Jeremy Zeller and Miles Zeller, 7, of Royal Oak, take a break from last year’s Royal Oak in Bloom event with some kettle corn.

Jeremy Zeller and Miles Zeller, 7, of Royal Oak, take a break from last year’s Royal Oak in Bloom event with some kettle corn.

Photo provided by Heather Zeller


Royal Oak in Bloom to return on Mother’s Day

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published May 8, 2019

 Potted plants sit on display during last year’s Royal Oak in Bloom. This year, the 26th annual event will take place from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 12, in the surface lots at Main and Seventh and Main and Sixth streets.

Potted plants sit on display during last year’s Royal Oak in Bloom. This year, the 26th annual event will take place from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 12, in the surface lots at Main and Seventh and Main and Sixth streets.

Photo provided by Heather Zeller

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ROYAL OAK — From 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 12, the annual Royal Oak in Bloom event, which stems back to 1993, will return to the surface lots at Main and Seventh and Main and Sixth streets for the second year.

The event, hosted by the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce, features a wide variety of flowers, planters, vegetables, herbs, lawn decorations and more.

Many of the approximately 70 vendors have been at the event since the early days, including Bill Stahl, of Stahl’s Farm & Greenhouse; Weig’s Greenhouse; and Martin Farms. 

The change in location is due to the construction of a six-story office building in the parking lot in front of City Hall, where the event historically took place.

“Last year’s event went off flawlessly,” said Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce Director of Events Heather Zeller. “Although we didn’t want the change or ask for it, it worked out really well and we had a great day.”

This year, she said, the event will feature a few new vendors, including chainsaw carvings from Creative Carvings. A returning favorite, she added, will be the chamber’s kettle corn vendor.

Zeller said the event draws approximately 6,000 visitors throughout the day and that it’s a popular, family destination for repeat customers and their mothers.

“It’s a great event. People love it,” she said. “Another new addition is ROYAL (Royal Oak Young Ambitious Leaders) will be taking pictures of shoppers and their mothers and giving out photos in a little booth.”

The chamber provides a popular plant pickup service, which allows shoppers to drop off merchandise and continue browsing before claiming their items. It then offers a shuttle to shoppers’ vehicles using one of the chamber’s utility vehicles.

“There’s free parking on Sundays everywhere in Royal Oak, and Oakland Community College also lets us use their lot, as well as their parking structure, which opens from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. for all Royal Oak in Bloom shoppers,” Zeller said. “We’re definitely hoping for great weather. It makes such a difference in our event.”

Shelley Kemp, executive director of the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce, said Royal Oak in Bloom is personally her favorite event because it was the first event she planned when she started at the chamber in 2003.

“So many of the vendors that come have been there since the inception, and I love them. They’re just such nice people,” Kemp said. “It’s a live thing, with flowers, shrubs and herbs. I love all the colors, and even the inanimate objects are super cute. It makes people smile. We’ve been through a lot. It’s been a long winter.”

For more information, call (248) 547-4000 or visit royaloakchamber.com.

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