Olive: The Other Essential Oil


One of my New Year's Resolutions for this year is to become a better cook. I have three very picky people that I cook for so while I want to serve them something that tastes good, I also want it to be healthy. That's where Olive Vinegar in Downtown Rochester comes into the picture. I have to admit that I was super intimidated to even enter this store. I honestly knew very little about olive oils and different types of balsamic vinegars before I went in. Plus, all those shiny glass bottles … [Read more...]

Rochester Ballroom Hosts Evening of Dancing to Benefit Students with Special Needs and Youth


Rochester Ballroom proudly announced that the RB Friends Gala will be held on Sunday, October 26 from 4:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the Royal Park Hotel in Downtown Rochester. It will be a fun night for all, celebrating dance performances of Rochester Ballroom students including their special needs team and their volunteers. The new “RB Friends” fund has been started in conjunction with the “Community Foundation of Greater Rochester” to assist students with special needs to experience the … [Read more...]

Announcing the Winners of Rochester Posed

1st Place - 'The Andy Griffith Show'

Downtown Rochester’s second annual Rochester Posed event was held last night, October 2. Participating downtown Rochester businesses turned their storefront windows into live mannequin displays. This year’s theme for Rochester Posed was classic TV of the 60s and 70s. The 2014 Rochester Posed is presented by Lake Trust Credit Union and Downtown Rochester. Downtown Rochester estimates that the event brought about 5,000 people to Downtown Rochester between 5 and 9 p.m. Live mannequins were … [Read more...]

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...]