Rochester and the Detroit United Railway

New Book Will Tell Rochester’s DUR History Robert Michalka knows about railroads and local history. The lifelong Rochester area resident is combining his two interests in a forthcoming book entitled Rochester and the Detroit United Railway, scheduled for publication by the Rochester Historical Commission later in 2018. Michalka grew up working on Rochester’s Main Street, where his father, Al Michalka, ran a feed store from 1927 until 1982. The younger Michalka started out at the age of 10 … [Read more...]

Travel Back in Time 200 Years for a Walk Through Downtown Rochester

A Walk in Time Meet in Downtown Rochester at the white tent next to Catching Fireflies, 203 W. University. Thursday, July 27 and August 3, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Museum Members $5; Nonmembers $7. Travel back in time along Rochester’s Main Street, to witness true stories of the past. Costumed re-enactors will entertain with actual events that happened during Rochester’s 200 years. Limited tickets available. Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen … [Read more...]

Parenting a Strong-Willed Child

You might have a strong-willed child if:Commands are automatically disobeyed, just because it was a command.A seemingly simple task becomes difficult.A random stranger mutters in passing, “That’s a strong-willed child.”Can you relate to this sentiment?That last point literally happened to me recently as my family and I were leaving the gym. My daughter uttered some unintelligible demand and when my husband and I didn’t react how she had expected, she threw herself on the floor and screamed. She … [Read more...]

Sass in the City goes Pink!

Grab Your Best Girlfriends.  Dress to Impress.  Shop ‘til You Drop. Fall Girls’ Night Out is back!  On Thursday, October 4, from 5:00-9:00 p.m., ladies are going glam for Sass in the City! In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re asking ladies to not only go GLAM, but PINK, too. Wear your favorite pink top, shoes or dress to show your support! “Girls’ Night Out is a perennial favorite in Rochester,” said Stephanie Schwager, Rochester Downtown Development Authority events … [Read more...]

Local Father’s Day Finds

Forty years ago, President Richard Nixon signed into law the proclamation of Father's Day as the third Sunday in June. Ever since, children of all ages have clamored around department store tie racks, decorated coffee mugs, and bought untold quantities of grill tools in attempts to show dad that they love him. This year, if those ideas don't fit the bill for your father, check out the construction progress in town, support our merchants, and pick up one of these great local gifts that dad is … [Read more...]

Make Rochester a Stop on your Holiday List

Black Friday and Cyber Monday started it, catalogs continue to pile up on coffee tables, and the malls have extended hours. The holidays are here and Christmas shopping is in full swing. There are so many options, but you have a busy schedule. And, you want to impress those on your gift list. What to do?  Downtown Rochester offers unique shops and a variety of options. Here are just a few places that you may want to put on your list of stops along the holiday path that wraps up the … [Read more...]

SASS IN THE CITY! GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT IN DOWNTOWN ROCHESTER

ROCHESTER, Mich. – April 19, 2011 – Spring Girls’ Night Out is back!  On Thursday, May 5, from 5-9 pm, ladies are going glam for some Sass in the City! Grab Your Best Girlfriends.  Dress to Impress.  Shop ‘til You Drop. “We’re excited for the return of Spring Girls’ Night Out,” said Stacey Keast, Rochester Downtown Development Authority events coordinator.  “After a year’s hiatus and a long, hard winter, we think the ladies will be ready to don their dresses and heels for a night of … [Read more...]

Have a Made in Michigan Party

To celebrate my husband’s 10th year of living in Michigan (and the U.S. for that matter), our family had a Made in Michigan party last year.  The idea was simple; everyone was encouraged to bring something made or grown in Michigan.  We had potato salad, kale chips and apple pie made from fresh farmers market produce.  We had wine from Traverse City and beer from Detroit that we purchased at Whole Foods.  The hamburgers were made from Michigan grass-fed beef from Creswick farms with buns from a … [Read more...]