Neighborhood of the Arts Business Association (NOTABA) is a collective voice for the diverse businesses located in Rochester’s Neighborhood of the Arts (NOTA). Our purpose is to help NOTA grow into a vibrant commercial arts district, distinguished by the neighborhood’s unique character.

Our Mission:

To benefit the businesses of the Neighborhood Of The Arts (NOTA) by providing a forum for sharing information, networking businesses, promoting activities and its members, and fostering civic involvement (with a focus on attracting visitors to our neighborhood).

Vision & Values

  • We are a volunteer operated association striving to make our neighborhood a better place to do business and a better place for our customers to visit
  • We are responsive to our members’ needs through the relationships we build with our neighbors, our neighborhood businesses, and the City of Rochester
  • We promote activities and businesses within our neighborhood while creating a positive image of our neighborhood businesses to the Rochester community, its visitors and the City of Rochester
  • We operate as a center of information for our members. We keep out neighborhood businesses aware of events and potential developments and changes in the neighborhood by providing speakers at our meetings and maintaining a membership e-mail and website
  • We offer an opportunity for our neighborhood businesses to bring forth their opportunities and problems, discussing solutions and connecting them to resources
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Meet Our Officers

chris fanning - notaba board president

Chris Fanning


Writer’s and Books

Chris is a public relations professional and community builder. He is the Director of Communications, Special Events, & Operations at Writers & Books. Chris worked as a Promotions Coordinator at Entercom Rochester for eight years and was Associate Producer of the Key Bank Rochester Fringe Festival for four years. He has lived in NOTA for 8 years and enjoys walking the neighborhood while reading a book.

lauren henry - notaba board secretary

Lauren Henry


Lauren has been a NOTA resident for almost 9 years. In addition to her full time role as the Marketing and Operations Coordinator at Pinnacle Hill Chiropractic, she works at NOVA Fitness as their Social Media and Events Manager. As Secretary for the business association, she manages the social media accounts and sends out monthly meeting minutes and quarterly newsletters. In the spare time she has left, she enjoys volunteering at the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, working out at NOVA, listening to podcasts, and introducing friends and family to new and favorite restaurants and businesses
around Rochester.

Kathy Capierseho notaba board treasurer

Kathy Capierseho


Stern Properties (Village Gate)

Kathy joined Stern Properties in 2007. As the Tenant Relations and Leasing Manager, she is an integral part of the operations and day to day business at Stern. She focuses primarily on the residential side of the business.


Are you a business located in the Neighborhood of the Arts? Join the dozens of other businesses who are already a part of the Neighborhood of the Arts Business Association to take advantage of all we have to offer!