Deck Art 2017 Opens Registration January 30

Downtown Rochester is calling all artists: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, and Adult to participate in downtown Rochester’s Seventh Annual Skateboard Art Competition & Exhibition: Deck Art 2017. Artists are asked to provide their unique work on a blank skateboard deck. Winning pieces will be picked in each category by a panel of judges, and prizes will be awarded. Deck Art 2017 is scheduled for May 11-12. This year, South Street Skateshop has passed the Deck Art … [Read more...]

Molnar’s has been Helping Rochester Dress to Impress since 1964

A revolution and a chance meeting with a local entrepreneur were the forces that brought Hungarian-born tailor Frank Molnar to Rochester 52 years ago. Molnar opened his menswear shop on Rochester’s Main Street in 1964 at a time when the standard work uniform for businessmen was the three-piece suit. Molnar possessed the requisite skills to build a successful family firm from the local demand for quality men’s clothing. In his native country, Molnar was apprenticed to a tailor at the age … [Read more...]

Snow Day for Monday for Most Area Schools

SCHOOL CLOSURES Schools that will be closed on Monday, December 12, 2016, due to severe winter weather conditions: Rochester Community Schools Avondale Public Schools Oakland Schools OPC Senior Center Click For a Complete List Open Schools and News: Oakland Community College is Open Today Oakland University: A snow emergency has been declared and all vehicles must be moved out of snow emergency lots. However, classes and finals are NOT cancelled. Visit … [Read more...]

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...]