Paddlepalooza Reaches A Milestone

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

Paddlepalooza will reach a milestone this year – its 10th anniversary – on Saturday, June 2nd.   Over the past nine years, more than 1,000 kayaking and canoeing enthusiasts have participated in Paddlepalooza, an event organized by Auburn Hills and Rochester Hills to celebrate Clinton River and demonstrate the recreational value this scenic river has to offer.

Many paddlers return each year to take the 8 mile trip down the Clinton River with friends and family members. While some enjoy viewing the abundant wildlife during their excursion, others enjoy the competition of the kayak or canoe races.  Participants and observers agree that the start of the kayak and canoe races are some of the most entertaining parts of the event.

Those more familiar with this event know about “the race within the race.” Each year Auburn Hills and Rochester Hills enter a team or two into the two-person canoe race to win the coveted “Mayors Challenge Cup.”  Both Auburn Hills Mayor Kevin McDaniel and Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett have each held the cup in victory over the years, but their competitive spirit pales in comparison to the passion they have for preserving one of this region’s most precious resources, the Clinton River.

If you enjoy kayaking and/or canoeing, come and join the fun.  We hope to surpass last year’s record attendance of 155 participants.  For more information about Paddlepalooza, please visit the following website:

Thank you to all the sponsors and supporters:

New Digs For The Auburn Hills Perennial Exchange

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

Gardeners from Auburn Hills and twelve surrounding communities met last Saturday morning for their annual rite of spring – the Auburn Hills Perennial Exchange.  This year, the Beautification Advisory Commission (BAC) hosted the exchange on the back patio of the Auburn Hills Community Center – which provided a beautiful green, wooded backdrop.

To kick-off the planting/gardening season, participants received a gift bag filled with gardening goodies including flower seed packets and gardening gloves.  First-time attendees enjoyed talking with experienced gardeners to gain insight on the types of plants available, recommended planting environments and invasive species to avoid.

The Perennial Exchange is an annual event held by the BAC on the third Saturday of May.  Mark your calendars to take part in this fun and free event next year!

$5.1 Million Expansion Underway At Fischer Automotive Systems

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

We’re always pleased to see a business re-invest in their existing facility, just as Fischer Automotive Systems is doing right now at 1084 Doris Road.  The new addition will join their two existing buildings into one 104,151 square foot building that is large enough to accommodate the company’s future growth.

Once the framing is complete, the exterior walls will be built to enclose the building and create a more secure environment for concrete floors to be poured.

The project was approved for construction by the City Council last September.  The facility is expected to be complete by year’s end.

Rockin’ Cupcakes Is Now Open In Great Lakes Crossing Outlets

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

Rockin’ Cupcakes is making a name for itself by offering their customers 30 different kinds of gourmet cupcakes that are made fresh daily, and now they’ve found a home in the City of Auburn Hills.

Located between Districts 3 and 4, at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, Rockin’ Cupcakes is always happy to provide you with an assortment of custom-made cupcakes for that special event.  The cupcakes that continue to hit the top of the charts include Free Fallin (salted caramel), Little Red Corvette (red velvet), and The Doughboys (chocolate chip).  However, there’s a good chance that Paint it Black (chocolate filled ganache) and Rolling Stone (chocolate bumpy style) will be moving up the charts soon.

So the next time you’re in need of a special dessert that will rock the house, take a spin to Rockin’ Cupcakes as they’re sure to help make your party feel like its 1999.

For more information about Rockin’ Cupcakes, and their gluten-free and vegan cupcakes, please visit their website here.

Martinrea Accelerates Into the Future With New Technical Center

Posted by – Stephanie Carroll, Manager of Business Development and Community Relations

Even though Martinrea International, Inc. has been in their building at 2100 N. Opdyke Road for a few months, yesterday’s ceremonial welcome further solidified the City of Auburn Hills as their new home.  Their state-of-the-art 108,000 square foot facility combines research and development, engineering, and testing capabilities under one roof in an open and collaborative environment.

It’s hard to believe that just five years ago there used to be an old vacant Showcase Cinema that sat right at this location.  A lot has changed in this area in a relatively short amount of time.  First, we saw the development of GKN Driveline North America   And now, Martinrea.  Both projects were built by Dembs Development, led by Ryan Dembs and his team.

Martinrea’s new technical center even has a slide that connects the first and second floors of the building.  Mayor McDaniel and several City Council members tried it out!

The celebration included a tour and demonstrations from a local robotics team.  It was such an exciting celebration – we heard from Governor Snyder, Lt. Governor Calley, and County Executive Patterson about how companies like Martinrea are an integral part of Michigan’s comeback.

We wish Martinrea much success in the future!

The Thrill Of The Grill

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

Pit masters from Detroit Pigskin Barbeque, one of Michigan’s most passionate BBQ teams, will be showcasing their culinary skills and offering up some free samples at the Bass Pro Shops at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets this Saturday, May 19th between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

As part of their Go Outdoors Event, that takes place this weekend and next, Bass Pro Shops has partnered with the Kansas City Barbecue Society to have Detroit Pigskin Barbeque on-site to offer some tips so you too can cook like a seasoned pit master.

So, if you’re having a little trouble with cooking up some tender chicken, ribs, pork butt or brisket, take a few minutes to stop by Bass Pro Shops this Saturday and get a few tips from some real grill experts.

Eye Doctor’s Long-Time Vision Becomes Clear In Auburn Hills

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Dr. Leslie Emmert-Buck is not your typical doctor.  She is on a mission!

Dr. Emmert-Buck recently opened Capstone Vision, PLLC, a new ophthalmology practice in Auburn Hills, at 3100 Cross Creek Parkway, Suite 130.  The doctor spoke with enthusiasm at the May 7th City Council meeting where she explained that she wants to be a part of the Auburn Hills’ community and the long-term well-being of her patients.

Dr. Leslie Emmert-Buck with Auburn Hills Mayor Kevin McDaniel

She informed the City Council that her mission is to deliver direct and personal eye care as well as safe surgical solutions for vision correction, including refractive surgery such as SBK (modern LASIK), and ASA (modern PRK), refractive cataract surgery, near vision solutions, and dry eye solutions.  Further, the key to her success will be creating a “Lifelong Vision Partnership” with each patient by offering the best vision care at every stage of life and ensuring the best technology, best education, and best vision experience possible.

Dr. Emmert-Buck is returning home to Michigan after 14 years of practicing on the East Coast.  She is a board-certified and fellowship-trained ophthalmologist, earning a combined MD/PhD from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore and the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, followed by a Cornea and Refractive Surgery fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital (the second-ranked best hospital for Ophthalmology in the US) in Philadelphia.

She invites all who are interested to attend a special Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at her new office on Thursday, May 24th at 1:00 p.m.  Light appetizers and refreshments will be served, and staff will be on hand to answer questions.  You may RSVP for the event by clicking here.

For more information about Capstone Vision, call 248-710-0063 or visit the company’s website at

Welcome Dr. Emmert-Buck and Capstone Vision!  We look forward to supporting you with your mission.