The Cheshire Union Gifts  & Antique Center   and    THE COMPANY STORE

    The Cheshire Union Gift Shop and Antique Center…A Charming renovated Schoolhouse filled with a truly unique selection of antiques, gifts including Lang products and over 50 Local Artists with handcrafted jewelry & products. Then venture downstairs for a tasty homemade treat at The Company Stores Schoolhouse Deli and Cafe. Two wonderful Shops in one renovated Schoolhouse...

Come see what the Cheshire cat is grinning about! 

           You’ll be grinning like the “Cheshire Cat”
when you shop with us locally!

Local Gifts and Products
Dishes-Pottery-Wine Glasses
Huge selection of Custom Jewelry
Decorative Accessories
Framed Art
Handmade mittens
Custom Dog collars
Folk Art
Gourmet Specialties
Children’s room
Our Lang Center

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Major Credit Cards Accepted Lay Away & free gift wrapping

4244 State Rt. 21 South, (Cheshire) – Canandaigua, NY 14424 (585) 394-5530
just 5 miles south of Canandaigua

We are so thankful to have Dory Romanowski managing our Gift shop…
Thanks Dory of all you do!

Voices: Some people are just plain nice!
 BY Rhonda Jones, columnist Messenger Post 9/13/2011

My husband had a fudge manufacturing business for a decade. We learned much about people’s fudge-buying habits at festivals. Some just wanted lighter–colored fudges and were not interested in chocolate. Some preferred the chocolaty fudges. There were those who couldn’t decide and bought little amounts of many flavors. Then there were the chocolate walnut people. They knew exactly what they wanted — and what they didn’t want (basically everything else).

And two of our relatives bought lots of fudge for gifts. They always bought for others the one kind they themselves liked the most. I would wonder how that would succeed with the recipients.

With our fudge displayed at festivals, showing many flavors, colors and designs, we often were asked for “just plain chocolate,” as if that were the name of the flavor. Well, if you like chocolate, adding the words “just plain” doesn’t reduce how wonderful it is. Not one bit. It just exaggerates the very special desirable quality.

I think of some people as “just plain nice!” Considering writing about this, I had some hesitations, including the following: by giving the examples here I wouldn’t want the reader to think that I don’t know many other “just plain nice” persons. So many others also deserve such a label.

Also, each of these persons has developed so many other virtues, that I wouldn’t want you to think of any of these people as being “uni-dimensional” — as having only one major virtue. Interviews with each one could yield material that would be fascinating for lengthy presentations. One problem I had, however, is that I felt that it would be hard to approach some of these four people, because their humility could cause them to make me promise that I wouldn’t cite them. But cite them I shall.

The first is Canandaiguan Betty Comella, who I know from St. Mary’s Church in Canandaigua. Not only is she incredibly kind, but she is very naturally meek (a good virtue!) and deeply humble She loves to serve others.

Second and also known to me from St. Mary’s is Mary Genecco, incredibly soft-spoken and gracious and who resists ever burdening anyone with her problems.

“The third is Dory Romanowski of Bloomfield who manages the Cheshire Union Gift Shop and Antique Center. Her smile, warmth, friendliness and kindness must certainly cause anyone to feel immediately welcome.”

The fourth is John Haluch of Bloomfield, who created the previously known “Custard and Candy” (now “Sharks”) in Bloomfield and has just opened a wooden boat repair business in Canandaigua. We met him when, years ago, he began to carry my husband’s fudge at his ice cream store. Soon he became like an honorary member of our family. He is known in this region for his warmth and personal attention.

The great thing about being “just plain nice” is that each of us can work toward becoming just plain nice as well. Oh, but how it is appreciated!

Rhonda Jones, Ph.D., and her husband, Larry, live in Canandaigua. She is a psychologist and they attend St. Mary’s Church. To suggest people to be profiled in Virtue Reality, write Rhonda care of the Messenger at 73 Buffalo St., Canandaigua, NY, 14424, or e-mail

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