Sinkhole on Main Street in Downtown Rochester

Sinkhole MainSt Rochester

As people have been noticing the "LiquiForce" trucks all over Rochester with their large pumps on trailers and hoses the size of trees in and out of sewer lines around the city, we witnessed a large sinkhole on Main Street yesterday afternoon.  The break in the road happened near the Dairy Queen and the Hollywood Market Mini Mart on Parkdale and Main Street. As you can see by the pictures and the video, courtesy of local resident Brandon Wilson, it held up traffic for quite a while.  No one … [Read more...]

Opening Day is just four weeks away in Downtown Rochester!


Searching for a sure sign of spring? Head to the Downtown Rochester Farmers’ Market on Opening Day, Saturday, May 3. Celebrating its 15th 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 3 through October 25, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. “The positive … [Read more...]

Feeling the pain at the parking meter


Last week Michael Dwyer brought us the news that downtown Rochester will no longer be offering free parking on main street. Instead, it will now cost $1.00 per hour to park. Today the city issued a press release stating that Rochester is installing approximately 300 parking meters that will allow visitors the convenience of paying by coin or credit card. These meters will replace the original meters that were removed in 2012 as part of the Main Street Makeover Project and will be activated by … [Read more...]

Jaycees Announce Return of “Santa’s Mailbox” to Downtown Rochester

Santa mailbox

Santa's Mailbox is returning once again to Downtown Rochester. Children of Rochester are invited to mail their letters to Santa by depositing them in the mailbox on the corner of 4th and Main Streets from Sunday, December 8 through Thursday, December 19. Children who drop their letters in the box will receive a letter addressed to them from Santa. Santa's Mailbox is delivered each year by the Rochester Area Jaycees during the Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade. About the Rochester Area … [Read more...]

Wanderlust: A New Shopping Destination


About two weeks ago I noticed changes to a storefront on Main Street. Two of my favorite colors grabbed my eye: gray and teal. Once I saw that, I was excited to see what was going to open up. Then during Rochester Posed last week I noticed the store sign was up and it said “Wanderlust.” It really intrigued me because I wasn't sure what the merchandise would be, so I talked to the store owner, Ally Martin, and got the scoop. Ally is partnering with her mom, Denise, to bring us a great … [Read more...]

Big, Bright Success

Big, Bright Light Show - photo provided by the Rochester DDA

The Big, Bright Ball The signature fundraiser for the Big, Bright Light Show brings supporters together and helps secure the future of the holiday event. Held at the Royal Park Hotel in Downtown Rochester on August 4, the Big, Bright Ball had something for everyone. All ages enjoyed the dance floor, the food from area restaurants and the attention-grabbing silent auction items. Kruse & Muer, the Rochester Chop House, Main Street Deli, O'Connor's Public House, Penny Black, Rochester … [Read more...]

Cooking up Community Spirit with Rochester’s Great American Bake Sale


We’re rolling it, patting it and marking it with a “B” for Bake Sale! Back by popular demand, Rochester’s 2nd Annual Great American Bake Sale will be held on Saturday, September 22, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The event will take place at the upper lot of the Downtown Rochester Farmers’ Market located on E. Third Street. This community-wide bake sale will once again benefit Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign. The 2011 Event raised over $3,000 and provided 30,000 healthy … [Read more...]

Main Street is Now Open!

Main Street in Downtown Rochester reopened to traffic today at 12:30 pm. One travel lane northbound and one travel lane southbound are open, along with left turn lanes at Second and University Drive. University Drive is also open to traffic. Third and Fourth street at Main will remain closed for the next few weeks. “Thank you to everyone who worked hard to complete Phase One of the project and for the cooperation of our businesses and residents to make this phase a huge success”, stated … [Read more...]

Five Lessons from Downtown Rochester’s Construction

Meghan's young son takes in the construction from inside the Rochester Bike Shop

By Meghan Zeile As a teacher, I am always seeking 'teachable moments' for my son. I love using examples from our every day life to teach him a new concept or idea. It is so much easier to teach him patience and teamwork when he can witness it for himself or even participate. He can grasp the concept of 'enormous' when he can see an enormous machine digging our new road. My son is no  exception. Every child learns better when experiencing the lesson first hand. The road construction of … [Read more...]

Get your Green on, Downtown

Green Living-cropped

With the Main Street Makeover in full swing, there’s never been a better time to explore the Downtown Rochester area. That’s right. Even with our streets in various stages of repair, residents should seize this opportunity to go off the beaten path and discover some city gems that we’re usually too busy driving by to notice. Just in time for summer (and located right along the detour route) is the seventh annual Green Living Festival. Presented by MI Green Team, the free fun kicks off … [Read more...]