Founders Day Kicks Off the Bicentennial Year for City of Rochester with VIDEO

Founders Day, an annual event, was extra special this year. A larger-than-normal crowd gathered at the Rochester Hills Museum, not only to recognize six new "founders," but also to kick off the start to the City of Rochester's 200th year celebration. Founded on March 17, 1817 by James Graham, Rochester has grown, keeping up with the times, yet holding on to its past. "Small town feel" is alive and well in Rochester. This year's event was held in the 1927 Calf Barn of the Rochester Hills … [Read more...]

Shop and Win with Mad Money March in Downtown Rochester

Come April 3, 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 Stephanie Hellebuyck, Rochester Downtown Development Authority events coordinator. “By March, everyone is … [Read more...]

Deck Art 2017 Registration is Open

Downtown Rochester is calling all artists: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, and Adult to participate in downtown Rochester’s Seventh Annual Skateboard Art Competition & Exhibition: Deck Art 2017. 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 2017 is scheduled for May 11-12. This year, South Street Skateshop has passed the Deck Art … [Read more...]

Deck Art 2017 Opens Registration January 30

Downtown Rochester is calling all artists: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, and Adult to participate in downtown Rochester’s Seventh Annual Skateboard Art Competition & Exhibition: Deck Art 2017. 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 2017 is scheduled for May 11-12. This year, South Street Skateshop has passed the Deck Art … [Read more...]

Small Business Saturday in Downtown Rochester

Join the merchants of downtown Rochester on Saturday, November 26 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 sixth year, Small Business Saturday serves as the ceremonial kickoff to the holiday shopping season … [Read more...]

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...]