Rochester-opoly Now Available, Just in Time for the Holidays

This holiday season the places of Rochester will be spaces on a customized board game, Rochester-opoly. The game will feature all of the fun and memorable places in our community, including Leader Dogs for the Blind, Oakland University, Rochester Hills Public Library and many more. The game was created by Lynne Vettraino, a local entrepreneur, after she was inspired by a similar game in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, “While visiting my hometown, I saw a custom city-based ‘opoly’ game and was … [Read more...]

65th Annual Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade

The 2016 Theme of the Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade is "Holiday Masquerade", celebrating the mystery and magic of the holidays on our very own Main Street will be on Sunday, December 4 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The 65th event is presented by the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Parade begins at the corner of Tienken and Rochester Roads and continues south along Main Street to Third Street in Downtown Rochester. Come early to find parking and a place to watch the parade. … [Read more...]

Experience the European Essence of the Kris Kringle Market in Downtown Rochester

Downtown Rochester’s annual Kris Kringle Market returns this holiday season on Friday, December 2, 4:00 - 10:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 3, noon - 10:00 p.m. The market will be located on W. Fourth Street between Main and Walnut and will coincide with The Big, Bright Light Show. The Kris Kringle Market, presented by Lincoln of Troy, is inspired by the 700 year-old tradition of the European Christmas markets. Visitors can enjoy the food, shopping, entertainment and ambience of an open-air … [Read more...]

Small Business Saturday in Downtown Rochester

Join the merchants of downtown Rochester on Saturday, November 26 for Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to strengthening the community by supporting local small businesses. The Rochester Downtown Development Authority has joined more than 400 advocacy organizations that have made it a mission to bring business to their downtown areas on this day. Now in its sixth year, Small Business Saturday serves as the ceremonial kickoff to the holiday shopping season … [Read more...]

Big, Bright Light Show 2016 Officially Open VIDEO

Monday was Lagnaippe in Downtown Rochester. A event to kick off the holiday season - thousands of people came to town and flooded the streets to see all the festivities - the highlight was when the Big, Bright Light Show got turned on. Santa, Carolers, Reindeer, and Big Bright Lights welcomed the crowds. Video is courtesy of Downtown Rochester, Michigan, USA … [Read more...]

Heller’s Has Been Keeping Time for Over Half a Century

The Heller family has been keeping time for Rochester residents for well over half a century in the same Main Street location. In 1961, Ernest and Violet Heller bought an existing jewelry business at 409 S. Main in Rochester, and today their son, George, is the proprietor of Heller’s Jewelry. Ernest Heller was born in Vienna in 1921. When he was 16 years old, his father sent him to the United States to assist his uncle with a business in Detroit. When things didn’t work out as planned with … [Read more...]

SeeClickFix with New Rochester App

Rochester, MI Launches SeeClickFix for 13,000+ Residents Rochester is launching SeeClickFix, a citizen reporting tool for its 13,000+ residents. Residents can now connect directly with the City about issues like potholes, graffiti, and more, through a custom mobile app called Rochester Works. Rochester joins an incredible network of SeeClickFix partners in Michigan, anchored by the cities of Ann Arbor and Detroit. As the newest SeeClickFix member, Rochester is positioning itself as an … [Read more...]

Precinct 5 Voters Voting at the OPC

Notice of Room Change at the OPC Precinct 5 Voters Voting at the Older Persons' Commission Building, 650 Letica, Rochester, MI Voting at the OPC for Precinct 5 will be held in the Auditorium on the northeast corner of the building. Voters will now use the north parking lot. Precinct 5 is everyone east of the Stony Creek to the eastern City limit and north of Parkdale to the northern City limit. If you have any questions, please contact the City Clerk's Office at … [Read more...]

Festival of Trees Cocktail Preview in Downtown Rochester

Tickets are on sale now for the Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees Cocktail Preview on Friday, November 18, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. at the Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow. Tickets are $50 per person/$85 per couple. This is your first chance to get a preview this amazing holiday spectacular featuring trees, wreaths, stockings, tablescapes, centerpieces and more … and your opportunity to bid to take these items home with you for the holidays. The event will include a strolling dinner from … [Read more...]

Holland’s Has Been Beautifying Rochester Since 1929

It started out as a way to earn extra money during the Great Depression, and evolved into a family business and Main Street landmark that has passed through three generations. In 1929, William L. Holland Sr. felt the sting of the U.S. economic collapse when his job as a foreman at Hudson Motor Car Company in Detroit was reduced to part time status. To make up some of his lost income and support his family of six, Holland started a greenhouse business at his property on Norton Lawn in Avon … [Read more...]