Posted by: maydayunderground | April 18, 2016

Sponsor Spotlight: Nox

Imagine Nox as a coffee shop with booze. Better yet, think of it as that friend’s house where, when you were a twentysomething—before you even thought the word “career”—everyone got together to hang. Informal, a cozy joint, like that friend exported his living room to a location outside of his house. Sometimes just the core of your crew; often there were new people,too—another friend to make, an acquaintance who might point you toward your next job, the friend of a friend who raised your eyebrows and prompted you to tell your host, “Introduce me, please.” Just like that, with better food & drinks.

Our menu is provides the sort of meals you might get if you hit up mom’s on Sunday, but each one with a twist—like when you were a kid, staying for dinner at a friend’s place, and you found out that his mom made casserole with a thick layer of onion crunchies on top. Our Mac & Cheese is elbows in Asiago & Oaxaca cheeses, crusted with Cheez-Its & Bacon.

Our cocktails are literally singular. An extensive process of throwing things at the wall to see what stuck, so to speak, allowed us to discover outrageously unlikely but delicious combos: the Yellow Wallpaper is quite the menagerie—Saffron Gin, Green Chartreuse, St. Germain, Fresh Lemon, Lavender & Beet Syrup, and Q Tonic (real tonic, not the high-fructose junk from a gun). The 3PO combines Johnnie Walker, Goldschläger, Frangelico, Punt e Mes Sweet Vermouth, Ginger Ale, & Alder-Smoked Salt—six ingredients that shouldn’t even be in the same sentence, much less the same glass—in such a way that is not only not abominable, but delicious.


So come on in. Chat & chill. Handcrafted cocktails, comfort food, no pretension.

Posted by: maydayunderground | April 15, 2016

Sponsor Spotlight: Salena’s Mexican Restaurant

Salena’s began in 1998 and has remained a local, family owned business since. In 2011, Salena’s was purchased by the current owners and long-time employees- a family which began through meeting while employed at Salena’s! Our focus remains to provide both exceptional freshly made recipes and outstanding service.


Staff is the basis of our longevity. They come in and give their all to make your experience the best we can offer. The kitchen staff spends all day preparing recipes fresh, and our service staff are constantly coming up with ways to improve on the experience guests have in the dining room. We couldn’t be where we are without their expertise and commitment. Most of the staff have been with Salena’s for years- many for over a decade!

Salena’s current objective is to expand on the guests’ experiences by offering tequila classes, private paint classes, and local beer pairing dinners- all allowing our staff to show off what they do best! More information can be found on our website


Salena’s remains integrated into the Neighborhood of the Arts community and is constantly on the lookout for promotions that benefit the City of Rochester. We believe that our success is directly tied to the success of the surrounding area, and that it is important to keep our actions beneficial. Please feel free to contact us with ideas to help the community throughout the year.

Posted by: maydayunderground | December 19, 2015

Last Minute Mayday! is TODAY!

Just in time for your last minute handmade gift-giving needs, we’ll be set up at the German House (315 Gregory St) in Rochester from 11am-4pm. Admission and parking are free, and we’ll have 30 vendors serving up awesome handmade art, jewelry, bath + body, plush, decor, photography, clothes, and much more! Here’s a sampling of what you’ll see today:

Posted by: maydayunderground | November 6, 2015

Mayday! Underground is Tomorrow!

Woohoo! The holiday edition of Mayday! Underground is tomorrow. Be sure to stop by early if you want one of the free swag bags we’re handing out- 25 each morning! Plus we’ll have free prize giveaways every hour, on the hour, limited edition tote bags for sale, tastings by Honeoye Falls Distillery, and the Rochester Broadway Theatre League will be on site, and you can purchase tickets for any of their shows without having to go to the box office!

The show is located at the Village Gate. Click HERE for maps and photos of the venue.

Also, we’ve felt a lot of love for our local sponsors: RBTL, Little Button, Salena’s, Nox, Hana Pilates & Bodyworks, Peppermint, and the Hungerford.

Posted by: maydayunderground | November 5, 2015

Gifts Under $30

As the last gift guide in the series, we present to you a massive sampling (kind of an oxymoron, but when you’ve got over 60 vendors, it is a sample!) of gifts you can find at Mayday! Underground for under $30.

MEGA Gifts under 30 collage

Represented here: French Press, Sunshine on Water, Just Terrific, Moya Lazy Factory, Laurel O’Brien, Lady Fingers Handmade, Making the Nest of it, The Nerdy Octopus, McGibbon Made, On Hand Lotions, Old Soul Clay,  Isaac Bidwell, Peaches Products, Sunshyne Silverwear, Sweet Amigurumis, Dirty Ass Soaps.

Posted by: maydayunderground | November 4, 2015

Sponsor Spotlight: Rochester Broadway Theatre League

We want to offer sincere gratitude to RBTL, which signed on as one of our platinum sponsors, for their support of Mayday! Underground.

The Rochester Broadway Theatre League (RBTL) owns and operates Rochester’s Auditorium Theatre, presenting the best in touring Broadway and hosting a number of live concerts, comedy and dramatic events throughout the year.  Founded in 1957 as an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization, RBTL has grown into Rochester’s premier venue management and service organization for the performing arts and entertainment.

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The Auditorium Theatre is home to a full season of touring Broadway shows, the M & T Bank Broadway Season. The Auditorium Theatre also hosts a number of live concerts, comedy and dramatic events throughout the year and is used by local performing groups for recitals and other presentations.

The 2015 – 2016 M & T Bank Broadway Season includes:

Newsies: October 6-11, 2015
Motown: November 10-15, 2015
White Christmas: December 15-20, 2015
Beautiful: March 8-13, 2016
Matilda: April 12-17, 2016
Dirty Dancing: May 10-15

View from stage center (1)

RBTL is committed to education both in and out of the classroom. Thousands of students from the Rochester City School District and schools from as far as Seneca and Wyoming counties, find their niche in RBTL’s arts education programs each year. From the “Stars of Tomorrow” High School musical recognition ceremony each spring, to the Dance, Acting, Vocal and Technical “Master Class” programs taught by Touring Broadway actors, to the Broadway summer day camp “Summer Stars” with instructors from NYC, RBTL continues to find outlets for students’ creativity, talent and interest to shine and be explored both in the classroom and on the stage.

RBTL’s mission is to provide opportunities for all people to experience, understand and enjoy the best in arts and performance through its education programs and events.  To fulfill its mission, RBTL strives to offer diverse performances and to make those performances accessible to the broadest possible audience. See website for list of all upcoming events.

Orchestra Right Aisle

Posted by: maydayunderground | November 3, 2015

Deck the Halls

You can’t have a holiday show without some semblance of festive handmade crafts!

holiday collage

Top half, spiraling clockwise: Sage Studios, Cat Clay, Francesca DeCaire, The Art and Found, Dave Pollot, French Press, Peaches Products, Retro Sorrento. Bottom Half: On Hand Lotions, Making the Nest of it, Patent Art Gallery, Mmim, Kingsley Street Artisan Soaps.

Posted by: maydayunderground | November 2, 2015

Sponsor Spotlight: Little Button Craft & Press

Little Button Craft & Press was started in July 2015 by owners Madelyn Kerber, and Jennifer Posey of Hedonist Artisan Chocolates.  Madelyn is a knitter and a letterpress printer and Little Button is the home of “Pearl”, an 1895 printing press.


If you stop in the shop (which we hope you do), you will find local artists handmade goods on consignment and a bunch of things from other artists from around the country.  Little Button also carries Blue Sky Alpaca yarn, Madelyn’s favorite to knit with.

Jennifer grew up in Santa Cruz, CA and Madelyn was a traveling nurse in Los Angeles, CA for a number of years.  The shop has a tendency to make one feel as though they have been transported somewhere else.  It has the feeling of a cool little shop you’d find in San Francisco, or Boston, or Portland.  It has been the goal to bring some of those things found when traveling here to Rochester.

Come visit at 658 South Avenue, hours are Tuesday-Saturday 12-7pm, and Sunday 12-4pm.  Craft workshops to start late fall/winter with a variety of local artists guest teaching.  #craftliveshere



Posted by: maydayunderground | November 1, 2015

Luxurious Gifts

For the king and queen in all of us, here is a selection of luxurious items you can pamper yourself with (of give away to someone really special) from Mayday! Underground.

luxury collage

Clockwise from top: DNA Jewelry Designs, French Press, Sage Studios, Weathered Heather, Old Soul Clay, Metal Some Art

Posted by: maydayunderground | October 30, 2015

Gifts for Dudes

Many of these items aren’t *just* for men, but since craft shows usually ignore the dudes, here is just a tiny sampling of the awesome gifts you can find for the dude in your life at Mayday! Underground.

manly stuff collage

Left to right, top to bottom: Old Soul Clay, Metal Some Art, On Hand Lotions, Sage Studios, Dirty Ass Soaps, Mmim, Sunshyne Silverwear, Jackbear Stamps, Moya Lazy Factory, The Nerdy Octopus, Isaac Biddwell, Terremum, Cabbages and Kings, Prismatic Gardens, McGibbom Made, Peaches Products

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