Remembering the Case’s Hardware Fire

It has been fifty years since a disastrous fire destroyed Case’s Hardware, one of downtown Rochester’s most beloved and iconic businesses. The store burned on December 12, 1968, in what long-time residents still remember as one of the most difficult and dangerous fires ever to hit Main Street. Case’s Hardware stood on the west side of Main, just south of the bank building on the corner of Fourth Street. The business started around 1872 as Reimer & Thompson, and passed through a … [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...]

Rochester in tip-top shape, mayor says

Though some may see the upcoming reconstruction of Main Street through downtown Rochester as a headache, Rochester Mayor Stuart Bikson said the project will prove to be one more indicator that the city is operating in top form. “Confidence in our city is extremely high, even when our road construction is coming up,” he said March 29 during the sixth annual State of the City Address. “Rochester is making a huge investment in this project and we are completely committed to it.” He said the city … [Read more...]