June 29, 2015  |  Posted in Events at the Village

Written by Shelleen McHale

Behind a big red wall perhaps the hottest store to hit Rochester Hills is preparing to open.

Are you ready for Lululemon? Because Lululemon is ready for you, Rochester Hills!

A little history-- and how did they get that name?

Lululemon was founded in Vancouver, BC in 1998 by a man. Chip Wilson discovered a love of yoga, but after 20 years in the surf, skate and snowboard business he was not so impressed by its cotton clothing options. He brought technical athletic fabric to the yoga wear table and launched Lululemon.  Its first location shared space in a yoga studio. Now there are Lululemon stores all around the world selling yoga-inspired athletic apparel.

(Fun Fact: The name and logo were chosen in a survey of 100 people.)

Down to the local nitty-gritty

New Store Opening Manager, Allie Howard, moved to Michigan from California three years ago to attend graduate school at Wayne State University. While studying business she wrote her thesis on Lululemon! I guess some things were meant to be!


While attending school she got a part-time job at Lululemon's Somerset Collection location. As she moved up and heard about the Rochester Hills location opening, she knew it would be a perfect fit. "I get to take what I loved from business school and my strengths as an athlete and put them together," Allie explained. We had the chance to sit down with Allie to get a sneak peek behind the scenes. This is what she had to share:

What does a first-time Lululemon shopper need to know?

This is not going to be your normal shopping experience.  We personalize it--my team will treat guests as if they are walking into our own homes. And we like to share-- whether it's about our clothes, our culture or our community events--you will learn something by coming in.

What does a die-hard Lululemon fanatic need to know about the Rochester Hills store?

This store was specifically designed for the Rochester Hills community, it's a reflection of who Rochester Hills residents are. Our team is awesome-- driven and super excited to share our culture and products with Rochester. 

What product do you predict will be top sellers in Rochester Hills?

This is an outdoorsy, athletic-minded community so anything people are excited to sweat in! (Laughs) 

For the women, definitely product that is sexy and athletic, like the Free To Be Wild sports bra, the Run: Speed Short and the High Time PantFor men, the Metal Vent Tech T's are great.

Everyone wants to know…. how do you become an Ambassador?!

The Ambassador is an extension of our team and a direct reflection of myself. The selection process is very organic. It basically starts where I like to work out. It's the teachers and instructors that I form authentic relationship with. They act as an arm that can reach farther than we can at strictly a store level.

So that leads to…. where do you like to work out?

I came up to CrossFit Maven on South Street before I even lived here. I would make the drive to workout there! I also work out at Yoga Shelter Rochester HIlls, Intentional Yoga and Xtend Barre. I'm excited for Pure Barre Studio to open its Rochester location. 

Finally, tell me about the decor. People are excited to get a look at this store!


This is very different than any Lululemon you've ever walked into! A lot have bright colored walls but our color is going to mainly come from the product. Rochester Hills is a farm-to-table type of city, industrial but rustic with a touch of glamour. Our decor shows that with our rustic textiles and industrial paint colors. There's also one big surprise I'm excited for everyone to see!


Opening weekend

You can see Allie's surprise when the store opens on Friday, July 10. The store has a soft open from 9-10 a.m. when Allie will introduce her Ambassadors and talk about the Lululemon culture. Purchases can also be made at this time. The official Friday Grand Opening, starting at 10 a.m., will also include Lululemon-inspired local treats, refreshments and a DJ. 

On Saturday, July 11 Lululemon will host a free barre class at 9 a.m. The store opens at 10 a.m. and will feature a photo booth and DJ.

On Sunday, July 12, a free yoga class will be held at Festival Park, outside Lululemon, at 11 a.m. 

May 13, 2015  |  Posted in Events at the Village

Written by Shelleen McHale

The Village of Rochester Hills is excited to once again bring back our music program for children and their caregivers. Every Wednesday, starting on June 17 and running until August 26, we will enjoy story time, music (singing and dancing), an activity or craft and of course, friendship making! We start the day at 10:30am and are normally done by 11:30am, but we always have plenty of new friendships made and people stay in the park to chat, picnic and have lunch at one of our great restaurants in the Village. 


In her third year with our program, we welcome back Ms Jenna as she teaches music in the beautiful Festival Park. Her Mini Musicians program is well-known and popular in the community. Ms. Jenna will be teaching the dates that are BLUE.

We welcome back Ms Carissa, who rocked with us a few times last year. We recieved some amazing feedback and we will be bringing her back on a regular basis this year. Come and jam with Ms Carissa and her pink guitar as she teaches and sings some crazy fun songs. Ms Carissa will be with us on the dates that are PINK.


We welcome dress-up and hope to make this a weekly event that you won't want to miss. Be sure to bring water and a blanket. It can get pretty sunny some days in the park. 



June 17-Summer Fun Party (Beach & Water)

June 24-Pirates and Princesses (We just have to keep!)

July 1-All American

July 8-Traveling (Planes, Trains and Automobiles)

July 15-Teddy Bear Tea Party

July 22-Excercise is Fun (Running, Jumping, Biking - oh my!)

July 29-Under the Sea

August 5-Favorite things

August 12-Music Around the World

August 19-Rock Star Party

August 26-Crazy Animals

May 05, 2015  |  Posted in Events at the Village

Written by Shelleen McHale

Movie Madness brought to you by:

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Movie Madness is back for the third year at the Village of Rochester Hills. Cornerstone Community Financial will be bringing you an evening of entertainment and fun for the whole family. And every movie we show is "family friendly." Mark your calendars this years movie line up. Pack your cars with blankets, lawn chairs and maybe even some board games. Plan to grab dinner at your favorite restaurant in the Village and head to the Carson's parking lot to set up camp for the movie. People start to show up anytime after 7pm, but the movie cannot be shown until the sun goes down...which is normally about 9:15pm.


June 12, 2015 we start the season off with a School's Out Bash! We want to celebrate as a community the last day of school for the children and families in the Rochester Community School. We will be showing the movie BIG HERO 6. This will be the ultimate party for the families and children of the RCS. Check out the nights’ events:

  • Activities will start at 7pm
  • Larry Hamilton Golf will have some fun children’s (and parents too) golf games
  • A giant obstacle course will keep the kids busy
  • FREE popcorn for the first 500
  • Raffle drawing to those that bring a donation for Blessings in a Backpack to continue to feed the children from RCS.
    • Juice boxes
    • Granola bars
    • Mac & Cheese

July 17, 2015 we will be showing one of everyone’s favorites…Despicable Me 2. Bring all the little minions to see this family comedy that will have everyone laughing. FREE popcorn for the first 500! Come early, grab dinner and save your spot for the best viewing!

Activities start at 7pm with a big obstacle course provided by our friends at Cornerstone Community Ms Carissa will be performing in Festival Park from 7:15-8:15pm. This happens to be the kick-off of our Strolling Summer Sidewalk Sales and the movie kicks off at 9:15pm. 

We are hosting a fun, costume contest! Dress up as your favorite character from Despicable Me and you can be enterted to win a bunch of fun movie themed prizes! 


August 14, 2015 we wrap up our movie madness with the classic Disney movie, Cinderella**the new Cinderalla movie will not be released until September 15, 2015.

We are sure to see plenty of little “Cinderella’s” walking around at the event, and we are encouraging all the little community princesses to dress up! We will have plenty of giveways to win if you are in costume! And rumor has it...there may even be a LIVE princess or two at the event!

As always, FREE popcorn to the first 500. 



July 24, 2014  |  Posted in Events at the Village

Written by Shelleen McHale

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 12th Annual Summer Fine Art at the Village of Rochester Hills on Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2, 2015. 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 out our 2014 photos!


June 02, 2014  |  Posted in Events at the Village

Written by Shelleen McHale

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Looking for a way to get some exercise but have children most of your waking hours?  Taking care of your grandchildren for the summer, but still want to fit in a walk here and there?  Interested in meeting other caregivers who are in the same boat as you for the summer?  Or maybe you just want some adult conversation and to have a drink that is not out of a sippy cup or juice box!  Crittenton is sponsoring the perfect opportunity for you!

Crittenton will be hosting a walking club at 10:30 am every Monday till the weather does not allow it anymore! There are no requirements other than you have a desire to get some exercise, want to walk the beautiful streets of the Village and enjoy the company of others. Meet in Festival Park's gazebo.

June 09, 2014  |  Posted in Fashion & Beauty Advice

Written by Shelleen McHale

denimIn the past, a haberdashery was where gentlemen went to have all of their wardrobe needs attended to by expert clothiers who understood the importance great style and tailoring. It's a fact that the well-dressed man has advantages in life, but the effort required to achieve such status can be complicated in this day and age. There are lots of places to buy menswear, but most of them only have specific and limited offerings: high-end (and often intimidating) designer boutiques, "stuffy", old-school suit retailers, casual men's stores (whose idea of comfort means that everything they sell is oversized), and "fast fashion" where trend often triumphs over taste.

It's no wonder that most American men find the effort to attire themselves to be a frustrating process, instead of an easy and enjoyable experience. The Village of Rochester Hills is pleased to announce the addition of J. Barbaro Clothiers to the "neighborhood" and the timing couldn't be better.casual_shirts

Menswear is changing. Luckily, these changes are incremental and great style for men has always been about nuances in design and subtlety in detail. Hipsters in every major city around the world have embraced "the classics" in exciting new ways. Plaids and argyle, Oxfords and bow ties are part of the new uniform. Perhaps the cut is a bit trimmer, or the color more vibrant, but men are stepping up their style. And, there's a confidence that comes with it, no matter how forward-thinking or conservative your fashion comfort zone.

Furthermore, workplace dress codes are changing too, but as some of them become "relaxed", the rules and message can be confusing. Remember, the sharp dressed guy is more likely to get the promotion, so Casual Friday isn't a day to slack-off. Comfort can still look cool.

tiesTraditional business attire isn't going away anytime soon, though. There are certain expectations for Business Formal environments and occasions. Business Traditional is another category and Business Creative is an emerging one.

None of this has to be confusing, though. The team at J. Barbaro Clothiers consists of experts who are educators. They'll help you make the right purchases that can be multi-purposed and easily transition from business to casual and day to night. They combine all of the benefits of having a wardrobe stylist and a personal shopper and a master tailor in one, relaxing and creative environment. Their goal is to build a relationship with you, as you build your wardrobe. Their wide selection of labels like Canali, Eton, Joe's Jeans, Robert Talbot, Jack Victor, True Religion and Robert Graham will insure a signature look that will get you noticed and inspire others.

You may not be hitting The Red Carpet soon, but George Clooney will. He's always on everybody's best-dressed list and it's no coincidence that he started out out as a suit salesman in his younger days. Matt Lauer still buys his suits from the same men's store that he worked at during the summer in his high school and college years. That's a great testament to "knowing your customer". Even if you're not on-camera, you might be inspired to know that a former haberdasher, a guy who owned a little men's clothing store in Kansas City, Missouri never took for granted the the power of a good suit. He eventually closed his store, but went on to pursue other opportunities. His name was Harry S. Truman, the thirty-third President of a the United States.

May 19, 2014  |  Posted in Fashion & Beauty Advice

Written by Shelleen McHale

lane bryant-2 copyOne of the hottest trends in the fashion world is the reinvention of iconic design houses. The fading luster of certain luxury retailers has been brilliantly reignited by a handful of talented, young visionaries. Over the years, Gucci, Burberry and Lanvin are just a few examples of high- end brands that suddenly went from matronly to modern.

Another trend in forward-thinking fashion is accessibility. That's why designers are so eager to launch limited editions in affordable stores, in addition to their runway collections.

You might be surprised to know that Lane Bryant is the latest name to embrace these concepts. They've transitioned from "established" to "exciting" and their newest location at The Village of Rochester Hills is a showcase for this new fashion philosophy.assymetrical lb

Renowned designer Isabel Toledo is on board, too, and her exclusive collection merges the hottest trends into figure-enhancing looks for women of all shapes and sizes. Her education as a fine arts major in painting and ceramics gives her an elevated approach to translating color, pattern and form. Short isn't prohibitive--especially when asymmetry is added to a hemline. Her bold geometry isn't complicated, nor is it compromising. Cropped tops are all the rage and her take on this trend is a versatile and bold bolero that works for anyone...of any any season.

Your style sensibility doesn't have to be "sensible" at Lane Bryant. Bold floral can be figure- friendly and fun, too. Ruching, or draping fabric and sewing it into artistic folds can add comfort and look cool. Ask any red carpet-watcher and they'll confirm that plunging necklines and overexposure have been replaced by sheer panels and detail as the new standard in sexy. And in the era of "statement accessories", Lane Bryant is also the perfect place to meter the dose and adjust the scale of your shoes, bags and jewelry. This is something that everyone needs to get right, regardless of dress size.

may-14-floral-topFull figures made Mae West and Marilyn Monroe screen goddesses. Oprah Winfrey, one of today's most admired women also routinely shows up on best-dressed lists. Adele reigns supreme among the current crop of pop music divas and was recently named one of the world's "most beautiful" by People Magazine. These women have made being plus-size...a plus. Take a cue from them and a trip to the new Lane Bryant at The Village of Rochester Hills to discover your Learning Curves.