Hospitality ON TREND

Unique Sweets

Looking for a dessert that will wow dinner party guests? Leave a lasting impression by ordering treats made just for your event.

Spiced Up Mom has gaspingly beautiful layered cookie cakes that will have your guests talking. Order early, her calendar fills up fast! Shari Mukherjee, the Spiced Up Mom, can be seen on Gordon Ramsay’s MasterChef season 10.


Mood Music

Whether a gathering at work or a reunion of friends, music sets the tone. If space and budget allow, consider hiring a local band or musician. Visit for area bands or to find classical quartets and voices. Pro Tip: Campion String Quartet includes some of Rochester Symphony’s finest.

Local Luxuries

Guests spending the night? Give them a five-star feel in the guest bathroom with local soaps and toiletries like handcrafted goat milk soap from Bare Naked Soap Company or a locally made Shaving Puck from Scrub Your Butt Soap Company.

Downtown Underground

When out-of-towners visit, consider taking them downtown—no matter the weather. Try a weekday lunch at Victoria’s Ristorante followed by a tour of the “subway level” to visit Carroll’s Corn (photo op!). Pop out at street level to pass the Peace Plaza. Inside University Square, enjoy dessert at Chocolaterie Stam or a glass of wine at Chester’s. Cheers!

Business Hospitality

Need custom gifts for employees or businesses? Formerly called Gift Rochester, Neighborly Gifts curates unique products and private online stores made up of only local goods and services. Local and custom—how chic and unique.

Feature Flowers

Whether you’re hosting or have been invited to attend, flowers are a go-to. From stunning tabletop floral arrangements to seasonal bouquets, visit Flowers by Jerry or Tulips & Truffles (where the “Designer’s Choice” fails to disappoint because a true floral artist decides for you).

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Gina is a writer and author living in Rochester with her husband, two entertaining children and whoodle pup.

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