2016 Downtown Rochester Spring Gallery Stroll June 3

2016 Spring Gallery Stroll in Downtown Rochester Participating businesses will have their doors open June 3, from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., as pop-up gallery spaces. These pop-up galleries will feature artists’ work ranging in a variety of media. Look for 2016 Spring Gallery Stroll postcards at participating locations and have the postcards ready on the night of stroll for a chance to enter to win a $50 Downtown Rochester Gift Certificate provided by the Rochester Downtown Development Authority … [Read more...]

Downtown Rochester Farmers’ Market Opening Day

Searching for a sure sign of spring? Head to the Downtown Rochester Farmers’ Market on Opening Day, Saturday, May 7. Celebrating its 17th 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 7 through October 29, from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. "The Downtown … [Read more...]

Rochester DDA Elects New Chairman

Mark Albrecht is the New Chairperson of the DDA The Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is proud to announce the election of Mark Albrecht as Chairman of the DDA, effective immediately.  Albrecht is an active DDA Board member, has serving as DDA Vice Chairman for the past year, as well as Chairman of the Business Development Committee.  Former DDA Chairman Mike Clayman resigned from the DDA Board in January. "The City of Rochester is entering an exciting period of time, and … [Read more...]

Don't Miss the Final Day of the Downtown Rochester Farmers' Market

2014 Season Ends on Saturday, October 25 On closing day of the market, Saturday, October 25, ghouls and goblins are invited to participate in trick-or-treating from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m it was announced via press release. Children will receive free goodie bags complements of the Rochester Downtown Development Authority and market vendors will have treats available at their booths. Don’t forget to pick up your fall bounty including squash, pumpkins, apples, cider and more! Now in its 15th … [Read more...]

Rochester Posed gets Groovy!

Come see your favorite iconic 'performers' from the 60s and 70s including Fonzie, Lucy and Laverne & Shirley! Downtown Rochester’s second annual Rochester Posed event is scheduled for Thursday, October 2. Participating downtown Rochester businesses will turn their storefront windows into live mannequin displays. This year’s theme for Rochester Posed is classic TV of the 60s and 70s. “We were overwhelmed by the success of the first Rochester Posed in 2013 and we can’t wait for another … [Read more...]

Deck Art 2014 skates back for a fourth year

South Street Skateshop is calling all artists: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, Adult and Corporate to participate!! Deck Art 2014 is a skateboard art competition and exhibition. Artists are asked to provide their unique work on a blank skateboard deck. This year, entries will be judged by the public; those entries with the highest number of votes, within each category, will be awarded prizes. Due to its ever-growing popularity, organizers have expanded this year’s … [Read more...]

Don’t miss the final day of the Downtown Rochester Farmers’ Market

On closing day of the market, Saturday, October 26, ghouls and goblins are invited to participate in trick-or-treating from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Children will receive free goodie bags complements of the Rochester Downtown Development Authority (while supplies last) and market vendors will have treats available at their booths.  Don’t forget to pick up your fall bounty including mums, squash, pumpkins, apples, cider and more! Now in its 13th season, the Farmers’ Market is a frequent stop for … [Read more...]

Rochester goes “Rockwell” this fall with live mannequins

Get ready for downtown Rochester’s very first live mannequin event—Rochester Posed—scheduled for Thursday, October 3. Participating downtown Rochester businesses will turn their storefront windows into live mannequin displays. This year’s theme for Rochester Posed is Norman Rockwell scenes. “Rochester Posed is something new and different for downtown Rochester,” said Stephanie Hellebuyck, Events Coordinator of the Rochester Downtown Development Authority. “It’s the perfect collaboration … [Read more...]

Back by popular demand—Junk in the Trunk

Due to the overwhelming success of this summer’s Junk in the Trunk, a fall date has been selected. Junk in the Trunk registration is now open for Saturday, September 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Farmers’ Market Upper Lot in downtown Rochester. “The summer Junk in the Trunk was a huge success,” said Stephanie Hellebuyck, Rochester Downtown Development Authority Events Coordinator. “Since the event in June, we’ve had an overwhelming number of participants and attendees ask if we … [Read more...]

Flip that switch!

Rochester’s holiday season is about to begin It was after a trip to Disney World that Kristi Trevarrow came up with the idea of covering downtown Rochester with lights, turning the city into holiday central. As the Big Bright Light Show prepares to fire up for its seventh year, Trevarrow, Executive Director of the Rochester Downtown Development Authority, said she feels like she’s accomplished that goal. “I’d like to think that all the cars coming down here, all the people eating in the … [Read more...]