‘The Small Business Saturday with Santa’-Royal Oak 11/24

‘The Small Business Saturday with Santa’-Royal Oak 11/24

WHAT: The City of Royal Oak invites the community to come together for ‘The Small Business Saturday with Santa’ event to celebrate the alley, recently named Royal Oak Way (ROW), opening behind businesses along Main Street between 11 Mile and Third Street.

The family-friendly event will offer activities for elementary aged children including a picture opportunity with Santa, arts and crafts, live entertainment, food and beverage samples and more. Free Santa hats will be given away as supplies lasts. These activities are available thanks to community partners, Toyology Toys, Dessert Oasis, Lockhart’s BBQ and Mr. B’s. There will be a brief ribbon cutting to officially open ROW.

The public celebration will take place in the ROW on November 24 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Parking will be available at the west Farmers Market lot, and in P4 between City Hall and the library. Attendees who arrive before 5 p.m. can park in the city garages for two hours free.

Participating businesses will gift patrons Royal Oak bags and ornaments for every $25 spent – this includes Burn Rubber Sneaker Boutique, Cream Blends, Chrome, Deco Doug Collectibles, Elements Jewelry Studio, Goldfish Tea, Hihi, Lift, Lily’s Seafood, Motor City Gas, Office Coffee Shop, Rail & Anchor, Stagecrafters, Scout, Toyology Toys, Write Impressions and more.

VISUAL: Join to capture:

  • Kids and the community participating in various activities and games
  • Mayor Fournier giving remarks in regard to the ROW  opening
  • Ribbon cutting of ROW
  • The community coming together to patron Royal Oak businesses and to celebrate the downtown development


  • Mike Fournier, Royal Oak City Mayor
  • Arik Klar, Owner, Co-founder and CEO of Toyology Toys
  • ROMI, the new Royal Oak City mascot
  • Santa
  • Royal Oak residents and visitors

WHEN: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, November 24

WHERE: Royal Oak Way: the alley behind business along Main St. between 11 Mile and Third St.            

About Royal Oak

Royal Oak is a vibrant metro Detroit community home to nearly 60,000 residents located in Oakland County. Destinations within the 12-mile community include The Detroit Zoo, The Royal Oak Music Theatre, William Beaumont Hospital, Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle and a successful Farmer’s Market among others. The city’s recreational services include more than 50 public parks and was recently named one of the Top 10 Most Exciting Small Cities in America by Movoto and the Best Place to Live in Michigan by AreaVibes. To learn more about Royal Oak, visit https://www.romi.gov.

Cynthia Tait

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