Rochester is breaking the top five in the nation in a different type of category. Realtor.com and Yelp rated Rochester as the fifth most hipster. Hipster is defined in the Webster dictionary as “A person who is unusually aware of and interested in new and unconventional patterns.”
The first stop in Rochester was at Glen Edith Coffee Roasters. “It’s a really warm inviting shop,” said Barista and social media manager Paige Auber. “You can sit and go on your computer and listen to music, relax, and enjoy the atmosphere.”
Another spot that considers themselves as forward thinkers and out of the box is The Gentleman’s Barber. “A lot of times it’s that 15 minute hair cut,” said barber Rick Bassett. “We try to really make your time special.” The Gentleman’s Barber specializes in beard trimming and says they are a cut above the rest.
“We’re going to take your head shaping into account, your job into account, your hobbies, and give you a cut focused on that,” said Bassett.
A quiet, unique spot in Rochester is The Owl House. “We’re kind of in our own little corner over here,” said Bar manager Bart Murdock. Hipster? It is an actual house, and they keep it interesting.
“We care about moving forward and being creative all the time, said Murdock. “Whether it’s vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, whatever you have we got you.”
Cocktails are popular at the restaurant, and everyone is welcome. “There’s young people, old people, people from all walks of life,” said Murdock.
Some may think the word is old, like Auber. Regardless, she understands that it is a sign of being progressive and welcoming to all cultures. “I don’t know if that word is popular anymore but yeah i think there’s a lot of different things going on here.”
Rochester tops both San Francisco and Long Beach, California on the list. According to Realtor.com, the hipster popularity in certain markets like Rochester lead to a better housing market. Coming in at number one on their list, Columbus, Ohio.