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.

Start Your Morning Right At Gloria Jean’s Coffees

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

There’s a brand new coffee house in Auburn Hills called Gloria Jean’s Coffees.  Some folks might be familiar with their existing café located in Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, but this new establishment can be found in the Auburn Square Shopping Plaza at the northeast corner of N. Squirrel Road and Walton Boulevard.

Gloria Jean’s offers a wide array coffee blends and flavors to satisfy your taste buds.   If coffee isn’t your preferred drink of choice, their menu includes an assortment of other flavorful beverages to quench your thirst including chillers, ice coffee, espresso, cappuccino, latte, tea, hot chocolate, and pop.

While you’re waiting for the barista to make your special drink, you might also want to take a peek at their display case that’s filled with fresh pastries and baked goods.  This new location offers free Wi Fi and plenty of space for you and your friends to enjoy your drinks while sharing stories.

Topgolf Auburn Hills Plans Finalized

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Great news!  In mid-July, we wrote that Dallas-based Topgolf submitted a development application to the City of Auburn Hills for approval to build a golf-themed hospitality and entertainment complex near Great Lakes Crossing Outlets.  Today, the site plan was submitted to the Planning Commission for public hearing and formal review.

In Fall 2017, Topgolf plans to begin construction on a 65,432 square foot building, with an associated driving range, on a 16.57 acre site located between I-75 and Great Lakes Crossing Drive, west of Joslyn Road.

Lowe’s was originally proposed for the site.  That project began in 2008, but unfortunately did not move past the mass grading stage due to the Great Recession, which left the site in a blighted state.  Now, almost a decade later, Topgolf plans to invest millions of dollars into this complicated property to give it new life.  In addition, Topgolf Auburn Hills is anticipated to be a catalyst in “driving” interest in the development of the adjacent 4.9 acres to the east.

Topgolf Auburn Hills will join Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, which hosts SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Michigan, Round 1 Bowling and Amusement Center (opening soon), and the AMC Star Great Lakes theater megaplex, in making the City of Auburn Hills a premier destination to shop and have fun.

Below are artist renderings of what the $12.5 million project is anticipated to look like:

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, August 16th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.  A final decision on the application is anticipated to be made by the City Council on Monday, August 28th.