  In fact doors are so popular as wedding rentals we have decided to create some easy-up wedding backdrops and props using some of our 1000+ in stock doors.  These special event creations are available for one day rentals for the price listed.  Since we are closed on Sundays, Saturday to Monday rentals are considered “one day.”  We loved making them, and we hope that you will love using them for your next event.

PW0007Pale Green, 2 Door Backdrop – features matching solid wood oversized 6 panel doors with upper lites. Painted with durable indoor/outdoor paint in pale green.  Hardware detailing is also handpainted.  Triangle stands on each door and removable top trim support this elegant piece.  Add your own matching floral accents and tulle trim. $225

16938855_10154435757656588_2048778553315398483_nFarmhouse Chic Extra Large Arbor – built from locally salvaged barn wood horse stalls. Rear panel handcrafted to match.  Pergola style top asks to be draped with flowers, fabric, or candles that coordinate with your event’s decor. Designed and built for quick and easy assembly and tear down. $225

16904859_10154435754886588_4085692690442794175_oWhite Bridal Walk-Through Arbor – created with 2 doors slightly different in design painted fresh white to match any color scheme.  Feet on bottom and slats on top provide support for this pergola style arbor.  Perfect for a photo prop, ceremony backdrop, or to frame the bride’s entrance down the aisle, this piece places you right in the garden.  $195

FAQs – Pricing Cast Iron Bathtubs


Although many homeowners are removing their original cast iron bathtubs, just as many are putting them back in.  So, how much do they cost?  As with most antique purchases, it all depends on condition.  At ReHouse we take into account many factors when pricing our antique tubs to make sure you get the best deal we can offer.  To help you decide which tub is right for you I am going to share the method to our tub pricing madness: the  “Antique Tub Rating” checklist.  This sheet is a point rating system developed by owner, Sally, to determine appropriate pricing guidelines for tubs.

Interior Finish – Rated on a scale of 1-10, this is the condition of the inside of the tub.  Is there rust or missing porcelain particularly around the faucet and drain?  Are there those non-slip flowers in the bottom that are a pain in the neck to remove?  Are there stains that won’t come out?  Is the porcelain smooth or rough?  Could you actually bathe in it as it is?  Below are some photos of tub interiors that range from 4-10.  These have each been cleaned to the best of our abilities.

Exterior Finish – Rated on a scale of 1-5, this is the condition of the outside of the tub.  Is it painted or 1/2 painted?  Is it rusty?  How rusty?  Can it be cleaned with normal household cleaning supplies?  Will the surface need to be sandblasted in order to accept new porcelain?  Below are some photos of tub exteriors that range from 3-5.  These have each been cleaned to the best of our abilities.

Feet/Base – Rated on a scale of 1-5, this is the condition of the feet on a clawfoot tub or the skirt on a pedestal tub.  Is the porcelain in tact?  What about rust?  Are there 4 feet and do they match?  How ornate are the feet?

Size – Aren’t they all the same?  Nope!  Most are 5 feet long.  That earns it 3 points.  Some are 4.5 or 5.5 feet long.  These lengths earn a tub 4 points.  The most unusual sizes are smaller that 4.5 feet or longer than 5.5 feet.  Any tubs falling in these ranges earn 5 points!

Rust? – Even though this is partly covered in the above topics, this indicates the overall rust situation.  Rust requires sandblasting.  Sandblasting requires tools and time.  A lot of rust and the tub loses 5 points.  “Average” rust (a little around the faucet and drain) takes away 3 points.  None?  No points taken away.

Faucet? – yes or no.  If there is a fabulous faucet the tub might get some extra points.  Otherwise this is just for informational purposes.

Let’s visit a few of the tubs we have in stock at the moment.  Let’s start with the lowest rating and work our way up.  This tub only earned a 6.

Next we have an 15 pointer.

Here is an interesting specimen.  Often times a non-neutral paint color on the outside would lose points in the Exterior Finish category.  In this case, the paint job is so unique and well done it earned points for this tub which totaled 18.  Who wouldn’t want to bathe in the pools at Giverny?

A few different tubs came in at the 19 point mark.  Both have near perfect Interior Finishes, workable Exterior Finishes, and only tiny spots of rust.


Lastly, here are some beauties.  The cream of the crop.  Admittedly, these tubs did not look so well last month.  These tubs have been completely refinished by Bathtub Made New.  They can refinish your tub or sink too if you need a professional.  These two tubs earned 22 and 23 points.

Let’s finish up with a slide show of some other tubs which have passed through our doors over the years.

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Barn Wood Walls with Sliding Door (part 2)

We have been following the progression of a strange, unloved corner in our store.  You can rewind and read part 1 HERE.  Now that the barn wood has been installed there is the question of the doorway.  It is the not so glamorous entrance to a storage room.  It previously had white louvered bi-fold doors similar to the ones shown below (from Home Depot’s site) with one difference.  The slider was broken so they tended to flap around when opened.

louver doors

You may know that we sell barn door tracks.  These come in many designs and lengths.  We have originals salvaged from barns and new ones still in boxes.  No matter which look you prefer, barn tracks are IN.  The problem is that there is no good way to display them except by mounting a working door for people to see.  So that’s what we did here.


This is a set of new tracks that we sell in the store.  They come with instructions which we were able to follow without any problem.  We did have to make one adjustment.  The included bolts that hold the track to the wall were too short.  This wall is extra thick though, so they should be good for a normal wall.


The track set we chose is cast iron with a traditional design.  The track is just under 6′ long.  The door opens so smoothly now!  I want one at home.


The room behind the door is still for employees only, but now you can get a real sense for how these barn tracks look and feel before you purchase a set to install in your home.


Stay tuned for one more delightful addition to this space.  GATHER by design has moved in and is calling this corner home.

Barn Wood Walls with Sliding Door (part 1)

We are always doing little projects around the store to give customers inspiration as well as an interesting shopping experience.  Our newest project has gotten so many comments that I knew I had to post more details.

This odd little corner has “needed something” since before I started here 2 years ago.  The bi-fold door is broken and does not slide.  The size and shape of the space is odd and awkward.  Customers either think that the whole corner is off limits, or they try to shop in the storage room.  In fact, this corner is so uninteresting that there are NO photos of it at all in the vast archive of ReHouse photos.  We had to do something!


Enter barn wood.  (find out where the barn wood came from HERE)  The decision was made to cover part of the walls with barn wood from our stock.  Don’t worry, there is still more here for your project.  Barn wood comes in many colors and textures.  Colors range from traditional “barn red” and “white wash” to varying shades of brown, grey, greyish brown, even brownish and mossy.  The texture of barn wood can be described as rustic, distressed, holey, rough, chewed on, pitted, worn, even old.  Fortunately, these are all adjectives that add to the appeal of barn wood.


How much wood to buy.  Begin by measuring the area of the walls you plan to cover.  In our corner we had 2 walls that would be mostly covered.  As you know, Length times Height will equal area in this case.  This is your required square footage.  Bring this number with you when purchasing your barn wood.  Always buy a little extra.  If you don’t need it for you wall you can use it elsewhere to tie things together.  Although each piece of wood will be unique, try to choose boards with a similar thickness.  This will ensure that your wall isn’t bumpy when done.  Things just don’t hang well on bumpy walls!


Where to start. We started by trimming around the door with narrow boards.  After that was in place, we started at the top of the wall section.  There was a piece of trim on the wall there dividing the upper section from the pegboard mid section.  We butted the top piece of wood against the trim. Each board was attached through the studs with a nail gun.  Then continued to add wood in the same manner making sure each new board was still level.  There may be small gaps between boards in order to keep things straight.  As you can see below, it all works out.


You’re done!  You didn’t know it would be that easy, did you?  How do you like it?  We love ours but decided to go a bit farther.  Here is a preview of the now white washed barn wood walls along with the proud builder.  Thanks for your hard work, David.


This story continues in part 2 HERE.

Cast Iron Radiator Restoration

One category of salvaged items that weighs us down with questions are cast iron radiators.  Yes, we do carry them. No, we do not restore them.  Some, we are able to test and others we are not.  That being said, we salvage and re-house hundreds.  People who use them say the heat they generate is significantly better than newer methods.



Our customer, Michelle, shared these photos with us of her adventures in radiator restoration.  Michelle is not a professional but a DIYer with energy and imagination and a well-stocked Project Pantry.  Her radiators were purchased at ReHouse recently, and as you can see they were partially painted in the past.  These 2 were marked down because they were non-working having been tested by a customer.  Michelle and her family took on the challenge, and here is the process through her photos.

Before: Paint and Rust

Ammonia Bath, Pressure Wash, Wire Brush


Prime and Paint



If you are interested in taking on a similar job, please do thorough research before starting.  Speak with someone who has working knowledge of the process, and remember that this restoration is not a one day project.  Here is a sample budget for this type of project.

Michelle’s Radiator Restoration Budget

2 non-working radiators at ReHouse, $30

replacement bushings and fittings at Debbie Supply, $50

2 cans spray paint, $16

Gallon of ammonia, $3

Castalloy and flux  to fix leaks, $80

Total  Cost:    $180

Heat in the living room: priceless!


Thanks Michelle.  Great job!

Q & A with ReHouse Recovery

Customer: How do you get all this stuff?

ReHouse: One way is that we go get it! Our Acquisitions Manager is tasked with making and taking daily calls regarding salvage jobs for ReHouse Recovery.


Customer: How does he know which ones will result in something store-worthy?

ReHouse:  Before taking on any job we request photos and details about it.  For a large job that cannot be adequately represented in just a few photos, the Acquisitions Manager will go out to the location for a preview.  He will take notes and additional photos of items he feels we can save. We work with our customers to clearly determine what is available as part of each salvage job.


Customer: How do you narrow it down from there?

ReHouse: As with any business there are factors that go into choosing jobs.  How far away is it? How many employees will be needed? Can we take the van or will it require the larger but less fuel efficient truck? How much effort will it take to remove the items? How long will the removal take?  What is the condition of the items?  Is there anything unique or hard to find?  Do customers want the resulting merchandise?  Using a special formula created by the Finance Dept. we can conclude which jobs to pursue.


Customer: Once you get there how do you know what to bring back?

ReHouse: We have lists upon lists of items we typically look for.  Our primary focus is reusable architectural items such as doors, trim, woodwork, windows, corbels, columns, etc.  We also have an ever growing customer wish list which includes everything from a vague description of something someone’s grandmother used to have to stained-glass, gothic-arched window with specific colors, design, and measurements.  Once in a while we will find something so unusual or strange or ugly we just have to bring it back to the store and see what happens.

Customer: Do you only salvage houses?

ReHouse: No.  We salvage many types of buildings and for different reasons.  Sometimes we go to single or multi-family homes that are being renovated or torn down.  These often have hardwood flooring, gumwood trim, built-in cabinets, leaded glass, wood framed windows, fireplace mantels, hardware, and other architectural details.  Sometimes we go to a restaurant or hotel that is being updated or closed. Here we find multiples of items people often ask for such as mirrors, large frames, chairs, tables, and light fixtures.  Each type of location has its own special findings, its own focus, but the mission remains the same… “ReHouse strives to better the environment by reusing antique, vintage, and modern building materials that would have otherwise gone to the landfill.”



Customer: What have you salvaged lately?

ReHouse:  Our most recent job was in Spencerport where a customer of ours is planning to take down his century old horse barn.  Here, we were given the ok to remove whatever we needed, and our focus was barn wood which is currently very popular in home décor trends.  We also brought back main exterior barn doors, stall doors, and lots of hardware.


Customer: Isn’t it dangerous?

ReHouse: Life is dangerous.  Salvaging is no more or less so.  The employees that go out on our salvage jobs have been well trained in all aspects of safety when doing such work.  Locations are checked before any work starts to make them aware of any possible dangers.  They are encouraged to work safely and may even call off a job if it presents an uncomfortably risky situation for anyone.


Customer: How long does it take?

ReHouse: Sometimes it is easy to know how long a job will take.  If we go to a house that only has kitchen cabinets we can usually estimate 1-2 hours for removal and loading.  In the case of the barn it was hard to know.  We scheduled 2 days of recovery in which we were able to remove all stall doors, main doors, hardware and other wooden items that were not “tied down.”  At the end of 2 days we reevaluated, talked to the owner, and are now able to return for one more day in order to cut out as much barn wood as possible.


Customer: What did you end up with from the barn?

ReHouse: Enjoy these photos of the salvaged goodies that will soon be available for purchase.

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Shop Small. Shop Local.


I cannot be the only person that dreads a shopping trip between Thanksgiving and the New Year.  Many shoppers have turned to the internet where purchases can be completed at home, alone, and wearing pajamas.  But online shopping is so impersonal you may as well just email a gift card to everyone and be done with it.


Is there a middle ground?  Can there be a type of shopping that sits neatly between crazy busy big box stores and easy but impersonal online shopping?  Yes!  There is an option that is more unique than either, and you may, actually, enjoy it. What is it?  Small business shopping.  Locally owned, specialty shops are all around us and offer guests not just a shopping trip but a shopping experience.  They are well know for their unique selections, knowledgeable and involved employees, and inviting and inspiring atmospheres.


As a small business, ReHouse, its staff, and its customers know the benefits and enjoyment of shopping small.  Together we have put together a list of our 10 favorite local small businesses to share with you.  We have tried to cover as many genres and geographical areas as possible in our list.  We hope you will enjoy many of them during your holiday shopping and year round.



Abode – Emily, fairly new to ReHouse and to Rochester, has already found her favorite small business here.  Abode offers hand selected, affordable mid-century modern furniture, home decor, gifts and other goodies, “piecing them together in modern, fresh and inspiring ways.”  Located at 289 Gregory St., Rochester, NY 14620 or call 585-471-8357



The Bird House  – I recently ventured into The Bird House for the first time.  I took a step in the door and stopped in my tracks. The variety and selection of bird houses in particular is unmatched.  Although their best seller is Black Oil Sunflower Seed blends, they also carry suet blends, bird feeders, bird houses, wind chimes, binoculars, and most anything else you might relate to birds or gardens.  “Many of our products come with a lifetime guarantee and are made in the US,” the website told me.  On Small Business Saturday they are hosting an open house including a visit from Nikon Representative Bill Stopinski who will answer all your questions about binoculars and scopes from 10am-3pm.  Located at 3035 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY 14618 or call 585-264-1550.



Black’s Hardware  – Todd, who co-owns Black’s Hardware with his brother, was very honest with me, “we aren’t the kind of place people think of when they go gift shopping.  We are the place they go when they need something.”  My brother-in-law is an avid furniture refinisher and usually receives gift cards to one of the big box hardware stores in town for holidays.  This year he will be doing his after holiday shopping at Black’s instead.  Todd, I’m on my way in for a gift card.  At ReHouse we send customers over to Todd everyday for unusual hardware pieces that we do not regularly stock.  Maybe he will help me pick a small go-with item to add interest to the desired gift card. As their website says, “don’t say you couldn’t find it until you check with us.”  Located at 310 E Ridge Rd, Rochester, NY 14621 or call 585-544-9896.



Canacadea Country Store  – Kathy, co-owner of ReHouse, loves shopping at her close-to-home Canacadea Country Store for “something special, something different.”  I spoke to Don, half of the husband/wife team of owners, who is obviously very dedicated to his small business located in an historic building that was originally an 1858 general store.  They are well known in the area for representing local artists and crafts people.  Their best-selling items include many styles of “earrings followed closely by coffee and candy.”  I asked Don what his personal specialty was as a small business owner.  “Local pottery,” he said proudly.  “We currently represent the work of 5 local ceramicists.” In addition to the one-of-a-kind work by locals they also carry a line of jewelry that cannot be purchased elsewhere in the area, Lizzy James, which includes a versatile wrap bracelet that doubles as a necklace.  Are they participating in Small Business Saturday? Yes they are, they hope many regular and new guests will stop in to see what they have to offer.  Located at 599 Rt. 244, Alfred Station, NY 14803 or call 607-587-8634.



Dan’s Crafts and Things  – When it comes to hobby and craft supplies, the employees at Dan‘s are known for their expertise and ability to offer guidance for nearly everything they carry.  They each have specialties and work in designated areas in order to provide the best possible customer service to each guest.  “I trust Dan’s to understand my teenager’s hobby related wish list,” Julie confides.  “I have no idea how to choose a 1/43 scale metal diecast unassembled car model.”  In fact, model kits, model trains, and radio controlled vehicles are some of their top sellers.  They also have a fabulous jewelry findings selection that Lisa will be using to make several holiday gifts.  They have “big plans for November 26th.”  No hints as to the specifics, but I’ll be there!  Located at 352 Empire Blvd, Rochester, NY 14609 or call 585-482-7850.




One World Goods – Travel the world without leaving town.  Julie says she can “shop for anyone” at One World Goods which carries fair trade items from over 50 countries.  The selection includes clothing, jewelry, home decor, kitchen and dining, toys, instruments, ethnic foods, and more.  At this time of year in particular you can find a most unique collection of Christmas ornaments and nativity scenes.  If you have to join the bustle of this plaza, please take the time to step into One World Goods and enjoy your trip around the world.  Located at 3349 Monroe Ave. (Pittsford Plaza), Pittsford, NY 14534 or call 585-387-0070.



Orien’s Café  – Sally, co-owner of ReHouse, highly recommends the mozzarella panini for lunch.  If you are only looking for something sweet look no farther than Orien’s selection of “authentic Italian pastries and gelato made on site using recipes designed by Italian pastry chef Salvatore Garofalo.”  Located at 1100 Long Pond Rd, Rochester, NY or call 585-663-3291.




Patti’s Pantry – Another favorite of Sally’s, Patti’s Pantry offers a unique selections of pancakes and pies among other pleasing provisions.  “I have always wanted to make the Pantry feel more like you were coming to someone’s home rather than a restaurant,” Patti says.  Take a trip over and you will see how true it is.  Located at 2485 Dewey Ave., Rochester, NY or call 585-621-2010.



The Purple Painted Lady – Most people have heard about their top seller, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® or their  Annual Barn Sale in Palmyra, but The Purple Painted Lady is so much more.  Owner, Tricia, has made each of her four locations unique enough that you will want to visit them all before long.  The main store is located at 77 W Main St., Macedon, NY 14502 and is a magically delightful place with gifts for every beautiful soul.  For those of you on the far east side, visit The Savvy Chic (also awesome in its own right) at 1 West Genesee St., Baldwinsville, NY 13027 where Tricia stocks the Annie Sloan line and some other goodies. On the west side, the same goes for the double booth right as you enter the building at The Shops on West Ridge (number 11 on our list).  The newest location in Village Gate, Rochester also includes a space for Tricia’s second passion, helping fellow artists.  Here you will find not only a shopping experience but an offering of workshops and gallery type shows. Check out the event listings HERE.  Gift certificates are also available in any denomination.  Call 585-750-6056.




Record Archive  – “Record Archive has been a music & entertainment destination in Rochester since 1975. Specializing in vintage vinyl our expansive store also includes all of the latest music releases as well as unique gifts & toys, vintage clothing & furniture, t-shirts, souvenirs, 1000’s of movies, audio equipment, two live music stages, event space, and much more!”  Located at 33 1/3 Rockwood St., Rochester, NY 14610 or call 585- 244-1210.