Custom Sugar Cookies by What a Dish Bakery

What a Dish, LLC

What a Dish Chris Coulter spent over 30 years in the restaurant industry and in the fall of last year started What a Dish, LLC based in Rochester Hills. She had this idea for a catering business that would specialize in custom-decorated sugar cookies. “I have a passion for cooking and baking,” said Coulter, “Serving people and having them enjoy what I make.” What a Dish uses a commercial kitchen and does not have a storefront. Visit their website to see the photos of their custom … [Read more...]

Arteva Homes debuts 2013 ShowHouse in Rochester Hills

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The ribbon was cut and more than 400 guests visited as the 2013 Arteva Homes idea ShowHouse opened to the public last weekend in Rochester Hills. Mayor Bryan Barnett was in attendance for the realtor debut Friday evening and the home opened to the public Saturday afternoon. Found in Clear Creek, the 7,000-square-foot ShowHouse is priced at $1.5 million and is the fourth edition for the luxury home and condominium builder based in Bloomfield Hills. Other homes were featured in Macomb … [Read more...]

Rochester Restaurant Week

Blackbird Bistro and O'Connor's, both on Main Street, have deals during Restaurant Week in Rochester - photo by Michael Dwyer

12 Restaurants to Choose From Restaurant week returns to downtown Rochester. Beginning Friday, August 23, visitors and regulars to Rochester will have a few deals to choose from when they get hungry. Running for 10 days, area restaurants offer a special menu. A dozen local restaurants are participating with providing dining deals for lunch, dinner or both. This is chance for people to get a deal at their favorite place to eat, or an incentive to try somewhere new for a meal. Lunch and … [Read more...]

Big, Bright Success

Big, Bright Light Show - photo provided by the Rochester DDA

The Big, Bright Ball The signature fundraiser for the Big, Bright Light Show brings supporters together and helps secure the future of the holiday event. Held at the Royal Park Hotel in Downtown Rochester on August 4, the Big, Bright Ball had something for everyone. All ages enjoyed the dance floor, the food from area restaurants and the attention-grabbing silent auction items. Kruse & Muer, the Rochester Chop House, Main Street Deli, O'Connor's Public House, Penny Black, Rochester … [Read more...]

Main Street Oakland County Communities Receive Record Number of Accreditations

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson recently announced that a record number of Main Street Oakland County (MSOC) communities have received accreditation for 2012 from the National Main Street Center. The 10 Oakland County downtown communities to receive national accreditation are: Clawson, Farmington, Ferndale, Highland, Holly, Lake Orion, Oxford, Ortonville, Pontiac and Rochester. “Congratulations to all of our nationally accredited Main Street communities and to all of the … [Read more...]

Fireworks for the Weekend

Oakland County Fireworks - photo by William Dwyer

Fireworks for the Weekend By Michael Dwyer To celebrate Independence Day, here is a list of fireworks displays going on in Oakland County from July 4 until July 18. Wear Red, White & Blue, raise the Flag, and take the family to see and hear freedom. Clawson 4th of July July 4, 2013 at Dusk Clawson Park 1098 N Bywood Avenue Clawson, Michigan 48017 Events all day including parade, arts & crafts fair, rides, horse show, skateboard exhibition, and of course, fireworks! … [Read more...]

CoolYo Yogurt Serves Up Tasty Treats

Too Many Toppings at CoolYo Frozen Yogurt

Self-serve Frozen Yogurt a Hit CoolYo Frozen Yogurt opened on May 3. In just six weeks, they have become a popular destination for those looking to score a cool treat. On the border of Rochester Hills and Auburn Hills, CoolYo Frozen Yogurt is located on the corner of Walton Blvd. and Squirrel Road across from Oakland University. Students from Notre Dame, Oakland Christian and OU have made CoolYo a regular stop. Rochester Media paid CoolYo a visit and found that both customers and … [Read more...]

Two Rochester Hills businesses among 12 Oakland County Businesses Named 2013 Michigan “Top 50 to Watch”


Twelve Oakland County companies including a Southfield medical device firm that shared Medical Main Street’s inaugural "Innovator of the Year" award were honored for being among the "Top 50" businesses to watch. Sentio LLC, the co-winner of the 2012 Medical Main Street award, was honored during the “Michigan Celebrates Small Business” awards dinner as one of a dozen Oakland County second stage businesses named to the Michigan Top 50 to Watch. The awards were handed out on May 2 in … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Lollia Handcream is very popular.

Mother's Day is right around the corner so I stopped into a few of my favorite places in town to give you some gift ideas to show your mom how much you care. Talulah Belle Talulah Belle is hands down one of my favorite stores in downtown Rochester. They sit right on Main Street at 307 Main. There you will find a wide variety of women's clothing, jewelry, body care and home goods. You can check out their website at and follow them on … [Read more...]

Sukhothai – A Little Heat to Warm Up a Michigan Winter

Sukhothai's Pad Thai

By Matt Forster The essence of Thai cuisine is a matter of balance; taking the traditional tastes—sweet, sour, salty, bitter—and blending them to create a complex yet balanced gastronomic experience. A product of the hot and humid heart of Southeast Asia, Thai food has become a well-established import, especially here in Rochester where you can find any number of carryout Thai places. Harder to find is a Thai restaurant suitable for an evening out. This is when you head over to Sukhothai … [Read more...]