The lights are up and The Village of Rochester Hills is showing its festive spirit!

Whether you are meeting friends for some holiday cheer or looking for a place to relax after power shopping, The Village has four great Happy Hour options: 

DSCN2325B Spot Burgers wants you to "slide on in" for Happy Hour and they've got the specials to entice you to do just that. From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, the B Spot features slider specials. One slider is $1.99 or you can get six for $9.99 or a dozen for $17.99. To wash them down, draft beer is $3, wine $4 and B Spot's wide selection of bourbon is $5 for a 1.25 ounce pour. If your looking for something more, signature cocktails, like the Bacon Old-Fashioned, is $6 or well drinks are $4.

Get there early as the bar fills up fast.

Right next to theVillage's popular Santa Snug, Bravo! Cucina Italiana celebrates HappyDSCN2316 Hour Monday through Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and again from 9 p.m. to close Grab a seat around the large rectangular bar to enjoy special pricing on bar plates, like Bravo fries with crumbled bacon and gorgonzola, and drink deals including $5 Martini Wednesday or $5 Wine Pour Thursdays.  We're hoping the scrumptious Hot Apple Cider Martini comes back for the holidays!

Looking for a warm, relaxed atmosphere? Max & Erma's is ready for you. Their Monday through Friday Happy Hour is from 2 p.m. to 6 pm. and includes great drink specials and featured appetizers. The drinks start with domestic beer for $2, craft beer for $3 and featured cocktails for $4. Appetizers, like nachos, meatballs and pretzels, are only $5 during Happy Hour.  

If you're craving seasonal spirit in liquid form, they've got that too, with special drinks like Fiery Cider (Fireball cinnamon whiskey with Angry Orchard hard cider) for $7.25.

mitchellsAt Mitchell's Fish Market they call it Martini Hour but don't worry, the specials encompass much more than that. From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Friday domestic drafts are $3, imported drafts are $4.50 and wine is $5 a glass. Martinis and cocktails, including the Vermont Apple Martini, are $5. There are four levels of munchies pricing starting at $4 for shrimp potstickers or fried zucchini, $5 Asian chicken lettuce wrap, $6 crispy calamari or $7 Baja fish tacos and much more.

Mitchell's Market Bar is spacious with a variety of high tops, tables and booths. It's the perfect place to put down the shopping bags and kick back.

Wherever you choose to unwind, Happy Holidays from The Village!

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The Village once again continues the tradition of a visit with Santa-without all the commercial hype. It is a free visit and no cost because you get to take your own photos. Enjoy the magic of "Santa's Snug" and start your holiday tradition at the Village of Rochester Hills.

Upload your photos to our Facebook or Instagram feed for a chance to win a $25 gift cards throughout the holiday season. #thevorh and #bestsanta

Helping to bring Santa to the Village in 2015:
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santa and girl

The Village once again continues the tradition of a visit with Santa-without all the commercial hype. It is a free visit and no cost because you get to take your own photos. Enjoy the magic of "Santa's Snug" and start your holiday tradition at the Village of Rochester Hills.

Upload your photos to our Facebook or Instagram feed for a chance to win a $25 gift cards throughout the holiday season. #thevorh and #bestsanta

Helping to bring Santa to the Village in 2016:




Santa Visits-November 2016

  • November 19, 4-8p
  • November 20, 12-5p
  • November 21, 5-8pm **Food Truck Night
  • November 25, 4-8p
  • November 26, 2-8p
  • November 27, 12-5p

Thanksgiving - CLOSED

2016 Black Friday Hours - 8:00am-9:00pm 

Santa Visits-December 2016

  • December 2, 4-8p
  • December 3, 2-8p
  • December 4, 12-5p
  • December 5, 5-8pm **Special Needs Only
  • December 9, 4-8p
  • December 10, 2-8p
  • December 11, 12-5p
  • December 12, 5-8pm **Food Truck Night
  • December 16, 4-8p
  • December 17, 2-8p
  • December 18, 12-5p
  • December 19, 5-8pm **Pet Photo Night: $10
  • December 23, 2-8p
  • December 24, 10a-4p







Family fun, healthy choices and helping hands….

The Fifth Annual Scare Away Hunger Family Event has it all.


Helping hands 

Taking place on October 24 at The Village of Rochester Hills, this is the fifth year for the 5K event that raises funds for the Rochester Area Neighborhood House. The event's motto is "put hunger on the run" and that's exactly what it has done, raising over $70,000 for the Neighborhood House to provide food, clothing and emergency financial assistance to neighbors in need.redrunners2014

"We like to say it is truly neighbors helping neighbors, with 90 percent of our funds coming from the community and 100 percent of our funds staying here," said Michelle Zelazny, Fund Development Manager of The Rochester Area Neighborhood House. 

One recent example of the Neighborhood House at work is a young woman that returned home from serving in the military. She was interviewing with an automotive company but the hiring process was taking longer than she had planned for. On the verge of becoming homeless with her young son, she turned to the Neighborhood House. They were able to assist her with rent until she was hired, allowing her and her son to stay in their home until she was back on her feet and financially independent again.

"When people hit some kind of emergency, we help them," Zelazny said. "Education is a big part of what we do," Zelazny added, describing programs in place for long-term problems, like Financial Focus that works with families to help them learn how to manage their finances more effectively and become self sustaining.


The Neighborhood House also helps clients find jobs and provides counseling. These services were used by a local family when the self-employed husband stopped working to care for his wife, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. He came to the Neighborhood House with an eviction notice that would put his entire family, including three children, out on the streets. The Neighborhood House reached out to the landlord, advocating for the family so they were not evicted. They also provided emotional counseling when the wife passed away and helped the husband find a new job. 

Healthy choice

The heart of the Scare Away Hunger event is the 5K, which can be walked or run, and is chip-timed.  The race begins and ends at The Village of Rochester Hills, the first time the event is being held at this location. For information about the race, please visit the Scare Away Hunger website at


Check-in on the day of the event is 7:30 a.m. with a start time of 8:30 a.m. All ages are welcome to participate and awards are given to winners. AMP Radio will keep racers moving with motivating music and race announcements. 


Registration closes on October 21. Early-bird fees for the race are: $25 for individuals and $20 for family members, students and individuals running as a corporate team. Fees increase by $5 on October 13.

Family fun

In addition to the race, The Village of Rochester Hills, a core supporter to civic events that raise both money and awareness in the community, is hosting a Family Fun event to coincide with the race. As part of the 5K entry fee, participants and their families are welcome to enjoy bounce houses, train rides, crafts, face painting, games and entertainment. 

At 10:00 a.m. trick-or-treating takes place at The Village stores so costumes are highly encouraged. The Family Fun event is from includes the race at 8:30 a.m., and all other events from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For those not running, the Family Fun event is $5 per child or $15 per family, or a donation equivalent in canned goods. Connect on our Facebook event page to learn more and let us know you are coming!

The Rochester Area Neighborhood House is a private, non-profit human service organization that was founded by communities of faith in 1968.  Neighborhood House has grown over the years to become a full service agency servicing any qualifying families in need from Rochester, Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills, Oakland Township, and Addison Township.  The agency mission is to assist the community during times of hardship, partnering with the community and other social service providers to help struggling individuals and families move toward self sufficiency.   The community is invited to go to to receive more information about Neighborhood House.


The Village of Rochester Hills is a 375,000-square-foot outdoor shopping district in the heart of Rochester Hills, Michigan. Set up much like a bustling downtown, the Village of Rochester Hills is the first in Michigan to utilize the lifestyle streetscape concept. It hosts over 20 events a year, helping to both entertain shoppers and help its community.


tombipinkfavoriteThe Village of Rochester Hills has teamed with Real Style Talent Agency to find the Next Big Thing!

Could it be you?

Here's how to enter:

1. Find your best photo and post it!

Post your photo on The Village of Rochester Hills Facebook page. Photos must be posted by October 9, 2015. We are looking for all ages, all races, anyone who has that spark! There's just one rule: no one under the age of 4 is permitted to enter.

2. Selected models will be invited to meet with Real Style!

Real Style will use their expertly trained eye to select the top models from the postings on The Village's Facebook page. Those chosen will be invited to an onsite event with Real Style (and other industry influencers.) Selected models will be posted on Facebook on October 10 with the event taking place on October 15 at The Village. This is a great chance to be seen and considered for modeling, commercial and extra opportunities with Real Style.

3. Top models get the vote out!

Top models selected at the October 15 event will be added to a "voting page" where metro-Detroit can vote on their favorite. Voting takes place October 17-30.

4. Win!

The top model with the most votes wins! First place prizes include a modeling assignment for The Village holiday campaign (may include social media, billboard, print or commercial), the opportunity to be on the official Village social media model and a $300 Village gift card. 


Second place receives a $150 Village gift card and the third place prize is a $75 Village gift card.

Winners will also be chosen at random for $50 Village gift cards throughout the competition.

About Real Style

Real Style is Michigan's foremost talent agency representing and developing fashion models, commercial talent and extras. Owners Rose Gilpin and Kathy Remski have been in the business for over 15 years and have over 50 movies and television shows on their resume. 

A start on your holiday shopping? Maybe a fun day out with the family? Or a way to support your local theater?
If you're looking to do any of these things, the Spotlights Market Fine Arts and Gift Show has you covered!
Taking place October 2, 3 and 4, the Spotlights Market at The Village of Rochester Hills is a major fundraiser for Meadow Brook Theatre Guild. This year the market features 118 juried exhibitors, almost half of which are new to the show. Many favorites are returning also.  
Paintings, sculptures, clothing, photography, jewelry, birdhouses and more will be featured, including: 
  • C.L. Schneider Jewelry hand-tooled, one-of-a-kind sterling silver jewelry with semiprecious gemstone accents,
  • Joseph Ferris metal art designs,
  • Grape Wood Designs bird houses and feeders that are individually designed and built in Iron Mountain, and GrapeWoodDesigns
  • Annie’s Dolls by Michele Sapp, who has been creating Afrocenric dolls for over 10 years. 
The market is the perfect place to find unique gifts for the holidays, as well as breathtaking pieces for your own home and garden. 
Family Fun
Just because you're shopping doesn't mean you have to leave the kids at home. 
Spotlights Market is a family-friendly, family-fun event. Activities include a coloring contest and mask making and a Detroit Institute of Arts sponsored project. Engaging entertainment will be provided by local favorites: musician Guy Louis and storyteller Judy Dery. The Urban Violinist, Kym Brady and local singer, Mark Tisdelwill be featured in the gazebo area Friday night.
Of course an event like this must include live theater. The Peanut Gallery Players, a children's theatre, and Full Impact, a youth theatre, will provide just that with performances throughout the weekend. Check out Facebook event page for more information.
Food tents on hand, along with the selection of wonderful Village restaurants, offer shoppers and their families a variety of dining options. 
Theater Support
The Guild was formed in 1977 with one purpose: to support  Rochester's own Meadow Brook Theatre, Michigan's largest producing professional theatre. To date the Guild has raised over $750,000. This is the 24th year of the Spotlights Market where the Guild hopes to move that number even closer to one million. Admission is free.
Spotlights Fine Art and Gift Market takes place at the Village of Rochester Hills on Oct. 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Oct.4 from Noon to 6 p.m.  For more information, visit

When Lululemon Athletica opened this July, nearly every mom in town wanted to know, "Will there be an ivivva section in the store?"

Ivivva is Lululemon's sister line with similar intention but designed especially for girl sizes 4 -14.


While the store does not have a girls' section, they will be hosting an ivivva Truck Show on Friday, September 18 from 5-8 p.m. The show will be held at Festival Park, weather permitting, or inside the Lululemon store, if needed.

According New Store Opening Manager, Allie Howard, both summer product and the new fall line will be available at the show.

"This is a tester for those that haven't been to an ivivva store," Allie said. "It's a way to get people excited about the brand."

But, and here's the important part, quantities are limited so if you or your mini have your hearts set on a particular item, get there early.

And remember, excitement matters! If you'd like to see more ivivva trunk shows at the Village, a successful first one is the step in the right direction.


For the moms

Of course Lululemon will be open for shopping during the Trunk Show and Allie is especially pleased with what's new in pants. 

"Lululemon just redid their whole pants collection," Allie explained. 

Her favorites include the Align Pant made for yoga with buttery-soft Nulu fabric and the Tight Stuff Tight with compressive Luxtreme fabric made for running and cross fit training. 

The Trunk Show is the perfect time to check them out as well as see what ivivva offers. 

"It's like the ivivva store coming to you!" Allie said. 

And it doesn't get any more convenient than that!