Find the Perfect Gift at an Independent Toy Store in Oakland County

Are you looking for a unique and special toy? Oakland County is home to several independent toy shops that offer a variety of specialty toys and events that will fill you and your little ones with childlike wonder. You’ll find all kinds of extraordinary items, like dolls, games, comics, educational toys, and more this holiday season and throughout the year. When you shop small, you can support local businesses and find the perfect gift all at the same time. Surprise the little ones in your life with something they’ll treasure.

Did you know Oakland County’s Shop Small Business Saturday to Saturday contest is going on now through Saturday, December 2nd? You can enter for a chance to win prizes by submitting uploads of your shopping receipts from small businesses in Oakland County. There’s really no better time to shop small at an Independent Toy Store! Continue reading

Take Time to Honor the Fallen this Memorial Day

Every story is different. From WWII and Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan, every veteran’s experience is unique, yet equally important.

As they recount their memories, they remember friends who didn’t return home. Friends who weren’t able to hug their families or hold their kids one more time. It’s those friends, fighters that we remember on Memorial Day.

Honor these brave military men, women and K-9’s at any number of Memorial Day community events around Oakland County, in addition to your neighborhood barbecue.

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Pageantry and Excitement at the Hazel Park Raceway

Lisa Tatangelo dons her festive Derby Hat.

The Hazel Park Raceway was awash in colorful sun hats as hundreds of spectators gathered to watch “the most exciting two minutes in sports.” The tenor and costume of the raceway crowd evoked the grandeur of Churchill Downs as they anticipated the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby last Saturday, May 6th.

The event spanned three clubhouse floors, an outdoor barbecue, and the raceway’s grandstand. Race goers milled about, snacking on nachos or hot dogs while murmuring about the odds in the upcoming race. As coverage of the Kentucky Derby intensified on television, the throngs condensed around the raceway’s simulcast displays.

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Get Farm Fresh Fare at Your Local Farmers Market

It’s as fresh as it gets and it’s right down the road. For some, it’s right next door. With pop-up tents, long tables and table covers, the local farmers markets set up shop every weekend in the spring, summer and fall.

This year is no different. The markets open in May and close out in October. Hours always vary by location, but the quality of the produce stays the same.

You’ll find fresh asparagus, crisp snap peas, ripe tomatoes, sweet corn and the greenest green beans, along with other summer favorites. Farmers markets also present a large floral selection to dress up your lawn or patio.

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