Recently, one gorgeous, sunny summer afternoon, Tricia and I had the opportunity to visit one of our local retailers, the uuber trendy clothing boutique, Thread. Definitely a country-mouse-in-the-big-city experience.
The way to get there is a beautiful drive along the shore of Lake Ontario. Within one hour we had left our farm-based studio and were deep into the heart of Rochester, or as my brother-in-law has termed it, Roch-cha-cha. Rochester is an extremely artsy city and every time I visit it I’m inspired to do something creative. (Remember, I’m supposed to be the organized “business” sister!)
Thread is located in a historic building on South Avenue in the South Wedge neighborhood. One of the things I love about the city of Rochester is its architecture. Thread’s store has large wooden plank floors, detailed/trimmed ceilings, and marble fireplaces which seems to be the norm in this area. Rochester is pretty old for an American city, dating back to the early 1800’s and the construction of the Erie Canal. Thread’s building is probably not quite that old, but I’d put it around at least the early 1900’s. Pretty sweet.
Courtney gave us a warm welcome when we walked in the store and showed us around. I enjoyed spying out Fawnsberg’s little home in the shop: the mantle of one of the old marble fireplaces underneath a modern painted mural amongst vintage glassware that had found new life as hand-poured soy candles. Other pieces in the shop were ones I recognized, hand-crafted wooden jewelry by our friend of The Knotty Owl and hand-made, felted-wool fish made by another local artist of Second Seed. Large paper flowers decorated the shop and show off the fact that the owners aren’t just business people, they are artists too. Everything at Thread is unique and you won’t find yourself walking around wearing the same thing as the next person. A lot of their clothing is handmade or vintage and brands that you wont be able to find in any of the large chains. You’ve got to stop by!
A few doors down is The Little Blue Cheese Shop that sells local artisan cheeses and meats, yum! You walk in the store and you can just smell the rennant. Making artisan cheese is actually a little hidden passion of mine and sometimes will turn itself out in a batch of ricotta cheese from our farm’s goat milk.
Another stop to check out if you are the area is Abode, a home décor boutique. Courtney said they just opened not too long ago just around the corner. They carry (so cute) kitchen/everyday ceramics by made by local artists, vintage furniture, and the coolest area rugs (I want to buy every one, but don’t have enough rooms!)
Not to mention, a couple of my favorite restaurants are close by: Good Luck and Esan Thai. Tricia, how did we not go to all of these places? Oh, well, I guess these country mice will have to plan another trip!