Something for Your Palate

Over the next few weeks, each Rochester Mall will be sitting down with one of their restaurant managers or owners to get the inside scoop on their menus, favorites and what makes their dining experience special.

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The first segment is with Benucci’s Italian Restaurant, located in the State Street Wing at The Mall at Greece Ridge, where we sat down with Elizabeth, one of the two Restaurant Managers.

We will warn you, if you keep reading this, you’re going to get hungry.

Name:  Elizabeth Lincoln, Restaurant Manager (the other Restaurant Manager is Christine Button)

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How long have you been with Benucci’s?  I’ve been with Benucci’s since March 2014.

What’s the favorite appetizer on the menu?  If we are talking customers’, definitely the calamari fritta, but mine is the mozzarella fritta.  Its fresh mozzarella, not from a block and the balsamic glaze gives it the right kick!

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Favorite drink ordered?  This one is a toss-up between Blue Sapphire and Pomegranate Martini.

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Do you have seasonal dishes that are a big hit?  We don’t necessarily have seasonal dishes, but do a lot of specials including the recent Chicken Rollette (chicken stuffed with artichokes, roasted red peppers and feta) and the Steak Sirloin we served for Mother’s Day was a big hit – it had a fantastic BBQ demi-glaze that people really enjoyed.

Busiest day of the week?  Surprisingly, Wednesdays and Thursdays

Favorite dessert?  Mine is the Chocolate Flourless Torte, but customers are all over the board because all of our desserts are house made.

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What are the details for the upcoming party room?  The party room will hold up to 80 people, it includes a bar set-up, LCD projector/screen and is perfect for pharmaceutical meetings, rehearsal dinners, baby showers and even Superbowl parties!  It’s slated to open mid to late July.

What makes this location different from the Pittsford one?  This location can accommodate larger parties, which seem to be very popular up to this point.  There are three sections that can seat up to 16 people.  Also, the bar is a little bigger.

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What’s the one thing you want customers to know about your restaurant or take away from their dining experience?  Remember that Benucci’s is a locally owned business.  Although it’s really well put together and may seem like a franchise or corporate restaurant, it’s still a small, locally owned business that focuses on excellent customer service.  We really like becoming part of the community and thoroughly enjoy our regulars!

Don’t Forget Dad!

With Father’s Day around the corner – only 5 more shopping days left! – let us help you find a gift that Dad is sure to love!

Is Dad the techy type?  Outdoor wireless speaker system from Brookstone at Eastview allows dad to listen to his favorite music on his smart phone outside, on sale for $149.99. Speaker is also water resistant so it can be poolside. Also at Brookstone, The Snackman is something dad can take to work (along with a bag of his favorite treats). He’ll be the office favorite! Under $40! You can also help keep Dad safe while driving with this Brookstone hands-free phone clip. Simply attach to an air vent and the phone snaps in… just $24.99.

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Maybe Dad needs a little pampering?  Keep Dad well groomed all year with products from The Art of Shaving at Eastview. A favorite way to get started are these items from the Lexington Collection. Bath & Body Works at The Mall at Greece Ridge and The Marketplace Mall both also have an extensive collection of Men’s Products.  Their most popular fragrance, Ocean For Men, is currently available for 50% off as part of the store’s Semi-Annual Sale!  Just released in February 2014, Midnight for Men, is flying off the shelves (The Marketplace Mall store manager said they can’t keep it in stock!) and also part of the 50% off promotion going on now.

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Did you know Yankee Candle has an entire men’s line?  Buy Dad fun scents like Riding Mower, Man Town and Mmmm, Bacon!

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If your dad is more of a wine guy, check out Gift-ology at The Marketplace Mall and buy him one of these fun wine bottle holders or other wine related accessories.

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And, of course, Dad always appreciates new sports equipment and outdoor gear!  Dick’s Sporting Goods has an extensive collection of both.  These golf clubs, bags, tennis rackets and fishing poles were just a sampling of what we found!

sportsLastly, why not get Dad something from The Mall at Greece Ridge’s Scott’s Hallmark Store?  They carry the Life is Good line, along with fun trinkets including this Star Wars flask!

 

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We know that no matter what you decide to get Dad for Father’s Day, he’ll absolutely love it. Just in case though – there’s always a WMG Style Card.  That way, Dad can buy exactly what he wants.  Happy Father’s Day!

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Hippity Hoppity Easter’s On Its Way!

Looking for something fun to do with the kids this weekend? Bring them to visit the Easter Bunny at your favorite Rochester Mall!

At Eastview the bunny is located in Main Court (near LEGO), at The Mall at Greece Ridge the bunny is in Center Court (near the Food Court) and at The Marketplace Mall you’ll find him at Center Court (near Starbucks).

Bunny hours at all three malls are:

Monday – Friday 11:00am – 3:00pm and 4:00pm – 8:00pm

Saturday 10:00am – 8:00pm

Sunday 12:00pm – 6:00pm (11:00am at Eastview)

Good news if you’re a Style Points member: Visit the bunny and receive 25 loyalty points! Purchase a photo package and receive 50 points! Not a member? Visit Customer Service and sign up today for free. Points are good toward free mall gift cards! Click here to learn more.

Be sure to visit the bunny before he hops away on April 19th!

 

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Ready for spring? Here’s your quick wardrobe guide.

Raise your hand if you’re ready for spring! After this long, cold winter in upstate New York it’s safe to assume most of us are ready to ditch our heavy coats, gloves and hats and replace them with spring jackets, sandals and crop pants. If you’re looking for some ideas on how to make sure your wardrobe is on point, here’s a quick need-to-know guide for spring 2014 fashion.

 

 

Colors and patterns: This spring we are seeing a lot of soft, natural pastels – pinks, peaches, blues, and purples. Also, more delicate patterns (florals, polka dots and thinner stripes). Looking for a few key pieces? We recommend investing in a couple pairs of ankle crop pants, a nice jacket/blazer (or two!), new nude flats or strappy heels (depending on what you like best) and some fun jewelry. More fitted pieces remain on-trend this season so remember not to lose yourself in something baggy. If it fits properly, it’s more flattering.  Don’t forget many of our stores offer personal shoppers or have associates who are ready to help you find something in style that you are comfortable in and that you look great in… so don’t be afraid to ask for help!

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Since our weather is so changeable, it can be difficult to know which season to dress for. We recommend investing in a few cute cotton dresses that you can easily pair with leggings. If the snow returns (and we’re hoping it’s done!) you can throw on some socks and ankle boots. When spring is here to stay you can ditch the boots and wear a ballet flat with the leggings… then lose the leggings and throw on a strappy heel when it’s warm enough!

Need a look that can easily go from day to night? Pair your work outfit with a knit blazer or jacket! This works great for those dresses we mentioned as well as those ankle crop pants. You can have a fun top under the jacket and go from day to night quite simply. Also making a quick hairstyle change/jewelry change can give your look a little extra oomph.

And guys – we didn’t forget about you. This spring cool, neutral colors – and earthtones (tans, creams, and greens) are in.  Layering is still popular for you (cotton button down with a tie and a cardigan or sweater over top). We also can’t get enough of the denim and blazer combo – like you see here from Banana Republic.

 

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Tell us – what fashion trend are you most looking forward to? Don’t forget if you’re looking for the latest sales and coupons to download your favorite mall mobile app to your Droid or iPhone — just search Eastview, The Mall at Greece Ridge or The Marketplace Mall. Specials are added daily!

Happy shopping… and happy spring!

~Your Rochester Malls.

12 Days of Giving Day 12: A Gorgeous Gift From Michael Kors at Eastview!

If the holiday season had a signature color, red would be it. So it’s only fitting that the FINAL Rochester Malls 12 Days of Giving gift is a gorgeous red leather tote from the Michael Kors store at Eastview!

Michael Kors opened their first store in the Rochester area at Eastview in August 2013 just behind Starbucks in the Von Maur wing of the mall. Michael Kors is a popular international brand that has been seen on celebrities such as Jessica Beil, Brooklyn Decker, Cindy Crawford, and Michelle Obama. With a style can be described as chic and timeless, but fresh, our Michael Kors store carries women’s fashions, shoes, and handbags along with unisex accessories.

Our last 12 Days of Giving gift comes directly from the store. The wildly popular jet set travel tote, valued at $228, is in the highly coveted red saffiano leather. It features gold hardware and buckled shoulder straps with a seven inch drop. The iconic hanging MK circle logo charm accents the bag along with a gold Michael Kors logo on the top center. Inside there is one zip and one open pocket. We don’t blame you if you want to keep this gorgeous gift for yourself!

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If you’d like the chance to win you must “like” the post on one of the mall Facebook pages (either The Mall at Greece Ridge, Eastview or The Marketplace Mall) and comment on the blog before midnight tonight. Good luck!

(A few notes about the Rochester Malls 12 Days of Giving promotion: You must like the post on one of the mall Facebook pages (either Eastview, The Marketplace Mall or The Mall at Greece Ridge) and comment on the blog. Only one comment per person is necessary to be eligible to win. Comments posted to the blog may need to be approved by the moderator before they appear. You must comment before midnight on the date the prize is posted. A winner will be randomly selected by the mall and/or the store featured. Winners will be notified on Facebook and the blog. Gifts must be picked up at the featured mall no later than 12/31/13.)

12 Days of Giving, Day 11: A Taste of State Street

The 11th Day of Giving is a “Taste of State Street” at The Mall at Greece Ridge.

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A gift for you, a gift to share or a gift to give – this one will be a great bonus for your holiday season!  Sample all of the delectable offerings of the new State Street with a $50 gift card to Bar Louie, a $25 gift card to Moe’s Southwest Grill, a $10 gift certificate to Sugar Mountain Bake Shoppe and a $10 gift card to Tim Hortons.

Any of these would be a great stocking stuffer, way to thank a staff member or a night out for the family!

If you’d like to win today’s gift you must like the post on one of the mall Facebook pages (either The Mall at Greece Ridge, Eastview or The Marketplace Mall) and comment on the blog before midnight tonight. It’s that simple!  Good luck!

Congrats to Lauren G., winner of the “Taste of State Street” gift!

(A few notes about the Rochester Malls 12 Days of Giving promotion: You must like the post on one of the mall Facebook pages (either Eastview, The Marketplace Mall or The Mall at Greece Ridge) and comment on the blog. Only one comment per person is necessary to be eligible to win. Comments posted to the blog may need to be approved by the moderator before they appear. You must comment before midnight on the date the prize is posted. A winner will be randomly selected by the mall and/or the store featured. Winners will be notified on Facebook and the blog. Gifts must be picked up at the featured mall no later than 12/31/13.)

12 Days of Giving, Day 10: Make-up and Brushes from Sephora!

The last gift coming from The Marketplace Mall is from Sephora at JCPenney! Sephora just opened at JCP last month and has been hoppin’ with eager shoppers ever since!

Sephora has donated two collection items: the Holiday Light Show Brush set (value $160) and the Makeup Academy Blockbuster (value $210).

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The seven-piece holiday light show brush set can be organized easily and displayed fashionably with the included sleek stand. The brush handles are set in a metallic rainbow finish, and the stand allows you to find the brush you need quickly and easily.

This set contains: Black acrylic stand, Powder brush, Foundation brush, Face contour brush, Crease brush, Shadow brush, and Slanted eyeliner brush.

The makeup academy palette will enable you to create thousands of looks for all skintones, desires, and occasions. Combine the waterproof eye shadows and long-lasting cream eyeliners for beautiful, all-day appeal. Discover lip gloss shades from natural and charming to daring and bright. For complexion, apply the concealer closest to your skintone and finish with a flattering blush. Go from day to night and playful to smoldering—all with one versatile palette stocked with easy-to-love formulas and tools.

This set contains: 72 eye shadow, 10 lipgloss, 18 lipgloss, 7 blush, 18 eyeliner crème, 3 concealer, eye shadow primer, lip primer, 2 x double-ended sponge tip applicator, Double-ended eye shadow brush, Double-ended blush brush, Mirror.

If you’d like the chance to win today’s gift you must “like” the post on one of the mall Facebook pages (either The Mall at Greece Ridge, Eastview or The Marketplace Mall) and comment on the blog before midnight tonight. Good luck!

(A few notes about the Rochester Malls 12 Days of Giving promotion: You must like the post on one of the mall Facebook pages (either Eastview, The Marketplace Mall or The Mall at Greece Ridge) and comment on the blog. Only one comment per person is necessary to be eligible to win. Comments posted to the blog may need to be approved by the moderator before they appear. You must comment before midnight on the date the prize is posted. A winner will be randomly selected by the mall and/or the store featured. Winners will be notified on Facebook and the blog. Gifts must be picked up at the featured mall no later than 12/31/13.)

12 Days of Giving Day 9: Gifts To Keep And Share From Papyrus at Eastview

On day nine of your Rochester Malls 12 Days of Giving event, one lucky winner will receive gifts from Papyrus at Eastview that will help ensure they (and some of those nearest and dearest to them!) have a joyous 2014.

Papyrus opened their first area store at Eastview in in October. Founded in 1950 in the family kitchen of Marcel and Margrit Schurman, the company was inspired by a love of fine art with a vision for products of uncompromising quality. 60 years and over 450 stores later, Papyrus offers an array of products including custom printed announcements, products for entertaining, greeting cards, gift wrap, gift bags, stationery, note cards, journals and unique gift products.

Today’s gifts are ones to keep, and share! It includes a tongue-in-cheek humorous book titled “How To Look Hot In A Minivan” (a real women’s guide to losing weight, looking great and dressing chic in the age of the celebrity mom), a chic fashion 2014 calendar, and our favorite gift – A Year of Gratitude. This kit is designed to inspire 52 weeks of “Giving Thanks”, and includes 4 unique designs with a total of 52 cards with envelopes and a journal. It will help you make room for gratitude in your life, with one thank-you card for you to send each week, tips on writing a meaningful note, and a journal to keep track of your thoughts. We’ve even included a Jonathan Adler pen set to write your notes with, and three sheets of designer Papyrus wrapping paper (in case you decide to gift any of these items to others).

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If you’d like the chance to win today’s gift you must “like” the post on one of the mall Facebook pages (either The Mall at Greece Ridge, Eastview or The Marketplace Mall) and comment on the blog before midnight tonight. Good luck!

(A few notes about the Rochester Malls 12 Days of Giving promotion: You must like the post on one of the mall Facebook pages (either Eastview, The Marketplace Mall or The Mall at Greece Ridge) and comment on the blog. Only one comment per person is necessary to be eligible to win. Comments posted to the blog may need to be approved by the moderator before they appear. You must comment before midnight on the date the prize is posted. A winner will be randomly selected by the mall and/or the store featured. Winners will be notified on Facebook and the blog. Gifts must be picked up at the featured mall no later than 12/31/13.)

12 Days of Giving Day 8: Kirkland’s Home Store

The 8th Day of Giving features great gifts from Kirkland’s Home Store, valued at $100.

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This gift is truly about the holidays and spending it with the ones you love.  It includes a wine cork holder, a wine tea light candle holder, a snowman cheese plate and cutting knife, a set of 3 holiday serving bowls, 4 holiday mugs, a Sherpa blanket, 4 holiday cheese (or dessert) plates and a set of 4 colorful wine glasses.

We cannot take the credit on this one – Dan, Kirkland’s Store Manager, put this fantastic prize together.  He combined everything that makes the holiday season “warm” and fun!

If you’d like to win today’s gift you must like the post on one of the mall Facebook pages (either The Mall at Greece Ridge, Eastview or The Marketplace Mall) and comment on the blog before midnight tonight. It’s that simple!  Good luck!

Congrats to Lea B., she has won this great gift from Kirkland’s!  Lea, please check your email on how to pick up your gift.

 (A few notes about the Rochester Malls 12 Days of Giving promotion: You must like the post on one of the mall Facebook pages (either Eastview, The Marketplace Mall or The Mall at Greece Ridge) and comment on the blog. Only one comment per person is necessary to be eligible to win. Comments posted to the blog may need to be approved by the moderator before they appear. You must comment before midnight on the date the prize is posted. A winner will be randomly selected by the mall and/or the store featured. Winners will be notified on Facebook and the blog. Gifts must be picked up at the featured mall no later than 12/31/13.)

12 Days of Giving, Day 7: MET-Rx 180 Workout Program from Vitamin World

This is the perfect gift for any guy or girl looking to kick-off an amazing workout routine as part of their New Year’s Resolution! Vitamin World has donated the MET-Rx 180 workout program…if you’re a fan of P90X and Insanity – you’ll love this!

Met-Rx® 180 Workout Program is a  revolutionary 90-day fitness program.

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• 12 Disc DVD Series featuring 16 workouts
• Resistance Band
• Fitness Ball with Pump
• Retractable Tape Measure
• Skin Caliper Kit
• Nutrition Guide
• Fitness Guide and Workout Journal

Vitamin World’s commitment to producing the highest quality products is evident in the many sophisticated tests we perform throughout the production process. In many ways, Vitamin World has set the standard for high quality vitamin manufacturing. Become a member and receive 20-50% savings on a regular basis, plus many Buy One, Get One deals are offered throughout the year. Vitamin World is located in the Macy’s Wing.

If you’d like the chance to win today’s gift you must “like” the post on one of the mall Facebook pages (either The Mall at Greece Ridge, Eastview or The Marketplace Mall) and comment on the blog before midnight tonight. Good luck!

(A few notes about the Rochester Malls 12 Days of Giving promotion: You must like the post on one of the mall Facebook pages (either Eastview, The Marketplace Mall or The Mall at Greece Ridge) and comment on the blog. Only one comment per person is necessary to be eligible to win. Comments posted to the blog may need to be approved by the moderator before they appear. You must comment before midnight on the date the prize is posted. A winner will be randomly selected by the mall and/or the store featured. Winners will be notified on Facebook and the blog. Gifts must be picked up at the featured mall no later than 12/31/13.)