News Release - City Celebrates Grand Opening of Abode Rochester in South Wedge

City of Rochester

News Release

(Friday, April 25, 2014) – City Neighborhood and Business Development Commissioner Delmonize ‘Del’ Smith and New York State Senator Joe Robach joined partners Ariane Krenichyn and Amanda DeFisher today at the ceremonial ribbon cutting to celebrate the grand opening of Abode Rochester at 289 Gregory St.

“It is my pleasure to welcome Abode Rochester to the South Wedge Neighborhood,” said Commissioner Smith. “This unique store will be a wonderful addition to a commercial district that already enjoys a reputation for its eclectic offerings. Ariane and Amanda will be wonderful partners as we work together to advance the revitalization efforts that are well underway in this part of the city.”

Abode opened on April 2 and offers a unique selection of home furnishings, décor, and gifts at affordable prices. In addition to some vintage pieces, the store also offers art and crafts from local artisans as well as nationally sourced pieces. Abode grew out of a passion for incorporating interior design elements to create living spaces that feel modern, unique and cozy.

Amanda DeFisher has over five years of experience in retail management and Ariane Krenichyn has worked in research and consumer insights for the past 10 years.
“We are thrilled to be joining the South Wedge community,” said Amanda DeFisher. “We’re dedicated to contributing to the unique vibe of the neighborhood, and know that our hand selected items from local, national and vintage designers will give shoppers fresh and inspiring ways to express their personal style without costing an arm and a leg.”

Abode received financial assistance in the form of a small business micro-loan from PathStone and First Niagara bank. The store is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from noon to 7 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.


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