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...]

New Bed and Breakfast in Rochester with VIDEO

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New and One of a Kind The Rochester Carriage House Bed & Breakfast is not only the city’s newest choice for overnight accommodations; it is also Rochester’s only B&B. The caretaker’s house, or carriage house, was built in 1849 and sits just off Main Street behind the white Greek Revival main house once owned by Lysander Woodward and a small apartment building. Both the Woodward home and Carriage House were part of the Lysander Woodard estate and farm covering more than 300 … [Read more...]

Rochester Regional Chamber Seeks Award Nominations

The Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce (RRCC) is currently accepting nominations for one of the most encompassing and prestigious awards ceremonies in the metro Detroit area – the Sunrise Pinnacle Awards. RRCC developed the Sunrise Pinnacle Awards event to give the community the opportunity to nominate and honor the greater Rochester area’s most successful and philanthropic individuals, nonprofit organizations and businesses. Chamber membership is not necessary to nominate or win an … [Read more...]

New Rochester Swim School Opens on South Street

Rochester Mayor Stuart Bikson and Goldfish Swim School owner Brian Bayer cut the ribbon opening the Rochester location - photo by Michael Dwyer

Ribbon Cutting is a Splash Brian Bayer of the new Goldfish Swim School in Rochester states at their grand opening that they “teach the life lesson of swimming.” Swimming really is one of those life skills everyone should have. Brian and his wife, Hope, currently own two franchise Goldfish Swim Schools. Their first one is in Farmington Hills and they plan to open a third location in Macomb next year. From four months to 12 years old, kids can learn to swim year-round in a 90 degree … [Read more...]

Main Street Makeover on the Move!

Rochester’s Main Street Makeover is well underway. The project includes a complete reconstruction of Main Street from the Clinton River Bridge to the Paint Creek Bridge. The final project will reveal a fresh Main Street, complete with reclaimed brick planters, street seating, LED lightpoles, improved water service and much more. The City is hosting a Main Street Makeover Community Project Update Meeting on the last Tuesday of every month, 7:00 pm at the Rochester Fire Department, 277 E. … [Read more...]

The Guinness Brewery and Celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day in Rochester

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A Visit to the Guinness Brewery I was in Dublin with friends several years ago and we all thought we should visit the Guinness Brewery. It was a nice Saturday afternoon as we made our way, by using public transportation and walking, to get to our destination. Upon arrival to St. James Gate we discovered the brewery was closed on weekends. Completely disappointed, we did the next best thing; we went to the nearest pub displaying a Guinness sign (which is every pub in Ireland) to quench our … [Read more...]

Lyon Gear receives DTE Energy Rebate and so can You

Lyon Gear in Oakland Twp (Rochester) used a DTE Energy Rebate to replace lighting fixures - photo by Michael Dwyer

Most everyone likes to save money and energy. Did you know that as a DTE Energy customer you can apply for rebates for energy saving improvements to your home or business? Incentive programs are available for Michigan businesses. According to the DTE Energy website: “Incentives are available for an array of energy-saving technologies, both electric and gas. Choose from a prescriptive menu of projects with pre-set incentives. This project menu includes incentives for energy-efficient … [Read more...]