Perfect Score for Rochester Main Street Test

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Patterson Honors 10 "Perfect 10" Main Street Oakland County Communities for Receiving National Accreditation Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson honored 10 Main Street Oakland County communities who received perfect scores and a national accreditation from the National Main Street Center in Chicago on June 14. Patterson presented awards to downtown leaders during a press conference in Holly at the intersection of Saginaw Street and historic Battle Alley. He praised the communities … [Read more...]

Op-Ed: What’s a “Special Project” in the City of Rochester?

Sue Ann Douglas

Op-Ed: What's a "Special Project" in the City of Rochester? By Sue Ann Douglas for Rochester Media That's a good question, I hear questions and complaints on a regular basis, and I couldn't answer that question and why things seem to be happening that threaten our historic and quaint downtown. Therefore, here's what I've found out. The City's goal through their new Master Plan is density. You heard me right but I'll say it louder DENSITY. They tell me that's what everyone wants. … [Read more...]

51st Art & Apples Festival Returns to Rochester with VIDEO

Art & Apples Festival in Rochester

Nearly 300 Artists from across the Country to descend upon Rochester Paint Creek Center for the Arts (PCCA) today announced that the nonprofit will host its 51st Art & Apples Festival, Friday, Sept. 9 through Sunday, Sept. 11. The largest annual fundraiser for PCCA, the signature event will be held in downtown Rochester at the Rochester Municipal Park (400 Sixth St.).  Recognized as one of the largest juried fine art fairs, Art & Apples Festival will feature nearly 300 artists from … [Read more...]

Poetry in the Park 2016

Join the Rochester Poets' Society this Friday for An Evening of Poetry at Hermitage Gallery

Friday July 15 at the Rochester Municipal Park Rochester Poets’ Society presents this year’s event on Friday, July 15, at 6:00 p.m. at the Kiwanis Pavilion in the Rochester Municipal Park. Stop by for a few minutes or bring a lawn chair for a comfortable evening—event runs until dusk. Open mic will be available—time permitting—after the scheduled poets read. Poets Reading this Year James Ahearn, Rochester Bea Catherino, Rochester Hills Susan Lang, Shelby … [Read more...]

Goodbye Rochester Corner Gas Station

Rendering provided by Designhaus Architecture

Hollywood Mini Market Closes - New Mixed-Use Building Planned In 2014, Rochester Media covered the rebranding of the familiar corner gas station at 804 North Main Street, at Romeo Street across from the Dairy Queen. Owners, Erich and Angela Becker, had partnered with Hollywood Markets to offer a mini-market experience, as well continuing to sell gasoline. Now, a sign out front states "Closed, Thank You for the Years." Please read Hollywood Mini Market First in Rochester for more … [Read more...]

Dillman & Upton: A Centennial Business

The Dillman and Upton building on Main Street as it looked in 1984 before the company moved to Woodward Street - Photo Courtesy of Harold L. Mowat

Dillman & Upton, one of Rochester’s oldest businesses, is a company that was made in a marriage – sort of. The story starts in the late 1890s, when auctioneer Charles W. Upton came to Rochester just as the village was beginning to boom with the arrival of the interurban line. After spending a few years selling windmills and wire fencing to farmers, Upton started a coal and wood business in a former wagon shop on the corner of what is today West University Drive and Oak Street. Upton … [Read more...]

Rochester Sidewalk Sales

Sidewalk Sales

Sidewalk Sales July 14, 15 & 16 Nothing says summer in Downtown Rochester quite like Sidewalk Sales. Back for its 61th Year, Sidewalk Sales will kick-off on Thursday, July 14. “Over the years Sidewalk Sales has become something to expect during the summer in Downtown Rochester”, said Stephanie Hellebuyck, Events Coordinator of the Rochester Downtown Development Authority. “For many it isn’t summer without three days filled with shopping, dining, and family-friendly … [Read more...]

Elizabeth Street Closure and Detour

Road Closed Ahead

This notice is to inform you that there will be a new development and construction on Elizabeth Street between Parkdale Avenue and Hill Street. This construction includes connecting a new sanitary sewer and water main. This connection will temporarily close Elizabeth Street for about a week. Elizabeth Street will be closed to through traffic on July 18. Please seek alternative routes during this time. Thank you for your understanding. If you have any questions regarding this matter, … [Read more...]

Al Fresco Dinning Experience this Summer in Downtown Rochester

Downtown Rochester Michigan

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind, al fresco dining experience celebrating the farm-fresh flavors of summer with Downtown Rochester’s new Farm-to-Table Dinner event.  Taking place on Sunday, July 24, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Walnut Boulevard between Second and Third, tickets are $100 per person and include a three-course dinner, wine and entertainment.  Proceeds benefit downtown events and promotions. A partnership with The Meeting House restaurant, the menu features BBQ Beef Short Ribs with house … [Read more...]

Op-Ed: Non-profits get a 90% Break on Cost of City Services

Sue Ann Douglas

By Sue Ann Douglas, Special to Rochester Media: Did you know that the City of Rochester gives non-profit organizations who hold an event in the City Park a 90% discount off the actual the cost of police, fire and DPW services associated with their event? That's right. The non-profits only pay 10% of the actual cost. So, if the support for the event costs $15,000.00, the group pays only $1,500.00. It's no wonder everyone wants to come to our park for their fundraisers. Cities like … [Read more...]