The Big, Bright Light Show Celebrates 10 years of Memories!

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Brighten your holidays in downtown Rochester with The Big, Bright Light Show! The buildings in Downtown Rochester will be covered in more than 1 million points of glimmering holiday light which will be lit nightly, November 23 through Jan. 3, 2016, from 5 p.m. to midnight. The Big, Bright Light Show will debut on Monday, November 23 at 7 p.m. during the 43rd Annual Lagniappe celebration. This year marks 10 years since The Big, Bright Light Show made its sparkling debut.  And over that time, … [Read more...]

Small Business Saturday Coming to Downtown Rochester on November 28!


Join the merchants of downtown Rochester on Saturday, November 28 for Small Business Saturday! Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to strengthening the community by supporting local small businesses. The Rochester Downtown Development Authority has joined more than 400 advocacy organizations that have made it a mission to bring business to their downtown areas on this day. Now in its sixth year, Small Business Saturday serves as the ceremonial kickoff to the holiday shopping season for … [Read more...]

The Kris Kringle Market Brings a European Essence to Downtown Rochester

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The 8th annual Kris Kringle Market returns to Downtown Rochester this holiday season, Friday, Dec. 4, 4 - 10 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 5, Noon - 10 p.m. The market will be located on W. Fourth Street between Main and Walnut and will coincide with The Big, Bright Light Show. The Kris Kringle Market, presented by Lincoln of Troy, is inspired by the 700-year-old tradition of the European Christmas markets. Visitors can enjoy the food, shopping, entertainment and ambience of an open-air holiday … [Read more...]

Start Your Shopping at the Downtown Rochester Holiday Expo


Begin the holidays at the Downtown Rochester Holiday Expo on Monday, November 16, 5 - 7 p.m. at the Royal Park Hotel. Over 25 downtown businesses will be showcasing their products and services, just in time for the holidays. Attendees are encouraged to shop, discover holiday ideas and inspirations and explore all that our downtown businesses have to offer. In addition to great shopping, product demonstrations and sampling, get a sneak preview of what’s in store at this year’s Downtown … [Read more...]

The Friends’ Library Store

The Sign outside of the entrance of the Friends' of Library Store inside the RHPL - photo by John Smyntek

The Friends' Library Store By John Smyntek Offered for your consideration - some questions from the imaginary Kollege of Konsumer Knowledge, School of Savvy Shopping. Where in the City of Rochester can you buy attractive jewelry crafted from Michigan’s legendary Petoskey stones and of copper that pays homage to the state’s long mining heritage? Where can you procure a wide array of Michigan-related goods - edible, ornamental and pragmatic? How about a one-stop shop for a … [Read more...]

First Parking Platform Opens in Downtown Rochester

The East Parking Platform on the corner of East Street and Fourth Street - photo by Michael Dwyer

On Time and Under Budget It took 171 days from groundbreaking to ribbon cutting for the first of two parking platforms to open in downtown Rochester. The East Platform, located east of Main Street between Fourth Street and University Drive, opened on June 25 to a large crowd of officials, reporters, and local business owners. Mayor Jeffrey T. Cuthbertson said it was a landmark project, which came in under time and under budget. “The opening of the East Street Parking Platform, just … [Read more...]

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...]

Mini Market Fun Begins in Downtown Rochester May 21!


Head to Downtown Rochester for Mini Market Thursdays beginning May 21 in the Rochester Lions Park. Mini Market Thursdays is an outdoor mini market featuring Made-In-Michigan products. The market will be held the third Thursday of every month, May through August: May 21, June 18, July 16 and August 20 from 4 – 7 p.m. The Rochester Lions Park is located behind Rochester Mills Beer Company on the west side of the Paint Creek across from the Royal Park Hotel. The park sits on the Paint Creek … [Read more...]

Remembering Rochester: 543 North Main Street

543 North Main Street then and now. 
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Main Street in Downtown Rochester has gone through quite a few changes over the years. Did you know that 543 North Main Street was once the home of the Dillman & Upton lumber yard? The company dates back to 1910 and the location was an ideal spot for a lumber business in the days when the Michigan Central Railroad tracks ran along the northern edge of the property. Read the full story on Rochester Avon History. … [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...]