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!

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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. 
Photo credit Rochester Avon History

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...]

Olive: The Other Essential Oil

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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...]