Famous duos visit downtown for Rochester Posed

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published September 23, 2021


ROCHESTER —  A number of famous duos will appear in the storefront windows of downtown merchants this October.

The ninth annual Rochester Posed event invites downtown Rochester businesses to turn their storefront windows into live mannequin displays, including timeless favorites such as Barbie and Ken and many more, 7-9 p.m. Oct. 7.

The windows of around 20 participating businesses will be covered in paper the morning of the event. At 7 p.m., the paper will be pulled off and the mannequins will be revealed. Live mannequins of all ages will pose perfectly still in the windows and storefronts, depicting well-known duos, until 9 p.m.

“There are classics like Thelma and Louise, and Laverne and Shirley, and there will be a couple of Disney characters, so it should be a really fun evening,” said Jenna O’Dell, the Rochester Downtown Development Authority’s events coordinator.

Once again this year, the public is invited to choose a winning window via text voting, which will be open 7-9 p.m.

O’Dell said each participating business will have a special code in its window for people to use to vote, for a total of three votes. Two winners — for the People’s Choice and the Judge’s Choice awards — will be announced Friday, Oct. 8, and each will receive a trophy.

“It’s a nice night to grab a bite to eat at a restaurant, maybe stop into a business and shop a little, and also see some great window displays,” said O’Dell, who said the event typically draws around 5,000 spectators.

This is the third year Lytle Pharmacy has participated in Rochester Posed, according to office manager Stacie Schultz.

“Although we’re not open for business, to have people come in (that evening), we still wanted to be part of the community, and we decided to give it a shot,” Schultz said of their decision to get involved in the event.

The pharmacy participated for the first time in 2018, taking second place for its re-creation of the movie “Caddyshack.” The following year, the team’s depiction of the famous album cover “Abbey Road,” by the Beatles, won first place in the competition. Last year, the event was canceled, due to COVID-19.

This year, the business is re-creating “Saturday Night Live” Spartan cheerleaders, played by Will Ferrell and Cheri Oteri.

“It’s going to be hard to be back-to-back champs, so we wanted to do something out of the box,” said Schultz.

Prior to and following the event, the crowd is invited to shop and dine at the downtown businesses.

For a complete list of participating businesses, visit www.down townrochestermi.com. Maps will be available in participating businesses during the event. For more information, call (248) 656-0060.