About Us

Rochester Brainery was founded on the belief that learning should be fun, affordable and accessible….

Fun: Each month you’ll find a variety of classes on an unrestricted variety of topics – really, anything goes, as long as there is something to be learned. Learn from local authors, artisans, actors, chefs, dancers, mixologists, musicians, flower-arrangers, beer-brewers, graphic designers, financial planners, and more. You might even meet some new friends with similar interests along the way!

Affordable: We strive to keep our classes $30 or less (with a few exceptions, depending on the price of supplies).

Accessible: We know that you’re busy, you may not have a set schedule, and that you can’t always make a long-term commitment – so we’re creating a space that breaks through those learning barriers. Our classes will be single-session classes. Come to one class a week, one class a month, or one class a year. It’s totally up to you. We will strive to offer classes seven days per week!

Check out our FAQ’s to learn more! You can also suggest a class.



Stephanie Rankin, co-founder:
Stephanie holds a bachelors degree in Marketing from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She has over five years of marketing, event planning, public relations, and advertising experience. Stephanie is also a member of the Rochester American Marketing Association. In her spare time, she enjoys trying new ethnic foods and beers, gardening, DIY projects, volunteering in the community, and traveling.





Danielle Raymo, co-founder:
Danielle holds a bachelors degree in communications from The College at Brockport. She has over five years of event coordination, social media, public relations, and brand development experience. Danielle is a current member of PRSA. In her spare time, she loves frequenting local markets, traveling, cooking, and going to concerts (and musicals, too!).