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The newly remodeled Red Dove Tavern & Market in Geneva, NY
Red Dove Tavern & Market

When the Red Dove Tavern in downtown Geneva opened in 2007, the owners were told they were missing something they would need to survive.

Stomping Grounds exterior
Stomping Grounds

As New York businesses navigate reopening following the statewide pause, I visited Bethany Haswell to find out what’s involved in operating a retail store during an active pandemic. Haswell owns Stomping Grounds, which has been open in downtown Geneva for a decade.

Protesters fill Geneva's Bicentennial Park Wedneday.
Kelly Walker / Finger Lakes Public Radio


For the fourth day in a row, Genevans gathered peacefully in response to the killing of George Floyd and other black Americans at the hands of police.


With performance spaces due to be some of the final businesses to reopen from the New York State pause, many continue to find ways to reach their audiences virtually, online.

Like many theatres, The Smith Opera House has been hosting music performances, which they release as videos on social media. But, they’ve also made one of their popular attractions available online as well.


One business that has seen significant growth during the coronavirus pandemic is sales of alcoholic beverages. In New York state, restrictions on carry out and delivery of alcohol sales have been relaxed significantly during stay-at-home orders. But, easier access along with the stress of social isolation may lead to people having problems with alcohol.

Fox Run Vineyards

Another long standing summer event in the Finger Lakes has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This was to have been the 28th year that Fox Run Vineyards hosted its Glorious Garlic Festival. But, out of an abundance of caution and with the safety of their customers, vendors, and employees their top priority, the event has been cancelled for 2020 along with the annual Town Pants concert. Scott Osborn is president and co-owner of Fox Run Vineyards. He said they made the decision sooner rather than later so that none of the 13 to 14 thousand people who attend make plans that they have to cancel at the last minute. And, Osborn wanted to give the vendors plenty of notice.

Red Tail Ridge Winery

During the coronavirus pandemic, food insecurity has become a top of mind issue across the country. Food banks are facing unprecedented demand as the economy has ground to a halt. 

For one Finger Lakes winery, a commitment meeting the challenge of food insecurity has been a part of their business all along. Red Tail Ridge Winery on Seneca Lake produces around 9,000 cases annually. Their largest volume wine is an estate Riesling called Good Karma. The name is appropriate. For ten years, 10-percent of the profit from every bottle goes back to a food bank in the state where it’s sold.

This year’s Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance was to have been a celebration of the event’s 30th Anniversary. Now, the party will have to wait until 2021.


The City of Geneva is making changes to a grant program to provide support to small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

NYS Homes and Community Renewal (NYS HCR) has approved a plan for the city to utilize a portion of its 2020 Microenterprise Assistance Program (MAP) to assist the businesses in the city who have been negatively impacted by stay-at-home orders. The new Small Business Disaster Grant Program will provide funding to pay operating expenses. Up to $10,000 be available over a 3 month period.

Senator Chuck Schumer with wine industry representatives and local officials
Kelly Walker / Finger Lakes Public Radio

Senator Schumer joined several Finger Lakes wine makers as well as local officials and industry representatives at Fox Run Vineyards in Yates County. To produce canned wine, Finger Lakes wineries have to deal with regulations from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. Senator Schumer says the regulations are outdated and burdensome to the industry.

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