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...]

Downtown Rochester Snowglow

The Downtown Rochester Snowglow, will take place on Friday, January 15 from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. & Saturday, January 16 from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. The Snowglow will include ice sculptures lining the streets, an ice carving competition, shopping, and of course, The Big, Bright Light Show. This is year’s ice sculpture theme is “Christmas Cheer.” Visitors will see carvings of holiday favorites, including Buddy The Elf, Frosty the Snowman, the Christmas Vacation Stationwagon, and many more. … [Read more...]

Christmas Extended in Downtown Rochester

Downtown Rochester is pleased to announce that The Big, Bright Light Show has been extended until Sunday, January 31. The show will be aglow every evening from 5:00 p.m. to Midnight. And the holiday magic doesn’t end there. The Downtown Rochester Snowglow, will take place on Friday, January 15 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. & Saturday, January 16 from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. The Snowglow will include ice sculptures lining the streets, live ice carving demonstrations and, of course, The Big, … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Where is the Best Place in Michigan to Go Make My Spirits Bright?

Dear Crabby, Between this pandemic and the lack of snow in our area, I’m having trouble finding my Christmas spirit. Do you have any fun suggestions on what my family and I can do around town that would help us feel jollier? Thanks, Cindy Lou LumosDear Cindy Lou Lumos, Your conundrum makes me think of that song from Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, “Where Are You Christmas?” Even if you celebrate Hanukkah or something else, or nothing at all, you get the gist of the song’s … [Read more...]

Santa Stroll in Downtown Rochester

Shop local this holiday season with Downtown Rochester’s merchants. The Santa Stroll will take place Sunday, December 13, from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Grab a hot beverage, do some shopping, and enjoy The Big, Bright Light Show. Santa Stroll in Downtown Rochester December 13 Over 30 downtown businesses will be open on Sunday, December 13 until 8:00 p.m. and parking is free on Sunday’s in Rochester. The participating businesses are listed on the Downtown Development Authority’s … [Read more...]

Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees Seeking Non-profits for Partnership Program

Mark your calendar for the Seventh Annual Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees, November 20-22 at the Rochester Community House. The Festival of Trees kicks off with the Cocktail Preview on Friday, November 20, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. at the Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow. Tickets are $50 per person/$85 per couple. The event will be open to the public November 21 & 22.  Admission is free.  Santa will be on hand both Saturday & Sunday from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Proceeds … [Read more...]

Downtown Rochester offers a Taste of Fall

Starting Tuesday, September 8, over 20 restaurants will have fall inspired entrees, drinks, and desserts on their menu to try. The Taste of Fall promotion runs from September 8 – October 19. Pick up the Taste of Fall brochure at the Downtown Collaboration Studio or any of the participating businesses.  “There are so many yummy fall options,” said Kristi Trevarrow, Executive Director of the Rochester Downtown Development Authority, “the challenge will be to figure out which dish is … [Read more...]

Free Parking in Downtown Rochester

Free Parking in City Parking Decks and at Meters Thru April 13 The City of Rochester has suspended parking collections through April 13 and is forgoing collecting hourly fees at public decks, metered parking lots, and metered street parking. This should allow easier access to businesses to get carryout food, essential items, and medication. Click here for Carryout/Delivery Guide … [Read more...]

Photo Highlights of the 2019 Rochester Area Hometown Christmas Parade

Photo Highlights of the 68th Rochester Area Hometown Christmas Parade. Thank you the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce for another successful event. Photos by Michael Dwyer of Rochester Media and The Community Edge.                     Check out last year’s photo highlights of the 67th Annual Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade for more great memories made in … [Read more...]

Holiday Farmers’ Market is Back for the Season in Downtown Rochester

Looking for farm fresh flavors this winter? Look no further than the Downtown Rochester Winter Farmers’ Market. Now open for its fourth season on Thursdays, the market will conveniently take place indoors at the Rochester Fire Department. The Fire Department is located at 277 Second Street, directly across the street from the regular farmers’ market lot. “We’re excited for the return of the Holiday Farmers’ Market on Thursday evenings. It gives attendees the chance to not only enjoy … [Read more...]