Library’s Community Relations Specialist Seeks City Council Seat

Amanda H. Keighley Announces Candidacy for Rochester City Council Seat Amanda H. Keighley, longtime community volunteer and advocate, formally announced her candidacy for Rochester City Council in the 2019 election. “I am running for Rochester City Council because I have a passion for people, and a desire to serve,” said Amanda. “I have a deep investment in this community, not only because my husband and I own a home here, but I work right here as well. Rochester is the ideal place to … [Read more...]

City of Rochester Announces State of the City Address

The City of Rochester will hold its annual State of the City Address on Monday, April 15, 7:00 p.m. at the Royal Park Hotel. The event will include an update on new projects and developments happening within the City, as well as, a look to the future. “The City of Rochester’s first year into its next bicentennial has been a prosperous and exciting one,” stated Mayor Robert J. Ray. “From our nationally accredited Main Street to our charming neighborhoods, Rochester continues to be the … [Read more...]

Mad Money March Shopping Spree in Downtown Rochester

Come April 1, there will be four lucky winners, all with Shopping Sprees in Downtown Rochester. How? Shoppers who spend $100 at one or more participating businesses during the month of March can enter for a chance to win a $1,000 Shopping Spree, a $500 Shopping Spree or one of two $250 Shopping Sprees. “Mad Money March has become a really exciting promotion in Downtown Rochester,” said Jenna O’Dell, Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Events Coordinator. “By March, everyone is … [Read more...]

Deck Art 2019 Registration Begins February 1

Downtown Rochester is Calling all Artists Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, and Adult age groups are welcome to participate in Downtown Rochester’s Ninth Annual Skateboard Art Competition & Exhibition - Deck Art 2019. 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 2019 is scheduled for May 9 & 10. This year’s event is expected … [Read more...]

City of Rochester Declares Snow Emergency

Snow Emergency Declared - Effective 1/28/19 until 9:00 a.m. on 1/29/19 The City of Rochester is issuing a snow emergency effective 9:15 a.m. on January 28, 2019 until 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 29.  All vehicles must be removed from the streets immediately. Parking will be permitted after 9:00 .a.m on Tuesday, January 29.  If you do not have a driveway, please contact the Rochester Police Department’s non-emergency number 248-651-9621 for guidance. … [Read more...]

Fire & Ice Festival Goes on With or Without Snow

The Fire & Ice Festival in Rochester is on for January 18-20, no matter what the weather, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced today during a news conference. The Fire & Ice Committee, Oakland County Parks & Recreation, City of Rochester, and Downtown Rochester will bring in a zip line and other warmer weather activities if temperatures remain above freezing. Mainstay activities such as fireworks, ice sculptures, dog sled rides, the Big, Bright Light Show, … [Read more...]

Mr. B’s in Downtown Rochester is Closing

Goodbye to Mr. B's UPDATED: Mr. B's Food & Spirits in Downtown Rochester closed on Saturday, January 5, after being in business for more than 40 years. While the area now has several "Mr. B's," the Rochester location is the original, opened in 1976 by Michael Nash and Marty Tuchman. The other Mr. B's - Royal Oak, Shelby Twp., and Clarkston - will remain open as they have each have different owners. The news broke last weekend on Facebook. A post on the 24th Street Sports … [Read more...]

Downtown Rochester Most Enchanting Main Street in the Country

Downtown Rochester was Recently Recognized as Having the Most Enchanting Main Street in the Country During the Holiday Season “The holiday season gives way to joy and excitement for every member of the family. There’s nothing better than bundling up, grabbing a cup of hot cocoa, and heading out for an enchanted night on the town with loved ones. There’s one town here in the Great Lakes State that truly comes to live with Christmas cheer each year, and you’ll never want to leave”, states … [Read more...]

Downtown Rochester is Caroling in the City

Caroling in the City is back – and better than ever. Held on Sunday, December 16 from 5:00-8:00 p.m., the event will be a cornucopia of holiday merriment including live performances, Ugly Sweater Contest, Christmas Cookie Station, community caroling, and more. This year marks the debut of the Rochester Community Carolers, a 149-member choir comprised of carolers of all ages from the greater Rochester community. They believe that the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for … [Read more...]

Rochester DDA Debuts Downtown Business Recognition Program

The Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is proud to announce their latest initiative, the Downtown Business Recognition Program. The goal of the program is to recognize business owners, property owners, or individuals for outstanding contributions to the downtown community. The first recipients were recognized at the October DDA Board Meeting. Recipients included Ryan & Pamela Walther, owners of Bizzy Buzz Artisan Market for their … [Read more...]