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CONTINUES FOR KITCHEN INCUBATOR    

Aspiring food business entrepreneurs will have a one-of-a-kind facility downtown to test, prepare, market, and sell their products in 2018. A project of RDDC, The Commissary will be located on the concourse level of The Metropolitan, and will be the only kitchen incubator facility in the state outside of New York City.

Kitchen incubators provide the certified commercial kitchen and equipment necessary to grow a legal food business. Instead of taking on the risk of investing in expensive commercial equipment, members of the Commissary will be able to rent a kitchen station on an hourly basis only when they it.
 
In addition to use of the commercial kitchen stations, members of the Commissary and other would-be food entrepreneurs will have access to workshops that focus on building successful food businesses - topics will range from "Social Media for Food Businesses" to "Taking the Mystery out of Business Insurance." These sessions will begin in Spring of 2017 in a unique partnership with the RIT Center for Urban Entrepreneurship.
 
Foodies from across our community will also have the chance to get involved! We'll be hosting cooking classes in partnership with the Rochester Brainery, chef demonstrations, pop up dinners, and other food-centric celebrations that will highlight the talents of our members and take place in the heart of our rapidly transforming  Downtown Innovation Zone. 
 
If you're interested in becoming a member of the kitchen, teaching workshops to help aspiring food entrepreneurs, or donating to the startup of this project, please email (laura@rddc.org) or call (585.263.6954) Laura Fox O'Sullivan.
  
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CHARLOTTE SQUARE'S PUBLIC ART   

Charlotte Square has funded a beautiful new art sculpture on their premises. The artist, Kevin Dartt, used "organic and geometric aesthetics, which together give the piece an Art Deco look, represent[ing] the combination of agriculture and high-tech industries of our region." (Rochester City Newspaper, 12/7/16) The sculpture also lights up, so that it is visible, day or night.

We're happy to see yet another housing project, and public art project take off in downtown Rochester. Did we mention that Charlotte Square already has more than 20 families that have moved in?


photo: Rebecca Rafferty 
 
ANYTIME FITNESS OPENING IN DHD BUILDING   
 
    
Anytime Fitness is opening up a new gym - conveniently located in downtown Rochester! The gym will be located inside of the Columbus Building (owned by DHD Ventures) at 50 Chestnut Street. Contact DHD Ventures at 546-3088 for more information.


 
 
HART'S LOCAL GROCERS SELECTED AS A NATIONAL TEST SITE   
 
    
Hart's Local Grocers has been selected for a pilot program with the United States Department of Agriculture. This program will better connect downtown to other neighborhoods to the north, west, and southwest. This innovative programming is important for the Downtown Innovation Zone, and for our region. Hart's was one of seven companies chosen in the entire country.

 
RENOVATIONS IN STORE FOR BLUE CROSS ARENA  
 
    
The City of Rochester plans to move forward with renovating the Blue Cross Arena in a multi-phased effort. The project was awarded with $10.5 million in state funding, the hope is that the updated facility will attract more shows, concerts, and sporting events to town. The second round of updates would likely include new restaurants and luxury seating.

 
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FEBRUARY 2017 EDITION
 
A QUICK LOOK AT WHAT'S INSIDE

- Update on Downtown Kitchen Incubator

- Public Art at Charlotte Square

- Anytime Fitness

- Hart's Local Grocers chosen for pilot program

- Blue Cross Arena renovations

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