Rochester Stories From The Front Porch

The Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is proud to announce its new event series, Front Porch Stories. Front Porch Stories will give area residents the opportunity to hear great stories from some of our town's most interesting people. In addition, just as the name says, it will happen all from a front porch. Kicking off the series is one of downtown's business owners, Tony Lipuma. He'll be sharing his favorite stories and memories of Rochester over the years. For this … [Read more...]

New Community Crowdfunding Event in Downtown Rochester

The Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is proud to announce the debut of its new program, Mics & Mac. Mics & Mac is a crowdfunding event designed to empower local kids (ages 10-18) and enrich the Rochester community with their creative ideas. From art, events, placemaking and more, all ideas are welcome and encouraged. Kids can submit ideas online through Monday, July 8. Ten will be selected and invited to give a 5-minute pitch presentation at the Mics & Mac Event … [Read more...]

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...]