Downtown welcomes three businesses

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published October 22, 2014


ROCHESTER — As the holiday season draws near, shoppers should be aware that a few new businesses have opened downtown since the beginning of October.

The newest kid on the block is Rochester Sports Cards and Memorabilia at 407 Main. Steve Majkowski, who owns the store with his wife, Kristine, said the store specializes in signed sports memorabilia — like framed jerseys, photos, cards, helmets and balls — and also carries Detroit-area sports team accessories, as well as gaming cards like Magic: The Gathering and Pokémon. The store offers Friday Night Magic gaming card tournaments beginning at 6 p.m.

“Memorabilia and sports cards has always been a passion of mine. Plus, in Rochester, there is a need. There hasn’t been a (similar) store around here in many, many years,” said Steve Majkowski.

“If somebody wants something that I don’t have in stock — whether it’s a jersey or a ball — I can go and find something and create a unique piece for a customer, or if people want to have their child’s sports jersey framed, I can get that done, too,” he said.

The store can be reached at (248) 762-0171 or gamingcards.

Fourth Street Boutique, a women’s clothing and accessories store, moved into 116 E. Fourth St. this month. The boutique offers everything from the basics — like tank tops, leggings and jeans — to a selection of little black dresses, evening bags and shoes. The shop also carries jewelry and gift items, such as candles and lotion.

Donna Bourgoin, who owns the store with her sister-in-law, Carol Kieltyka, said the duo has received good feedback.

“It’s different than anything in Rochester, and our response has been very good from the customers,” she said. “People have compared us to a smaller version of Anthropologie, which we like, because it’s what we modeled the store after.”

Bourgoin said the leather handbags she picked up in Italy last month are selling like hotcakes, as is  the clothing, jewelry and hats from Paris. Another unique item the boutique carries are vintage jean jackets embellished with lace.

The store can be reached at (248) 266-6222 or Boutique/264081307120788.

The Friendship Factory — which offers drop-in, do-it-yourself crafts, parties, and self-esteem and friendship building workshops for kids, ages 6-14 — recently opened at 210 W. University. The kids’ crafting and events store is a Michigan-based company that started out as a manufacturer of craft kits for kids, invented by David Crorey of Clinton Township. The company opened its first location at The Mall at Partridge Creek in Clinton Township last December, and store manager Tracy Hall said it was so popular they decided to expand and open a second, much larger, location in Rochester.

“We’re very excited to be in Rochester. We love the building that we are in. It’s just a great fit for us, and it’s been going really well,” Hall said.

The Rochester location offers the Anytime Craft Bar, where kids can drop-in during business hours to make a variety of crafts. The Friendship Factory also has a number of DIY Fun Stations, such as make your own fragrance, sugar scrub, lotion and bath bubbles. The store does glitter “tattoos,” and hosts events and birthday parties in a VIP lounge, and offers painting parties led by a local artist and friendship-building workshops conducted by a licensed family therapist and school counselor.

The store can be reached at (586) 530-9090 or