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We are excited to share this summer/fall guide featuring a sample of the many great reasons to add exploring Corning’s Gaffer District to your “must do” list for 2016.
Many people ask, “What makes exploring Downtown Corning so special?” The answer is simple: there are endless possibilities in exploring our extraordinary downtown. It doesn’t matter if you are single, a couple, a family, retired, adventurous, on vacation, local resident, shopper, lover of the arts and history, or just plain hungry! We have the perfect solution for you: beautiful streetscapes, historic architecture, and one delicious restaurant after another. We have a truly captivating collection of independently owned boutiques, antique shops, and major brand retailers mingled with fun-filled hands-on experiences and a Chocolate Trail that will make your head spin!
We are honored to be the recipient of numerous accolades from people who have explored our downtown, fallen in love, and can’t wait to share it:
* 2014 & 2015 Certificate of Excellence –TripAdvisor.com * 11 of America’s Best Small Towns, Perfect for a Long Weekend Trip – HuffingtonPost.com * Featured Dining Destination on the Appalachian Bon Appetit Dining Trail * Top 100 events in North America—GlassFest – American Bus Association
There’s nothing better than our visitors and regional residents sharing their #explorecorn-ing story and inviting family and friends to do the same. We look forward to welcoming you to Corning’s Gaffer District and invite you to go to www.gafferdistrict.com to plan your visit. Don’t forget to add #explorecorning to your posts, and if social media isn’t your thing, no worries. Just come relax, enjoy, and explore. We promise you will want to tell your family and friends all about it!
Wishing you safe and happy summer/fall seasons!
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In a city whose name is synonymous with glass, the concept of reflection takes on new meaning. Glass reflects, both outward to the face of the viewer and inward to what it holds inside. It brings people together through bonding over something beautiful, something ethereal.
GlassFest 2016 is the ultimate reflection of a com-munity that shares a deep love for the special beauty of glass. It is four days of a type of family reunion that spills into the streets, a pairing of fire and glass, a musical love letter. From visiting grandparents to newlyweds to children whose eyes never stop shining, GlassFest reaches the heart of all. Concerts, demonstrations, art exhibits, dining and shopping are the ways people celebrate the warm season almost everywhere. Nowhere else does so with such joy as Corning, New York. Every smell, every sound, reminds you of the best summers of your life. Hot sausage, pizza, barbeque, and lemonade—
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that a moment ago was still a lemon—await your taste buds. Watch glass artists demon-strate skill and talent that defies gravity and logic. Find your next favorite treasured item in the unique shops of Market Street. Celebrate the ingenuity and craftsmanship that has made Corning a household name for generations.
The selection of Memorial Day weekend is not accidental. The people of Corning use the gathering to pay tribute to the fallen heroes who make it possible to live all the other days of the calendar in freedom and security. This year the Sunday concert will feature Mark Wills, a country music artist with a deep connection to America’s military. You will not believe that you paid nothing to see him. While he performs in Riverfront Park, the Corning Police Department and Public Works employees will be hanging the banners for Corning’s Hometown Heroes. When you leave the park, you can see the faces of the people who paid everything.
GlassFest is the designation event so loved that even the people lucky enough to live here plan their holiday weekend around it. Many residents wouldn’t think of being anywhere else. The schedule of events offers a must-see happening for each member of the family. We recommend a visit to www.glassfest.org and a little planning to be sure nothing gets missed.
Corning’s Gaffer District Executive Director Coleen Fabrizi probably sums it up best when she says, “The only downside of GlassFest is that it only lasts four days. Everyone is sorry to see it end!”
That is the best reflection of all.
What could be more American than a street full of motorcycles and the air full of the scent of barbeque under the glow of a summer eve-ning? The Gaffer District will celebrate warm-er weather with this new event on Thursday, June 30 from 5 to 9 p.m. You can’t beat the price of admission because it’s free! District businesses will take to the street with tables and tents. Restaurants and retail outlets will offer special promotions.
A panel of local celebrity judges will be put to the test in sampling the best barbequed menu items of Gaffer restaurants. Of course, a frosty brew is the perfect companion to such a feast.
Corning’s three microbreweries will offer tastings; Market Street Brewing Company, and newcomers Brick House Brewery and Carey’s Brew House, will quench your thirst with flavorful ales and stouts.
Guests can purchase a wristband to taste from the breweries and other domestic brews offered by Bridge Street bars and restaurants. Event-goers will receive a pint glass with the Bridge Street Bikes, Brews & BBQ logo on it as a keepsake, in addition to a limited number of tasting tickets to use throughout the night.
Coleen Fabrizi, executive director of Corning’s Gaffer District, said they are excited about the new event. “Following the tremendous success of the debut of Taste of Summer last year we knew adding another Northside event was a must. We are especially excited about the opportunity to showcase Gaffer District businesses exclusively and celebrate the variety of ways to fall in love with our downtown experience.”
A variety of motorcycle clubs will be on hand to display their rides and merchandise. For those enthusiasts, there will be a special treat in an appearance from Jason “Captain Amer-ica” Britton, renowned trick motorcycle rider. Many people know Jason from his shows on Speed Channel, Super Bikes! and Stealth Rider. Considered to be the best-known sport bike stunt rider around, Jason will demonstrate some of the moves that have made him a Hollywood favorite in movies like The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3, and Straight Outta Compton. An area near Bridge and Pulteney Streets will be roped off to give him space to demonstrate his awesome skills.
Corning’s Gaffer District is excited about this new event in the north end of downtown. While the future is a tough thing to predict, the smart money says the Bridge Street Bikes, Brews & BBQ happening is bound to become a favorite part of the summer calendar.
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When the runners in the first Wineglass Marathon raced away from the Taylor Wine Company in Hammondsport in October, 1982, they were a relatively small group: 291 people crossed the finish line at Hodgeman Park in Painted Post in that inaugural race. This year, the runners of the 35th Annual Wineglass Marathon will leave their marks on October 2 roughly 3,000 strong. And that does not include the second race that will run that day, the half marathon, which anticipates a field of roughly 3,400 compet-itors. These numbers (and this date) give the Wineglass Marathon the distinction of being both the second-largest and the second-lon-gest-running marathon in the state, after the New York City Marathon, besting the
marathons held by Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and Albany.
Mark Landin, who has been involved with the Wineglass Marathon (www.wineglassmar-athon.com) for the last twenty-five years, describes its evolution, not a little of which can be credited to the wine country itself, which, on the first weekend in October, puts on its autumn finery and generally sets the thermostat at temperatures runners consider ideal.
But the Wineglass Marathon itself has changed and adapted to meet the demands of the sport. In 1987, five years in, a three-person team relay was added to the race, which split the course roughly into thirds, making it accessible to more local runners. In 2011 the relay was dropped in favor a half-marathon. The original course ran through Campbell and Savona and, as luck would have it, the Campbell-Savona Junior/Senior High School happened to be halfway on the course, a race-staging coup.
The start and finish remained largely unchanged until 1995, when the opportunity arose to change the course to start it closer to Bath and finish it in downtown Corning, utilizing a larger finish area. In 2011, the finish line moved to Centerway Square, “which is a great finish area,” says Landin. “It’s great for the spectators, and it’s great for the runners, who have a clear sight of the finish line blocks ahead as they turn onto Market Street.”
But the complexion of the race itself has been the most fascinating development. Most of the 300 to 400 runners in the ’80s and ’90s, roughly 65 to 70 percent, were men. Since 2011, 60 to 65 percent have been women, which is a rough flip of the national average, giving Wineglass the distinction of having the highest percentage of women marathon finishers in the U.S. (excluding women-only marathons). That percentage is even higher for the half marathon, which sees 70 to 75 percent of women finishers, also a national record. Now a nationally known event, it hosts runners from forty or forty-five states, six Canadian provinces, and participants from Europe and Asia. “We are bringing in runners who come from all over the country and stay a few nights and have a great time,” says Landin, “and want to come back, not just to the race but to the area.”
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“Corning doesn’t have a place to make stained glass?”
Even now, almost six years later, Joe Barlett’s face scrunches up in surprise when he recalls his reaction, back before he opened Stained Glass and Antiques on Market Street. On that weekend trip, a real estate agent produced a list of available storefronts, and Joe walked the district until he found one he liked.
He had made his career as a high school guidance counselor in Pennsylvania, but his passion was teaching people how to make stained glass. He had apprenticed in Reading, Pennsylvania, and started a small store in his grandmother’s grocery store there.
Relocation to the Crystal City eventually followed, and now Joe shares that passion with residents and visitors. The shop is an explosion of color and images; sun catchers, ornaments, and lamps crowd every inch of space. Best advice: walk slowly and give yourself time to see it all.
But the studio in the back is the real heartbeat of the place. Joe’s students sit at a long table, drawing patterns, choosing glass colors, cutting, grinding, and soldering.
“Anything that can be drawn can be made with glass.” This is the consensus of everyone at the table. Pastoral scenes, birds, flowers, animals, and geometric displays abound. When students are coached on how to make a window, don’t think of an actual nailed-into-a-frame-in-a-house window. Think of a separate pane, hanging in a house window, positioned to take advantage of the sun’s illumination of its colors. Such works of art are often created to celebrate a milestone event. Weddings, anniversaries, retirements, and the birth of a child—the patrons here have presented gifts of their own hands on many such occasions.
But there is other work when you are an expert at the old world craft of stained glass. Commissioned pieces give Joe a long list of locations where he can view his work: the blue irises in the front door of a physician’s home; the male and female cardinal by which the farm family remembers their parents; all four sides of the town clock in Hughesville, Pennsylvania. Restoring family treasures also takes some time. People bring lamps and win-dow pieces and Joe returns them to their glory, allowing the glass to continue its journey through a family lineage.
As a stained glass teacher for more than forty years, his learning table is Joe’s great source of joy. Students say working with stained glass is addicting. Thankfully, a habit is much harder to break than glass.
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If it is possible to have too much chocolate in one place, Corning might be that place. Luckily, of course, there is no such thing, so here’s an easy way to get your Recommended Daily Allowance. This self-guided Chocolate Trail is a string of downtown businesses that offer the sweet stuff in its many forms. Kids can make their own candy. Adults can indulge in a dreamy cocktail. You can even make a weekend of it at the Corning Radisson with a chocolate package. But no matter where you are in the Gaffer District, you are near chocolate nirvana. Here is a list of chocolate offerings:
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Grill 1-2-5 at the Radisson Hotel Corning: The legendary Pecan Ball & Steuben Bar Chocolate Martini
Market Street Coffee & Tea: Freshly roasted chocolate coffees and Lake Champlain Chocolates
Three Birds Restaurant: Chocolate PateThe Vape Flavorium: Strawberry-chocolate-flavored
“Creme de la Crepe” and thin-mint-cookie-flavored “#88” e-juices
Dippity Do Dahs: Dark Matter ice cream, made with dark chocolate, chocolate chips, brownies, and fudge
Donna’s Restaurant: Nutter Butter peanut butter chocolate ribbon pie
Pure Design: Seattle Chocolate All Natural Truffle Bars and Classic Truffle Assortment Bags
Four Feathers Massage: Cocoa butter massage with chocolate treats
Glass Menagerie: Art glass chocolates by American artists Hulet & Hulet
Fringe Hairdressers: Aveda Makeup Nourish-mint lip liner in cocoa bean
Connors Mercantile: Sweet Shop USA handmade chocolates
Flip Flop: Carob-coated dog treatsTony R’s Steak & Seafood: 12-layer chocolate cake
for twoDimitri’s Confectionery Treats: Homemade
Ghirardelli chocolates, truffles, and fudgeOld World Café: Homemade chocolate chip cookies
and other delightsCrystal City Olive Oil: All-natural aged dark
chocolate balsamic vinegar condimento and Java Gourmet Chocolate Salt Bark
Brown’s Cigar Store: Chocolate pipe tobacco
Jim’s Texas Hots: Chocolate milkshake and peanut butter chocolate brownies
The Palace Theatre: Chocolate Crispy CrittersPoppleton Bakery & Café: Niagara Falls classic
chocolate cakeThe Cellar: Molten lava chocolate cake with salted
caramel ice creamAJ’s Hair & Makeup: Novelty chocolate letter AJsMarket Street Brewing Company: MSBC chocolate
browniesGaffer Grille & Tap Room: Chocolate raspberry
torteCloud 9: Chocolate drinks, candles, and massagesMooney’s Sports Bar & Grill: Mooney’s chocolate
pudding pieSorge’s Restaurant: Homemade chocolate peanut
butter fudge sundae, homemade chocolate cake, and gluten free chocolate torte
Soul Full Cup Coffeehouse: Hot chocolate to warm your soul
Imagine That!: Chocolate Fix, a game of sweet logicThe Source at Factory No. 2: Homemade chocolates,
marshmallows, cocoa bars, and smoothiesBottles & Corks: Pleasant Valley Chocolate Lab
wine and Godiva chocolate liqueursWegmans: The Ultimate Chocolate CakeCap’n Morgan’s: Chocolate MousseThe Site Cyber Bar & Grill: Double chocolate
mousse cakeCarey’s Brew House: Double chocolate mousse cakeBrick House Brewery: Assorted chocolate trufflesSlammin’ Jammin’ BBQ: Chocolate soda ice cream
floatPizza Hut: Hershey’s Chocolate DunkersThe Cafe at the Corning Museum of Glass:
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In the fall of 2014, Corning’s Gaffer District proudly announced the launch of Buildings Alive!, an architectural and historic walking tour of Downtown Corning’s Historic Market Street. Fans of architecture and local history alike are invited to explore the Buildings Alive! tour by visiting www.gafferdistrict.com/tour, which allows visitors and locals and anyone interested in the history of Downtown Corning to access the tour via their mobile devices from anywhere in the world.
Unique photos, detailed descriptions, and audio recordings of each location allow the
tour-goer to experience the vastness of Corning’s celebrated history in a new light. The Buildings Alive! tour aims to be both entertaining and educational to those who may be first time visitors to Corning’s Gaffer District, and to encourage locals to look more closely at the culture and heritage of the surrounding area. It explores nineteen historic or architecturally significant sites along Market Street that include many original storefronts, The Rockwell Museum, the Little Joe Tower, and The Clock Tower in Centerway Square, a local favorite.
“Market Street’s not plain vanilla, we’re not bland,” says Jeff Bong, owner of Bong’s Jewel-ers, the only fourth-generation business on the street. “We’re a nice destination. We’re very fortunate to have a different feel than most small towns; we have character of both historic and architectural value.”
The tour also includes other unique sites of interest, including the Historic Centerway Walking Bridge, which was named the American Public Works Association Historic Res-toration & Preservation Project of the Year in 2014. The handsome concrete bridge, built in 1921 to carry vehicles and pedestrians over the Chemung River, was replaced in 1979 by an adjacent steel bridge and was scheduled for the wrecking ball, before it was spared because of public outcry. The new bridge is a veritable floating garden, dotted with features like lawns and perennial gardens, glass pavers, and a maze.
Corning’s Gaffer District Executive Director Coleen Fabrizi says of the Buildings Alive! walking tour, “Not only is it a celebration of our city’s rich history, but it acts as a way to educate and entice people to explore the many hidden gems that this location has to offer, as well as share their experiences with countless others.”
For more information on the Buildings Alive! Historic & Architectural Walking Tour, or to find the Buildings Alive! online, please visit www.gafferdistrict.com/tour.
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Corning, New York, has a natural sophis-tication. It comes, partly, from being the headquarters of an international company with global name recognition. A place like Exhibit A plays into that sense of contem-porary style and offers an outlet for artists “who have a clear voice,” as owner Ann Wells phrases it.
It’s clear what artistic territory Exhibit A is staking from a glance inside. Paintings and sculptures of a breathtaking breadth and
depth—both minimalist and sleek and socio-political and intricately wrought—open a near window upon the world of contemporary art. An experienced art buyer will feel at home here, but Ann provides a level of personalized service that appeals to the first-time decorator as well. Ann counts both as her clientele.
One of the gallery’s biggest advantages is Ann herself. As an exhibiting artist for many years, a “dormant artist,” as she says, Ann admits it is easier to trumpet someone else’s work than your own. “A person trying to date someone can say, ‘I’m a fabulous person, you should go out with me.’ But, it is much more effective when someone else says it.”
The stereotypical perception that art galleries are stuffy, intimidating places evaporates upon arrival. Ann welcomes visitors who just want to see what she has on view. Teenagers, travel-ers through Corning, even well-behaved elementary students make wonderful art patrons.
“Art is like food. You don’t have to know all about food to enjoy it. You don’t have to be an expert in art to find what speaks to you,” says Ann.
Artists with local followings are proud to call Exhibit A their Market Street gallery. These include painters Samuel C. Guy and James Paulsen and, of particular interest in a city built around glass, Dutch glassblower and printer Anne Gant, who blows glass forms and presses them—hot—into wet rag paper, destroying them one by one in the process, but leaving their echoes behind, patterned onto large sheets.
Exhibit A can connect patrons with artists for commissioned pieces, as well as install both indoor and outdoor art displays. Temporary art can be arranged for special events. The gallery has shipped works to New York City, Washington, D.C., Houston, and London, among other locations.
“It’s great being able to help artists reach people that actually acquire their work.”
The public has ample opportunity to meet and speak with the artists at opening receptions. “The media sometimes portrays artists as aloof, unfriendly types,” says Ann, “but really they are so easy to talk with.”
Ann even recommends art galleries like hers as the ideal location for first dates. She watched one young couple pause at each piece for discussion and leave beaming. “It was the first gallery they had ever been in. And it was a positive experience. That is a good thing.”
So you’ve just turned onto Cedar Street in Corning, one of the main entrances to the Gaffer District from Denison Parkway, and as you pass the grand Victorian pile of The Rockwell Museum—whoa!—what in blazes is that?
There’s a life-size buffalo sculpture bursting through the brick façade of the museum building between the sec-ond and third floors, as if a real animal suddenly came to life in one of famous Montana “Cowboy Artist” Charles Russell’s classic turn-of-the-century paintings in the museum’s collection, and thundered for daylight. The rampaging buffalo, a Tom Gardner sculpture known as Artemus, is “a beloved iconic figure in Corn-ing,” says Connie Sullivan-Blum, executive director of the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes, “but I think a lot of people miss it.”
Not anymore, they won’t. Sullivan-Bloom and the other members of Corning’s Public Art Committee,
including representatives from the Corning Museum of Glass, 171 Cedar Arts, the Rock-well Museum, Pam Weachock, owner of Market Street Coffee & Tea, and Deputy Mayor William Boland, joined forces to complete an inventory of nearly one hundred pieces of public art across the city including Artemus, and they’ve put them on a Google map. The City of Corning Public Art Map is not an interpretive walking tour or a trail—not yet—but you start your own treasure hunt by clicking on the map on the ARTS Coun-cil website www.earts.org/corning-public-art-map, and go wherever it takes you on the self-guided trail of sculpture, murals, memorials, and architecture.
“Corning is rich in public art, available to all, much of it little explored,” says Deputy Mayor Boland. “It’s a great weekend adventure.”
You may find yourself admiring the abstract David Dowler sculpture right outside Corn-ing Inc.’s headquarters, “a beautiful piece” that marks a time capsule, Sullivan-Bloom says. Or checking out another piece by Tom Gardner, a stylized whimsical face mounted on the side of 89 West Market Street. Or enjoying the flamboyant talent of local high school stu-dents participating the Rockwell’s Alley Art Project; a recent installation in Denison Park, “Perfect Imperfection,” is “one of their loveliest,” Sullivan-Bloom said. Or The People Wall in City Hall, a two-story panorama of photographic images of Corning folks right after Agnes in 1972. “It’s really kind of an homage to the people that rebuilt Corning after the flood,” says Sullivan-Blum.
“It’s a huge inventory of public art,” she says of the project. “Some of it is supported by merchants who told an artist, ‘Yeah, you can put that on the outside of the building.’ Oth-er things are the property of the city or of Corning Inc., or part of the Rockwell Museum’s Alley Project. It’s any work of art the public can see for free, even if it’s privately owned, without needing special permission.”
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The model steps onto the runway and you feel your breath catch. Her black evening gown is stunning. It shimmers and flows as she moves.
No one ever wore VHS tape better.
Or tea bags, garbage bags, or dryer sheets, for that matter. This is the Recycled Runway, a unique event sponsored by the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes. Taking place at the Corning Museum of Glass on June 4 this year, the “fashion show” puts a twist on couture and features outfits made from recycled or repurposed material.
“Designers take nearly a year to plan their outfits,” says Council Executive Director Constance Sullivan-Blum.
“They have their friends collect material for them for months.”
They have to, considering how many milk cartons it takes to make a dragon! (One of those was featured in a past runway garment.)
The evening raises funds for the ARTS Council’s many projects. It also allows designers to make their own statements about everything from body image to our wasteful society. One year, as a tribute to survivorship and her patients, an oncology nurse made a garment from sterile medical supplies that were going to be discarded. Recycled Runway is also a great way for the fashion world to poke fun at itself. A silent auction will also take place, showcasing artwork and special experiences for the best bids.
The event is but one example of the strong presence the ARTS Council has in the region and the many collaborations it fosters. The idea of partnership extends to artists them-selves, who the Council coaches in how to obtain grants, further develop their talents, and connect with artists in other mediums. The ARTS Council serves as a centralized calendar for groups, organizing myriad art events, and assisting with communication efforts to get the word out.
During GlassFest, the signature event of Corning’s Gaffer District, the ARTS Council will showcase one of several “glassy” exhibits over Memorial Day weekend. Other art galleries will also feature glass artists including West End Gallery, Exhibit A, 60 East Gallery, and the Rockwell Museum, go to Glassfest.org for more information.
The ARTS Council has been a key partner in the newly launched Urban Arts Crawl, a self-guided art-centric trail which happens the last Friday evening of the month from September to May. The crawl includes artist demonstrations, tastings, community art projects, live music and more which makes the Urban Arts Crawl of Corning a truly unique arts experience.
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Market Street in Corning, the heart of the Gaffer District and the home of Corning Incorporated, is a major player in the new nostalgia for the 1970s, when there were two constants in the American household. The first was the family television set, where Americans saw the Vietnam War, President Richard Nixon impeached, the first Earth Day, and little Michael Jackson croon I’ll Be There.
The second was Mom, who despite the rise of feminists like Betty Friedan, was still in the kitchen in most American homes while the news was on, making dinner, and serv-ing it on Corelle plates made by Corning Inc. in Corning, New York.
In 1970, Corning interviewed 8,000 women and learned that they wanted “good-looking, inexpensive everyday dishes” and “good strong dishes that don’t weigh
a ton.” That year, the company’s first Corelle dishes reached American stores in “Winter Frost White” (still the most popular set). “Corning listened to women’s problems about everyday dishware, and did something about it,” the magazine ads said. A twenty-piece set sold for $19.95. Corelle became the dominant American dinner plate, and the world, as with so much in to 70s, would never be the same.
Now it’s back to the future on Market Street: Corning’s Senior Designer, Anna Eide, and the Corning engineering and manufacturing team, are redesigning the classic American dishware for a new generation. The newest Corelle collection, Market Street New York, will launch this summer. The more upscale, ivory-colored sets feature locally inspired patterns like the ornamental details of the Baron Steuben Building and tree-lined Market Street.
Of course times change, and while Corning still collaborates on Corelle’s technology de-velopment, World Kitchen in Rosemont, Illinois now owns the brand. Corning, Inc. sold its eighty-two-year-old consumer housewares division in 1998, including Corelle, because the unit wasn’t as profitable as technical products like fiber optics. But some things stay the same: the Corelle line, while a global brand, is now found in fifty percent of American households, and is still manufactured in Corning, New York. And it’s still fashioned of high-tech glass, now for millennial moms and dads, and whomever is cooking up home in the kitchen.
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When asked about buying guitar picks for a friend’s birthday, an employee at Marich Music casts a skeptical eye.
“A pick is a very personal thing to a mu-sician. You are better off not guessing and going with something else.”
The “something else” turns out to be a foot tambourine, the perfect accessory for the one-man band that doesn’t have everything. Wrong gift crisis averted.
This is the secret to the staying power of Marich Music (62 E. Market Street,
Corning (607) 936-6044; www.marichmusic.com), for more than forty years. Then-newly-weds Marilyn and Richard “Dick” Puccio combined the first half of their names and began a musical tradition with a location on Denison Parkway.
“We met because of music,” Dick says of his wife. “I was going to teach her guitar and she was going to teach me piano. She got her lessons, but I’m still waiting.” He still admits he got the better end of the deal in a marriage that has lasted more than four decades. Now on Market Street, the shop carries a huge variety of instruments, music books, and supplies. The customer service and personal attention is unlike anything to be found online, where “one size fits all” reigns supreme.
“We had a music teacher come in with a student and ask about flutes,” Dick relates. “They must have tried six or seven instruments before they settled on one. How could you do that online? You can’t buy an instrument or an amplifier without trying it. What do you do if you have a problem?”
Marich offers private and group lessons on a wide range of instruments, including piano, gui-tar, bass, trombone, and fiddle. If you aren’t ready to fully commit to one instrument, you can always rent one and try it out first. Coordination with area schools puts the needed instru-ments and sheet music within comfortable reach. Marich does repairs, too, of instruments as well as microphones and amplifiers. You can even rent audio equipment to make your sound more professional.
Ask for help in Marich Music and you’ll learn something in the bargain. When a customer asks about a wireless microphone, the books come out and a lengthy discussion about his needs and preferences ensues. Dick and his crew makes sure customers have what they need for the type of music they play.
The store’s devoted clientele have no worries about the immediate future, as another gener-ation of the family, son-in-law Ben Borkowski, who has been onboard two years (and has a degree from Minnesota State University in band and string instrument repair) stands ready to take the baton when Dick and Marilyn step out of the picture. And that is music to the ears.
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Hair salons have to find a balance. They want to be sleek, but not slick. Elegant, but not stuffy. Trendy, but not preten-tious. Fringe, on Market Street, has embraced this challenge and, under owner/operator Kristina Rhodes, has found a styling sweet spot.
The salon is large, much more spacious than most, and features clear chairs for patrons, a bold opposite to the more-tradition-al black. They are from Italy, which is a nod to the Kristina’s world-traveling resume. Huge standing mirrors lean against the walls, giving a client a full-range look of their new do.
The Florida native has cut hair in England, Tokyo, Australia, and points between. That background is one of the things that feeds her love of Corning.
“Corning is sophisticated and diverse. It’s like a big city in a small, comfortable space.”
Visitors from across various oceans are frequent customers while in town to train, learn, or conduct business. The age range is also broad, as is the range of occupations and lifestyles. “Our clients are students, farmers and lawyers, all ages, from kids to the elderly. There is much variety,” Kristina says.
Though hairstyles have changed with each passing decade, Kristina reports that the current look is connected to our busy lifestyles. “People want a look that is natural and fuss-free, almost bohemian. No one has an hour every morning to spend dealing with their hair. They want to style and go.”
Finding products to support that natural look brought Fringe to Aveda, since Kristina is a longtime believer in organic product use. Aveda offers an extensive line of skin and hair products that are used by the professionals at Fringe.
“There was no question for me that we would use Aveda. In fact, we are the only authorized salon with their products for forty miles. We have exclusive use.” One of the major plusses of using Aveda products is their travel smart products line. Airline approved, these supplies have rescued many a trip for local executives and are a big hit as holiday gifts.
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We might title the story of the birth of My Sha-warma “From Rome with Love,” since that is where a Corning native, private practice lawyer Gabe Rossettie, met his wife, Shena, while on break from college, and where their friend Tony introduced them to the richness of traditional Lebanese cuisine. But it might better be called “From Toronto with Love,” since it was there that this delicious idea, born in January on Market Street, was actually conceived.
In 2013, Gabe, reuniting in Toronto with a group of college pals, was sitting in a shawarma restaurant on Bloor Street. “It struck me,” he recounts, “that this kind of food should be as prevalent as burritos are. The flavors are so interesting, and the spices…it’s adventuresome food. It’s colorful. And I’m looking at my lunch and I’m thinking, ‘Why can’t I get this in Corn-ing?’ And I started talking to my friends, sitting there, and they said, ‘Well, you ought to start a shawarma place.’”
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The melting pot of Toronto had plenty of shawarma: Syrian, Lebanese, and Turkish. “I lived there for a few years and I ate this food all the time,” says Gabe. He chuckles now at the memory of that lunch. He wasn’t Middle Eastern. He wasn’t a restaurateur. But why couldn’t they recreate authentic, high quality ethnic food? “We realized that if we could learn the recipes and learn the restaurant business, which is the other part of it,” he says wryly, “that we could do it. So my wife and I started working up a concept for a brand and for a menu and for the whole program. We just wanted to make it simple.”
Or as simple as is possible with a cuisine whose flavor base is a veritable Spice Route: turmeric, cumin, ginger, paprika, cinnamon, cloves, garlic, and cardamom are all staples in this kitchen. Gabe and Shena came up with the name together and opened My Shawarma, excited to introduce a fresh new fast food to their hometown. Shawarma, which is technical-ly spit-roasted meat, has also come to mean the flavorful flat bread-wrapped sandwich con-taining meat and, at My Shawarma, savory house-made toppings like hummus, tabbouleh, harissa garlic sauce, tzatziki, and house pickled vegetables, among others (pictured, left, at the hands of manager Troy Goho). The pursuit of authenticity and highest quality led them to a Lebanese bakery in Pittsburgh for their shawarma flatbreads and the most perfectly moist, nut-studded, honey-drenched baklava to be had anywhere around these parts.
“This is globally popular fast food that’s really high quality and flavorful and fresh and it’s just a different flavor profile from what people are used to when they walk into a fast casual establishment” says Gabe. “People get burritos, people get salads, people get used to the standbys. And we wanted to make it that kind of experience.”
Corning, with its global reach and global appeal to travelers, has embraced the taste.
Isn’t it fun to make tacos at home? Cutting and chopping, using every single bowl you own, having all the ingredients slopped across the table? And they never taste the way you remember? Yes, good times.
Siblings Andrew and Nicole Cleary were raised in Corning restaurant royalty. Grandfather Charlie “Pudgie” Cleary opened the original Pudgies, and Mom and Dad, Karen and Fran Cleary, had Boomer’s, Boomer’s Bistro, and Boomer’s Catering for years. The next generation was looking for a way to combine that long tradition with a more modern offering that serves up “fast, good food.”
The product of that aspiration opened two years ago on Market Street with Little Boomers’ Burrito Bar, a burrito variety store of sorts. A blackboard spans the wall behind the long counter, urging
you to check out “the goods” and “pick your own destiny.” That destiny is framed by these choices: burrito, rice bowl, salad, tacos, nachos, or quesadillas. The rest of the journey is up to you, as the counterman will customize any of the above with hefty helpings of meat and veggies and “goods” (pico de gallo and salsa and quacamole and queso among them).
Andrew smiles when he talks about his clientele. “Business people from Market Street, high school kids, visitors from around the world—you never know who will be in here.”
The genetic material that links families together carries the food DNA in strong numbers in Andrew, who handles the operational side of things while sister Nicole serves as Business Manager. Beyond the two of them, the family is still actively involved in the creative side of things, as evidenced by a recent late-night inspiration that took hold of Andrew.
“I wasn’t thrilled with our marinade, and that is such a critical part of the flavor with the beef and chicken. I couldn’t sleep one night and finally, at 1 a.m., it came to me what we needed to do. So there I was at Wegman’s, in the middle of the night, and calling the rest of the family to say, ‘get over here, we need to make this while the thought is still in my head!’”
Family is the theme of the colorful wall mural, based on the Mexican tradition of the Day of the Dead. Various members of the Cleary family are depicted, including Dad, the late Fran “Boomer” Cleary, manning the grill in the portrait’s center. Yes, they are skeletons, but they are cheerful skeletons! Even the iconic Corning Gaffer has been stripped to his bones.
Fast food is not supposed to be good for you, and good food is supposed to take a long time, so Little Boomers tilts both of those standards on their sides and offers food that can fit into a lunch timetable and a healthy diet.
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The idea of putting a scare into global beer makers splits Dave Fice’s face into a grin. He and partner Mark Harrison are joining the microbrew movement by converting a bar/restaurant into the Brick House Brewery on Bridge Street in Corning.
“Competition is good, and it is time the Bud-weisers of the world had some.”
The former That Other Place is no more, the pool table is gone, and two shiny brewing tanks now occupy the lower level. The explosion of
microbrewing across the country convinced the guys that it was time to change course. But, unlike the American version of brewing that uses several tanks, they are trying a simplified version from down under.
“We are using the Australian method of brewing,” Dave explains. “One tank for most of the process. That process stays pretty much the same in all beer making. But this works better with our layout. Our first brew will be a rye IPA.”
A stout made with locally sourced Cascade hops will also be in play. The tanks fit nicely into a cool, low-ceilinged space. The mixture is aged at a constant sixty-eight degrees. The plan is to add more tanks to meet the majority of needs for the business.
Dave sees the micro revolution as a return to our American roots. “Before Prohibition, this is how beer was made. Small batches, a variety of special flavors.”
The ten-day process from tank to glass is already underway for the new business, set to open before Memorial Day weekend. The bar is refurbished, complete with a trough of ice to keep your beverage chilled, and a new menu is planned. Lunch and dinner will be served seven days a week and cocktails, of course, for those who don’t fancy the amber stuff.
Encouraged by the planned construction work on Bridge Street, the Brick House Brewery will serve as an anchor in that corner of Corning’s Gaffer District.
“There are a lot of good things happening here,” says Dave, who owns The Gaffer Grill on Market Street (as well as Luna Mezza Grille in Hammondsport).
He is pleased to see development that branches out from Market Street and rewards visitors and residents for their decision to cross the bridge. It seems to be a spring revival of the area, as businesses are moving, expanding, and changing focus. The Brick House Brewery joins the Market Street Brewing Company in the Gaffer District as local options for local beer.
Dave sees no end in sight to the growth of small batch beer brewing. And what better mar-riage is there than a Corning beer in a Corning glass?
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Dippity Do DahsBen Calkins, the owner of Dippity Do Dahs, spent the first twelve years of his life on his grandfather’s dairy farm in Woodhull, New York. One of his fondest memories is of his grandfather cranking up the old ice cream maker. “My earliest memories are of the old hand crank one,” says Ben. “We made ice cream in the winter all the time. Not as much in the summer, because there was so much to do on the farm. But we always had ice cream.”
It was a memory Ben couldn’t let lie. A certified art teacher by degree, Ben ended up as a phar-maceutical rep for twelve years. But as the in-dustry started going through big changes, Ben started envisioning a different future. And he started thinking seriously about ice cream. On vacation, he and his wife, Anna, had always vis-ited mom-and-pop ice cream stores. But, with a new objective in mind, they started sitting down for a cup of coffee if Mom or Pop had a
minute to spare, asking about the business end of things. All along, Ben was disappointed that many towns—including Corning—had lost their homemade ice cream stores. A few years and many ice cream courses, seminars, and conventions followed. Then Anna met Jeff Kostick, owner of the Cayuga Lake Creamery, at a farmers market. He invited the Calkinses into his creamery, mentoring them in the world of real life ice cream making.
Ready to take the plunge, they started brainstorming a name. “We just tossed it out, a play on the song “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” from the Disney movie Song of the South. And my grandfather used to call them dips of ice cream. So it’s a play on that, too.” He adds, chuckling, “My generation calls them scoops. And I think the new generation just calls them small, medium, and large.”
And so Dippity Do Dahs opened on Market Street on Memorial Day, 2013. Twen-ty-eight to thirty-three flavors are available, made from antibiotic- and hormone-free 14 percent butterfat cream from Upstate Farms, a western New York dairy co-op (and that includes all the specialty products made in house: ice cream cakes, ice cream pizzas, hol-iday ice cream pies, and ice cream cookie sandwiches made with specially-baked cookies by Poppleton Bakery). Salted caramel is the most popular ice cream flavor, with cake batter a close second. “For as many adults as like salted caramel there are as many kids who like cake batter. There aren’t a lot of fifty-year-olds getting the cake batter, and there aren’t a lot of twelve-year-olds getting the salted caramel,” Ben grins.
Dippity Do Dahs baked 18,000 waffle cones last year. The scent of all that baking drifts sweetly down Market Street. You won’t regret following your nose.
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Thursdays from June 9 through October 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the sidewalk leading to the Centerway Walking Bridge in Riverfront Centennial Park becomes the locus of local flavor, as the Corning Farmers Market sets up shop for the day and local growers and creators spread out the region’s bounty. Established for precisely this reason—to provide a direct link between local consumers and local producers of all things homegrown, fresh, and hand-made—familiar local purveyors will be on hand this growing season, right next to the Corning Incorporated Headquarters building.
Already on board for 2016 are: Anything Ancestry (family history items, ancestry charts, quilts, pillows, and mugs); Babyland Bold (tulle skirts, tutus, hairbands, and wands); Basically Bagels (homemade bagels, cookies, and sweets); Bertie’s Cottage Bakery (baked good and granola); Coco’s Café (breakfast and lunch food); Crooked Line Farm and Orchard (apples, plums, peaches, and possibly apricots); Ford Farms (assorted produce); Heavenly Soft Fibers (Alpaca raw fleece, rovings, and yarn, and accessories made from Alpaca fiber); KC Designs (handcrafted granola and bagels); K&V Wood ’n’ Stones (handmade wooden models, wooden and stone jewelry, stone strands and components, and tools); Mending Thru Massage (chair massage); Mud-dy Fingers Farm (vegetables); Ort Family Farm (jams/jellies, herbal blends, teas, catnip mice, bagged catnip, fresh cut herbs, artisan breads, cookies, biscotti, pies, cakes, muffins, cinnamon buns, fresh unusual fruits, heirloom vegetable plants in June, and herb plants); Stewart Family Farms (maple syrup and products, produce, handmade items); The Flower Lady (fresh cut flowers, dried flowers, wreaths); Spare Time Goodness (candles, batik tee shirts and bibs, hand painted pendants, and DIY/natural cleaning and beauty); Sugar Haven Farms (syrups and various meats); and Sweet Peach Company (peaches).
Long-time market veterans like Christina Blessau, the Flower Lady herself, will be back with her beautiful blossoms. 15,000 seedlings go into her two acres in Addison every spring, and she picks them all season long for the fragrant mixed bouquets she sells at the market, as well as for the dried arrangements she sells in the fall. Her holiday wreaths are made from evergreens in her own fields, where she has been gardening prolifically since 1999.
Relative newbies Chelsea Winquist and Katie VanSkiver, The “K” and “C” of KC Designs have only been in business a few years, but their small batch granolas and granola bars, designed to provide the community with healthier snack alternatives, are as wholesome as they are delicious, and are already market favorites.
When the market is in session, there is nothing more fresh or more local—and that is a special bounty all its own.
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“What is that huge wooden barrel on the ceiling of your apartment?”
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A handful of lucky people get to call the former home of T.G. Hawkes & Co. their current home. Eight luxury apartments were created in a historic preservation project impressive enough to win an award—which it has.
The building was constructed in 1882 and was the location for T.G. Hawke’s glassware business. A member of the famed Waterford family, Hawke emigrated from Ireland and brought glass etching, engraving, and cutting to Market Street. His history gets even better. But, first, let’s talk about this building.
The team of preservation architect Elise Johnson-Schmid tackled the Hawkes building with the singular goal of keeping as much of the historical architecture as possible. Partnering with Jessica Edger-Hillman and the Edger Construction Company, they developed ways to keep the display mirrors, exposed beams, and glass fixtures. (Among the things that Hawke sold was household glass.)
“In the higher floors there are open sections of the ceilings for piping and lathe systems. We were very lucky that Michael Orr, who owned the building for thirty years, understood the importance of it. He took great care of it, allowing this restoration.”
The relevance of the glass industry is everywhere in these units, from specialty fixtures to an amazing view of the gaffer on the Little Joe Tower. Converting the upper floors of downtown businesses is a specialty of the Johnson-Schmidt firm. It’s also a growing trend in Corning. “We are getting close to 200 apartments in downtown Corning and surrounding streets,” says Elise. “Some are in factories, some in schools. It is a great use of space.”
Such great use that the Preservation League of New York State has awarded the Hawkes Building an Excellence in Historic Preservation Award. Architect, builder, and Corning’s Gaffer District will accept the award, signaling that such an undertaking requires many skilled hands.
Back to T.G. Hawkes for a moment. He was a big part of Corning’s glass timeline, opening as he did his own cut glass firm, T.G. Hawkes & Co. Then he brought from England a man named Frederick Carder. Together, they began a company called Steuben Glass Works. And the rest, as they say…
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