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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. 
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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 www.spotlightsmarket.com.
 
 

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.

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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.

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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!

It is back to school time and whether you are excited, nervous or plain old sad...the Village wants to add some fun to the end of summer.

backtoschoolchalkboardThe 2015-16 school year will be off to a great start with amazing supplies from the stores at the Village. Whether you are headed to GAPClaire's, Moosejaw, Paper Source, Bath & Body Works Whole Foods Market or Lululemon - you can fill your backpack with some unique "stuff." 

This year we are going to be giving four pre-filled backpacks away to our fans! We wanted to get our community "pumped up" for the chance to win! We love giving away products to our community! And we like having a little healthy competition. 

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1) You have to upload a photo of the child/teen that wants to win the particular backpack. There will be 4 videos posted on the Village Facebook page from our Village Youtube - upload your photo under the specific one that wants to be won. Photo MUST be of the child/teen at the Village or on a first day of school in a previous year. Starting August 24th - August 28th a new video will be posted and released for you to enter! 

2) Include child/teen's first name (include first name only), what grade they are going into and what city they are from with the photo.

backtoschoolteensinglegirl3) We will choose the winner for each backpack by September 3, 2015. Winner will be posted on the Village Facebook page with how to pick up their backpack. (pick up will happen at the Village)

 

Click for the individual videos on Youtube:

Girl's Backpack

Boy's Backpack

Teen Girl's Backpack (featuring a Lululemon backpack)

Teen Boy's Backpack (featuring a Moosejaw backpack)

Or you can click on our Facebook events page

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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. 

strollingsaleswwordsNot your typical sale weekend, the Village of Rochester Hills brings you fun and entertainment during their first annual Strolling Sidewalk Sales. Starting July 17th and going through end of business July 19th the Village will be hosting the biggest sales of the season, but also hosting some fun and entertainment for the community. The Village Art Gallery will be doing demonstrations throughout the weekend, The Paper Source will have a demonstration cart set up in their store all weekend to make & take a homemade card and Williams-Sonoma will be serving hot dogs for St. Judes. There are a bunch of FREE events available for the entire family, come and enjoy!

Friday, July 17th

6-7pm Argentine Tango Detroit (Professional dancers will perform and teach the crowd)

7:15-8:15pm Come and Rock with Ms. Carissa (Family Music Time)

Saturday, July 18th

10am-9pm Nomad Anglers will be hosting their Grand Opening activities

1-1:45pm Kincer Voice Studio

2-2:45pm Kincer Voice Studio

3-5pm Selfie Photo contest **post photos of you, your friends and family anywhere in Festival Park during this time! You could be a winner of a $25 Village gift card!

5-7pm Argentine Tango Detroit (Professional dancers will perform and teach the crowd)

7-9pm Enjoy music with Jennifer Kincer & Jim Rawlings

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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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

Only three Wednesdays left!

 

August 12-Music Around the World

August 19-Rock Star Party

August 26-Crazy Animals

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. We enjoyed Big Hero Six and Despicable Me 2, and we have two more movies left!

Brought to you by Cornerstone Community Financial...again!

August 28, 2015 (Note date change as we had a rain-out on 8/14) we wrap up our movie madness with the classic Disney movie, Cinderella! 

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...Cinderella is even going to be at the event! There will be a meet and greet from 6:30-8:30pm. And Cornerstone Community Financial event got swords for the princes too! Come and check out the fencing demo, the giant obstacle course AND a princess bounce house. As always, FREE popcorn to the first 500.

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