Buying Local: Brews and Beyond

Do you love buying local as much as we do? If so, you’ve likely heard that Oakland County’s entrepreneur-focused economy is a great place to buy anything from organic juice to electric cars.

For residents over 21, there’s another fun way to buy local. Oakland County is home to over 35 independently run breweries, distilleries, meaderies, and wineries. Together, they help propel Michigan to its national top-10 slot in number of craft beer barrels produced per year (over a whopping 769,000).

So if you’re looking for a place to fill your growler, there’s plenty to go around. Cheers! Continue reading

Your Map to Responsible Pet Ownership

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February is Responsible Pet Owners Month, and with Oakland County’s new Pet Resources Map, taking care of your critters is simpler than ever.

Shelters / Rescues

If you’re still looking for a new addition to the family, visit Oakland County Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center or any of the other 56 shelters and rescues located in Oakland County.  Each is filled with loving animals looking for equally loving homes. With so many animals and locations out there, your future pet could be waiting just around the block.

Supplies

Proper care for any pet starts with the right gear. Whether it’s food, crates, tanks, or toys, the proper supplies will help keep your pet happy and healthy. Our Pet Resources Map can guide you to any of the 58 pet supply retailers in Oakland County.

Medical

Responsible pet owners know the value that medical care brings to the animals they love. Having your animal spayed or neutered lowers their risk of developing cancer and other deadly diseases. It’s also vital to take your pets to annual check-ups even if they seem healthy. Catching disease early and preventing severe illness spares both money and anguish further down the road. If you’re searching for veterinarian services, take a look at the 161 pet medical facilities on the Oakland County Pet Resources map.

Services

Even the most responsible pet owners sometimes need help with the care of their animal friends. Luckily for those in Oakland County, there is a wide variety of pet care service offerings. Here is a breakdown of the 472 (yes, 472!) animal service providers in Oakland County:

  • Boarding and Day Care Facilities: 131
  • Dog License Tag Facilities: 65
  • Funeral Services: 3
  • Groomers: 159
  • Pet Sitters: 37
  • Trainers: 77

Dog Parks

While being a responsible pet owner may sound like a lot of work, sometimes it’s a walk in the park. Dog parks offer exercise and fresh air to pups and owners alike. Let our Pet Resources Map direct you to one of the seven dog parks in Oakland County.


Find more information on the Oakland County Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center, adopt a furry friend or support the shelter’s efforts by visiting their  website, or follow the shelter on Facebook and Twitter.

Check out more ways to love your animals in Oakland County, visit our website and follow along with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest using #OaklandCounty. 

Oakland County’s 2017 Elite 40 Winner: Brooke Wilson Vitale

Congratulations to this year’s Elite 40 Under 40 winner, Brooke Wilson Vitale! Brooke, 29, Owner of Love & Buttercream LLC, was unveiled as the winner on Wednesday, February 8th in front of more than 600 people at the 2017 Oakland County State of the County Address, where she had the honor of introducing County Executive, L. Brooks Patterson.

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Patterson praised Vitale, “Brooke is an excellent choice. She is creative, thoughtful, has an incredible business sense and is precisely the kind of young leader we want to keep in Oakland County.”

Born and raised in Oakland County, Brooke graduated from Michigan State University and moved away for to work in Chicago’s restaurant industry. Inspired by her love of baking with her grandmother, Brooke began writing a baking blog as a hobby after hours. Taking a chance on what she calls her “true-calling,” she left a job she loved to pursue her dream of owning her own bakery.

“My husband and I were both born and raised in Oakland County. We decided that when I wanted to start my business and wanted to start our family, Oakland County was the place we wanted to be in.”

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Midwinter Fun in Summer Temperatures

Itching to go out, but winter weather’s keeping you in?  We have the list for you! Whether you’re looking for a night out at the movies, a dip in the pool, or an escape room puzzler, Oakland County’s comprehensive Indoor Activity List offers a host of experiences for all ages and interests.

To find an indoor activity near you, use our interactive map. You may also view a complete list of locations here.

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Voting Now Open for Top Three 2017 Elite 40 Finalists

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Oakland County Executive, L. Brooks Patterson has officially announced the 2017 Elite 40 Under 40 class. Three finalists have been chosen out of the highly talented class, and public votes are needed to decide the winner for 2017. The winner will announce Patterson at the 2017 State of the County address on February 8th, will participate in Oakland County signature events and more. The Top 3 Finalists are: Brooke Wilson Vitale, 29, owner, Love & Buttercream LLC; Carrie Schochet, 37, CEO/Founder, Purple Squirrel Advisors; and Richard J. Chalmers, D.O., 36, Director of Family Medicine Residency, McLaren Macomb Hospital.

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We congratulate the entire 2017 Elite 40 class and invite you to view the complete class list on our website. Voting for the winner runs Monday, January 23rd at 9 a.m. through Friday, January 27th at 5 p.m. Cast your vote once every 24 hours during that time at Elite40.com. Continue reading