Perfect Store For All Your Last Minute “Michigan-Themed” Gift Ideas

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

Located at the west end of Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in District 2, you’ll find a unique store called “Art Is In Market.”

This new store offers customers a wide range of unique gift ideas at all price levels made by some of the most creative artists in the State of Michigan.  From coasters to postcards and tee shirts to wall art, this store is sure to have something that you can find that signifies the best Michigan has to offer.  Some items may remind you of the great legends and historical landmarks that can only be found in Michigan and Detroit, while others promote the beauty that can only be seen in the Great Lakes State.  Although the store is small, they’re sure to awaken some of your favorite memories of the past.

Those with a creative touch may be interested in the display where you can create custom letter artwork.  Last but not least, for the foodie in your life, they carry BBQ sauce which is made in Detroit’s very own Eastern Market.

So, if you’re an early or last-minute shopper, Art Is In Market may be the last stop you’ll need to make this holiday season.

Snow … And A Craft Show

Posted by – Samantha Seimer, Director of Authorities

It was perfectly fitting that the first ever Artisans on Auburn – A Holiday Show, hosted by the Downtown Development Authority, just so happened to be the same day as the first significant snowfall of the season.  The snow made the perfect backdrop for crafters and shoppers alike peering out the windows of the University Center onto Auburn Road in Downtown Auburn Hills.  However, the weather did not stop shoppers from visiting as over 225 people stopped by this past Saturday to shop!

There was a wide variety of crafters selling handmade goods. The show featured scarves, purses, jewelry, barn wood, and pallet products as well as a variety of gifts made from wine bottles.  Some of the crafters/entrepreneurs traveled down Auburn Road a few doors to Michigan by the Bottle Tasting Room to show patrons their items.

It was a wonderful first show.  Many of the crafters may participate in our show at next year’s Summerfest.  We’re thankful for everyone who braved the elements to support this event and our Downtown.

Opdyke KFC’s Makeover Is Now Complete

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

The City of Auburn Hills is always pleased to see an existing business re-invest in their property to keep it looking fresh and new.  That’s why we’re excited to report that the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) restaurant, located at 1361 N. Opdyke Road, has finished their extensive building makeover.  The business opened 15 years ago.

When you pull into their parking lot you will notice their new awning, lighting and sign that includes a portrait of the legendary Colonel Sanders himself.  When you walk through the doors you will find a brighter and more modern look with the bold red and white colors the restaurant chain is known for.   The dining area still includes traditional booths and table seating, but now has a new high-top semi-circle bar and booth that’s well suited for those on the go or with a group of friends.

KFC’s fresh new appearance is sure to make your dining experience more comfortable and enjoyable.

Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce Honors Excellence

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

Yesterday, the Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce hosted their Annual Silver & Gold Awards, which recognizes outstanding businesses and individuals in the community.  These sponsored awards recognize community leaders for their significant achievement in education, innovation, and business throughout the year.

The City of Auburn Hills has annually sponsored the “Business Success Story Award.”   This award is given to a company, large or small, that has made significant strides in their business.  It also recognizes a company’s outstanding commitment to its employees, mission, and overall achievements.  This year, we’re proud to acknowledge Lucerne International, Inc.

Auburn Hills Mayor Kevin McDaniel presents Lucerne International, Inc. CEO Mary Buchzeiger with the award

We were also very proud to have our very own City Clerk Terri Kowal nominated for the Stella Wealth Management of Raymond James “Higher Standard Award.”

Congratulations to all the nominees and award winners.  Thank you for your contributions to our community.

Meet Our New Neighbor … Wescast Industries, Inc.

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Last week, the City Council approved plans that will pave the way for Wescast Industries, Inc. to move their North American headquarters and technical center from Brantford, Ontario to the former GKN Automotive building located at 3300 University Drive.  The facility, which has been vacant for three years, is located adjacent to the Auburn Hills Civic Center Campus.

The new “Wescast” building

Wescast is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Chinese-based Bohong Group.  The company is best known as the world’s largest manufacturer of cast exhaust manifolds and turbocharger housings for passenger cars and light trucks.

A look inside the office area proposed to be renovated

The high bay area behind the main office building where R&D and limited manufacturing will occur

The company intends to renovate the interior of the building during the winter and begin occupying the facility in April 2018.

Celebrating 25 Years: The Oakland County Business Roundtable

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

Yesterday morning, City staff attended the Oakland County Business Roundtable’s 25th annual meeting at Baker College of Auburn Hills.  This group of business, education, community, and government leaders work together to improve the business climate and quality of life in Oakland County.  The mission of the Roundtable is to provide advice to County Executive Brooks Patterson on a variety of topics to ensure that Oakland County continues to prosper.

The keynote speaker was Brigadier General John D. Slocum, Commander of the 127th Wing at Selfridge Air National Guard Base.  He discussed the more than $850 million in economic impact the military base has had on our region as well as its role as an asset for public safety and workforce development.  The Defense Industry continues to strengthen in Michigan, and we are beginning to see our companies diversifying and growing.  That’s exciting news!

Brigadier General John D. Slocum speaking to the group

The City of Auburn Hills intentionally works to align its economic development strategies with Oakland County to create a supportive business climate.  It’s a strong partnership that continues to bear fruit year after year.

Turning Up The Heat With Woodland Direct

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

We’re excited to announce that Auburn Hills will be welcoming Woodland Direct to the community next year.  Our team recently met with their Director of Operations to work out the final details of their project.  They will be moving to 2025 Taylor Road, which is the former Molex facility.  Woodland Direct is one of the largest e-commerce companies focused on the fireplace, chimney, wood stove, and outdoor living markets.

Their Master Hearth Professionals offer the highest level of expertise in the industry. They’re backed by the National Fireplace Institute, the organization that sets the standard when it comes to hearth knowledge and safety.

If you’re in the market for a new fireplace, woodstove or even a pizza oven, check out their website at