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(585) Magazine 2014 – 2019

(585) Magazine Sep/Oct 2015 debut Dates & Nuts illustration by Lissa Mathis

What began as a public relations pitch in the spring of 2014 became roles as a contributing dating/ relationship advice columnist and an editor-at-large covering myriad subjects and regional personalities. Articles marked with an asterisk (*) were cover stories.


Down to a fine art: At home with Brian O’Neill

Kiln it: Small plates and other tiny treasures from Cat Clay

Seeing the wood for the trees: Meet Jeff Giannone of Entrada Woodworking *

Soaking it all in: The Swan Dive’s splashy visuals

Somm kind of wonderful: Regional wine pros living life ‘on the grid’ *

T-Shirt time! RoCo celebrates forty years with wearable art

Elements of Stylee: Traffic stopping spring looks from a Monroe Avenue treasure *

Redefining home: Art, music, and fine cuisine enhance the life of local seniors

A life of many layers: Barbetorium’s Jes Sutton

Fruits of their labor: The transformative power of public art *

The vast supper: Bite off more than you can chew at Nosh *

What 2 Where – I feel ya, Ophelia

Let me mezcal you, Sweetheart: On the rocks with Bitter Honey *

Yo’ mama’s so… Mother and daughter YogaVibe is no joke

Hot collar test: The electric aesthetic of Lucky Nahum’s Vluxe

Fashion plates: Set the scene to complement your cuisine

What 2 Where – DIY-er Maker: Fashion and creative arts thrive in Rochester

Through the merchant’s glass: Creating a ‘mint’ window display

The evolution of media: It’s all relative for the Alharts

Poetry & Pie: Come for the reading, stay for dessert

The Playhouse and Swillburger: Combination arcade and burger joint invites locals to stay and play

Personal branding – Nick Giordano’s apprentices learn body piercing

The Visionaries – Profile on Tanvi Asher of Peppermint and Josean Vargas-Rodriguez of J. Vargas Designs *

Dates & Nuts 

The year I shed a thousand skins

Labored union: A man questions a trendy topic and his relationship stability

Past expiration: When an old friendship goes sour

Back to square one: Using a local art fundraiser to find love

Broody and brooding: A woman copes with her man’s sudden desire for children

My mama don’t like you: A man contends with his mother’s disapproval of his relationship

Sliding into your DMs: Weeding out creeps on social media

Oh no – just a psychotic girl: A man grapples with his difficult relationship

Living on breadcrumbs: Surviving a stage-five stringer

Check or carry-on? One man’s relationship baggage begs the question

Fast, but not furious: The ramifications of going too far on the first date

The sorrows of a youthful reader

Going out in style: Put on your best manners

A second chance at love: Retiring from work but not from dating

On the pass: Restaurant pros dish about hitting on your server

Safety first: When dating takes a dangerous turn

To boo or not to boo: The not-so-friendly ghost

Hungry for love: Adventures in dining and dating

Pride, prejudice, and pursuit: How LGBT singles are dating in the digital age

Sexts, snaps, and videotapes: You show me yours and I’ll show…everyone

Dating with a disability: An exercise in humor and humility

What’s he thinking? The ‘brofriend’ perspective on modern dating

The art of online artifice