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...]

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...]

Rochester Receives National Accreditation

Rochester has been named an Accredited 2020 Main Street America Program. This is the 15th consecutive year of national accreditation for Rochester. The Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has been a member of Main Street Oakland County since 2000. “Rochester continues to exemplify a model downtown organization that has been successful in managing its historic downtown for two decades”, commented John Bry, Main Street Oakland County Program Coordinator. “As a past Great American … [Read more...]

Join the Rochester Birthday Club

The Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is partnering with Rochester Police and Fire to help children in the community celebrate their special day by creating the Rochester Birthday Club to help the City's children celebrating a birthday in the month of April. Click the link and fill out the requested information, and on the day and time of your choosing either the Fire Department or Police Department (your choice) will send a vehicle to stop in front of your home to celebrate … [Read more...]

Deck Art 2020 Now Open

Downtown Rochester is calling all artists: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, and Adult to participate in Downtown Rochester’s Tenth Annual Skateboard Art Competition & Exhibition: Deck Art 2020. 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 14 & 15. This year’s event is expected to include as many as 50 local … [Read more...]

Rochester Stories From The Front Porch

The Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is proud to announce its new event series, Front Porch Stories. Front Porch Stories will give area residents the opportunity to hear great stories from some of our town's most interesting people. In addition, just as the name says, it will happen all from a front porch. Kicking off the series is one of downtown's business owners, Tony Lipuma. He'll be sharing his favorite stories and memories of Rochester over the years. For this … [Read more...]

New Community Crowdfunding Event in Downtown Rochester

The Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is proud to announce the debut of its new program, Mics & Mac. Mics & Mac is a crowdfunding event designed to empower local kids (ages 10-18) and enrich the Rochester community with their creative ideas. From art, events, placemaking and more, all ideas are welcome and encouraged. Kids can submit ideas online through Monday, July 8. Ten will be selected and invited to give a 5-minute pitch presentation at the Mics & Mac Event … [Read more...]

Mad Money March Shopping Spree in Downtown Rochester

Come April 1, there will be four lucky winners, all with Shopping Sprees in Downtown Rochester. How? Shoppers who spend $100 at one or more participating businesses during the month of March can enter for a chance to win a $1,000 Shopping Spree, a $500 Shopping Spree or one of two $250 Shopping Sprees. “Mad Money March has become a really exciting promotion in Downtown Rochester,” said Jenna O’Dell, Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Events Coordinator. “By March, everyone is … [Read more...]

Deck Art 2019 Registration Begins February 1

Downtown Rochester is Calling all Artists Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, and Adult age groups are welcome to participate in Downtown Rochester’s Ninth Annual Skateboard Art Competition & Exhibition - Deck Art 2019. 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 2019 is scheduled for May 9 & 10. This year’s event is expected … [Read more...]