The Rochester Report

Month: November 2014

Step by Step Guide: Find Out Which Schools Are Closest to You.


A large majority of people looking to move within the city of Rochester do so based on location and proximity to certain schools. It’s important to know which schools are closest to a house you may be considering for your new home.

Here is a step by step guide on how to do just that.

1. Go to the Rochester Public Schools website, (  Rochester Public Schools

2.  Under the Families Tab you’ll want to click on Transportation Services.  

Rochester Public School Transportation Services3.  Then, click on “Which school is my home school?”. 

Which school is my home school? Rochester, Minnesota Public Schools

4.  Type in the address of the home you would like to find the school information on, and click SEARCH. 

Rochester Minnesota Which School is my home school.

5.  The page will populate a list of the schools closest to the address you’ve searched.  It will contain contact information for each school and pinpoint each on an interactive map.  

Rochester Minnesota Public Schools Map

Vuela!  This is one of my most used tools.  My clients love having this information handy when looking at homes in multiple areas in Rochester, Minnesota.


Iconic Rochester Restaurant is Closing… and Soon

I hope you’ve had the pleasure of sharing a meal with someone special at Michael’s Restaurant in Rochester, Minnesota.  It’s a magical place where you feel as if you’ve traveled back in time and you forget about the bustling city right outside those beautiful front doors.  A place where valet parking still exists and the only place to go for a killer Mandarin Orange Chicken Salad.

Rochester’s own Post Bulletin reported today that Michaels Restaurant will be closing it’s doors by year end to make way for new projects.

Rochester developer Gus Chafoulias and the Pappas family, which has owned Michaels restaurant in downtown Rochester for generations, have reached an agreement to close the restaurant, demolish the building and jointly develop the site to link up with the new Broadway at Center project.

What are your thoughts on this?  Out with the old and in with the new; or do you think we should work to preserve some of the most iconic places in Rochester?

A List of Etsy Shops Based in Rochester



If you’re anything like me, you may or may not have an unhealthy relationship with Etsy.  I love Etsy because it’s all about small, home based businesses that make handmade products with love. But until recently, I didn’t realize how many incredibly unique and talented Etsy shop owners we have right here in Rochester, Minnesota!

I’m all about supporting my community and shopping small so I’ve compiled a short list of some of my favorite Etsy Shops that are based in Rochester!

Here are some of my favorites.

1.  SweetieOops – Kelli’s style is a marriage of folksy and vintage; and it’s irresistible.

2. Aquila Watercolor – Jessica is one incredibly talented young lady and she loves dogs just as much as I do!  Win-win!  I was lucky enough to receive a watercolor painting of our Lab Bella from Jessica’s shop and I still can’t believe how much of her personality comes through the painting!

3. Honeybunch Boutique – This shop’s name is no joke.  Both Jana and her creations are beyond sweet.  Jana even offers free delivery/pick-ups in Rochester!  All you need to do is enter the CODE: ROCHESTERMN when you checkout, leave her a message to let her know if you’d like it delivered or picked up, and BAM!

4. Anna Rae Invitations – Natalie has a rare talent.  She has the ability to create beautiful stationery in many, many different styles to suit any occasion.

Pro Tip: Some of the shop owners may offer free delivery or pick up so make sure you check with them before ordering and you may be able to save some coin on shipping costs!

There you have it.  What better reason to shop local than to snag adorable, handmade items for your loved ones while supporting your fellow neighbors!?  Everyone wins here.