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Part 1: Finding Your Voice to Go On

Last month, Rochester Woman Online was granted behind the scenes access to a rehearsal prior to attending Leticia Ferrer-Rivera’s production “An Island in the Desert” at the Memorial Art Gallery. During the course of covering this story, Krystal Noriega-Santiago shared insight about how singing became her voice after battling to become free of a marriage plagued with domestic violence. Continue reading

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Mark & M.E.: Home of The Happy Hoo-Ha!

It is 1956, and you are parking in the parking lot at Mt Hope Shopping plaza and you see this brand-new hair salon, Style-O-Rama.  A young woman named Celia Nesser opened the salon.  She became a hair stylist when she was 18-year-old and dreamed of owning her own place.  Cecelia’s husband Joseph eventually joined her and they worked side by side for 40 years.

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Susan Katz Aser: Woman Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs start companies when they see a need in the marketplace that they can fill, whether it is creating a new product or service or targeting an underserved segment of the market. Some may argue that women entrepreneurs are more adept than their male counterparts at seeing gaps in the market and seizing the opportunity. Women entrepreneurs are agile, innovative problem-solvers, meeting corporations’ needs quickly, adapting to marketplace changes and providing deep value.Continue reading

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A Fortunate Happenstance or Pleasant Surprise…

Sojo Designs, owned and operated by Joanna Armes can be found nestled in a little shop just outside of Rochester, NY in the town of Geneva called Serendipity. Serendipity- a phrase coined by Horace Walpole in 1754 meaning “A fortunate happenstance or pleasant surprise”, seems very fitting for Joanna’s story. For someone that didn’t realize until her early 20’s that fashion design was her passion she has managed much success in less than a decade! Joanna, as you will read in this article and see as you glance at the photographs is just as beautiful on the outside as she is within. Her passion for people is genuinely refreshing. Here is her inspiring story.Continue reading

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The ReDRAGucation of Miss Deelicious

Many of us grew up with the concept of the American Dream. As the daughter and granddaughter of immigrants, the concept was sacrosanct. The belief that every American citizen has a fair chance at success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative. The notion that, through grit and grind, upward socioeconomic mobility lies ahead. How far that dream is from the nightmarish reality. For many, hard work doesn’t always come with the prospect of a better life.

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Sometimes the Pieces Most Broken are the Most Valuable of All…

Forty Years ago, a man with a truck and a vision for his family’s future stepped out to begin a small industrial steam cleaning company. That “small” company is now a family run corporation with some 200 employees. Beginning with Wegmans as their first client, Quality Services LLC., started on it’s journey of what would become a successful corporation. Continue reading

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Thinking Opposite

What a privilege it is to be able to talk to you about Thinking Opposite! But wait… what IS Thinking Opposite? That is a really good question. Thinking Opposite is just that… thinking the opposite of what you presently think.

Suspend your belief. Consider the opposite. Proceed with perspective.

Now, why would you want to do that? For many reasons:Continue reading

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Queen of Arts

Leticia Ferrer-Rivera can be described in one word: “saucy!” She is the choreographer and producer of An Island in the Desert, an upcoming show at the Memorial Art Gallery on March 18th. Diva 1 has been extended an awesome opportunity to take part in a “behind the scenes” access to the production. Leticia, who is also known in the community as the “Bomba Queen,” was born in Manhattan.

Her parents returned to their native island of Puerto Rico when she was 5 months old. After graduating from the School of Sports, her father was offered a once-in-a-life-time opportunity to study fencing in Paris. Leticia became a world-traveler and now speaks 5 languages, including Spanish, English, Italian, Korean and French.  Seeing the world, allowed Leticia to dream big. When she divorced, she returned to the island and its beloved culture in order to become a folklorist.

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What’s Hot in the Greater Rochester, NY Real Estate Market 

For most families, selling a home is one of the biggest financial decisions they will ever make. The process can be daunting, with many important questions that need to be answered. Choosing the best Realtor to market and sell your home can make all the difference, turning an otherwise difficult, stressful process into a comfortable, informed experience that you are in control of.

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