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Mother's Day is just around the corner. And we want to show some moms some love! 

Motherhood. It is something that is hard to put into words. We found a quote on Mother (a great online resource for moms) from Kate Middleton. It was perfectly said and we wanted to share with all our moms here celebrating in Michigan with the Village. 

“Personally, becoming a mother has been such a rewarding and wonderful experience. However, at times it’s also been a huge challenge. Even for me, who has support at home, but most mothers do not. Nothing can really prepare you for the sheer, overwhelming experience of what it means to become a mother. It is full of complex emotions of joy, exhaustion, love, and worry, all mixed together. Your fundamental identity changes over night. You go from thinking of yourself as primarily an individual to suddenly being a mother, first and foremost. And yet, there is no rulebook. No right or wrong. You just have to make it up and do the very best you can to care for your family. For many mothers, myself included, this can at times lead to a lack of confidence and feelings of ignorance. Some of this fear is about the pressure to be a perfect parent. Pretending we’re all coping perfectly and loving every minute of it. It is right to talk about motherhood as a wonderful thing, but we also need to talk about its stresses and strains. It’s okay not to find it easy. And asking for help should not be seen as a sign of weakness.”

-Kate Middleton, a.k.a. The Duchess of Cambridge, on the pressures of motherhood, to Best Beginnings, 2017.

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The Village is encouraging you to bring your mom, a mom you respect or a friend that is a mom to the Village. Bring her and share a meal, buy her a gift, get flowers from Whole Foods, pick up the latest candle or lotion, make a card or project togther...or simply just get her out of the house. And then snap a photo of her at the Village (we MUST know it is at the Village for it to count) and post on the Village Facebook page under the post in comments. Tell us what you did while you were at the Village and why you think the mom deserves a gift from us. We will be giving away prizes of all sorts of items from the Village shops and restaurants! But don't wait. You have only through Mother's Day, May 14th to bring your special mom to the Village. So plan your trip now!

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 www.softsurroundings.com.
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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.

 

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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!

AR Workshop

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

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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.

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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 www.thevorh.com.

Valentine's Day hasn't always been hearts and roses. Over time it's been many things-- and why not?

It's been around for centuries, starting as an ancient pagan celebration of fertility until the 5th century when Pope Gelasius took over the date to honor Saint Valentine, a priest beheaded in 270 AD for performing Christian marriages.

Even then, the day was not associated with romance until the Middle Ages when poet Geoffry Chaucer linked the day with love in his poem "Parlement of Foules."

For this was on Saint Valentine's day,

When every fowl comes there his mate to take.

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A society obsessed with chivalry and courtly love took this image to heart and the holiday took flight.

The oldest known valentine was written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London. His jailer, King Henry V, must have been impressed because he hired his own writer to compose valentines. And from there the holiday just kept growing.

From the handwritten notes friends and lovers exchanged in the 18th century, to the masses of printed cards that are swapped today, Valentine's Day comes second only to Christmas for the number of cards sent. According to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 1 billion Valentine's Day cards will be sent this year. That, my friends, is a lot of love. And who doesn't love love?

But here at The Village we want to share the love beyond cards and chocolates (although those are very nice). We want to see how you spread love and kindness out to the world. Simply post a photo and description of the way you have used the holiday to bring some love and light into the world on the Village Facebook contest page. Some lucky participants will win a $50 Village gift card as our thanks for making the world a better place.

Did you donate a trunkful of clothes?

Pay in forward in the Starbucks line?

Shovel your neighbors driveway?

Volunteer in the soup kitchen?

Show us your big hearts, Rochester Hills, and win!