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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

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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!

Love is in the Air

 

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Want to be featured on a billboard? We are looking for a special couple (or two) that want to be featured on a billboard on I75 in February. Do you frequent the Village with your loved one? Do you have a favorite restaurant? Tell us why you should be on our “Love is in the Air” billboard.

All we need from you is:

©     A photo of the special couple at the Village

©     Your first names and city you reside

©     And it has to be uploaded to the Village Facebook page no later than February 14th with the reason you like the Village for date night!

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Take a selfie at the Village of Rochester Hills. It can be anywhere! Your favorite restaurant. Your favorite store. Or even your favorite outdoor feature. We just have to be able to tell you are at the Village! Post the photo on Instagram and use @thevorh and #loveyourselfie…and you could win $25 gift card to the Village. Enter as many times as you like and remember, creativity is key! 

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 19th 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 voted the food trucks you wanted and the non-profits you wanted too! 

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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.

 

Schedule of Events   (click the links to learn more)

June 19 Fortune Cooking with Revel Bros Ice Cream & Wafels helping to raise funds for the Rainbow Connection.

June 26 Hero Or Villain Deli with Kona Ice helping to raise funds for the Rochester Area Neighborhood House.

July 10 Marconi's Pizza & Impasto Itialian Inspired Wraps with Revel Bros Ice Cream & Wafels helping to raise funds for the Autistic Play Place.

July 17 Crepe day Twah, Marconi's PizzaThe Mean Weenie with Kona Ice & My Son Pops helping to raise funds for Vision Hope.

July 24 Monkey Business, Grillwich Top Stop, Marconi's Pizza & Fortune Cooking with Revel Bros Ice Cream & Wafels helping raise funds for Baldwin Dad's Club.

July 31 Nosh Pit DetroitImpasto Italian Inspired Wraps & Marconi's Pizza with Kona Ice & My Son Pops helping raise funds for Bound Together-Pontiac.

August 7 Nu Deli, Nosh Pit, Fortune Cooking, Crepe Day TwahMarconi's Pizza with Revel Bros Ice Cream & Wafels helping raise funds for Lutheran Special Education Ministries.

August 14 Nosh Pit Detroit, Fortune Cooking, Grillwich Tot Stop & Impasto Italian Inspired Wraps  with Howdy Doodles Ice Cream Coach helping raise funds for Rochester Hills Little League.

August 21 Monkey Business, Nosh PitImpasto Italian Inspired Wraps is back with Kona Ice helping raise funds for NAMI (National Association of Mental Illness-Michigan).

August 28 Impasto Italian Inspired Wraps, Buck n Dinks BBQ, Nu Deli, Grillwich Tot StopMarconi's Pizza with Howdy Doodles Ice Cream Coach is back with  helping raise funds for the National MS Society.

 

Village of Rochester Hills Transforms Into Outdoor Art Gallery

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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.