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May 7, 2014

Looking Back: D & C was a Rochester favorite

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Looking Back: D & C was a Rochester favorite
The D & C store provided household necessities in Rochester. This photo was taken around 1935, said Rochester Hills Museum officials.

For almost 70 years, a visit to the D & C store was a must for Rochester shoppers.

Offering a wide selection of household necessities — including candy, slippers, thread, notebooks, silk flowers, wicker baskets, popcorn, folding lawn chairs, clothing, cleaning supplies and much more — the dime store was located in two different sites, including its later expanded spot on the corner of Fourth and Main. 

The Dancer and Cowan families opened their first D & C stores in Rochester, Romeo and Brighton in 1926, expanding to 54 stores throughout lower Michigan. When the Rochester store closed in 1993, the store manager said, “The dime store is now a dinosaur.”

Most shoppers remember the D & C’s squeaky floors, which did not survive the building’s transition to a restaurant, currently occupied by Rojo Mexican Bistro.

The big red D & C sign letters currently hang in the Dairy Barn at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm — recalling a bygone era, before strip malls, big box stores and dollar stores.

From the archives of the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm