Rochester Mayor Mentions New Buinesses in Downtown

State of the City

Leading up to the state of the city address on March 14, 2013, Mayor Bikson told Rochester Media that Rochester business is booming and he highlighted four new local businesses. He mentioned The Chapman House, The Meeting House, Somerset Lending and Trekt Outdooors, by name, as success stories.

The mayor welcomed these new businesses and introduced the connections that attended at the state of the city address. “Business owners believe in the future of Rochester,” said Mayor Stuart Bikson.

The Chapman House

The new Fine French Restaurant is scheduled to open in late spring or early summer. Mayor Bikson said it is an “example of business people working with the city and residents to make an excellent project.”

The Meeting House

This new restaurant is now open and located in the former Mind, Body & Spirits building on Main Street. They “respected our downtown historic district while making the building modern and exciting,” said Mayor Bikson regarding the renovations the new owners have made.

Somerset Lending Corp

The mayor said this company had “Some tremendous growth” and with 32 employees and 3200 square feet of office space is full of a “young and energetic workforce that both live and work in our city.”

Brad Saarela, president, wants to “build a reputation, especially in Rochester” by providing a one-to-one ratio between sales staff and customer. This “gives us a big leg up with customer service and speed of service” said Saarela.

Trekt Outdoors

Located between Greens and Mr. B’s, this new retail store has several well-trusted lines of men and women’s clothing. Both the store and their website launched in September. If you don’t see exactly what you want on the self, just ask, the item may only be a click away.

Policies, such as their Low Price Guarantee, Lifetime Returns and Free Shipping, suggest customer service is a main part of their business platform. Mayor Bikson said they show a “diversity of shopping to our downtown district.”

Beth Haberski, store manager, said the store is “one of a kind” and locally owned. Besides all the name brands around the store, shoppers will find Michigan-based products as well, including Baabaazuzu hats, scarves, mittens and bags.

They custom-fit Osprey Backpacks. The waist belt is molded to the person for best fit and comfort. Trekt also is the largest account for Smartwool socks. Anyone that enjoys the outdoors in winter knows about Smartwool products.

More to Mention

There are many new businesses in the Rochester Area and many more to come. Here is where readers may find the new businesses mentioned by Mayor Stuart Bikson:

The Chapman House (311 Walnut Blvd.)

The Meeting House (301 S. Main St.)

Somerset Lending (140 W University Drive, Suite 220) 248-499-9640

Trekt Outdoors (425 S. Main St.) 877-300-1544

Michael Dwyer is a freelance writer and travel columnist. Michael writes about happenings in the Rochester area, travels across Michigan and destinations around the world. Contact him at

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Michael Dwyer is a freelance content provider. Michael writes about happenings in the Rochester area, travels across Michigan and destinations around the world. Contact him at

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