by DREW HOWARD
Vinyl records, Michigan-based food products, and an old bank vault are just a few of the things you’ll find inside Bizzy Buzz Artisan Market, a new business in Downtown Rochester located at 409 South Main Street.
Bizzy Buzz Artisan Market celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, July 28. The market serves as a storefront for close to 50 local artists selling their photography, jewelry, home decor, bath & body products, food, drinks and much more.
“All of our artists are coming from within about an hour drive of Downtown Rochester,” Pamela Walther, co-owner of Bizzy Buzz, said. “We have a wonderful variety of art, from great Michigan and Detroit-centric gifts to big, grand oil paintings for your home.”
Inside Bizzy Buzz, patrons are invited to step into an old bank vault weighing close to 4,000 pounds that now houses the market’s record listening station. Patrons are also free to enjoy a WWF pinball machine, a Nintendo game bar and a cafe/bar which can be used for live artist demonstrations.
Walther adds there are hopes to also serve beer and wine inside the market within the near future. Featured products include metal and ceramic art, Third Man Vinyl records, and Michigan-based food products.
During Saturday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony, Rochester Mayor Rob Ray (pictured to the left) thanked Walther and her team for preserving the historic nature of the building. “I’d like to commend your efforts for historic preservation,” Ray began. “So many times there’s opportunities to just knock down and start new. This building has beautiful bones, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to see that you saved it all.”
The original 1890 building was home to a roller skating rink, according to Walther, and was later used as a ballroom dance studio. The building was then split into three separate storefronts, with Bizzy Buzz’s section being used as a jewelry store for the last 100 years.
“The bank vault came with the store, but that was hidden away in a closet by the previous owner,” Walther added. “We actually had to move it up two steps to get it off of a seeping wood floor that had to be replaced. At four to five thousand pounds, that was no small feat!”
Bizzy Buzz Artisan Market is open Monday – Sunday, though times for each day vary. For more details on store hours, featured artisans, and how to rent merchant space, visit bizzybuzzart.com.