This edition of What’s New in Ontario County highlights three new businesses in downtown Geneva where you can drink, eat and shop.
Do you love vintage-hip fashions, antique housewares and furniture, design-décor fru-fru and truly unique costume and hand-crafted jewelry? Then Serendipity Boutique, pictured above, will provide a mega-dose of retail therapy.Shop owner Linda Viertel offers a thoughtfully curated selection of items that have that old soul look and feel, whether they’ve been gently used or not. 446 Exchange Street, Geneva, 315-789-0900.
Linden Street, the small but mighty side street that connects Castle and Seneca streets, continues to blossom as a foodie’s fairway with the opening of two delicious venues. In the summer and fall months, Linden Street closes to traffic on the weekends, making it a festive place for al fresco dining and strolling.
Kashong Creek Craft Cider, shown below, is where you can sip and savor hard ciders from the Finger Lakes and from around the globe. Owner and cider maker Dan Bissell, who also makes wine, will soon be offering some of his own Finger Lakes ciders. Each night Dan and his bartenders also offer a small variety of cider-based cocktails that never cease to amaze me. It’s like a little bit of Brooklyn chic in the Finger Lakes. Not sure about hard cider yet? Wine, beer and spirits are also served. 87 Castle Street (on the corner of Linden), Geneva, 315-325-4779.
Hungry? Next door to Kashong Creek is Finger Lakes Sausage & Beer, pictured below, a casual "wienery" whose menu includes a variety of specialty sausages and whose décor highlights images of sausage-like dogs (dachshund lovers, this place will speak to you). The sausages are served in a roll, but I prefer to order a “plate” with a wedge salad, baked beans and fantastic sauerkraut. To wash it down, a glass of wine or a mug of beer. 8 Linden Street, Geneva, 315-325-4125.