Checking in with some newer Webster businesses

9 Sep

A look at Cafe Sewciety’s new classroom.

Not long ago I got an e-newsletter from my friend Judy Merritt at Café Sewciety Quilts, in which she announced that her little shop was celebrating its first year anniversary.  That’s quite an achievement. It’s tough for new small businesses to make a go of it, especially in today’s economy.  Witness the recent closing of A Barker’s  Dozen after only about 16 months.

It got me to thinking about some other young businesses in town, many of which I wrote about when they opened. I thought it might be fun to check in and see how they’re doing.

First, let’s go back to Café Sewciety.  When Judy bought the little house on Ridge Road a little more than a year ago, it was in dire need of redecorating and remodeling.  She and her husband worked tirelessly to turn its two main rooms into a charming little quilter’s shop and classroom with a small but diverse selection of quilting and sewing supplies.

In the year since, Judy has quadrupled her inventory and turned the garage area into a dedicated classroom. Plus she’s also upgraded her website to offer online purchases.

Read my original blog about Café Sewciety Quilts here.

Danny and Jessica Barry transformed Webster’s Four Corners.

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A year ago September 23, Danny and Jessica Barry officially opened the doors to Barry’s Old School Irish Pub and Bakery, transforming the village’s Four Corners.  They transformed a corner which had been an eyesore for years and created a business which which is so much more than just an Irish a pub — Barry’s is more like a community meeting hall, where friends meet over scones, co-workers raise a Guinness together, and where onetime strangers have come to feel like family.

Barry’s is still going strong, and is already planning its one-year Grand Opening anniversary in October.  In this first year they have greatly expanded their menu and beer offerings, and instituted weekly special events including Wednesday night Trivia Night and a Sunday morning brunch.

Read my original blog about Barry’s Old School Irish here.

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Take a short stroll from Barry’s down East Main Street and you’ll come across Webster Hots, now owned by Debbie and Pat Bush. Debbie and Pat didn’t start their business from scratch, but they did take it over from the previous owners back in January, and have been doing very well since. This summer they solidified their position as a favorite summer meal stop when they added ice cream to their menu.

Check out the first blog I wrote about Webster Hots here.

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Walter Scott at his new East Main Street location.

Cross the street from Webster Hots and you’ll see Webster Gourmet. The first time I wrote about Webster Gourmet was about two years ago, not long after Walter Scott opened the specialty foods shop on West Main Street.  Last January I had occasion to write about it again, to announce that Walter had moved to his current location on East Main Street. The move meant more space for the fledgling business, allowing Walter to expand his inventory and regularly bring in new products.  As a result, the business continues to attract new customers and is thriving in its new location.

Next time you’re in the village, you might see Walter sitting outside his shop watching the world go by. Make sure to stop for a chat. The teapot is always on.

See my most recent blog about Webster Gourmet here.

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When BC’s Chicken Coop moved into Webster Village, I immediately had a new favorite chicken place.

The Chicken Coop is kind of hidden off the beaten path on South Ave., but this little restaurant has developed a loyal and steadily growing clientele in the more than two years it’s been in business.  Owners Brandie Rauber and Christina Wasson have significantly expanded their menu since they opened, and starting this week, will be open for lunch Wednesday-Friday.

The Chicken Coop, by the way, recently was recognized as one of Rochesterians’ favorite restaurants on urbanspoon.com.

Check out my original blog about BC’s Chicken Coop here.

 

 

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