Mad Money March Shopping Spree in Downtown Rochester

Come April 1, there will be four lucky winners, all with Shopping Sprees in Downtown Rochester. How? Shoppers who spend $100 at one or more participating businesses during the month of March can enter for a chance to win a $1,000 Shopping Spree, a $500 Shopping Spree or one of two $250 Shopping Sprees. “Mad Money March has become a really exciting promotion in Downtown Rochester,” said Jenna O’Dell, Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Events Coordinator. “By March, everyone is … [Read more...]

Deck Art 2019 Registration Begins February 1

Downtown Rochester is Calling all Artists Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, and Adult age groups are welcome to participate in Downtown Rochester’s Ninth Annual Skateboard Art Competition & Exhibition - Deck Art 2019. Artists are asked to provide their unique work on a blank skateboard deck. Winning pieces will be picked in each category by a panel of judges, and prizes will be awarded. Deck Art 2019 is scheduled for May 9 & 10. This year’s event is expected … [Read more...]

Rochester DDA Debuts Downtown Business Recognition Program

The Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is proud to announce their latest initiative, the Downtown Business Recognition Program. The goal of the program is to recognize business owners, property owners, or individuals for outstanding contributions to the downtown community. The first recipients were recognized at the October DDA Board Meeting. Recipients included Ryan & Pamela Walther, owners of Bizzy Buzz Artisan Market for their … [Read more...]

Small Business Saturday November 24 in Downtown Rochester

Join the merchants of Downtown Rochester on Saturday, November 24 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 eighth year, Small Business Saturday serves as the ceremonial kickoff to the holiday shopping … [Read more...]

Lagniappe in Downtown Rochester

Join the merchants of downtown Rochester on Monday, November 19, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. when they offer their customers Lagniappe (Creole for “a little something extra”) in appreciation for their support throughout the year. The Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) also will offer some Lagniappe with the debut of The Big, Bright Light Show. The program will begin at 6:45 p.m. on E. Fourth Street with help from the Mayor, Channel 7 and a special appearance by the man in red, Santa … [Read more...]

Calling All Carolers

Downtown Rochester is proud to announce the return of Caroling in the City on Sunday, December 16 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. They are looking for enthusiastic singers of all ages to join the Rochester Christmas Carolers. The Rochester Christmas Carolers will perform at Caroling in the City, including leading carols around the Christmas tree for our grand finale. No experience is necessary. The only requirements are that carolers love Christmas music and singing outdoors. Members are required … [Read more...]

Downtown Rochester Announces Donor Wall of Fame

Mark Albrecht, Chair of the Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) along with the DDA Board and Staff are proud to announce the creation of the Downtown Rochester Donor Wall of Fame. This new place of honor is an opportunity for individuals, families, groups and organizations to create a lasting memory in our newest park on the corner of Walnut Boulevard and University Drive. All money raised will be reinvested in future capital projects to support and improve the downtown … [Read more...]

Be a Part of the Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees

Plans are well underway for the Fifth Annual Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees, November 16-18. The Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees is a holiday spectacular unlike any other, featuring trees, wreaths, centerpieces, tablescapes, porchscapes and more designed and donated by the Metro Detroit community. Due to popular demand, businesses can now participate in the Festival of Trees without even knowing how to string a strand of Christmas lights by becoming a Tree Sponsor. Sponsors can … [Read more...]

Downtown Rochester Hosts 63rd Annual Sidewalk Sales

Sidewalk Sales will Kick-off on Thursday, July 12 “Over the years Sidewalk Sales has become something to expect during the summer in Downtown Rochester,” said Jenna O’Dell, Events Coordinator of the Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA). “For many it isn’t summer without three days filled with shopping, dining, and family-friendly activities.” Sidewalk Sales will run Thursday, July 12 and Friday, July 13 from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, July 14 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 … [Read more...]

Downtown Rochester Movies in the Moonlight

Join Downtown Rochester on Saturday, July 14, as they kick off the 17th season of Movies in the Moonlight. This season there is four consecutive Saturday nights.  “I can’t think of a better way for families to spend their Saturday nights under the stars”, said Jenna O’Dell, Events Coordinator of the Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA). “Movies in the Moonlight is a community staple for many local families.” Movies in the Moonlight is located in the parking lot at the corner … [Read more...]