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CINDY ZICARI ARENA: THE FUNNIEST WOMAN YOU HAVE NEVER MET…YET

PHOTOS BY BRODY WHEELER

Some of you may already know our cover woman as “Rochester’s Funniest Person” while others may know her as the Pickle Pizza viral sensation, but one thing is for sure — when you meet Cindy Zicari Arena, you will never forget her and her sense of humor. The risqué yet down-to-earth comedian (and expert pizza maker) sat down with Rochester Woman Online to share more about her colorful past, rough seasons and laughter, and how using the experiences you have been through can ultimately help you fulfill your purpose in life.

Q: Cindy, I am so excited to sit down with you and learn more about your life. What is your background, where are you from, and what do you do when you are not performing on stages across the country?

A: I am a 59 year-old mother of two who has always loved to laugh and have fun. Born and raised in Rochester, I currently live in Irondequoit with my partner of 18 years. I work full time at Rhino’s Pizzeria where I went viral for the pickle pizza. Can you believe it? Not my comedy but a pizza! In my free time, I enjoy watching My 600-lb Life, Hoarders, 90 Day Fiancé, and any show that helps uplift me.Continue reading

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2022 MAY SHE HUSTLES TALKS: MARIANNE WARFLE

PHOTOS BY JULIE OLDFIELD

Recently I was able to reconnect with Marianne Warfle, owner of the newly opened Neutral Ground Coffeehouse in Pittsford, NY. I knew from the moment that we sat down in her beautiful venue, that we had big things we were going to do together…again!

I met Marianne in 2018 when she was then managing the Port of Rochester and the venue above it called the Greenhouse. We immediately connected, started planning events, and were planning coordinating some other things for the coming months. Well, then the pandemic decided to make its appearance, Marianne’s life is completely turned upside with a life changing diagnosis, a long time relationship ends, and then by chance I see her post on social media about opening her new dream business.

So, of course I decided to stop in and catch up with her, and we talked for hours about her truly incredible, courageous and inspirational journey. So now let me introduce you to our May 2022 She Hustles Talks cover woman…from Hell to neutral ground. we have Marianne Warfle.Continue reading

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CAPITAL WOMAN ONLINE: THE HON. MAYOR KATHY SHEEHAN

PHOTOS BY DOUG MITCHELL PHOTOGRAPHY, TIMES UNION & OTHERS

Capital Woman Online: “Thank you. Good morning, Mayor. Thank you so much for having Capital Woman Online here to speak with you this morning. We would just like to learn a little more about the Mayor of Albany. So, could you please tell us a little about your background, and have you always been in Albany?.

Mayor Sheehan: “Well, first of all, we are really excited to have you here in this market. It’s wonderful to have something that is empowering for women and, you know, I’ve been in Albany. Continue reading

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CAMILLE CONTI: Necessity Is The Mother Of All Inventions

BY MARISA ZEPPIERI  I  PHOTOS BY BRODY WHEELER

Trademarked as New York’s Divine Channel, “Queen” of organic clean beauty, and a love and success coach, Camille Conti can now add Rochester Woman Online cover woman to her list of accomplishments. We are excited to be able to showcase all of Camille’s accomplishments and business success along with her long lasting en- trepreneurial spirit in our annual April women entrepreneurs edition.Continue reading

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APRIL 2022 SHE HUSTLES TALKS: HALI ROCKOW OF BUFFALO BLEACHED

PHOTOS BY MICHELE ASHLEE

In the latest edition of She Hustles Talks, women entrepreneurs highlight, we have a young “ladyboss” hustling her way to the top! Please welcome Hali Rockow, owner of Buffalo Bleached. And no, she is not located in Buffalo, NY, she is right here in Rochester!

Tell us about yourself, your background, and how you started Buffalo Bleached.
My name is Hali and I’m the owner and founder of Buffalo Bleached! I’m a 24-year-old Rochester native. I’m a full-time student at SUNY Brockport majoring in Public Health and Sociology. Shortly after making the decision to go back to school and finish my degree, the business happened on complete accident!

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FASHION & BEAUTY, SPECIAL FEATURES

STACEY & JENA: THE COSMETIC QUEENS

Tell us a little bit about Stacey & Jena, (or as we will now know you, the Cosmetic Queens) and your backgrounds.
Stacey is a Board Certified Physician Assistant and Jena is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner at Syracuse Plastic Surgery.

Jena earned her degree at SUNY Upstate Medical University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She was also a member of Sigma Theta Tau – International Honor Society of Nursing.

Stacey also received her her degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University graduating Summa Cum Laude. She was her class President and served on the Upstate Student Government and Sports Medicine Club. She has been trained by multiple distinguished esthetic providers from all over the world.Continue reading

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NIECEY JOSEY: Creating A Uniquely Styled Brand & Network

PHOTOS BY VINRELO

Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? Where did you get your education?
My name is Niecey Josey, and I was born and raised in Southside Jamaica Queens, NY. I graduated high school from Queens Vocational & Technical school. My major was Cosmetology, but we see how that ended up working out. For college I started off in Business Administration, but switched to [American Sign Language], or ASL. Fast forward, I’ve been in visual merchandising for over 10+ yrs. Currently, I am a Brand Strategist and Minimalist Stylist located in Manhattan, NY. I am the owner of the brand named ‘Vinrelo’ and the ‘Brand on a Budget Network’ which consists of over 26 members and three interns.Continue reading

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MARISA ZEPPIERI: “YOU LOOK FABULOUS”

“You look fabulous!” It’s a phrase we hear over and over again in life – one that can be considered innocuous and complimentary. But for someone living with a chronic or invisible illness, this dreaded phrase can be seem like a double-edged sword. “There is such a fine line in our society of what someone who is sick or diagnosed with an illness should ‘look like,” shares Marisa Zeppieri, someone who has been living with multiple chronic illnesses since she was an infant. “If you look too sick, you get stares and questions about being contagious. You can be ridiculed for not ‘doing something with yourself’ or measuring up to what people think you should look like. And on the other side of the coin, if you look good, people question the validity of your illness and its severity. There is no happy medium between the two.”Continue reading

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NINA PURHENN: LIVING HER “GOAL DIGGER” LIFESTYLE

PHOTOS BY MICHAL LEPORE, DOUG MITCHELL, BRODY WHEELER

GOAL DIGGER. One who utilizes ambition and persistence toward a particular achievement and won’t stop until the desired outcome is attained Well this truly defines our latest She Hustles Talks cover woman Nina Purhenn.

Recently we had the pleasure to sit down with Nina and talk about her goals, where her journey is taking her, plans for hustling in the future and more. She Hustles even got to enjoy Nina perform on stage at the December Catwalk for Kidneys fashion show where she launched her clothing line Goalline Lifestyle, and gave the audience an epic performance of her spoken word poetry.

Let us introduce you to a woman with goals…Nina Purhenn.Continue reading

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THE EPITOME OF SUCCESS: SAGE RUTTY’S Sandra Wehner & Teresa Robinson

PHOTOS BY BRODY WHEELER

Sandra Wehner, CFP® is a Financial Advisor and corporate vice president at Rochester-based Sage Rutty & Company, Inc. With over 40 years in the industry, she has worked at the firm for nearly three decades. Sandy firmly believes that investing money is critically important, but she knows that enjoying life is equally as significant. Her direct and honest search for answers allows for a clear path to helping her clients understand exactly what they need to do and why for peace of mind in retirement.Continue reading

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