Be Green, Buy Antiques: Antiques & Appraisals with Integrity Offered in Downtown Rochester

Ever wonder what a beloved antique piece of furniture is worth? Or watch “Antique Roadshow” and hope that there is a hidden gem tucked away somewhere just waiting to be found. Jere Rush has the answer, and the expertise to discover true value in antique items. Jere, with his wife Leona, is owner of Rush Antiques and Rush Appraisals located in Downtown Rochester, MI. The Rushes have been lovers and collectors of all things antique for the past 35 years. As a member of the International … [Read more...]

Shopping in Downtown Rochester is Going to the Dogs

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Good news! The days of leaving your dog at home to shop in Downtown Rochester are over! Nearly 20 Downtown Rochester businesses are welcoming “man’s best friend” to the downtown shopping experience. “Downtown Rochester is already a dog friendly place. We’re just making it official”, said Stephanie Hellebuyck, Events Coordinator of the Rochester Downtown Development Authority. “Many downtown businesses already welcome dogs or supply water outside in the warmer months.” The … [Read more...]

What Will Happen to the Rochester Elevator?

What Will Happen to the Rochester Elevator - Rumors Continue - photo by Michael Dwyer

Will the Rochester Elevator be Sold? Rumors continue to circulate around town that the historic Rochester Elevator will be sold. If that happens, more than likely the building would come down, or be moved. Rochester Media visited the bright red landmark this week. The helpful staff said "an offer is always on the table" when it comes to selling. However, "we"re not going anywhere anytime soon," said the gentleman working the counter. One-Hundred and Thirty-five Years The Rochester Elevator has … [Read more...]

Nonprofits Get Help From Rochester Event Services Firm

Matthew Wurm (left) and Scott Fader at the Michigan Event Services in Rochester. 
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Rochester High School alumni Scott Fader and Matthew Wurm have found a way to help nonprofits with their full-service event planning, promotion, and marketing company -- Rochester-based Michigan Event Services, Inc. With a focus on family-friendly events, the pair’s plan is to create and manage events such as golf outings, 5K runs, obstacle courses, kickball tournaments, and more for the nonprofit sector. Read the full story on The Oakland Press. … [Read more...]

Congratulations to the 2015 Mad Money March Winner

Over 1,100 entries were submitted for Downtown Rochester’s March Shopping Promotion, Mad Money March and one lucky winner is the recipient of a $1,000 Shopping Spree. Customers qualified for the shopping spree entry by spending at least $100 collectively at one or more of the 32 participating businesses any time throughout the month of March. Based on the number of entries over $100,000 was spent at participating businesses March 1 - 31. The lucky winner, Betty Cupp of Oakland Township … [Read more...]

Ribbons are Cut, Doors Open, Shop the New Businesses

The Rochester Tap Room has 60 Craft Brews Ready to Pour. Two Levels provide enough space for Entertainment and Dining - photo by Michael Dwyer

Ribbon cuttings are going on all over the Greater Rochester Area. All sorts of different businesses are opening their doors, greeting customers, and adding value to the community. By no means is this a complete list; however Rochester Media and The Community Edge had a chance to visit a few recently. All are fully open and ready for you to visit. Tim Hortons on Crooks Road Owners, Ravinder and Anita Saini, opened their first Tim Horton’s two years ago. That first location, on Rochester … [Read more...]

Shop the Gift Shops of Rochester

Crittenton Hospital Auxiliary Gift Shop - photo by Michael Dwyer

Did you know Rochester has three area gift shops run mostly by volunteers and have a nonprofit status? While they have limited hours compared to regular retail stores, they offer the Rochester holiday shopper a chance to visit a small, hometown gift store. Proceeds support the nonprofit. For Friends on your Holiday List, Stop by the Library Located on the ground level of the Rochester Hills Public Library, this small shop has an array of gifts, cards, and collectables. “The mission … [Read more...]

Fun for foodies during Downtown Rochester Restaurant Week

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Foodies unite! Downtown Rochester’s Restaurant Week kicks off Friday, August 23 and runs thru Sunday, September 1. This two week event will be the perfect ending to a great summer in Downtown Rochester! During Restaurant Week, restaurants will offer a variety of special lunch promotions and dinner menus. Lunch will be served daily until 4:00 p.m. and dinner will be served from 4:00 p.m. to close. At this time, there are 12 participating restaurants. Restaurants fit into two categories; … [Read more...]

Rochester Mayor Mentions New Buinesses in Downtown

The Meeting House - Photo by Michael Dwyer

State of the City Leading up to the state of the city address on March 14, 2013, Mayor Bikson told Rochester Media that Rochester business is booming and he highlighted four new local businesses. He mentioned The Chapman House, The Meeting House, Somerset Lending and Trekt Outdooors, by name, as success stories. The mayor welcomed these new businesses and introduced the connections that attended at the state of the city address. “Business owners believe in the future of Rochester,” … [Read more...]

Downtown Rochester Business Expands Helping More Families Discover that Birth without Fear Can Be Peaceful and Enjoyable


Peaceful Birthing owner Janice Weaver understands that easy, enjoyable and satisfying childbirth is not the experience of many families. She also knows that most people don’t usually use the words joyful, fun, calm and comfortable when describing birth. But she does. Weaver, who experienced two calm and empowering births of her daughters, has committed the last 7 years of her life to supporting families to discover their birth options and to open up to the joy of birth using HypnoBirthing® - … [Read more...]