Category: Shopping

Mother's Day specials from downtown Rochester

Posted on April 28,2020

Ma. Mum. Mommy. Madre. However you refer to her, let your mother know you're thinking of her, even if you can't be with her in person. Celebrate your mom with these Mother's Day specials from downtown Rochester.

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Safe Physical Distancing Activities in downtown Rochester

Posted on April 21,2020

Minnesotans are at home per Governor Tim Walz's executive order to slow the spread of COVID-19. But "at home" does not need to mean "confined to your home," as the governor is encouraging people to get outdoors safely. Here are some safe physical distancing activities to enjoy in downtown Rochester.

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Businesses with take-out, delivery, gift cards, and online services in Rochester

Posted on March 23,2020

Rochester is a tight-knit community and are there for one another through thick and thin. The RDA is gathering ways of supporting downtown businesses while observing government recommendations and responses to COVID-19/coronavirus. When in-person dining, shopping, or frequenting businesses is not possible, please consult this list for businesses offering delivery/take-out, gift cards, and/or online services in Rochester.

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The Essential Guide to Downtown Rochester's Ladies' Night Out

Posted on March 9,2020

Update as of March 12, 2020: For the safety and health of downtown business employees and attendees, the Rochester Downtown Alliance is postponing Ladies’ Night Out amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) concern. We make decisions like this with the utmost care and consider local, state, and national updates. We look forward to bringing you community events you love soon.

It's not just girls who wanna have fun: Ladies' Night Out March 26 presented by the Rochester Downtown Alliance is a good time for everyone! With more activities and experiences for every age and gender, plan your night out with this essential guide to the upcoming Ladies' Night Out in downtown Rochester.

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St. Patrick's Day in downtown Rochester

Posted on March 5,2020

Top ‘o the mornin’ to ya! (We’re just a wee bit excited for St. Patrick’s Day in downtown Rochester.) We hope you are, too, for the pots of gold at the end of the rainbow (i.e. these St. Patrick's Day specials in downtown Rochester)!

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The 29 Ladies' Night Out Participating Businesses

Posted on February 29,2020

Update as of March 12, 2020: For the safety and health of downtown business employees and attendees, the Rochester Downtown Alliance is postponing Ladies’ Night Out amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) concern. We make decisions like this with the utmost care and consider local, state, and national updates. We look forward to bringing you community events you love soon.

Recharge in March with Ladies' Night Out March 26, whether that's through relaxation, empowerment, dining, or some retail therapy. These downtown Rochester businesses are ready to offer a fun time for all Ladies' Night Out attendees.

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Feelin' the Love for Valentine's Day in Downtown Rochester

Posted on February 4,2020

Can you feel the love (in downtown Rochester) tonight? Show your special someone how much they mean to you and plan a romantic evening in downtown Rochester with these Valentine's Day-related specials, gifts, and events.

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Where to Find Winter Clearance Sales in Downtown Rochester

Posted on December 31,2019

The Midwest weather is frightful this time of year, so head indoors for a delightful shopping experience. Downtown Rochester stores welcome you in for these hot winter clearance deals January 15-19!

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Happy Holidays from Downtown Rochester

Posted on December 13,2019

With snow falling and lights all aglow, downtown Rochester is the perfect setting for some holiday fun. Whether shopping or socializing, here are the holiday events and deals to be found in downtown Rochester!

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10 Most Asked-For Santa Presents and Where to Find Them in Downtown

Posted on December 10,2019

Santa Claus had to hurry on his way November 29. But before he waved goodbye, he gave us a peek at the Here Comes Santa Claus kids’ letters. What were the top asked-for gifts? Find out here!

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10 Reasons to Shop Small in Downtown Rochester

Posted on November 5,2019

This year marks the 10th Small Business Saturday,a day to celebrate your favorite small businesses and make a difference in the community. In honor of that special anniversary, here are the top 10 reasons to Shop Small in downtown Rochester November 30!

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Sidewalk Sale Seals the Deals in Downtown Rochester

Posted on July 1,2019

Money money money money, money! That's what you'll save when you shop the downtown Rochester Sidewalk Sale July 15-21! Check out the hot deals from this year's participating downtown Rochester businesses, and find some of the following retailers onsite at Thursdays Downtown July 18, too!

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Your Insider's Guide to 2019 Thursdays Downtown

Posted on May 29,2019

After the winter we’ve endured, Thursdays Downtown provides the fun in the sun we’ve all earned! It’s time to head to downtown Rochester for arts, crafts, music, and food! Everyone at the Rochester Downtown Alliance, our partners, and vendors are gearing up for the first Thursdays Downtown! Here’s a look at everything you need to know to get your Thursdays Downtown attendance-planning into gear, too!

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Sharing the Best-Kept Secrets…To The Best Housewarming Gifts

Posted on May 12,2019

So, you need a housewarming gift. Where do you start to look? Luckily, downtown Rochester has many stores with a variety of offerings to suit your giftee’s style! From a vibrant print for their walls to a fragrant floral arrangement, these are the places in downtown Rochester to find the best housewarming gifts!

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Don’t Miss Out! A Year of Downtown Rochester Events

Posted on May 6,2019

How does the common saying go: “So much time and so little to do”? Strike that and reverse it! In downtown Rochester, there is plenty to do and we’ll help you with the time factor, too! Here is a list of Rochester events worth traveling for in every season and year-round! Find more Events in downtown Rochester while attending the following!

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Treat Yourself to a Night Out

Posted on February 25,2019

Get yourself ready for Ladies Night Out with a well-deserved spa day! Before the big day on March 7, enjoy one of several salons and spas found right in the heart of Downtown Rochester. From facials to massages build your perfect day of relaxing and pampering by checking out one of Downtown’s businesses below.

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Shop Downtown Styles at Ladies Night Out

Posted on February 22,2019

In less than two weeks head Downtown for an unforgettable night out! Ladies Night Out returns to Downtown Rochester on March 7 from 5-9pm. Grab your girl gang or mingle with locals as you enjoy Downtown’s finest shops, dining, and drinks.

Start the night off at Shops at University Square for our Kick-Off event featuring a gift card bingo emceed by Julie Jones. Then hop on the complementary ‘Shop Around’ shuttle service courtesy of Mercedes-Benz of Rochester to get around in style from 5:30pm-9:30pm! Weather won't affect your night out - you'll be able to make it to all of your must-see stops! Grab your punch cards and hit the sales; you’ll receive one punch for every $10 you spend which can be used to enter our raffle at the brand new After Party.

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Looking for a Ladies Night Out?

Posted on February 11,2019

SocialICE may be over, but the fun doesn’t end there. Rally your girls for a night on the town with Ladies Night Out. New and improved for 2019, get ready for a night of giveaways, specials, and plenty of pampering. Head to Downtown Rochester on March 7 starting at 5PM for an unforgettable night.

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Shops at University Square Specials // Winter Clearance Edition

Posted on January 15,2019

The Winter Clearance Sale begins tomorrow January 16 and runs through Sunday, January 20. Many Rochester retailers will be hosting sales across the Downtown landscape. Last week we focused on the Kahler Grand Shops, so now it’s time to head over to The Shops at University Square and see what sales they’re stirring up.

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The Grand Shops of Kahler Specials // Winter Clearance Edition

Posted on January 8,2019

Downtown Rochester hosts over 60 retailers to help you find the perfect items you’re shopping for. As the Winter Clearance Sale approaches, we want to highlight our two Downtown shopping centers. First up, the Kahler Grand Shops! The businesses listed below are offering unbeatable deals January 16-20 during the Winter Clearance Sale, so save the date and start saving up the cash.

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5 Reasons to Shop the Winter Clearance Sale

Posted on January 1,2019

5 Reasons to Shop the Winter Clearance Sale

Well, the holiday season is coming to an end. We don’t know about you, but after a few work parties, entertaining kids home on winter break, and making sure there are enough baked cookies for both sides of the family, we’re in need of some retail therapy! Thankfully, the Winter Clearance Sale is happening Downtown January 16-20 to help out. While you don’t always need a reason to shop, the Winter Clearance Sale gives you the perfect excuse to! Here are our top five reasons to head Downtown and hit the sales.

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Shop Small in Downtown Rochester

Posted on November 8,2018

Downtown Rochester takes the next step in transforming your regular shopping trip into an authentic experience. With over 60 locally owned shops lining the streets (and subways!) of Downtown, there is truly an experience like none other. Head to the shops on November 24 and start your holiday shopping early on Small Business Saturday.

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#MyDowntownRochMN Featuring Knight's Chamber

Posted on June 19,2018

Located in the heart of the Shops at University Square lies Knight’s Chamber of Rochester. Shane Braatz mentioned in his #MyDowntownRochMN interview that the staff at Knight’s Chamber “provide a whole new level of customer service”. We decided to dig deeper into his statement and sit down with Svaar, owner of Knight’s Chamber, to learn about the ins and outs of his business.

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Style Sessions Start Ladies Night Out 2018

Posted on March 6,2018

This year, Ladies Night Out kicked off a few days earlier with all new Style Sessions led by Style Expert and Wardrobe Consultant Alicia Goodson. During, two one-hour sessions, Alicia helped attendees learned how to dress for their body type and provided them with an early look at spring and summer fashion trends featuring styles by Downtown retailers.

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Sizzling Hot Sales All Week Long

Posted on July 17,2017

Downtown Rochester MN Annual Sidewalk Sale is back and better than ever! Find sizzling hot deals  from of your favorite downtown business now until Sunday, July 23rd.  With sales of up to 80% off name brand shoes, clothes, accessories, and more. It’s an event you won’t want to miss! Click here to get the inside scoop on all of the participating businesses.


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Get FREE popcorn this Thursday and Winter Clearance Sale begins today

Posted on January 18,2017

National Popcorn Day locations announced

Get your free bag of Carroll's Corn popcorn at:

Location 1: Subway Level, outside Associate Bank (101 1st Ave SW)
Location 2: Shops at University Square (111 S Broadway), first floor, by escalator

Thursday, January 19 is National Popcorn Day and what better way to celebrate the day than giving away free popcorn?

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Where to Spend your Downtown Gift Card

Posted on December 24,2014

Congratulations! You're the proud recipient of the Downtown Rochester Gift Card.

The card you hold in your hand is an exceptional one because you can choose how to redeem it! 

The Downtown Rochester Gift Card is accepted at over 70 restaurants, shops, and other business all located downtown, which makes it the perfect holiday gift. Geez. Whoever gave this to you knows a great gift when they see one!

Check out the full list of participating business here.

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City Officially Proclaims Saturday after Thanksgiving "Small Business Saturday"

Posted on November 14,2014

The staff at the RDA is excited to announce that the City of Rochester has officially announce the Saturday after Thanksgiving as "Small Business Saturday."

Signed by Mayor Ardell F. Brede, the proclamation comes just as the RDA prepares for its first official Small Business Saturday event taking place Downtown Rochester!

The proclamation states the importance of small business on our community and the local economy.
It reads, “…according to the United States Small Business Administration, there are currently 23 million small businesses in the US, they represent more than 99 percent of American employer firms…and employ over 55 percent of the working population…”

About Small Business Saturday in Downtown Rochester, Nov 29:

We will also have some awesome family friendly activities like the city's tradition of saving Santa off the roof of Old City Hall, free trolley rides, and special book reading with Santa! Click here for a comprehensive schedule of events.

Click here for the official press release.

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Downtown Farmers Market is BACK!

Posted on May 2,2014

As we retire our winter jackets and boots in exchange for tank tops and sandals, one thing comes to mind: the farmers market. Nothing signifies the arrival of warmer months more than that!

The first market of the season will be on Saturday, May 3 from 7:30 a.m. – noon in the parking lot located at 4th St & 4th Ave SE (and every subsequent Saturday through October).

Rochester’s downtown farmers market boasts a variety of vendors, all of whom are local growers who live and farm/garden within 50 miles of Rochester.

In early spring, market attendees can expect to find a selection of in-season produce including asparagus, spinach, watercress, lettuce, arugula, rhubarb, morel and shitake mushrooms, salad mixes, sprouts, ramps (wild leeks), green onions, mustard greens, radishes, edible flowers, and shallots.

In addition to produce, the market also offers an assortment of other locally-sourced items such as flower & herb starters, meat, eggs, various dairy products, jams & jellies, maple syrup, pasta, goat milk soap, and baked goods.

Shopping at the farmers market is a great way to get a variety of fresh and organic foods and helps to support our local farmers.

Make sure to ‘like’ the Rochester Downtown Farmers Market Facebook page for weekly updates and healthy recipe ideas!

Written by: Jeanette Caban

Jeanette is on the RDFM advisory board – a committee that strives to improve and promote the market. Jeanette works as a Communications Coordinator at the Post-Bulletin by day and spends her free time DIYing, urban gardening, running and crafting up new vegetarian recipes. Check out some of her projects on her blog, SimplyChic.

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Downtown's 12 Favorite Things: Downtown Gift Card

Posted on December 12,2013

Written by: Gabriel Yeager

With only twelve days left in the holiday shopping season, the search for the perfect gift is on! The Rochester Downtown Alliance is excited to debut the Downtown Rochester gift card program. Accepted at 50 downtown businesses, the gift card makes a great present for everyone on your list including co-workers, friends, family, teachers, and coaches! Available in any denomination from $20 to $500, the gift card is fashionable and flexible. Your gift recipients will be able to choose from any of their favorite downtown locations. You also have the opportunity to personalize the gift card with an imprint of the recipient's name and a brief message (Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, etc.).

Did you know downtown offers over 80 unique small businesses and national retailers to choose from? From the Peace Plaza's courtyard of boutiques, to the Shops at University Square, to Historical 3rd Street and Broadway Avenue, downtown is the Place to Be for shopping this holiday season!

For a complete list of participating businesses, please visit:

Downtown Rochester Gift Card

Next week on the RDA Blog: The Nights Before Christmas Shine in Downtown Rochester!


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Downtown’s 12 Favorite Things: White Hot Deals

Posted on November 26,2013

Written by: Gabriel Yeager

'Twas the night before Whiteout Wednesday and all through downtown, merchants were busy the clock around! This Wednesday, November 27th marks the fourth annual Whiteout Wednesday holiday shopping extravaganza in downtown Rochester. Caitlin Stephenson of the Rochester Downtown Alliance says "the event is a one day shopping event designed to bring shoppers downtown and expose them to the great businesses we have to offer. We have so many unique stores; therefore we dedicate one of our signature events to downtown shopping." This year, there are more doorbuster deals than ever before. 47 businesses will be participating this year, which is up from 35 in 2012.

The RDA also encourages the community to "Shop Small" on Saturday, November 30th. Small Business Saturday is a nation-wide day dedicated to supporting small businesses. The event is designed to support small businesses that stimulate the economy and keep the downtown community prospering. The event was founded by American Express in 2010.

Whiteout Wednesday's "deals so good they can't wait 'til Black Friday" and Small Business Saturday are two reasons why you can start checking off your holiday shopping list early this year.

For complete event details, visit the RDA website:

Whiteout Wednesday

Small Business Saturday

Next on the RDA Blog: Festival of Trees and a holiday concert preview!

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One Store You NEED To Know About

Posted on November 10,2013

My mother and I have been shopping at Refashion since we moved to Rochester in 2000. Thirteen years later, I still shop there but also have had the pleasure of working with owner Cynthia Hughes for many of our Downtown Rochester Events. Refashion has been in fashion since 1996. They carry upscale apparel, accessories and home decor without braking the bank. Customers not only have their pick of the most well known designers on the market but they can also bring their own quality fashions in as well.

Quality is what they're about. Getting to know each and every customer, whether visiting or not, so they can provide a top to bottom quality experience whether it be shopping, consignment or interior design. Refashion has also been on TV! They were featured on HGTV's Decorating Cents in 2003 where they gave their expertise on interior arrangements and decor. Always keeping up with the trends, Refashion can keep some of Rochester's most discerning shoppers in style. Environmentally and wallet friendly, it's hard not to argue that Refashion is one of the most stylish places in town! Go to their website and stay ahead of the trends with their Newsletter!

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Life of an Intern - Random Acts of Awesome

Posted on July 9,2013

There is a saying that has become more and more common as the economy has tightened; it’s not what you know, its who you know.  However, I’d like to add a piece to this statement.  It’s not what you know, or who you know, but how you know who you know.  Let me explain, I truly believe that determination, dedication and hard work reap their own rewards, but not without the help of those surrounding.  Humans can be absolutely amazing and their passion, generosity and kindness leave marks on the world.  The best of this happens when people come together, united by a cause.  In the last few weeks, I have been able to witness all this and more as I acquired another internship with C4, Concerned Citizens for a Creative Community.  How am I going to tie this all in together? Well I guess you’ll just have to keep reading to find out.

First, I must rant and rave about being presented with the opportunity to intern with C4 in the first place.  To be honest, I had not even heard of C4 before my superior, Melissa Schmid, informed me that she had recommended me for an internship position they had available.  Here’s what blows my mind, a member of RDA had enough confidence in me to bet their reputation on my success or failure with this other organization.  If I ended up to be a horrible intern with C4, its not likely that they would be taking any other recommendations from RDA any time soon.

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