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Letter from the Director What’s Happening Farmers’ Market That’s Entertaining Strands of Gold Main Street in May Black, White & Yellow Rochester is Going “Green” Green Living Big, Bright Light Show Membership Merchant Spotlight—Classic Appreciation New Neighbors Bright & Breezy Paint Creek Trailways Day Trip in Rochester Local Artistes Hey, Baby! Salon Finds Salad Recipes A Taste of Rochester


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ith the stories you see in the media about everything going on in the world, it’s easy to focus on the negative things, rather than the positive energy that surrounds us. I purposely chose the word “energy” because it is something of a buzz word around Downtown Rochester these days. Energy has many different interpretations, but when we say it, we are referring to the experience you have when you come downtown. You can see it in the stores as they change their windows to reflect what’s new for spring. You can feel it when you visit downtown, greeting your friends and neighbors as they jog, ride and stroll down the sidewalks. And speaking of energy, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention all the great events happening downtown. We have so much to offer year-round, but summer is definitely our season. From the 10th season of the Farmers’ Market to our first 3D showing at Movies in the Moonlight, there are a lot of reasons to come downtown all summer long. As a reminder, all of our events are family-friendly and absolutely free. Want to know more about what’s happening in your downtown? We are constantly looking for new ways to connect with supporters of Downtown Rochester. We invite you to visit us on Facebook and become a “fan” of Downtown Rochester. Interested in what we’re working on at the DDA? Follow us on Twitter. Want to see photos of our special events? Check us out on Flickr. At the DDA, we are committed to making Downtown Rochester the very best it can be but we can’t do it alone. We are constantly looking for fresh ideas and perspectives from you. Whether you just have a quick question or want to volunteer your time, we would love to hear from you. When we all work together, the energy we produce will power Downtown Rochester for years to come. See you Downtown!


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May 2 Downtown Rochester Farmers’ Market

Opening Day Every Saturday, May 2 – October 31 Corner of East Third & Water 8:00 am – 1:00 pm Join us for the opening of the 10th season of the Farmers’ Market. Opening Day festivities include free canvas tote bags given to the first 500 adult customers attending the market, musical entertainment and children’s activities. Don’t forget to enter-to-win for one of several gift certificates donated by Downtown Rochester merchants. (Turn to page 12 to find out more). For more information, call the DDA office at 248/656-0060 or visit

Spring on the Farm

Rochester Hills Museum 1:00 – 4:00 pm Enjoy the historic site as the farm comes to life with activities, hayrides, schoolhouse visits, crafts, tractors, planting and more. For more information, call 248/656-4663 or visit

May 7 Girls’ Night Out

Downtown Rochester 5:00 – 9:00 pm This Girls’ Night Out, ladies are encouraged to don their dresses and heels and go glam for Sass in the City! So grab your best girlfriends, dress to impress and shop ‘til you drop in Downtown Rochester! Turn to page 17 to find out more. For more information, call the DDA office at 248/656-0060 or visit

May 7& 21 Stoney Creek, Rochester & Adams High School Senior Prom

Pancake Breakfast

Rochester Fire Department 8:00 – 11:30 am Proceeds to benefit Boy Scout Troop 125. For more information, call 248/765-1195.

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Stoney Creek, May 7 Rochester, May 21 Adams, May 21 Graduating students will don formal wear to enjoy their senior prom at the Royal Park Hotel for Stoney Creek, Twin Lakes Country Club for Rochester and the San Marino Club of Troy for Adams. For more information, call 248/726-3000.

May 13 Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library Spring Used Book Sale

Rochester Hills Public Library May 13 – 17 Find hardcover and paperback books for adults and children, computer software, CDs, audiotapes, books on tape and more. For more information, call 248/650-7178.

May 14 Late Nite Thursdays

Downtown Rochester May 14 – August 27 6:00 – 9:00 pm Enjoy the warm summer evenings as you shop and dine ‘til nine on Thursdays in Downtown Rochester. Be sure to take a trolley ride or visit the Thursday Nite Farmers’ Market in the Rochester Athletic Club parking lot. For more information, call 248/656-0060 or visit www.




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June 6

“Shades of Blue”

Student and Faculty Show Opening

Peter Rabbit Tea

Hosted by the Older Persons’ Commission Royal Park Hotel 6:00 pm Save-the-date for the OPC’s 7th Annual Signature Event, “Shades of Blue.” For more information, call 248/608-0259.

May 20 The Women’s Fund “Heart-to-Heart” Benefit

The PrivateBank 6:30 – 8:00 pm Join us and learn more about The Women’s Fund; providing supporting scholarships, enrichment grants, programs and projects to enhance the lives of women and children in the Greater Rochester area. For more information, call the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester 248/608-2804.

Paint Creek Center for the Arts May 29 – June 13 6:00 – 8:00 pm This Student and Faculty Show features work made by PCCA students and teachers, from preschool through adult. For more information, call 248/651-4110 or visit

June 1 Summer Reading Program

Sponsored by the Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library The first day of registration for the entire family is Monday, June 1. This year’s exciting theme for the Summer Reading Program is “Be Creative.” Persons of all ages are encouraged to read for fun and prizes! For more information, call 248/656-2900 or visit

May 23 & 24 32nd Annual Rochester Heritage Festival

Rochester Municipal Park 10:00 am – 6:00 pm This family-friendly festival commemorates the past, present and future through exhibits, games, a craft show along the river, food, musical entertainment throughout both days and much more! Admission is free. For more information, call 248/656-0999 or visit Pancake Breakfast in the Park

Rochester Community House 7:30 am – Noon Start your day with all-you-can-eat pancakes before heading to the Heritage Festival! Tickets are available at the door. For more information, call 248/651-0622.


Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm 1:00 – 4:00 pm The Museums’ Children’s Garden opens for the season with activities relating to the whimsical story of Peter Rabbit. Come out and enjoy crafts, tours, storytelling, music, food and animals. For more information, call 248/656-4663 or visit

June 7 Rochester Hills Museum Garden Walk

11:00 am – 7:00 pm Co-sponsored by the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm and the Rochester Branch of the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Association. Tour a country estate garden as well as several other private gardens to see some jewels throughout our community. Garden expo will include gardening supplies, a garden lunch and gardening experts available to make this an inspirational day! For more information and reservations, call 248/656-4663 or visit

June 13 June 2, 3 & 4 Stoney Creek, Adams & Rochester High School Graduation

Stoney Creek, June 2 Adams, June 3 Rochester, June 4 Graduation from Stoney Creek, Adams & Rochester annually takes place at the Meadow Brook Pavilion. For more information, call 248/726-3000.

4th Annual “Hometown Hustle” 5k Fun Run/Walk

Sponsored by the Rochester Community Schools Foundation 8:30 am, 7:30 am registration The race will start at the Rochester Community Schools Administration Center and conclude at the Rochester Municipal Park. For more information, call 248/726-3190.

Rochester River Day

Sponsored by Clinton River Watershed Council Rochester Municipal Park – Lions Shelter 8:00 am – Noon Whether you like to walk, ride, fish, plant, paddle or play, there’s something for everyone at River Day! Join us for the 6th Annual Breakfast, then enjoy all of the riverside activities. For more information, call 248/601-0606 or visit for a complete schedule of river events.

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7:00 – 11:00 pm Come on out and support the athletes from the great State of Michigan! MSO promotes healthy lifestyles for the 50+ age group. For more information call 1-800-400-8161 or

June 18 Annual Music in the Park Summer Concert Series

Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Rochester Rochester Municipal Park Every Thurs., June 18 – July 23, 7:00 pm You are invited to join your neighbors and friends for the Music in the Park Summer Concert Series. Bring your family – pack a picnic, grab a blanket or chairs and enjoy music under the stars! Admission is free. For more information, call 248/330-8966.

June 22 30th Annual Crittenton Golf, Tennis and Fun Walk Benefit

Great Oaks Country Club Proceeds to benefit Cancer C.A.R.E. and Adult Indigent Care. For more information, call Crittenton Hospital Medical Center Foundation at 248/652-5345.

July 1 Festival of the Hills

Borden Park 6:00 – 10:00 pm Enjoy one of the largest fireworks shows in Michigan. Admission is free. For more information, call 248/841-BOOM (2666) or visit

Downtown Rochester July 16, 10:00 am – 9:00 pm July 17, 10:00 am – 9:00 pm July 18, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Come one – come all! to the Sidewalk Circus in Downtown Rochester! Visit the awesome assemblage of stupendous sellers at the 54th annual Downtown Rochester Sidewalk Sales. Don’t miss the big-top bargains and the Krafty Kids’ Zone! An event for all, small and tall - it’s a circus down here! Visit or call the DDA office at 248/656-0060 for more information.

August 1 July 10, 17, 24 & 31 Fun Fridays

Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm Noon – 2:00 pm Enjoy a great family entertainment show in the Museum gazebo, followed by a 100 foot slip and slide, creek wading and fire truck water display! For more information, call 248/656-4663 or visit

July 11, 18 & 25 Movies in the Moonlight

Downtown Rochester – Corner of E. Third & Water (Farmers’ Market lot) July 11: Marley & Me (Rated PG) July 18: Madagascar 2 (Rated PG) July 25: Journey to the Center of the Earth – 3D! (Rated PG) Featured movies begin at dusk (about 9:00 pm), but be sure to arrive early for the best seats! Bring your chairs, blankets and pillows and enjoy a movie under the stars. Admission is free. For more information, call the DDA office at 248/656-0060 or visit

Rochester Symphony Orchestra Season Ticket Sales

Purchase your tickets for the 2009-10 season by calling 248/651-4181.

August 2 30th Anniversary Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance

Meadow Brook Hall and Grounds 10:00 am – 4:00 pm One of the world’s most famous classic automobile exhibitions. The 30th Anniversary show will feature “The Best of Detroit”; a celebration of the city’s great automotive heritage, its engineering marvels and excellence in design. For more information, and for tickets, call 248/643-8645 or visit




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September 11, 12 & 13 October 1

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Spotlights Art Show

Girls’ Night Out

Downtown Rochester – W. Fourth & Walnut September 11, 4:00 – 7:30 pm September 12, 9:00 am – 7:30 pm September 13, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Juried art, craft and boutique show. All proceeds support Meadow Brook Theatre. For more information, call 248/377-3300 or visit

Downtown Rochester 5:00 – 9:00 pm Girls’ Night Out is back! So, grab your best girlfriends, dress to impress and shop ‘til you drop in Downtown Rochester! For more information, call the DDA office at 248/656-0060 or visit

Great Oaks Country Club The annual Rochester Community Schools Foundation Golf Outing will benefit educational programs for the Rochester Community Schools. A table raffle and dinner follow the outing and is open to the public. For more information, call 248/726-3190.

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August 7 & 8 Dancin’ in the Street

Downtown Rochester West Fourth Street August 7, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm August 8, Noon – 10:00 pm Summer’s here and the time is right for Dancin’ in the Street! Bring the whole family to enjoy live music, children’s entertainment, a tastefest featuring Downtown Rochester eateries and the “wildly” popular Pet Pageant. For more information, call the DDA office at 248/656-0060 or visit for a complete schedule of events.

August 9 10th Annual Rockin Rods n’ Rochester

Walnut Blvd. between Second and University in Downtown Rochester 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Shift gears and cruise downtown for a nostalgic look at classic cars including hot rods, Corvettes, custom cars, muscle cars and specialty vehicles. Proceeds benefit Leader Dogs for the Blind. For more information, call 248/651-4155.


Rochester Municipal Park September 11, 4:00 – 7:30 pm September 12, 9:00 am – 7:30 pm September 13, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm This 44th Annual festival, sponsored by Paint Creek Center for the Arts, features over 250 exceptional artists, free children’s art activities, great music and dance, delicious food and more! For more information, call 248/651-4110 or visit

October 24 Trick-or-Treat Downtown & Costume Parade

Trick-or-treating, 4:30 – 6:00 pm The streets of Rochester will come to life with little ghouls and goblins. Children will enjoy trick-or-treating at downtown merchants and will then meet at the corner of East Street and E. University for a costume parade. For more information, call the DDA office at 248/656-0060 or visit

September 23 Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library Fall Used Book Sale

Rochester Hills Public Library September 23 – 27 Find hardcover and paperback books for adults and children, computer software, CDs, audiotapes, books on tape and more. For more information, call 248/650-7178.

September 25 & 26 Oktoberfest

Rochester Mills Beer Co. An event for the entire family featuring moonwalks, petting zoo, pony rides, games and prizes, live traditional entertainment, great food and of course, German-style lager beer. For more information, call 248/650-5080.

October 31 Trick-or-Treat at the Farmers’ Market

Corner of E. Third & Water 10:00 am – Noon The Downtown Rochester Farmers’ Market invites ghouls and goblins, along with their parents, to visit the market for trick-or-treating. Goodie bags will be provided for the kids! For more information, call the DDA office at 248/656-0060 or visit

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Black & White Sundress Flirty Fashions, 314 Main 248/726-9788

Black, White &

Yellow Tulle Party Dress Boutique Angelique, 333 Main 248/656-2696

Citron Centerpiece Bowl DMJ Interiors, 312 East 248/650-4900


Coach & Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses Weisman Optometrists 220 Main, 248/651-7986

Black & White Checked Elliott Lauren Jacket The Peppertree, 302 Walnut 248/652-1225

Yellow Vintage Buttons Bracelet Talulah Belle, 114 W. Third 248/453-5054

Yellow Raincoat Rochester Pendleton, 316 Main 248/601-1282

Van Gogh Book Downtown Booksellers, 116 E. University 248/652-6657

Pandora Bracelet Beadz â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;N Bagz, 402 Main 248/601-1148

Black & White French-Style Chair Hepplewhiteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Interiors, 322 Main 248/651-4710


Rochester is Going “Green” by Marilyn Trent, Green City Committee Chair


ochester’s new Green City Committee consists of environmentally-minded residents and members from local businesses. The committee’s mission is to inspire the community to invest in its future through the adoption of ‘green’ initiatives that are mutually beneficial to the community, and to instill a sense of pride by establishing Rochester as a leader in the ‘green’ movement. The Green City Committee was formed by Rochester DDA board member and local business owner Marilyn Trent who has high hopes for its success and impact on our community. “Sharing the planet with 8 billion people can be a bit overwhelming, and you feel that you have very little control over anything,” explains Trent. “The Green City Committee of Rochester gives people a chance to make a difference by making changes that will affect future generations.”   Businesses will band together and pool resources to push green initiatives such as: bringing recycling back to the city with better, more efficient recycling containers; bike racks for trail riders who visit the downtown area, and consolidated shredding resources for local businesses. The committee meets regularly to brainstorm additional ways to make our community more earth-friendly.

“I hope that the Green City Committee can encourage all the businesses in Downtown Rochester to make a few simple changes in their business environment that will encourage the reduce, reuse and recycle philosophy,” explained Green City Committee member Lonna Harlow.   Committee member Betty Peterka also shows a great deal of enthusiasm for the newly formed The Bicycle Rack Expansion Program is one of the goals of 2009 initiative. “I’ve been on Pictured: The Green City Committee of Rochester- Front Row, the green boat for years,” Betty Perterka, Marilyn Trent, Roberta Varon, Lonna Harlow, said Peterka. “When Back Row - Ed Granchi, Andreas Trelenberg. Marilyn approached me to (Not pictured, Anne Burns, Cathy Daldin, Scott Erskine, Kristi Trevarrow) join the committee, I was has expanded to two days of activities in already looking for ways to help educate its fourth year. people in a positive way to reduce our “The Green City Committee of footprints on the earth.  Even though Rochester was instrumental in getting these changes will benefit everyone in the Earth Day Expo to Downtown the long run, fundamental change is Rochester this year. Without the help sometimes very difficult.  It will take a of the committee, we would have grassroots effort to influence people had much more difficulty navigating to embrace change. We may only be the DDA and City approval process, in infant stages, but you have to start and gaining the approval of these somewhere!” organizations,” said John Batdorf, Rochester hosted the largest Earth Executive Director, Earth Day Expo. Day Festival in Michigan this April (, a growing event that

Green City Committee 2009 Goals:

p Business recycling reinstated p Expand Bicycle racks in the Downtown p Farmers’ Market Opening Day tent with information on ‘green’ practices p Work with students in the schools to promote ‘green’ policies of Downtown Rochester p Reusable tote bags available to encourage people to “be green, buy local”


All Natural Bamboo Flooring Dillman & Upton 607 Woodward 248/651-9411

Organic, Gluten-Free “Inspired Treats” Mind, Body & Spirits, 301 Main 248/651-3663 Organic Loose Tea & Blue Stump Teapot with Basket Tea Infuser Bean & Leaf Café, 439 Main 248/601-1411

Organic Wool & Bamboo Knitting Needles Skeins on Main Yarn Co., 428 Main 248/656-9300

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Robin’s Egg Blue Trek Bicycle Rochester Bike Shop, 426 Main 248/652-6376

American Soybean Candles Swan Creek Candle Co., 425 Main 248/608-8955


Membership Program


re your pets named after reindeer? Do you love egg nog? Do you listen to Christmas carols year-round? Do you have so many Christmas lights on your house that it is declared a “no fly” zone? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions (don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone), The Big, Bright Light Show Membership Program is for “yule”! 100% of all memberships support The Big, Bright Light Show, Downtown Rochester’s dazzling holiday light display unlike any other in the state of Michigan. For $35, Your Big, Bright Membership Includes:

• The Downtown Rochester Big, Bright Bonus Book – featuring discounts and special offers from your favorite downtown merchants • Limited Edition Members-Only Downtown Rochester Christmas Ornament • Members-Only Newsletter • Exclusive Invitation to The Big, Bright Light Show Sneak Preview Event • Recognition of membership on

All membership benefits are valid from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010. For more information, call the Rochester DDA at 248.656.0060.


Yes, I want to join The Big, Bright Light Show Membership Program! _____ $35.00 Big, Bright Membership Name of Member(s): ________________________________ (As you would like it to appear on the website, i.e. Dennis & Sheila Harris)

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Spotlight on…

Greg Swett, Owner of Classic Appreciation How long have you been in business? We have been incorporated for 24 years now but the auto detailing company really started as a “shoestring” business story. I guess it really started when I was about 14 and rode my bike around local neighborhoods to wash cars in people’s driveways; in fact it was many of those first customers that showed me all the steps to properly wash their own cars the way they liked. Some are still customers! In the spring of 1985, we moved in with Rochester Hills Collision. It was there that the owner, Mr. Gary Komasara, taught me an awful lot about business and treating customers and employees right.

Why did you choose Downtown Rochester to locate your business?

In 1988, the company was growing rapidly and we needed a larger facility. I thought that delightful Downtown Rochester was a great “hub” for all our customers from the surrounding communities to find us easily. Our first downtown Rochester location was in a 3600 sq. ft. “drive out basement” facility behind Quik Pik at 102 E Second Street. This was known as “the cave” because the building has no windows and it is partially underground. In 1991, we moved into the present location at 528 N. Main Street in what used to be Houghton Power Equipment, a farm implement business that eventually became the Merry Oldsmobile dealership! Also in 1991, Kasey Hopper, a born and raised Downtown Rochester kid and

a major car nut, joined me and soon became vice president of Classic Appreciation, Inc.

Why did you choose this type of business?

Oh, great question! We happen to love cars and people. I need to be around automobiles everyday or I run a fever… gives new meaning to “carsick”. With the price of cars going up so much over the last thirty years or so, I knew people wanted a way to take better care of their vehicles, to refresh and preserve the value of these major investments. Also, detailing makes people fall in love with their cars all over again so I like how our customers feel great driving their “Showroom Fresh” vehicles around.

car. We try to make everyone feel special and have a delightful experience here.

What would you like your customers to remember about your business?

I want people to remember our friendly, professional environment and the fact that we are the absolute experts for all cleaning and detailing concerns on any type of vehicle. I would also like people to remember that we are major car nuts and can help with all kinds of automotive issues.

Please share one memorable experience you have had with your business.

What unique experience do you provide for your customers?

We understand that each customer has different reasons and detailing needs when they come to us and so we are able to customize our services to meet and exceed many different expectations and create raving fans whether we are detailing their minivan or their million dollar collector

We have performed our detailing services for lots of local professional sports stars over the years from old school Vinnie Johnson, Barry Sanders, Ted Lindsay, Steve Yzerman to more recent Chauncy Billups, Sergei Fedorov, Rasheed Wallace, Chris Chelios, Dan Cleary and many others. We never really make a big deal out of celebrity visits; we just treat them to the same World Class service we offer to everyone.

P r o f i l e : G r e g Sw e t t Favorite food:

Sea scallops and a medium filet

Favorite movie:

Cars, one of the few movies I can watch multiple times

Last CD purchased: AC/DC, Back in Black Last book read:

Raving Fans

Hobbies: Favorite vacation spot:

I live on a lake so: Boating, water skiing, tubing, jet skiing, swimming, etc. I also enjoy the never ending “hobby” of building our dream home. I love to explore and see the beauty in every different place I visit so it would be hard to choose one over another.

Classic Appreciation, 528 N. Main, 248/656-2159


New Neighbors Sposa Bella Bridal, 120 W. Fourth, 248/453-5012 Metro Detroit’s new couture bridal studio, owner Silvana Guraj takes great pride in offering her clients the world’s most elite fashion forward designs, from swank contemporary trends to sophisticated elegance. Schedule a personal appointment with one of their stylists to discuss your wedding dress options.

American Speedy Printing, 917 N. Main, 248/652-8855, American Speedy Printing is back! Bill Davies, owner and manager since 1986, returned to Downtown Rochester in November 2008 and is located at the old Napa Auto Parts building. They provide high-quality, cost-effective printing services and are experts in the newest technologies.

New Owners The Great Frame Up, Fred Warzin 113 W. University, 248/650-3500 Planet Pizza, Kenneth Jones 816 N. Main, 248/650-0004 Shoetique, Lana Hastings 115 E. Third, 248/651-7463 Skeins on Main Yarn Co., Lori Sheffield 428 Main, 248/656-9300,

New Location Michael Foran Interiors, moved to 407 Main, 248/601-2007

Peaceful Birthing, 425 Main, Suite 201, 248/601-3111, Janice Rex Weaver, certified practitioner of Peaceful Birthing, offers HypnoBirthing childbirth education, which is a combination of deep relaxation, breathing and visualization techniques that are used to control pain during childbirth. Classes are offered at the Mental Fitness Center located at 425 Main.

Mexico Carribbean, 202 E. Fourth, 248/980-4014, Mexico Caribbean is owned and operated by Denis Couture. Denis has been buying and selling Costa Maya Beachfront and Lake Bacalar Property since 2000. Knowledge, education and professionalism are the hallmarks, which have earned Mexico Caribbean its excellent reputation.

Bean & Leaf Café, 439 Main, 248/601-1411 Voted Best Independent Coffee Shop by Hour Magazine for 2008. Independently owned and operated by Laurie and Russ Anderson, Bean & Leaf Café offers many varieties of fair trade organic coffees & teas served in 100% bio-degradeable cups.

Ros’s Cabinets II, Inc., 234 Main, 248/652-2700 Ros’s Cabinet is family-owned and operated, specializing in custom-built cabinetry. They offer an extensive line of quality cabinet styles and finishes which are complimented by decorative accessories and appliqués.

Star of Bengal Indian Cuisine, 125 Main, 248/652-9200 Authentic Indian cuisine is offered at Rochester’s newest restaurant. The owner, Hassan Abbasi, would like you to know that it’s a misconception that all Indian food is spicy. Their experienced cooks prepare dishes to suit everyone’s taste. Enjoy a healthier choice with a Taste of India in Downtown Rochester!


Bright & Breezy Switch Flops with Changeable Designer Straps Plain & Fancy Gift Shop, 323 Main 248/651-5188

Gold Metallic Gladiator Sandals Village Shoe Inn, 401 Walnut 248/652-2695

Layered Sundress with Silk Sash and Necklace Dragonfly Boutique 307 Main, 248/608-3977


Peace Love Sandals Shoetique, 115 E. Third 248/651-7463

Teal Feather Hobo Bag Sole Sisters, 329 Main 248/652-9305

Beaded Necklace WHOO UR Upscale Resale for a Cause, 435 Main 248/656-9946

Green Handbag ReSale Connection, 204 Main 248/656-0414

Multi-Color Silk Sundress Janet Varner, 321 Main 248/652-2212

Orange Blanchett Sundress Elements, 115 E. Fourth 248/453-5531


Paint Creek Trail:

Michigan’s First Rail-to-Trail! I

n 1983, the former Penn-Central Railroad was acquired by the newly formed Paint Creek Trailways Commission for $450,000, and named the Paint Creek Trail. Over 10.5 miles of railroad would become Michigan’s First Rail-to-Trail, narrowly beating out the Kal-Haven Trail on Michigan’ west side. The Paint Creek Trail’s southern terminus is in the City of Rochester. It traverses 8.9 miles north and north-west through Rochester Hills, Oakland Township, Orion Township and ends in the Village of Lake Orion. It follows the Paint Creek, a designated trout stream, and is surfaced with crushed limestone to maintain the natural feel. It’s a place for nonmotorized travel and is often used by hikers, walkers, joggers, bicyclists, cross country skiers, equestrians, and nature lovers. We estimate that over 100,000 users enjoy the Paint Creek Trail annually. In recent years, the acquisition and development of trails has become a top priority and most requested resource for municipalities. According to the Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance, there are over 1,569 miles of trails in Michigan, ranking number two nationally behind Wisconsin. The goal is to connect Michigan through the use of trails, pathways, sidewalks and bike lanes. In terms of connections, the Rochester area is ahead of the curve. Through the use of the Downtown Rochester River Walk, the Paint Creek Trail connects with the Clinton River Trail. Users can travel the Clinton River Trail west to Sylvan Lake, or east to the Macomb Orchard Trail, which will take you to Richmond. With the rising cost of fuel, our local trails have the potential to become more frequently used as transportation corridors.


What’s planned for the future of the Paint Creek Trail? The Paint Creek Trailways Commission recently finished a five year Recreation Master Plan, which sets the goals and objectives for Paint Creek Trail enhancements. Our residents and trail users have told us they want more trail connections – to the Polly Ann Trail in the north, and to local businesses and points of interest. We have plans for more cultural enhancements and amenities. We are forming a Friends of

the Paint Creek Trail group this year, and will be holding National Trails Day and Labor Day Bridge Walk events. If you would like to find out more about the Paint Creek Trail, visit our newly redesigned website at You will find information regarding mileage, events, parking, meetings, and plenty of maps! You may also want to visit our new Trail office, located in the former Paint Creek Cider Mill in Oakland Township. Located adjacent to the Trail near Gallagher Road, the Paint Creek Trail office has information, maps and merchandise, as well as restroom facilities open during business hours. Call (248) 651-9260 for office hours or to request information. Kristen Myers, Trail Manager Paint Creek Trailways Commission 4393 Collins Road Rochester, MI 48306 (248) 651-9260 E-Mail:


A Day (and Night) to Remember

in Rochester...

by Stephanie Liddle, Rochester Resident


othing makes me realize more what a wonderful town we live in than having guests here for a weekend. Rochester is such an exciting place with so much to offer, to residents and visitors alike. In one day alone you can do such a variety of things. When we had out-of-town guests we had such a memorable and fun-filled Saturday…all in our own Downtown Rochester! Read this calendar of our “Day in Rochester” to get a taste of what we did. And then head out for you own adventure and…ENJOY!

Early Saturday morning the moms headed out for coffee and donuts. We went to the Home Bakery and got it to go, then strolled around town. Just a block down the hill, we stopped in at the Farmers’ Market and were amazed at all it had to offer. I picked up some flowers and my friend got some great tips on when to pick her cucumbers and tomatoes from the gardeners there. Now that’s some useful “coffee talk.” We strolled down Main Street and shopped (of course.) We browsed everything from dresses at Janet Varner to dressers at Antiques by Pamela. I even picked up a Farmers’ Market cute shirt to wear that night at Dragonfly Boutique. The Leader Dogs joined us in our walk around town, which is such a neat part of Rochester to share with friends. It was a beautiful morning full of activity down the sidewalks. A block off Main we walked through the historic Chapman House that is filled with a variety of lovely home décor items. There, I picked up some great ideas and will be heading back! We ended our shopping excursion with a few surprises from Froggy’s Toy Stop for the kids and


Paint Creek some magazines from Lytle Pharmacy next door for my friend’s long drive. After returning home, we grabbed the kids and all took off for a more vigorous walk. We headed out for the Paint Creek Trail that meanders through town. The kids even brought their nets and we took time to catch things in the Paint Creek. As we made our way back from our nature exploration, we all decided that, yes, we were hungry. So we hopped up on the bar stools at Knapp’s Dairy Bar for some seasoned fries, burgers, and, of course, a bunch of icy-cold shakes. Chocolate won out as the favorite.

Chapman House

Andiamo Rochester

Next on our agenda…the moms stopped in at Eugenia’s on Third and had manicures and pedicures. In the meantime, the dads took the kids over to the Painted Pot where they made us lovely handprint coffee mugs to remember the weekend by. Then they headed over to the park, where they walked (I mean ran) around the pond and played on the swings until they were exhausted! (Note: That makes for an easier adult exit later.) Once the babysitter arrived at our house, we started our “grownup” evening adventure. We enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Kruse and Muer on Main Street, where we sat in the front windows and watched the busy scenery. After our delicious meal, we walked around town while doing a tad bit more window shopping, just because that is always fun! Finally, we decided to pop into Andiamo’s for a little Italian coffee, dessert and music. It was a great way to wind up a wonderful day with wonderful friends! Our guests told us how lucky we are to live in such a vibrant town that is filled with so much activity… and I had to agree with them. So get out there and have fun with your family and explore our wonderful Rochester.

Dream Catcher by Dan DeClark Owner of Legends of Time 309 Main, 248/650-1113



Hand Sewn Kimono Belt by Jessica VanAssche & Sandhya Huchingson Owners of Flair Boutique 431 Main, 248/601-3524

Hand Painted Cute Tools for the Garden by Art for a Cause Ability Connection, LLC 202 E. Fourth, 248/909-2341

Ceramic Fiesta Set with Interchangeable Cake Plate, Stand & Bowls by Juliann Roush Owner of Firebrick Gallery and Pottery Studio 404 Main, 248/650-2500

Decoupage Tray from Minding Manors Collection by Sandra Markwalder Designs Chapman House, 311 Main 248/651-2157


Bedtime Prayer Bear Angel Treasures, 425 Walnut 248/650-4944

Organic Cotton Onesie by Speesees Green Baby, 410 Main 248/650-0700

hey, baby! Motorcycle Rocker @ Home Furniture, 434 Main 248/608-8483


“Showtime” Sundress by Oilily The Funky Frog, 121 E. Third 248/656-1937

“Priceless Moments” Lladro Silber Jewelers, 410 East 248/652-3334

Activity Toy by Gund Lytle Pharmacy 340 Main 248/651-8511

Puzzle Stacking Game by Haba Froggy’s Toy Stop, 114 E. Fourth 248/651-1511

Baby Bowl Set with Suction Cup Base by Sugar Booger Friends Library Store 500 Olde Towne 248/650-7179

Novelty Baby Sweater Cake Home Bakery, 300 Main 248/651-4830


Salon Finds Aveda Sun Care Hair and Body Cleanser Stephen James Salon & Spa, 528 N. Main 248/652-4060 Aveda Sun Care is a three-step system with UV filters that form an invisible screen to help protect the hair from sun exposure all day. Aveda’s exclusive, natural antioxidant blend of green tea extract, organic sunflower seed oil and Vitamin E helps defend hair against free radical damage. The Hair and Body Cleanser gently, but effectively, removes chlorine, salt and product residue from the hair and body – while helping to maintain moisture balance.

Seasource Detox Spa by Arbonne Secrets Salon and Spa, 530 Pine 248/656-8118 Seasource Detox Spa is a comprehensive approach to purification to help bodies work at their optimal best. Detoxification supports the body’s natural ability to cleanse and restore itself. Inspired by the ocean and drawn from highly prized European spa therapies, SeaSource Detox Spa formulas stimulate, strengthen and support total body cleansing in a way that’s profoundly relaxing and restorative.

Aquage Products Studio One Salon, 420 Main 248/651-9757 Aquage products include Fortifying Ultragel, Thickening Spraygel, Sea Salt Texturizing Spray & Uplifting Foam formulated with Algaeplex sea botanicals. The Algaeplex sea botanicals in the Aquage collection are a carefully selected blend of algae, seaweed and kelp, to nourish, hydrate, strengthen and protect hair.

Ginger Lily Farms Changes Hair Studio, 911 N. Main 248/656-9773 Ginger Lily Farms color protecting shampoo and conditioner with Awapuhi is an affordable pro-line hair product, specifically made for color-treated hair. Enjoy the delicious ginger lily scent with added color enhancers to help keep hair color last longer and keep hair shinier.


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A Taste of Rochester The Give Thanks Bakery & Café

225 Main, 248/601-1542 Fine French pastries, handcrafted European breads and delectable chocolates are just a few of the offerings you can enjoy here or take home for a special treat.

Gus O’Connor’s Public House

324 Main, 248/608-2537 A celebration of pub culture—a culture of hospitable surroundings, good food, good drinks and friendly conversation—what is called “CRAIC”—Authentic Irish food, perfect pints and legendary CRAIC! Red Knapp’s Dairy Bar

Andiamo Osteria

401 Main, 248/601-9300 Fabulous Italian dining in an eclectic setting.

Bangkok Cuisine

727 N. Main, 248/652-8841 Authentic Thai cuisine featuring traditional favorites, made to order with your level of spice.

Beyond Juice

200 Main, 248/608-8400 A “Meal in a Cup” and their “specialty formulas” are designed to provide a wellbalanced meal. Other choices include salads, sandwiches, desserts, and breakfast, too!

Brookshire at the Royal Park Hotel

606 N. Main, 248/652-2010 Famous Hungry Howie’s pizza, available with flavored crust and numerous toppings.

Krazy Greek Restaurant

111 E. University, 248/652-0089 Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner featuring Greek specialties. Kids menu available.

Kruse & Muer on Main

327 Main, 248/652-9400 Signature cuisine includes a wide variety of seafood, pasta and more.

Lipuma’s Coney Island

621 N. Main, 248/652-9862 Coney dogs, coney burgers, tacos and more. If you haven’t visited this Rochester institution, you don’t know what you’re missing.

600 E. University, 248/453-8732 The freshest ingredients artfully prepared and served in the relaxed, luxurious style of an English manor house.

Main Street Billiards

Chicken Shack

Main Street Deli

213 W. University, 248/656-1100 Famous chicken & BBQ to eat in or carry out.

Domino’s Pizza

121 E. University, 248/652-9910 Choose from their buffalo wings, cheesy breadsticks or deep dish pizza – you can’t go wrong!

Downtown Café

606 N. Main, 248/652-6680 Serving breakfast & lunch, offerings include everything from omelettes and waffles to sandwiches and salads. Kids menu available.

Fuse Lounge and Bar

215 Main, 248/652-8441 Menu includes a variety of salads, sandwiches and burgers. Kids menu available. 709 N. Main, 248/656-5066 Any kind of sandwich you can think of, they’ve got it here. Kids menu available.

Mind, Body & Spirits

301 Main, 248/651-FOOD (3663) An eco-conscious restaurant serving local and organic meals in a casual inspired atmosphere.

Mr. B’s Food & Spirits

423 Main, 248/651-6534 Menu includes a wide variety of sandwiches, pizza, burgers, salads and more. Kids menu available.

227 Main, 248/652-2582 Enjoy fresh seafood, choice steaks, pasta and chicken. Host your next party or special event in the private dining rooms or cigar lounge.

Paint Creek Tavern

Georgio’s Pizza and Pasta

Paul’s on Main Street Family Restaurant

117 Main, 248/601-2882

New York-style gourmet pizza at its finest. Over 15 pastas and entrees to choose from. Dine-in, carry out or delivery.


Hungry Howie’s

613 N. Main, 248/656-2322 Better known among the locals as the Yacht Club, standards include sandwiches and salads. 630 N. Main, 248/656-0066 Homemade favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Kids menu available.

Penn Station East Coast Subs

146 Main, 248/601-4663 East Coast style submarine sandwiches, fresh-cut fries and hand squeezed lemonade. It’s all about good taste.

Planet Pizza

816 N. Main, 248/650-0004 An upscale gourmet pizzeria with a full menu including specialty pizzas, salads, lasagna, grinders and more. Take out or delivery. Catering services also available.

Red Knapp’s Dairy Bar

304 Main, 248/651-4545 There’s just nothing like a burger and a malt from this old-fashioned style soda fountain and hamburger joint.

Rochester Chop House and Kabin Krusers Oyster Bar

306 Main, 248/651-2266 Two full-service restaurants in one. Kabin Krusers features oysters, mussels, shrimp as well as unique salads & sandwiches. The Rochester Chop House is known for their steaks, chops and seafood. Reservations preferred.

Rochester Mills Beer Co.

400 Water, 248/650-5080 Everything from Jambalaya to Shepherd’s Pie – they’ve got it here. Don’t forget to try the handcrafted ales and lagers. Kids menu available.

Star of Bengal Indian Cuisine

125 Main, 248/652-9200 Authentic Indian cuisine is offered at Rochester’s newest restaurant. It’s a misconception that all Indian food is spicy. Their experienced cooks prepare dishes to suit everyone’s taste.

Subway Sandwiches & Salads

408 Main, 248/652-1939 Variety of subs and salads made to order. Bread baked fresh daily.

Sumo Sushi and Seafood

418 Main, 248/601-0104 The menu at Sumo Sushi and Seafood Resaurant features a wide array of great selections for a unique dining experience. Carry out orders available.

Tower Pizza

334 Main, 248/651-4660 Great pizza with all homemade ingredients and hand-dipped ice cream. Dine in, carry out, or delivery available.

Two Sisters Family Restaurant

121 Main, 248/656-3092 Traditional Polish offerings including city chicken, stuffed cabbage, kielbasa and pierogies.

Victorian Rose Restaurant

118 W. Third, 248/652-8595 Rochester’s original teahouse, everything on this amazing menu is made to order from scratch. Private parties and catering available.

Confidence starts with a Smile. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I cannot thank my husband enough for referring me to Dr. Doolin, Dr. Haddad, and their team!â&#x20AC;? ~Andrea 433 W. University Dr. Rochester, MI 48307 [248] 656-2020

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RDDA InTown Spring09  
RDDA InTown Spring09  

Spring issue of Rochester DDA's InTown magazine