Downtown Small Business Relief Fund

Downtown businesses have experienced unprecedented challenges in 2020 in the face of COVID-19 and construction. Viewing downtown’s continued vibrancy as vital to the overall success of Rochester, a generous private donor has stepped up to establish a grant fund to support downtown businesses through this challenging period. A number of interested private parties have contributed financially and in kind to bring this to fruition.

In mid-October the RDA announced 85 recipients of the Downtown Small Business Relief Fund. A group of jurors made grant allocations based on a combination of demonstrated need, COVID-19 preparedness plan assessments, and commitment to downtown. Final awards ranged between $2,000 and $18,000. The following businesses received grants from the fund:

99 Giggles Almadina Restaurant Baby Baby BB's Express Bitter & Pour
Bleu Duck Kitchen Blue Diamond Indian Restaurant Bravo Espresso Cafe Steam Cameo Restaurant

Canvas & Chardonnay

Carroll's Corn Castle Community Chester's Kitchen & Bar Chinese Chinh's Express
Chocolaterie Stam City Market Cloud 9 Spa & Salon (1st Ave) Cloud 9 Spa & Salon (Kahler Subway) Collider Foundation
Counterpoint Dahabshiil Fashion Dairy Queen Dooley's Pub Eagle Store
Essence Skin Clinic ELL Boutique Fagan Studios Gallery on First Games by James
Ginny's Fine Fabrics Hanny's Couture

Hanny's Mens Store

Hanny's St. Croix Happy Mart
Healing Touch Spa Hefe Rojo / Newt's Downtown Hers Hollandberry Pannekoeken James Krom Natural Images
Jerk King John Kruesel's General Merchandise Kahler Barbershop Kathy's Pub Knight's Chamber
Lasker Jewelers Mango Thai MOKA Nail Envy Salon and Spa Nellie's on 3rd
Neon Green Studio Newt's Express Optical Vision w/ Flair Pasquale's Neighborhood Pizzeria


Poppi Italian Leather Porch Fried Chicken Potbelly Sandwich Shop Pure Barre QDOBA Mexican Eats
Queen City Coffee & Juice Quizno's Subs Relax Wellness Center Rhea's Scarves & More and LaRhea Boutique Rochester Civic Theatre
Saladworks Salient Oils Schmitt Automotive Repair Scrub Your Butt Soap Co. SEMVA
STYLE by Hanny's Swoon Lash + Beauty Lounge Tangerine Gifts Tea Time Terza
The Dove The Nordic Shop The Redwood Room The Tap House Threshold Arts
Tulips & Truffles Florist The UPS Store Victoria's Ristorante Wabi Sabi Express ZY Teriyaki

With questions about the Downtown Small Business Relief Fund, please contact or at 507-216-9882.