Downtown hosts No Ordinary Sale – January 28, 2005

The Daily Oakland Press
Jan 28, 2005
Downtown hosts No Ordinary Sale
The horse-drawn carriage rides popular during Lagniappe are back downtown this weekend, along with ice carving demonstrations and discounts at 30 stores.

The sixth annual No Ordinary Sale runs from 6-9 p.m. today and from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday on and around Rochester’s Main Street. Scratch-off cards available at the stores will offer savings of 10, 15 or 30 percent on purchases.

Hitch a ride on a horse-drawn carriage Friday at the corner of University and Main or in front of Leader Dogs for the Blind on Walnut between Third and Fourth streets. They’ll also be available from 3-6 p.m. Saturday from the corners of Fourth and Main and Third and Main.

An ice carver will turn 10 blocks of ice into characters from the movie “Shrek” at Fourth and Main on Saturday. Local nonprofit groups such as Michigan Animal Adoption Network, Paint A Miracle, Rochester Heritage Festival and the Rochester/Auburn Hills Community Coalition will sell hot cocoa and baked goods there to raise money.

Participating businesses will be giving away free calendars featuring photos of downtown.

Why call it No Ordinary Sale?

“They just want to do something different in January,” said Karen Cuthbertson, promotions and marketing coordinator of the Rochester Downtown Development Authority. “Everybody has sales in November and December.”

For information, call the DDA at (248) 656-0060. A complete list of merchants is available at

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