The first ShareSomeROCLove Gift Drop took place on Black Friday -- thankfully the weather was as agreeable as it could be for the season and it was safe to leave the bag without fear of it getting destroyed by weather! For the this drop, I chose High Falls Terrace Park, which you'll find along the newly renovated Brewery Trail, an undisputed gem of our cityscape. The Brewery Trail itself offers the perfect blend of historic architecture, contemporary art installations, and welcoming local businesses, while High Falls Terrace Park, a hidden oasis along the Brewery Trail, provided the ideal setting for this drop with its unbeatable view of High Falls.
Now - as for the gift itself, let's dive deeper into the magic of each part of the gift drop starting with the small piece of art by Dellarious. Visit the Dellarious shop (they also have a Brick and Mortar at the Rochester Public Market), and you'll be transported into a world where local artist Mike Dellaria skillfully captures the spirit of Rochester in vibrant and unique ways. The Rochester logo art print included in the drop, a testament to his talent, merges art with local pride, making it a perfect addition to any Rochester enthusiast's collection.
Next up, the gift included a free subscription to 585 Magazine, a local publication that serves as a gateway to all things Rochester. Navigating the culture of our city, 585 showcases the latest in arts, culture, and community, and provides Rochester residents with an insider's perspective on the hidden gems that make Rochester truly special, which is one of our goals too! This subscription, good for a free year of issues, is your backstage pass to the heartbeat of our community.
Now, let's talk cozy style -- its getting to be that time of the year anyways! This year we included a Rochester beanie, available at Peppermint, located in the Culver Road Armory. Stepping into Peppermint is like entering a curated haven (heaven even!) of all things Rochester chic. The beanie, adorned with the iconic ROC Rochester logo, offers style and warmth, a perfect accessory for embracing the Rochester winter vibes. We included the black version, but they have multiple colors available. Oh - and the wooden pennant? It's also at Peppermint, and definitely a timeless piece that proudly declares your love for Rochester in a way that effortlessly blends charm and design. Peppermint has a whole section upstairs dedicated to Rochester love, and each piece is a nod to the local businesses that make Rochester a community worth celebrating.
Rounding out the gift pack is a small holiday ornament from Christine and Co. Christine works at Peppermint, but also has an Etsy shop where you'll discover a treasure trove of handmade delights that capture the essence of the season. This particular ornament, shaped like a winter hat with the phrase "Raaaaachester," is not just a decoration; it's a celebration of our city's personality and an inside joke that gives a nod to the regional accent they say we have around here!
As always, we offer thanks to the local businesses and community members that contributed to this gift package—you're the real MVPs, making Rochester shine brighter! So, whether you are a Rochester native or a new ROC explorer, go head to the Brewery Trail, discover the hidden treasures, and support the incredible businesses that make our city truly special! More gift drops await you this year, stay tuned to our Instagram and Facebook pages to be notified when they will be heading out in the wild for you to find!