New stores to open downtown this spring

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published February 6, 2018

 PAINT Nail Bar will open in downtown Rochester this March.

PAINT Nail Bar will open in downtown Rochester this March.

Photo provided by PAINT Nail Bar

ROCHESTER — Shoppers can stroll through downtown Rochester this spring to check out a number of new merchants.

Pamela and Ryan Walther, of Macomb Township, plan to open Bizzy Buzz Artisan Market at 409 S. Main St. — formerly Heller’s Jewelry — near the end of March.

Pamela Walther said the business will be a family affair, adding that the couple is hoping to live above the shop with their 7-year-old son — something the city’s Planning Commission is still considering.

“Rochester seems to be the right niche for our market, and the downtown area was a huge part” of their decision to open in the city, Pamela Walther said. “We thought that having a nice little downtown area where people just like to walk around and peruse would be ideal for an artisan market.”

The name for the business came from an old bee farm the couple was considering purchasing to house their market, but they decided to stick with the bee theme even after opting for a different location.

Bizzy Buzz Artisan Market will feature locally made goods such as jewelry, etched glass, string art, soaps, aluminium-free deodorant and Detroit apparel. The shop’s artisans will include Detroit Shirt Co., Fiber Time, Pink Parchment Soaps, Link Wachler, The Accidental Photographer and more.

“There’s metalwork, blown glass, fused glass, stained glass, woodworking and pottery — anything that is handmade,” Pamela Walther said.

Pamela Walther, also an artisan, will sell her glass flower wall art — crafted from antique glass bowls, plates and vases — at the shop.

“I’ve also figured how to light them up, kind of like a night light, so you can just turn it on and let them glow,” she said.

Bizzy Buzz Artisan Market plans to have afternoon and evening hours to take advantage of the city’s nightlife foot traffic.

“When people get done eating, they want to walk around and go shopping, and there are not that many shops that are actually open in the evening,” Pamela Walther said. “But we definitely plan to be open in the evening so that they will have somewhere to go and something to look at.”

Artisans who are interested in selling their goods at the shop can fill out an application at For more information about Bizzy Buzz Artisan Market, call (248) 657-4757.

PAINT Nail Bar, at 116 W. fourth St., will also open in March.

Local businesswoman Angie Nobile — who also owns Xtend Barre in Rochester Hills — said Rochester’s PAINT Nail Bar is among the first 10 franchises in the PAINT Nail Bar family and the only one in Michigan.

The nail salon — created by Mark and Michele Schlossberg, who opened their flagship nail salon in Sarasota, Florida, in March 2015 — provides customers with a number of services without the dangerous fumes, unsafe drills, contaminated tools or unsanitary whirlpool tubes found at some traditional nail salons, Nobile said.

“It’s very different from your typical nail salon,” she said. “There’s no strong smell and no technicians using drills or wearing masks.”

PAINT, Nobile said, uses medical-grade sterilization protocols and nontoxic polishes and gels.

“We invest in the time, as well as the cost, to keep the salon at the utmost hygienic, clean standard. We are very serious about that,” she said.

They use polishes that don’t contain formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, camphor or dibutyl phthalate, as well as water-based gel enhancement products.

For more information about PAINT Nail Bar, call (248) 621-3959 or visit

The Rochester Downtown Development Authority said many more new businesses have recently opened up, including Lole, at 404 Main St.; Figo Salon, 130 E. Fourth St.; T-Tech Solutions, at 323 S. Main St.; and Refresh Bath and Body, at 118 W. University Drive.

For more information, contact the Rochester DDA at (248) 656-0060.