2016 Downtown Rochester Spring Gallery Stroll June 3

2016 Spring Gallery Stroll June 3 in Downtown Rochester

2016 Spring Gallery Stroll in Downtown Rochester Participating businesses will have their doors open June 3, from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., as pop-up gallery spaces. These pop-up galleries will feature artists’ work ranging in a variety of media. Look for 2016 Spring Gallery Stroll postcards at participating locations and have the postcards ready on the night of stroll for a chance to enter to win a $50 Downtown Rochester Gift Certificate provided by the Rochester Downtown Development Authority … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Does Rochester Really want me to Leash My Cat?

Dear Crabby Gives Advice

Dear Crabby, How Can Rochester City Council Group Cats and Dogs Together in Ordinances Suggesting Cats can be Controlled the Same as Dogs? Sincerely, Alisha Feline   Dear Alisha, By chance, I happened to watch the Rochester City Council meeting last week regarding the ordinance change you are taking about. Just so our readers understand, City Council is calling this a "clean up" to an existing ordinance to further clarify that yes indeed, both dogs and cats are to be in … [Read more...]

Rochester-Avon Historical Society Hosts Downtown Rochester Walking Tours

Rochester Avon Historical Society’s annual walking tours of historic downtown Rochester start May 16 - photo by Michael Dwyer

Rochester-Avon Historical Society’s 2016 Downtown Rochester Walking Tour Schedule The weather is improving and that means it's time once again for the Rochester Avon Historical Society’s annual walking tours of historic downtown Rochester. These popular tours are free to RAHS members and just $5 per person under the age of 55 and $3 per seniors (55+) and students. Bring your friends for what is sure to be an eye-opening and exciting adventure in Downtown Rochester. Each tour meets on … [Read more...]

Ready for Deck Art 2016

Deck Art 2016

This year, over 400 artists from all over metro Detroit, Illinois, New York, and Pennsylvania as well as nearly 50 downtown Rochester businesses are participating in Deck Art 2016. In its sixth installment, Deck Art 2016 is a skateboard art competition and exhibition. Artists submit one-of-a-kind artwork using skateboard decks as a canvas. These decks will be on display in downtown Rochester businesses beginning May 19, and will be celebrated with a two-day event on May 19 & 20. The … [Read more...]

How The Old Stone Store became The Home Bakery

The Ole Stone Store from 1877 - photo courtesy of the Janet and Melanie Swords Family Archive

The Old Stone Store: A Remnant of Rochester’s Pioneer Era By Deborah J. Larsen Few Rochester residents remember a time when the venerable stone store at the corner of Third and Main streets was not a bakery. History reveals, however, that the iconic building has served a wide variety of tenants in its 167 years. Rochester’s oldest commercial structure, known to us as the Home Bakery building, was called “The Old Stone Store” by generations of earlier residents. It was built in … [Read more...]

City Of Rochester Celebrates Arbor Day at Elizabeth Park

Arbor Day in Rochester

The Rochester City Beautiful Commission (CBC) celebrated Arbor Day by planting Autumn Blaze Maple on April 28 at Elizabeth Park. Members of the CBC were on hand for the celebration along with Rochester City Administration, City Council members and the Parks Department. The celebration began with a welcome, and a few Arbor Day Trivia facts, from Mayor Pro Tem, Kim Russell followed by the tree planting lead by Kim Russell and City Manager Blaine Wing. The CBC has planted trees in the … [Read more...]

Downtown Rochester Farmers’ Market Opening Day

Downtown Rochester Farmer's Market

Searching for a sure sign of spring? Head to the Downtown Rochester Farmers’ Market on Opening Day, Saturday, May 7. Celebrating its 17th season, the Farmers’ Market is a frequent stop for area residents to enjoy the vibrant colors, aromas and flavors of southeast Michigan’s growing season. Located at the corner of E. Third and Water Street, just one block east of Main Street, the market is open every Saturday, May 7 through October 29, from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. "The … [Read more...]

City of Rochester Tree Trimming Notice

Tree Trimming Notice

The City of Rochester will be performing street tree trimming and pruning starting in May 2016. The pruning is to provide adequate clearance over streets, sidewalks, driveways and homes, as well as, maintain the health and vigor of city trees. This pruning will be completed by Davey Tree Experts. The standards include minimum clearances of fifteen feet over streets and seven feet over sidewalks, driveways and houses. The pruning standards also require corrective pruning, repair and to report of … [Read more...]

Royal Park Hotel Welcomes A New Four-Legged Member To The Team

Rocky from the Royal Park

Royal Park Hotel is Now Pet Friendly and Welcomes a New Four-Legged Member to the Team Mike Platt, General Manager of the Royal Park Hotel has a true love for animals.  In fact one of the first questions he asked when he took over the role as General Manager was “why doesn’t the hotel allow guests to bring their dogs” very soon after a pet friendly atmosphere was adopted at the Royal Park Hotel. Quickly the staff designated two luxury rooms for guests and their furry friends they did … [Read more...]

Rochester Looking for Volunteers for Howlett Park

Howlett Park in Rochester

  The Rochester City Beautiful Commission is looking for volunteers to help with the removal of invasive plants in Howlett Park on Saturday, May 21st and possibly Sunday May 22nd. Sunday work will only be scheduled if all of the removals are not completed by the end of the day on Saturday. The park is located at the corner of Inglewood and Romeo Road. Approximately 15 to 20 volunteers are needed to assist the Parks Department staff with the removal of these plants specifically in … [Read more...]