Mayor to Wash Dogs at the Dog & Butterfly Dog Wash

The Rochester City Beautiful Commission (CBC) - combining the love of dogs with the beauty and necessity of pollinators - is pleased to present the Dog & Butterfly Dog Wash. The CBC, along with the Rochester City Council, including Mayor Stuart Bikson, will be bathing dogs. From 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 17, the dog wash will take place on the west side of Rochester City Hall in the grassy area. The dogs will start with a sudsy bath in a kiddie pool while their owner … [Read more...]

Thursday Night Market, the place to be in Downtown Rochester

Celebrating its second season, Thursday Night Market will begin Thursday, June 3 and run through July 8 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. In a new location, on West Fourth Street (between Main St. and Walnut Blvd.). “Living and loving local is important to us here in Downtown Rochester,” said Taylor Clayton, Marketing Coordinator of the Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA). “Now more than ever, we are all looking for ways to reconnect, the return of Thursday Night Market offers a great … [Read more...]

Grab Some Junk in the Trunk at Annual Resale Event in Downtown Rochester

Junk in the Trunk returns to the Farmers’ Market Upper Lot in Downtown Rochester with new and used merchandise from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on June 19. “We are really excited for the return of Junk in the Trunk,” said Jenna O’Dell, Rochester Downtown Development Authority Events Coordinator. “We have over 50 residents and crafters who are also looking forward to the event. Between area residents, Downtown Rochester businesses, and crafters, there is sure to be an array of resale, new and … [Read more...]

Unique Deck Art Exhibition Returns to Downtown Rochester

This year, over 400 artists from all over metro Detroit, as well as almost 40 Downtown Rochester businesses, are participating in Deck Art 2021. In its eleventh installment, Deck Art is a skateboard art competition and exhibition. Artists submit one-of-a-kind artwork using skateboard decks as a canvas. These decks will be on display in Downtown Rochester businesses beginning May 13 and will be celebrated with a two-day event on May 13 & 14. “Deck Art continues to grow and evolve … [Read more...]

Farmers’ Market Opens May 1 in Downtown Rochester

Meet at the market - where friends and families can access the freshest, locally grown Michigan-made products. Downtown Rochester Farmers’ Market Opening Day, is Saturday, May 1. Celebrating its 22nd 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 through … [Read more...]

Makeover March in Downtown Rochester

During the month of March, Downtown Rochester is focusing on improving overall self-care through retail therapy, home makeovers, food demonstrations, health, wellness & beauty. A variety of downtown businesses will offer style tips, new products, and promotions all month long. “We have such an incredible mix of small, independently owned businesses in our downtown”, stated Kristi Trevarrow, Executive Director of the Rochester DDA. “Makeover March is a great opportunity to showcase … [Read more...]

Howlett Park Honors Rochester’s First Police Chief

A city park on Inglewood Avenue is named in honor of the man who built a modern police department for Rochester and helped to shape the town’s safety and prosperity for almost half a century. Rochester Police Chief Sam Howlett at his desk (Courtesy of Barbara Howlett Bates) Samuel “Sam” Howlett was born in 1909 in the area historically known as the Big Beaver settlement, which was centered around the intersection of Rochester and Big Beaver roads in Troy Township. Howlett’s family roots in … [Read more...]

Snow Emergency issued by Cities of Rochester and Rochester Hills

Snow Emergency for City of Rochester The City of Rochester has declared a snow emergency effective at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, February 15. All vehicles on residential streets are to be moved to driveways. If you do not have a driveway, you may park your vehicle in the City's Parking Decks free of charge. Vehicles that remain on the street are subject to being ticketed and/or towed. The snow emergency will be in effect until 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 16. Having vehicles off the street makes … [Read more...]

Foodie February in Downtown Rochester

Ditch the kitchen and head to Downtown Rochester for Foodie February. Beginning February 1, dine in or carry out from any Downtown Rochester restaurant, save the receipts, and foodies will have a chance to win restaurant gift cards and Love Local Rochester swag every week in February. “The past several months have been challenging for our downtown businesses, especially the restaurants”, stated Kristi Trevarrow, Executive Director of the Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA). … [Read more...]

Deck Art 2021 Registration Begins February 1

Downtown Rochester is calling all Artists Elementary School, Middle School, High School, and College students, as well as adult artists, are invited to participate in Downtown Rochester’s 11th Annual Skateboard Art Competition & Exhibition: Deck Art 2021. 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 is scheduled for May 13 & 14. This year’s … [Read more...]