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Anders Ruff Workshop to Open March 22 at the Village of Rochester Hills

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One of the hottest Do-It-Yourself trends, Anders Ruff Workshop, will open at The Village of Rochester Hills on March 22. The hands-on workshop is set in a boutique studio offering step-by-step instruction for learning unique skills and creating charming home decor pieces. Projects include wood signs, wood pallet signs, canvas pillows and more. Best of all, the projects are customizable.

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Jennifer Perino and Jen Amin have owned the Northville AR Workshop since August of 2016. The duo was interested in adding a second location when customer Kimberly Battani approached them about partnering for a Rochester Hills site. In addition to being a fan of AR Workshop, Battani already had experience with sign production so the fit was a natural. The trio’s Grand Opening in Rochester Hills will include an Open House.

“We’ve already had so many requests to schedule parties,” Perino said. The workshop is popular for corporate events, Girls Nights Out, kid parties and church groups. Private parties can be booked with a room rental fee of $75 for a minimum group size of 12 on weekdays and 17 on weekends. Group reservations can also be made with a refundable deposit. Individuals can also book a seat on-line. Attendees are allowed to bring their own snacks.

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The wood plank sign is the most popular item, according to Perino. Kid parties can select from three options: a pillow, small canvas or quote board. “Guys like it too!” Perino said. “It makes a fun date night.” Perino said they see a lot of repeat business at the Northville location with customers coming back to make signs for each holiday. The workshop, located at 256 N. Adams, will also have some retail items for purchase.


Revel Bros to open in mid-March


ROCHESTER HILLS, MI (Feb. 27, 2017) - Everyone knows what a Belgian waffle is, but have you ever heard of a Liege wafel?

Called “one of life’s great indulgences,” the Liege wafel is made with a brioche-dough base (think rich and buttery) that takes 14 hours - including rising time - to make. Pearl sugar is then mashed into the raised dough and when the dough meets the hot waffle iron, it liquefies on the inside of the pastry and caramelizes on the outside.

Josh Charlip was already scouting out the Village of Rochester Hills as a second location for his Cool Jacks ice cream parlor when a silent partner-- and expert Liege wafel maker-- sweetened the deal.IMG 9456

Sharing a common love for artisan desserts made only from the finest ingredients, the partners joined together to open Revel Brothers: Ice Cream & Wafels.

Revel Bros, located at 254 N. Adams in The Village, will open in mid-March. The ice cream shop will serve homemade Cool Jacks ice cream, Cool Jacks cookies and, of course, Liege wafels.  The wafel toppings will vary but may include fresh fruit, whipped cream, Nutella and Cool Jacks ice cream. Cool Jacks ice cream is all natural and organic with dairy sourced from western Michigan. Menu items will range from $4- $8. The modern yet warm shop--with navy blue walls, natural plywood, pipes and copper-- will seat 15-20 with counter service.


The partners are excited to add to the premium experience of “The Village” with a unique and complementary dessert experience like no other found in Michigan.

­The Village of Rochester Hills brings fashion, dining and ambiance together to create Rochester Hills’ very own downtown. From Carson’s to Whole Foods Market and fifty more shops and eateries, there is something for everyone. With free parking available in front of your favorite store, shopping the Village is easy and convenient. The Village is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00am to 9:00pm and Sundays from 12:00pm to 6:00pm. Village gift cards are conveniently available at our kiosk in Fountain Park. For more information, visit

Grand Opening Scheduled For March 24 in Detroit
ST. LOUIS, MO (March 15, 2017) – Soft Surroundings, a leading luxury lifestyle brand for busy women of all ages, maintains its dedication to providing an extraordinary shopping experience by announcing plans to open its first Michigan location at The Village of Rochester Hills in Rochester Hills. The Grand Opening event on Friday, March 24, will include an all-day event with exclusive gift bags for the first 100 customers, as well as drinks, treats, beauty treatments and more for all customers throughout the day.
Soft Surroundings is committed to helping their customers look and feel their best by providing stylish and comfortable clothing, accessories, and beauty and home goods while giving them an effortless shopping experience. The brand is best known for their extremely soft fabrics, global inspiration, customer service and convenience. Most of the apparel and home goods are designed exclusively by and for the brand. The beauty department in the store will also feature complimentary cosmetic and skin care consultations, as well as regular beauty events.
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“We couldn’t be more excited to bring Soft Surroundings to Michigan, specifically to the Village at Rochester Hills,” said Sr. Vice President of Retail, Danny Boddy. “Our brand is all about slowing down life’s rigorous pace and taking the time to rejuvenate and take care of one’s self. We feel strongly that this is something that the women throughout the Metro Detroit area can relate to and we are excited to give them an opportunity to experience what we are all about. We offer beautiful apparel, luxurious bedding, globally curated furniture and beauty solutions, all hand chosen for today’s busy woman. Our passion for customer service and the integrity of our brand gives us the ability to share our story and hopefully make our customers’ lives a little more fulfilled and enjoyable.” The Village of Rochester Hills location will be the 46th store for Soft Surroundings and is part of a seventeen store expansion planned for 2017, their largest expansion year to date. Join the conversation on our Event Page.
About Soft Surroundings: Headquartered in St. Louis, MO, Soft Surroundings is a lifestyle brand and retailer of women's apparel, home, and beauty products. Releasing its first catalog in 1999, Soft Surroundings has been dedicated to making women look and feel their best ever since. Having experienced record growth in its online and catalog channels, Soft Surroundings opened its first retail location in St. Louis, MO in November of 2005. With forty-four current retail locations from coast to coast and plans for adding more, Soft Surroundings is continuing to expand its retail division nationally to meet the needs of its many devoted customers. Visit Soft Surroundings online at

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Every year the Village celebrates spring with the bunny coming to visit for a few days. It is an opportunity for families to visit the Easter Bunny in our brightly decorated gazebo and take their own photos with the bunny for FREE. Click for bunny visit days and times.

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And to get the whole season started, we are hosting a Spring Celebration on April 9th from noon-2pm for the entire community! It is our annual event to raise money for the Rainbow Connection. For only $5 per child (100% of the proceeds are donated) and they can partake in all of the activities.



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  • Bounce House
  • Train Ride
  • Petting Zoo
  • Village Scavenger Hunt with prizes and activities
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Meet us in Festival Park under the blue canopy to purchase your stamp to all the fun. Enjoy being outdoors and doing good for children and families that are making wishes with the Rainbow Connection.



March 21st marks the first day of spring, and we at the Village of Rochester Hills will be celebrating the following day!

 12654280 856431047812518 3989060989893235034 nMarch 22nd from 6-9pm the Village will be hosting their Spring Fashion event called “The Night of the Traveling Pants.” Why the name? It is about the community coming to the Village and traveling to all the different stores to see what fun events they have planned. It is about getting out and getting some fresh air since it is springtime. And it is about giving back. We are asking the community to bring donations of nice work appropriate pants for our charity of choice, Career Dress.

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Our special guest for the evening is Matthew Richmond, founder and designer of The Paper Dress Code. Matthew will be displaying his creations in a pop-up shop (located at 346 N. Adams, next to Jos A Bank on the north end of the Village). He will have his unique paper dresses displayed and have live mannequins onsite for you to take photos with. Plus, Matthew will actually be creating a real dress celebrating Soft Surroundings coming to the Village and being the first one in Michigan, the night of the event - a live demo for you to see what goes into these amazingly unique pieces of art. Photo opportunities will be available along with a meet and greet with Matthew himself. And if that is not enough fun, check  out the list below!

  • Douglas J Aveda Salon will be taking their guests on a Chakra Journey, Aveda Lip Application and giving hand massages.
  • The Village Art Gallery will have refreshments, a Funky Threadz Trunk Show and an opportunity to win a piece of art valued at $300!
  • Taylor & Colt is offering 20% off all service and retails sales, along with some free refreshments.
  • AR Workshop is hosting their Grand Opening event with during the event. Be one of the first to visit their studio, sign up for classes at a discount and get some free snacks too.
  • Banana Republic is doing a VIP pants styling event. Come and learn which style pants look best for your body type and get some refreshments, plus special discount for the night.
  • Metro D Store is offering 10-15% off the entire store for one night only.
  • Chico’s wants to help you get ready for spring travel, stop in to learn how and get some refreshments.
  • The Loft is hosting a raffle for those that stop in and check out their spring line, along with some refreshments.
  • Eddie Bauer is doing a drawing for a free piece of outer wear and having some treats.
  • Moosejaw is serving FREE beer and and two free gifts when they make any purchase from Osprey and/or Arc'teryx. They are limited edition gifts. It's going to be great!
  • Paper Source will be offering an Origami Dress Make & Take card at a discounted price of $6. In addition to making the card, customers will also receive a coupon good for 10% off of their purchase the night of the event.
  • GAP is hosting their friends and family and you will get 40% off all full priced items! 

You can learn more and stay up to date on the event by joining us on our Facebook event page. And don't forget to clean out your closet and bring gently worn pants to donate to Career Dress. See you at the VORH March 22nd!

The Food Trucks Are Coming!

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The Food Trucks Are Coming! And this year there will be more nights, more options to eat and less options to be overwhelmed. They will be parking EVERY Monday on the west side of Whole Foods Market. They will be there each Monday from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm starting June 18th and their last night will be on August 28th. You won't have to plan Monday night dinner all summer! How awesome is that? 

Here is the most exciting part! YOU get to choose who is coming and which non-profits will benefit. No, really! We will be doing a call out to food trucks that want to participate beginning in February and in March YOU the community get to vote on who you want to be a part of the Monday night options! There will be a minimum of 10 trucks and up to 20 for the entire season. How cool is that?

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And then, we will be voting on the non-profits too. We will do a call out to non-profits that want to benefit from this event and again YOU, the community get to vote on who you want to benefit. We will be narrowing it down to ten non-profits as well. 

If you know a food truck owner or a non-profit you think should be involved, email and ask for an application. But hurry! All application must be in by February 28th! 

What’s so great about food trucks, you may ask? I’m so glad you asked!

Here’s my Top Five Reasons Food Trucks Rock:

5. Outside > Inside: If you’re burned out on grilling, it’s a great option that gets you out of the hot kitchen and your family outside. Bring a blanket, have a picnic, make a fun night of it!

4. Variety is the Spice of Life: (along with Food Trucks) Family can’t decide on what to have for dinner? That’s the beauty of the food trucks. Each week a different one or two will be onsite. You don't have to make the decision. 

3. The Joy of Discovery A wasabi dog? Why not? Unlike a restaurant with a 10-page menu, food trucks typically specialize on one specific thing. Enjoy that mastery and try something new! If someone has taken the time and effort to devote their food truck to hot dogs, like The Mean Weenie, you know that’s going to be one darn good dog.

2. Fast...It’s a scientific fact: although your clock says Monday has 24 hours like any other day, it’s the longest and slowest of the week! You’ve waited an eternity for it to be dinnertime, who wants to wait any longer to eat? Food truck = fast. Fast is good.

1. Doing Good One Meal at a Time These food trucks aren't just feeding our community, they are caring for it too. Each one of the trucks will donate to a specific non-profit and that’s something we can all feel good about.


Village of Rochester Hills Transforms Into Outdoor Art Gallery


The charming location of the Village of Rochester Hills shopping center will be transformed into an outdoor art gallery when it hosts the 14th Annual Summer Fine Art at the Village of Rochester Hills on Saturday, August 5 (10a-8p) and Sunday, August 6 (12-6p), 2017. More than 100 artists from across the United States have been invited to show their work at Summer Fine Art at the Village of Rochester Hills. An outside panel of experts juried the entries and asked artists with the highest scores to participate. Admission to the festival is free and parking is free. Check the Facebook Event page for details as the date gets closer.