About Michael Dwyer

Michael Dwyer is a freelance content provider. Michael writes about happenings in the Rochester area, travels across Michigan and destinations around the world. Contact him at Michael@RochesterMedia.com or @TALKTRAVEL

Ribbon Cutting: Massage Heights New Ownership

Paul and Jennifer Bialy took over as owners of Massage Heights in Rochester Hills on the first of May this year. The Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting welcoming them to the chamber. Next to Trader Joe's at Walton and Adams, this franchise first opened in 2008, sold in 2013, and again this year. The Bialy's bring local ownership and control back to this location. Massage Heights offers massage and skin therapy, as well as home and body products. "My … [Read more...]

Huzzah and Cheers for the 39th Annual Michigan Renaissance Festival

The Michigan Renaissance Festival Is Back and Celebrating 39 Years of Family Fun The 2017 Michigan Renaissance Festival once again sends guests back to the 16th century. This is that one time of year where southeast Michigan residents can dress up as elves, knights, faeries, and princesses and go to the Village of Hollygrove. This made-up land, on the border of Holly and Groveland Township, is ready to go with new attractions, as well as time-tested favorites. The Michigan Renaissance … [Read more...]

Ribbon Cutting: Bikram Yoga of Rochester Hills

Another option for people who love yoga opened its doors earlier this year and held a ribbon cutting on April 17. Bikram Yoga of Rochester Hills holds classes seven days per week - four on weekdays and two on Saturdays and Sundays. Pure Bikram Yoga is 90 minutes, with 26 postures, includes two breathing exercises, and in held in a studio at 105 degrees with 40% humidity. Every class and teacher uses the same Bikram Choudhury (founder) style. "The founders of this studio came to … [Read more...]

Poetry in the Park 2017

Friday July 21 at the Rochester Municipal Park Rochester Poets’ Society presents this year’s event on Friday, July 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Kiwanis Pavilion in the Rochester Municipal Park. Local musician Allie Louise will open the evening with a few original songs, then the poetry readings begin at 7:00 p.m. Open mic will be available—time permitting—after the scheduled poets read. Stop by for a few minutes or come for the evening—event runs until dusk. Rochester Poets The group … [Read more...]

Ribbon Cutting: Tonia’s Victorian Rose in Downtown Rochester

Tonia's Victorian Rose held a Ribbon Cutting this Spring in Downtown Rochester "I guess I’ve always been a 'foodie' and I blame my Mom and Grandma, because they were such great cooks," said Tonia Rangarajan-Carsten, new owner of Tonia's Victoria Road Tea Room & More. Loretta Curry was the previous owner of the business, and in mid-December of 2016 she handed the keys to Tonia after being in business for 21 years. Tonia re-opened in early January 2017 with just a few small changes. … [Read more...]

Remembering Rochester Art Teacher, Jo-Ed Spitzer

Jo-Ed Spitzer inspired people – students, family, and friends – to be creative and to enjoy making art. Many will remember Jo-Ed from Rochester Adams High or West Junior High. He was an art teacher with the Rochester Community Schools from September 1970 until June 2006. He passed away on his birthday at the age of 76 from complications with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Art Teacher Jo-Ed was born in Detroit on June 28, 1941, and served as a Private in the U.S. Army … [Read more...]

Ribbon Cutting: RE/MAX Defined in Oakland Township

Re/Max Defined opened their Oakland Township location recently and hosted a ribbon cutting through the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce on June 21, the first day summer. Food and drink welcomed guests, agents, and local leaders to their large office at the NW corner of Adams and Silverbell Roads. Under the leadership of Andrea Esse, this new office will offer all the services customers need for buying and selling real estate. "The best home for top producing agents," is their … [Read more...]

Ribbon Cutting: Starting Line Health and Fitness

Chip Werner founded Starting Line Health and Fitness in 2010 "with a desire to create a different experience for athletes as well as coaches," said Werner. "I am a 20+ year veteran coach in the sports and fitness world. I watched my beloved field become a corporate monster where clients became investment opportunities. Our athletes, their goals, and our commitment are the sole focus of this business." What kind of athletes are your customers? "We train high school, college, and … [Read more...]

Arts, Beats & Eats Festival Reaches 20-Year Milestone

Ford Arts, Beats & Eats Celebrates 20th Anniversary with New Partnerships, Cultural Features, and Fitness Fun While summer is just getting started, organizers of the Ford Arts, Beats & Eats festival are well on their way to planning for the 20th anniversary edition. The Labor Day weekend event originated in Pontiac and is now held in Royal Oak (September 1-4, 2017). Festival organizers announced new cultural offerings and public engagement components at a special function … [Read more...]

Ribbon Cutting: IGNITE Media Group New Location

IGNITE Media Group hosted a ribbon cutting on June 8 to welcome community leaders, family, and friends to their new location in Rochester Hills. They are a full-service marking agency that produces all their work in-house, which includes web and print design, video production, and more. Founded in 2013, IGNITE is ran by three Oakland University graduates, two of whom attended Rochester high schools. Patrick Shannon - Designer Nickolas Monteleone - Developer Chris Crouin - Digital, … [Read more...]