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.

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.

Michael Kors Makes A (Temporary) Move

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

A building permit application has been submitted to the Community Development Department for the renovation of the Michael Kors store in Great Lakes Crossing Outlets.

The extensive renovations required the temporary closure of their original location in District 2.  The store moved to a temporary new space and opened just yesterday in District 9 – right across from Art Van Furniture.

Kors is a well-known designer of men’s and women’s clothing, handbags, shoes, watches, jewelry, and accessories.

The new, temporary space is most easily accessed by parking at Entrance 1 or Entrance 8.  Happy shopping!

Haagen-Dazs Opens In GLC Outlets

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

For those of you that like to treat yourself to some premium ice cream, do we have news for you.  The Haagen-Dazs Shop at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets is now open.

Haagen-Dazs has a long and well-known history of creating some of the richest and creamiest ice cream around, with their most popular flavors being Belgian Chocolate, Caramel Cone and Cookies and Cream.  The store offers customers the choice of having their ice cream served in a cup or waffle cone and the opportunity to add even more flavor by topping off their treat with any one of sixteen toppings.  Or you can go all out and order an ice cream sundae.

If you’re someone who prefers non-dairy products, Haagen-Dazs has you covered.  They also offer sorbet and non-dairy alternatives that are just as flavorful as their ice cream.  And for those that need to quench their thirst, try a shake or frozen drink.

So, the next time your shopping or walking the concourse at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets and find yourself in the mood for a little ice cream or frozen desert stop by the Haagen-Dazs shop, it’s located in District 7 near the SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium.

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.

Round 1 Opens In Auburn Hills

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

Great Lakes Crossing Outlets welcomes Round 1 Bowling and Amusement as the center’s newest entertainment attraction.

There is a little something for everyone at Round 1 – food and drinks including beer and wine, a huge arcade with over 250 games, 18 bowling lanes, eight billiard tables, four dart boards, four ping pong tables and…four private karaoke rooms.

Round 1 is located in District Five and is open from 10 am to 2 am every day of the year.  And 8 to 5’ers – don’t just eat at lunchtime – visit Round 1 for a great mid-day escape.

Parking is best between Entry 4 and Entry 6

Swimming With Dinosaurs

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

If you haven’t been to SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium lately, you might not have heard about the great work they’re doing to help protect Michigan’s Lake Sturgeon population.  SEA LIFE Michigan has partnered with the Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division to help conserve these sea creatures that have been swimming our waters for more than 201 million years.  Yes, that’s right – more than 201 million years.

It’s quite amazing to think that sturgeon were around during the Triassic Period which took place between 252 million and 201 million years ago, right before the Jurassic Period began.  That means sturgeon were swimming around when the first dinosaurs started to roam the earth.  What’s equally fascinating is that Michigan waters are home to these “living fossils” that can grow to 200 pounds and seven feet in length.

According to Shannon Mueller, Educational Specialist at SEA LIFE Michigan, Lake Sturgeon have become a threatened species because they have a slow life cycle compared to other fish.  They take a long time to mature – at least 15 years for males and 20 years for females, and they only lay eggs once every three to five years.  To make matters worse, these fish are highly susceptible to habitat destruction.  SEA LIFE Michigan has joined the DNR’s effort to help conserve and rehabilitate the Lake Sturgeon population in Michigan.

Here is how the conservation program works.  Lake Sturgeon are hatched in the spring at the Black Lake Fish Hatchery right here in Michigan.  SEA LIFE Michigan then receives the young Lake Sturgeon where they grow over the winter before being released back into their native home in the spring.  SEA LIFE Michigan provides environmental enrichment while they are on-site, which gives the young sturgeon the skills to survive in the wild.  Through this program, SEA LIFE Michgian is able to help repopulate a threatened species, collect and report data on sturgeon behavior, growth, and husbandry best practices.

SEA LIFE Michigan offers classes that explore the species’ adaptations, anatomy, lifecycle and the reasons they have become endangered.  Lake Sturgeon are extremely important to Michigan’s lakes because they eat decaying matter and invasive mussels!

We applaud SEA LIFE Michigan for their dedication to protecting this marvelous fish species that has survived for hundreds of millions of years.  We hope they survive hundreds of millions more.

If you’re interested in joining the effort in helping protect and preserve Michgian’s local Lake Sturgeon population, you can follow some of these simple tips:

  • Avoid eating sturgeon meat and caviar
  • Clean all of your recreational equipment to help prevent the spread of invasive species and diseases
  • Reduce litter on the ground and in the lakes
  • Only fish for lake sturgeon if you have a permit and return any accidental catches of lake sturgeon
  • Call the Report-All-Poaching number at 800-292-7800, if you witness illegal fishing or see anything that could harm Michigan’s sturgeon population.

To learn more about Michigan’s Lake Sturgeon, please visit the MDNR Fisheries Division Lake Sturgeon website at www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10364_18958_61264—,00.html.

For more information about SEA LIFE Michigan’s conservation programs, visit www.visitsealife.com/michigan.