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Back in Business!

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It has been a few months since our last blog post, and Stomping Grounds is now back in business! The grand (re)opening was held on April 7 & 8. Many thanks to those of you who made a special point to pop in over the weekend. We had a great turnout, and we enjoyed showing you the new digs at 41 Seneca Street.

As we've settled back into business as usual this past week, everyone who works at Stomping Grounds has agreed that we love the new building. The store is bright and open, the layout suits our purposes very well, and Seneca Street feels incredibly vibrant. Before the move we were a little nervous about having enough room for all our stuff in the new place. Downsizing from a larger building on Castle Street meant we had to make careful choices about what would go where at the Seneca Street location. The happy result is that the entire business is now running more efficiently than ever before. And merchandise is turning over fast, which means we've already had to reorder some fun new items!    

All in all, its exciting to be open in what finally feels like our forever home. Below are a few pics of the new store plus some of the books and other goodies we're currently offering. If you haven't had a chance to stop by, we hope to see you soon! 

 

 

 

 

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Back in Business!

Posted by Bethany Haswell on

It has been a few months since our last blog post, and Stomping Grounds is now back in business! The grand (re)opening was held on April 7 & 8. Many thanks to those of you who made a special point to pop in over the weekend. We had a great turnout, and we enjoyed showing you the new digs at 41 Seneca Street.

As we've settled back into business as usual this past week, everyone who works at Stomping Grounds has agreed that we love the new building. The store is bright and open, the layout suits our purposes very well, and Seneca Street feels incredibly vibrant. Before the move we were a little nervous about having enough room for all our stuff in the new place. Downsizing from a larger building on Castle Street meant we had to make careful choices about what would go where at the Seneca Street location. The happy result is that the entire business is now running more efficiently than ever before. And merchandise is turning over fast, which means we've already had to reorder some fun new items!    

All in all, its exciting to be open in what finally feels like our forever home. Below are a few pics of the new store plus some of the books and other goodies we're currently offering. If you haven't had a chance to stop by, we hope to see you soon! 

 

 

 

 

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Renovation!

Posted by Bethany Haswell on

As the Moving Sale at 22 Castle Street draws to an end, we turn our attention to completing renovations at our new home, 41 Seneca. We started work on the Seneca Street location in early January. The first step was pulling down unnecessary walls. Luckily, our good friend Kevin has a talent for demo. With his help, the space opened up pretty quickly. Here he is at work with my dad.

In the back of the store we decided to combine two of the existing offices for use as our framing workshop. We like the idea of having an "open kitchen" for framing at the new building, so we kept the window casing from the office - just not the glass. Here are James' attempts at breaking the glass. Note the pause for putting on some safety glasses before trying a second time. James and Kevin are probably laughing because they expected smashing the glass would be a little more dramatic.  

John Marks at the Geneva Historical Society sent over a couple old photos of 41 Seneca Street. As you can see, our new building used to be a pretty slick looking downtown grocery.

  

The building has been remodeled several times since these pics were taken, but those large display windows are still pretty much intact. The interior photo from the Historical Society led us to hope we'd find nice hardwood underneath the old existing carpet. Instead, under the first layer of carpet we found a second layer of carpet. The second layer was glued to a layer of tile. The tile layer was glued directly to the original hardwood flooring. Removing all these layers was time consuming, difficult, and tedious work. It took James and several helpers almost a full week to get it done. Our daughter, Lillian, was super motivated by the challenge and managed to get some of the second rug up all by herself.      

Once the original floors were exposed, James (and others) sanded and sanded and sanded. We finally treated the wood with three coats of tung oil this past weekend. The end of work on the floors is finally approaching. After decades of wear and mistreatment, they aren't going to be perfect. But we're generally happy with the result.

James and I have discussed many ideas for how to treat the ceiling of the new store. We agreed the old acoustic drop tiles had to go. We also agreed that we wanted to do something unexpected in their place. We played around with printing large scale versions of images from the Stomping Grounds image archive. Here's a pic of our test prints on the ceiling - a 1904 map of downtown Geneva and an 1860s map of the constellations. Not going to tell you what we finally settled on. You'll have to come down and see for yourselves. 

We still have a ton of work to do (painting, electrical work, and tackling the actual move itself), but things are coming along (mostly) as expected and on schedule. We'll be wrapping up our moving sale this week, and then we'll transfer focus over to the new location for a Grand Opening in early March. We'll keep you updated!      

~Bethany

 

 

 

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Renovation!

Posted by Bethany Haswell on

As the Moving Sale at 22 Castle Street draws to an end, we turn our attention to completing renovations at our new home, 41 Seneca. We started work on the Seneca Street location in early January. The first step was pulling down unnecessary walls. Luckily, our good friend Kevin has a talent for demo. With his help, the space opened up pretty quickly. Here he is at work with my dad.

In the back of the store we decided to combine two of the existing offices for use as our framing workshop. We like the idea of having an "open kitchen" for framing at the new building, so we kept the window casing from the office - just not the glass. Here are James' attempts at breaking the glass. Note the pause for putting on some safety glasses before trying a second time. James and Kevin are probably laughing because they expected smashing the glass would be a little more dramatic.  

John Marks at the Geneva Historical Society sent over a couple old photos of 41 Seneca Street. As you can see, our new building used to be a pretty slick looking downtown grocery.

  

The building has been remodeled several times since these pics were taken, but those large display windows are still pretty much intact. The interior photo from the Historical Society led us to hope we'd find nice hardwood underneath the old existing carpet. Instead, under the first layer of carpet we found a second layer of carpet. The second layer was glued to a layer of tile. The tile layer was glued directly to the original hardwood flooring. Removing all these layers was time consuming, difficult, and tedious work. It took James and several helpers almost a full week to get it done. Our daughter, Lillian, was super motivated by the challenge and managed to get some of the second rug up all by herself.      

Once the original floors were exposed, James (and others) sanded and sanded and sanded. We finally treated the wood with three coats of tung oil this past weekend. The end of work on the floors is finally approaching. After decades of wear and mistreatment, they aren't going to be perfect. But we're generally happy with the result.

James and I have discussed many ideas for how to treat the ceiling of the new store. We agreed the old acoustic drop tiles had to go. We also agreed that we wanted to do something unexpected in their place. We played around with printing large scale versions of images from the Stomping Grounds image archive. Here's a pic of our test prints on the ceiling - a 1904 map of downtown Geneva and an 1860s map of the constellations. Not going to tell you what we finally settled on. You'll have to come down and see for yourselves. 

We still have a ton of work to do (painting, electrical work, and tackling the actual move itself), but things are coming along (mostly) as expected and on schedule. We'll be wrapping up our moving sale this week, and then we'll transfer focus over to the new location for a Grand Opening in early March. We'll keep you updated!      

~Bethany

 

 

 

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The Rumors are True... Stomping Grounds is Moving!

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Yes. We're moving again.


The building we rent at 22 Castle Street is for sale. For awhile now we've been wondering what the future of Stomping Grounds would look like if our building sold. We weren't quite sure what we wanted to do; how best to move forward. When an opportunity to relocate the business to Seneca Street came our way, we decided to go for it.

The Seneca Street location, formerly Shari's Derma Technologies, is just a block away from our current Castle Street home.  It's close to downtown parking and other retail shops. Its size, though smaller than our current location, is more appropriate to our needs. Its display windows are huge and wonderful! And the timing of this opportunity, coming right at the end of our lease at 22 Castle, is ideal.

The building at 41 Seneca Street is currently broken up into many small rooms that Shari used for spa and skin care services. Our plans include lots of renovation. Every nook and cranny of the building will be touched, and we're excited to make 41 Seneca Street feel entirely fresh and beautiful. The new Stomping Grounds will continue to offer fine art printing and custom picture framing. It will carry many of the gift items you have come to love - candles, jewelry, cards, vintage inspired art and lots of books. In addition, we plan to bring in some brand new surprises. 

To help make Stomping Grounds' transition easier, we're hosting a giant moving sale from January 9th to 31st. We hope to sell as much excess furniture and merchandise as we can in the weeks ahead. There will be markdowns on books, cards, art supplies and gifts. Tables, chairs, bookshelves, rugs, lamps, prints and picture frames will be deeply discounted. Seasonal decorations, kooky items we've used in former window displays, office equipment and cafe supplies – all sorts of odds and ends will be available for purchase. We'd rather sell it than move it, so pop down before we say goodbye to our current home.

Many thanks to Shari Bruzee for helping facilitate this relocation. If you're a client of Shari, Mary Lynn, or Brita, don't worry!  These ladies will continue to offer services at 2473 State Rt 5 & 20 in Stanley. 

 















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The Rumors are True... Stomping Grounds is Moving!

Posted by Bethany Haswell on

Yes. We're moving again.


The building we rent at 22 Castle Street is for sale. For awhile now we've been wondering what the future of Stomping Grounds would look like if our building sold. We weren't quite sure what we wanted to do; how best to move forward. When an opportunity to relocate the business to Seneca Street came our way, we decided to go for it.

The Seneca Street location, formerly Shari's Derma Technologies, is just a block away from our current Castle Street home.  It's close to downtown parking and other retail shops. Its size, though smaller than our current location, is more appropriate to our needs. Its display windows are huge and wonderful! And the timing of this opportunity, coming right at the end of our lease at 22 Castle, is ideal.

The building at 41 Seneca Street is currently broken up into many small rooms that Shari used for spa and skin care services. Our plans include lots of renovation. Every nook and cranny of the building will be touched, and we're excited to make 41 Seneca Street feel entirely fresh and beautiful. The new Stomping Grounds will continue to offer fine art printing and custom picture framing. It will carry many of the gift items you have come to love - candles, jewelry, cards, vintage inspired art and lots of books. In addition, we plan to bring in some brand new surprises. 

To help make Stomping Grounds' transition easier, we're hosting a giant moving sale from January 9th to 31st. We hope to sell as much excess furniture and merchandise as we can in the weeks ahead. There will be markdowns on books, cards, art supplies and gifts. Tables, chairs, bookshelves, rugs, lamps, prints and picture frames will be deeply discounted. Seasonal decorations, kooky items we've used in former window displays, office equipment and cafe supplies – all sorts of odds and ends will be available for purchase. We'd rather sell it than move it, so pop down before we say goodbye to our current home.

Many thanks to Shari Bruzee for helping facilitate this relocation. If you're a client of Shari, Mary Lynn, or Brita, don't worry!  These ladies will continue to offer services at 2473 State Rt 5 & 20 in Stanley. 

 















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Thanks to Radio Stations WXXI and WEOS for Hosting Stomping Grounds!

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This week co-owner of Stomping Grounds, Beth Haswell, was invited to join a panel discussion on WXXI's Connections. Beth spoke from the local public radio affiliate, WEOS, in Geneva. The featured topic was "The Future of Libraries and Bookstores," a subject approached as part Connections: Summer Book Week.  Beth's co-panelists were:  

Some of the recurring themes of the show included the opportunities for community building afforded by local libraries and bookstores, and the importance of innovation in keeping libraries and bookstores relevant in the modern age.  

Other topics covered on Summer Book Week included the big changes taking place at Rochester's Writers and Books, the future of the local publishing industry, and the new titles appearing by several local authors.

As always, the opportunity to connect with public radio listeners was much appreciated, and we enjoyed getting to know our co-panelists though WXXI's Connections

You can tune in to this episode of Connections here!

 

 

 

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This week co-owner of Stomping Grounds, Beth Haswell, was invited to join a panel discussion on WXXI's Connections. Beth spoke from the local public radio affiliate, WEOS, in Geneva. The featured topic was "The Future of Libraries and Bookstores," a subject approached as part Connections: Summer Book Week.  Beth's co-panelists were:  

Some of the recurring themes of the show included the opportunities for community building afforded by local libraries and bookstores, and the importance of innovation in keeping libraries and bookstores relevant in the modern age.  

Other topics covered on Summer Book Week included the big changes taking place at Rochester's Writers and Books, the future of the local publishing industry, and the new titles appearing by several local authors.

As always, the opportunity to connect with public radio listeners was much appreciated, and we enjoyed getting to know our co-panelists though WXXI's Connections

You can tune in to this episode of Connections here!

 

 

 

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