Deck Art 2014 skates back for a fourth year

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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 … [Read more...]

Rochester goes “Rockwell” this fall with live mannequins

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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 … [Read more...]

Back by popular demand—Junk in the Trunk

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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 … [Read more...]

Flip that switch!

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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 … [Read more...]

Main Street is Now Open!

Main Street in Downtown Rochester reopened to traffic today at 12:30 pm. One travel lane northbound and one travel lane southbound are open, along with left turn lanes at Second and University Drive. University Drive is also open to traffic. Third and Fourth street at Main will remain closed for the next few weeks. “Thank you to everyone who worked hard to complete Phase One of the project and for the cooperation of our businesses and residents to make this phase a huge success”, stated … [Read more...]

Donate Non-Perishable Food at Movies in the Moonlight

The Rochester Downtown Development Authority has partnered with the Rochester Community Kitchen to collect non-Perishable food donations during the spectacular Movies in the Moonlight! You can drop off your donations during each of the Movies in the Moonlight dates at the donation box located near the Third Street entrance. Donations are also being accepted through September at Rochester’s Farmer’s Market, located at East Third and Water Street, every Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 … [Read more...]

Two-Wheelin’ It To Rochester

Bicyclists large and small are encouraged to ride to Downtown Rochester, park their bikes, shop, eat and enjoy all Rochester has to offer on Saturday, July 28, 2012 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. during Two-Wheelin’ It To Rochester.  The new event is co-hosted by the Green City Committee of Rochester and the Rochester Downtown Development Authority, and is sponsored by Rochester Bike Shop. “Rochester is a bike-friendly place, with easy access from local neighborhoods and regional trails that … [Read more...]

Main Street Makeover moves into Phase 2

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Rochester’s Main Street Makeover is well underway and moving into the next phase. Beginning Tuesday, May 15, Main Street will be closed north of Second and south of University. Second and University will remain open, while Third & Fourth will be closed to traffic. Pedestrian crossing will only be available at Second and University. Sidewalks will continue to be open and access from the alleys will be maintained. This phase of construction will be completed by late July. Downtown and all … [Read more...]

So many reasons to bring the family to the Market

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In addition to its fresh produce, the Downtown Rochester Farmers’ Market can be a great weekend family activity!  The Downtown Development Authority recently received the Outstanding Event Series Award for the Downtown Rochester Farmers’ Market Children’s Program. Main Street Oakland County instituted an awards program in 2008 to recognize excellence in downtown revitalization in the Four Points of Main Street.  The Downtown Rochester Farmers’ Market achieved the award for … [Read more...]