Understanding Your Brain Better

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

Last week, we celebrated the opening of Brain Life Center with owners David Sanders and Julie Lamphier and their incredible staff.

Brain Life Center offers patients a non-invasive method for facilitating greater balance and harmony in the brain.   They are able to help people of all ages overcome cognitive, emotional and physical challenges in their lives.

It was wonderful to see their facility in order to gain a better understanding of the technology they use to optimize the brain’s activity.  This technology passively supports the brain to self-regulate back to its healthy state.

Brain Life Center is located at 3252 University Drive in Suite #165.  We wish them much success in Auburn Hills!

Construction Begins On New Mobile Gas Station and Convenience Store

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

If you’ve been by the corner of Opdyke Road and Featherstone Road, you may have noticed that something is missing – the Mobil gas station.  The old gas station has been demolished to make room for a new, modern ten-pump Mobil gas station/convenience store.

The new 4,000 sq. ft. building will provide residents, employees, and travelers in the area with another option to quickly purchase gas, food, snacks, beverages, and other merchandise.

Rendering of the proposed building and caonpy looking north from Featherstone Road

The much-anticipated grand opening should take place sometime this fall.  This development will go a long way in improving the aesthetics of the Opdyke Road Corridor.

10th Annual BBQ Cook-Off Championship

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

The City of Auburn Hills held its 10th Annual State Championship Barbecue Cook-Off on June 22nd and 23rd.  The cook-off, which was part of Auburn Hills Summerfest, was sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society.  Thirty teams competed in this year’s cook-off that included one team from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, four teams from Ohio and one team from Georgia.  Each team competed in four categories; chicken, pork ribs, pork and brisket for the chance win the coveted Grand Championship title.

Congratulations to this year’s Grand Champion’s iBQ’N@TheBBQSuperStore.com, from Rockford, Michigan. They will get a chance to participate in two of the largest invitational BBQ contests in the world, the American Royal, in Kansas City, and the Jack Daniel’s World Championship BBQ Invitational, in Lynchburg, Tennessee.

Grand Champion

Auburn Hills Barbecue Cook-Off Contest Results (Top 5)

Overall Rankings

  1. iBQ’N@TheBBQSuperStore.com (Grand Champion)
  2. Bavarian Smoke BBQ (Reserve Champion)
  3. SmokinAces@TheBBQSuperStore.com
  4. Rubbed, Smoked and Sauced BBQ
  5. Spittin’ Feathers BBQ

1st Place Chicken


  1. Bavarian Smoke BBQ
  2. Bo-B-Q BBQ
  3. SmokinAces@TheBBQSuperStore.com
  4. .40 Caliber BBQ
  5. Sweet Racks and Smokin’ Butts BBQ

First Place Pork Ribs

Pork Ribs

  1. Bavarian Smoke BBQ
  2. Rubbed, Smoked and Sauced BBQ
  3. Bad Wolf BBQ
  4. iBQ’N@TheBBQSuperstore.com
  5. .40 Caliber BBQ

1st Place Pork


  1. iBQ’N@TheBBQSuperStore.com
  2. SmokinAces@TheBBQSuperStore.com
  3. Bad Habit BBQ
  4. PB & J’s BBQ
  5. Rubbed, Smoked and Sauced BBQ

1st Place Brisket


  1. J & B’s BBQ
  2. Two Crackers Q-ing
  3. iBQ’N@TheBBQSuperStore.com
  4. Spittin’ Feathers BBQ
  5. Aww Hell

For more information about the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) or how to become a certified BBQ Judge, please visit KCBS website at www.kcbs.us.

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS – Sonesta ES Suites, DTE Energy, Meijer, Duffy’s Pub, Family Table, Dimitri’s Opa Restaurant, Genisys Credit Union, Noon Optimist Club, Auburn Hills DDA, Power Home Remodeling, Night Nature Alliance, Go Ape!, The River Church, Rainbow Childcare Center and Little Caesars.

Welcome Fit Body Boot Camp – Health, Confidence, Happiness

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

Fitness blogs abound at this time of year.  Everyone jumps on the bandwagon with New Year’s resolutions – armed with the latest workout apps and diets, determined (this time) to make a physical transformation that lasts.  But, without the right focus and support, the best intentions can fizzle out.  Enter Fit Body Boot Camp.

The new Fit Body Boot Camp in Auburn Hills takes a no-nonsense approach to fitness, and Owner/Trainer Brian Johnson wants you to succeed.  He is the trainer for all classes, and he’s passionate about helping people achieve their health, weight loss, and fitness goals.  His enthusiasm is downright contagious.

With a life-long love of sports and training, Brian earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Saginaw Valley State University and went on to receive certification in both personal and group training.

The workout is a combination of resistance training with high-intensity interval cardio which is modified to fit individual fitness levels.  Brian offers three free boot camp sessions to try it out before making a commitment.  “Everyone leaves the classes happy,” he explains.  “Anyone can do it, no experience necessary.”

Classes are held Monday through Friday in the morning and in the late afternoon/early evening hours to accommodate work schedules.  On Saturday morning he offers a ‘Butts and Guts’ session he describes as “A fan favorite” which focuses on the lower body and core strength.

Fit Body Boot Camp is located at 4161 Baldwin Road.  We wish Brian a healthy, successful 2018 and beyond!

A Record Crowd Celebrates River Day

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

The 14th Annual Auburn Hills Fishing Derby was held last Saturday on June 10th to celebrate River Day, and a record 114 young anglers were on hand for the occasion.  Warm weather, high waters and a river full of rainbow trout greeted over 160 attendees.

Derby participants tested their skills and patience in catching one of the 500 rainbow trout the City had released into the river.  Not every kid was fortunate enough to catch a fish (which must be why they call it “fishing” instead of “catching”) but all 114 kids walked away with a raffle prize thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and supporters.

Hats off to our Premier Sponsor, Bass Pro Shop, who stepped up big by donating 200 slightly used rods and reels for the City to refurbish and assemble for the raffle.

If you missed the Derby, there is still plenty of time to fish in Riverside Park or River Woods Park, although now you might need a little more patience to land one of the 15” rainbow trout now that they aren’t confined to just a small section of the river.

For information on what action you can take to protect our water resources and our resident trout population, please visit www.auburnhills.org/stormwater.php or http://www.crwc.org/.

A special thank you to all of our Fishing Derby sponsors and supporters.

Remember…It’s Not Just Toxic To You

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

Did you know that many household products are dangerous to our kids, pets, and the environment?  These materials pollute our waterways if washed or dumped into storm drains or roadside ditches that lead directly to our lakes and rivers.  Household cleaners, pesticides, gasoline, antifreeze, used motor oil and other hazardous products need to be labeled, stored, and disposed of properly.

So what can you do to help?  Simple.  Here are some steps you can take to carefully dispose of household wastes and help keep our water clean.

Identify it.  Be aware of household products that can harm children, pets, and the environment.  The words “danger,” “caution,” “warning,” or “toxic” indicate that you need to be careful in how you use and dispose of the product.

Less is better.  Reduce waste and save money by purchasing only the materials you need.  When possible, choose less toxic alternatives.  For example, try cleaning your windows with vinegar and water.

Store properly.  Keep unused products in their original containers with labels intact.  Select cool, dry storage areas that are away from children, pets, and wildlife.

Disposal is key.  Never dump cleaners, chemicals, motor oil, and other toxic materials down storm drains, roadside ditches, sinks, or on the ground.  Contact your local community for household hazardous waste disposal locations, guidelines, and dates.

City of Auburn Hills – Department of Public Works – 1500 Brown Road

Residents of Auburn Hills can participate in the 2017 Household Hazardous Waste Collection and Electronic Recycling Day scheduled for Saturday, May 20th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The drop-off location is at the Department of Public Works Facility located at 1500 Brown Road.

Visit the SEMCOG website for more information on protecting our lakes and rivers.  To report pollution, call the City of Auburn Hills, Community Development Department at 248-364-6900.

Coffee and Textbooks

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

I attended a ribbon cutting yesterday that brought back so many memories, even from my high school days.  I remember hanging out in Downtown Rochester at the Coffee Beanery and also going to Lakeside Mall to grab a cup of my favorite coffee.  After a while, Coffee Beanery locations began to disappear.  I haven’t been to one in probably ten years.  That changed yesterday!


There is a new Coffee Beanery located inside Baker College and we had the opportunity to celebrate with staff and students yesterday.  It brought back so many great memories.  In addition to their wonderful coffee, they have a great salad and sandwich menu! You don’t have to be a student to drop in and grab your morning coffee!


On an interesting side note, Coffee Beanery was founded in Flushing, Michigan in 1976.

Congratulations to the staff at Baker College for this wonderful addition!