Shopping and dining is unparalleled in the Greater Rochester area, a region filled with a blend of mom-and-pop shops and major shopping centers, fast-food chains and fine dining establishments. Retailers and restaurants are conveniently located throughout the area, offering patrons variety, flavor and affordability.
Downtown Rochester offers an exciting variety of quality restaurants, retail, services and historic architecture in a small-town setting along the Paint Creek and Clinton River. This district is fast becoming one of the hottest business locations in Oakland County. Millions of dollars in private and public investment over the past few years has created an attractive environment for unique new businesses and hundreds of new jobs. One-of-a-kind retail, art galleries, entertainment venues and an overall reputation for customer service provides families and young professionals with many outstanding choices. Special events including the spectacular Big Bright Light Show during the holiday season, Art & Apples art festival, Dancin- In-The-Street music concerts, Movies In the Moonlight, The Farmers Market and more, bring smiles to the merchants and shoppers. The Rochester Downtown Development Authority provides the leadership and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the downtown while becoming one of the top performers in the Main Street Oakland County Program for economic development in historic downtowns. Discovering all that is available in multi-faceted Downtown Rochester has become an event in itself.
One of the area’s most unique shopping destinations is the Village of Rochester Hills, a 375,000-square-foot open-air complex in the heart of Rochester Hills. Anchored by Parisian and Whole Foods Market, Main Street is lined with more than 50 national and local retailers and eateries. Shopping at the Village is convenient, with parking available in front of each store, and not a parking meter in sight, guests can easily zip in, zip out or stay awhile. The Village further distinguishes itself with beautiful landscaping, sidewalks and storefronts with decorated inlaid tiles and plaques. Guests can enjoy year-round free events, such as the winter ice sculpture festival, juried fine art shows, live musical performances in the gazebo and various children’s activities. For more information please visit www.villageofrochesterhills.com or call 248-375-9451.
One of the region’s leading shopping and entertainment centers, the 1.4 million-square-foot Great Lakes Crossing structure fuses the most popular concepts in theme entertainment and dining with an unequaled offering of more than 200 varied stores in six distinct areas. Located in Auburn Hills, Great Lakes Crossings is the site of Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, spanning five football fields worth of outdoor-related merchandise and entertainment; GameWorks, an interactive indoor playland; Rainforest Café; and the Neiman-Marcus Last Call Clearance Center. On top of the supreme offerings afforded here, Great Lakes Crossing offers a free Mall Walking Club and Club GLC, a free club for children 12 years old and under.
A day of shopping can certainly work up an appetite, and Rochester restaurateurs are ready to serve! The area runs the gamut when it comes to delicious cuisine. American favorites like hamburgers, pizza and hot dogs are readily available, as is ethnic fares such as Thai, Chinese, Italian, Japanese and Mexican. Complementing the flavorful dishes are a variety of environments to suit any diner. Boisterous bars and relaxed family-style eateries sit side-by-side with fine dining establishments and quaint cafés. The Rochester region is also home to many specialty dining facilities unique only to this area.