Do a Good Deed in Your Community!

Join Rochester on Sunday, March 15 as the city participates in Good Deeds Day. Good Deeds Day is an international event with over 500,000 participants in 50-plus countries paying it forward through good deeds both large and small on this day. For Rochester’s Good Deed, we are collecting new toys and books for The Birthday Room at the Clothes Closet, a program of the Rochester Area Neighborhood House. Every book and toy donated will go to a child who might otherwise not receive a birthday … [Read more...]

Mad Money March and a Chance to Win a $1,000 Shopping Spree in Downtown Rochester Returns!

Come April 1, there will be one lucky winner of a $1,000 Shopping Spree to downtown Rochester. How do shoppers enter to win? It’s simple, shop downtown Rochester this March! Customers may qualify for entry by spending at least $100 collectively at one or more of the 32 participating businesses any time throughout the month of March. To enter for the shopping spree, receipts must be validated at one of the following locations during regular business hours. According to the press release … [Read more...]

Does Downtown Rochester Really Need Parking Structures?

Downtown Rochester Parking Rochester Media has been following the parking issues in Rochester since the McKenna Associates community planning and design consultants used a city survey to offer a complete parking strategy for the downtown area. The strategy cost the city $27,500 and it was delivered to the city in April of 2013. Over 900 online surveys were submitted. Some key results are: 82% of respondents listed “Restaurants/Bars” as the primary reason for visiting downtown 56% of … [Read more...]

Big, Bright Ball Returns Sunday, August 3

Looking Forward to Winter? Probably not, since summer took a while to get here. However, everyone knows winter will come eventually, and with it, the holidays, the parade, and the Big, Bright Light Show that illuminates 1.5 million lights. The lights drape the buildings along Main Street and have become a huge attraction for the city. If summertime seems to be slipping by, Rochester Media suggests you attend the Big, Bright Ball on August 3 at the Royal Park Hotel from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 … [Read more...]

Spend your summer in Downtown Rochester with Sidewalk Sales and Movies in the Moonlight

Nothing says summer in Downtown Rochester quite like Sidewalk Sales and the kick‐off for Downtown Rochester’s Movies in the Moonlight series. Back for its 59th Year, Sidewalk Sales will kick‐off on Thursday, July 10 and the 13th season of Movies in the Moonlight kicks off on Saturday, July 12. “I can’t think of a better way for families to spend their summer weekends”, said Stephanie Hellebuyck, Events Coordinator of the Rochester Downtown Development Authority. “Both Sidewalk Sales and … [Read more...]

Main Street Oakland County Honors 11 Communities at Gala Celebration

Farmington and its Downtown Development Authority (DDA) took home five honors Friday at the Main Street Oakland County awards celebration at the Royal Oak Music Theater. Downtown development groups from Ferndale, Holly, Pontiac and Rochester each picked up three awards during the event, which honors members of the Main Street Oakland County (MSOC) program for their community development efforts. Other Main Street-member communities recognized Friday were Clawson, Franklin, Highland Township, … [Read more...]

National Main Streets Conference comes to Detroit… and Downtown Rochester is there!

According to the Rochester DDA, this year, Detroit is home to the National Main Streets Conference, Sunday, May 18 through Tuesday, May 20. Held at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center, the National Main Streets Conference showcases and celebrates the innovative techniques and practices that make the Main Street Approach® one of the most powerful economic development tools in the nation.  The conference is an exceptional opportunity to share ideas and information with downtowns across the … [Read more...]

No More Free Parking on Main Street

Free parking on Main Street will soon be over The Main Street Makeover eliminated the parking meters on Main Street and free parking has been the status quo for over a year. Visitors to the downtown area noticed that employees and business owners were snagging the good on-street parking for themselves. That has ended. By the end of the month, 300 meters covering the on-street parking in downtown Rochester will be ready to take your coins, as well as your credit cards. The old meters took … [Read more...]

Shoppers wanted for Junk in the Trunk

Come shop Rochester’s Community resale event on Saturday, September 14! Over 45 residents and crafters will sell their new and used merchandise from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in the Farmers’ Market Upper Lot in downtown Rochester. “The summer Junk in the Trunk was a huge success”, said Stephanie Hellebuyck, Rochester Downtown Development Authority Events Coordinator. “Since the event in June, we’ve had an overwhelming number of participants and attendees ask if we could host another event in … [Read more...]

Rochester Restaurant Week

12 Restaurants to Choose From Restaurant week returns to downtown Rochester. Beginning Friday, August 23, visitors and regulars to Rochester will have a few deals to choose from when they get hungry. Running for 10 days, area restaurants offer a special menu. A dozen local restaurants are participating with providing dining deals for lunch, dinner or both. This is chance for people to get a deal at their favorite place to eat, or an incentive to try somewhere new for a meal. Lunch and … [Read more...]