At Talulah Belle, crowds delight in the colorful Strawberry Shortcake and Friends display during last year’s Rochester Posed, which brought TV and movie characters from the 1980s to life.

At Talulah Belle, crowds delight in the colorful Strawberry Shortcake and Friends display during last year’s Rochester Posed, which brought TV and movie characters from the 1980s to life.

File photo by Brandy Baker


Rochester Posed to bring album covers to downtown storefronts

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published September 24, 2019

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ROCHESTER — People will get a chance to see their favorite album covers come to life during Rochester Posed this October.

The seventh annual event invites downtown Rochester businesses to turn their storefront windows into live mannequin displays modeled after popular album covers 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3.

The windows of the nearly 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-loved album covers, until 9 p.m.

“We have a variety of different album covers that our local businesses have picked from, including different genres and decades,” 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 message 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 Judge’s Choice awards — will be announced Friday, Oct. 4, and each will receive a trophy.

“Hopefully, we will get a lot of people in town voting for their favorite windows,” said O’Dell, who said the event typically draws around 5,000 spectactors.

This is the seventh year that Simply the Best Boutique has participated in Rochester Posed, according to business owner Emma Emery.

“We’ve done it since the beginning,” she said. “It’s all about community. People love coming down and seeing all the different windows. And hopefully, we get some new customers into our store that haven’t been in before.”

This year, Emery and her team will recreate a Peter Frampton album cover, with the help of the son of a store employee.

“We wanted to be different, but also choose something that a lot of people would recognize and appreciate,” said Emery.

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.downtownrochestermi.com. Maps will be available in participating businesses during the event. For more information, call (248) 656-0060.

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