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Lincoln Park Farmers Market joins national program to encourage kids to eat healthy

Fresh off the heels of their first Winter Market in several years, the Lincoln Park Farmers Market is getting ready for its next phase of growth. 
 
Starting with the 2017 season, Lincoln Park will be members of the POP Club, a national program designed to engage children in the importance of healthy eating and shopping habits.

Lincoln Park Farmers Market is one of only a handful of Michigan farmers markets to join the POP Club program. The Muskegon Farmers Market and Dearborn Farmers and Artisans Market are also members.

First started in Oregon, the POP Club, or Power of Produce Club, uses a number of techniques to teach children aged 5 to 12 years old about fresh and local produce. Once registered in the POP Club, a child receives $2 to spend as they wish on fruits, vegetables, and plants. Lincoln Park will also host produce-related activities and classes for the children.

"POP Clubs have always intrigued me. I just thought this would be a really good thing to have," says Leslie Lynch-Wilson, President of Friends of Lincoln Park Farmers Market. "It's great for the community, families, and farmers. And it's something for the kids to do and not just stand around bored while their parents shop."

Registration for the POP Club is available at the first regular Lincoln Park Farmers Market of the season on Sunday, June 4. Lynch-Wilson encourages children to register upon entry to the market.

Lincoln Park is also hosting a special holiday market this Mother's Day, Sunday, May 14.

Lincoln Park Farmers Market occurs every Sunday from June through October. It is located at the southwest corner at the intersection of Southfield Road and Fort Street in Lincoln Park.

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Downtown Pontiac's Riker Building celebrates first major tenant: MadDog Technology

The redevelopment team of the historic Riker Building in downtown Pontiac is taking a top-down approach. The ten-story building, opened in 1928, welcomed prominent Michigan public officials and business leaders this past Wednesday, March 22 for a luncheon and open house celebrating the building's first major tenant, MadDog Technology.

From the top floor of the Riker, a group that included the building's developer Tim Shepard, MadDog Technology co-founders Pete Karmanos, Jr. and Mark Hillman, Pontiac Mayor Deirdre Waterman, and Michigan Lt. Governor Brian Calley, among many others, gathered for the grand opening of MadDog Technology.

The venture capital firm MadDog has moved four technology startups into the 6,000 sq. ft. space on the building's tenth floor. Redevelopment of the building is happening one floor at a time, from the tenth floor on down to the first.

The overall theme of the celebration was one of rejuvenation, not just of the prominent downtown office tower but of the city as a whole. Speakers forecasted a pending technology boom for the city, encouraging the audience to invest in Pontiac.

Mark Adams, Senior Business Development Representative for Oakland County's Economic Development & Community Affairs department says that Michigan nearly lost MadDog to another state, but work at the city and state levels, including a state grant, helped convince MadDog to stay in Michigan.

Adams says he expects 100 IT workers to be hired over the next few years, and that MadDog's move to the Riker, "will be a catalyst for more businesses coming to the city of Pontiac."

Mayor Waterman believes MadDog will help establish Pontiac as a technology hub, saying that the city has the largest unused fiber optic network east of the Mississippi River.

"We want to change the narrative of what Pontiac is," says the mayor. "We're at the center of Oakland County."

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Q&A with the owners of joebar, Hazel Park's newest bar and restaurant

With the relatively recent openings of notable drinking and dining establishments Cellarmen's and Mabel Gray, Hazel Park is increasingly becoming a go-to spot for a night on the town. Here is our conversation with Joseph and Cari Vaughn, owners of the newest joint to open on John R Road, joebar.

Q: If you were on vacation in a foreign land, how would you describe joebar to a stranger at the bar? 

A: Super chill neighborhood spot to drink, eat, and meet up with friends. Like your living room, but with a bartender and someone to make really good food. 

Q:  In coming up with the concept for joebar, what was it that you set out to do? 

A: Create a food community for our friends, clients, and colleagues--sans any pretentious energy. 

Q: What's the story with the restaurant within joebar, Frame? 

A: Peter at (revolver) knows how to create dinner experiences. We are both connected to the local and national chef scene. Creating an anti-popup residency for chefs is a perfect complement to joebar. When Katoi had their fire, we decided to put Frame into beta mode and give them a home. We are happy to smell lemongrass and ginger every day when we walk in.

Q: What's your relationship with Mabel Gray like? 

A: If you moved in next door to your cool sister that did everything right, made sure you didn't mess up, and let you hang with her hot friends, that's Mabel Gray to joebar. James, Sam, Paul, and Rachel have been godsends in the process. We love them!

Q: What is it about your location that made it the right spot for joebar

A: Hazel Park is the forgotten Main Street. We love it here. It's the small town that makes you feel like you've lived here your whole life. We're home.

joebar is located at 23839 John R Rd. in Hazel Park

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Fresh fruits and vegetables store opens in Pontiac

It's only been a few weeks since Sprout Fresh Food Store opened in Pontiac--Jan. 26, to be exact--and co-owners Bethany Blackburn and Coleman Yoakum are quickly learning about their neighbors and customers.

They're starting to learn about people's families, about their lives. They're learning about people's buying habits, too; Sprout can't keep enough grapes and bananas in stock, they're flying off the shelves so quickly. But that's part of Sprout's mission, says Blackburn. Not only did they want to provide fresh vegetables and fruit to a neighborhood slim on such options, but they wanted to become a part of that neighborhood, too.

"Everything's been really well received," says Blackburn. "It's not that we didn't think we wouldn't be, but people are visibly excited when they come in."

The nearest grocery store is two miles away, which is a problem for neighbors with limited transportation options, she says. And the nearby party stores and gas stations don't exactly carry a wide range of fresh produce, either.

Sprout makes an effort to keep prices low and affordable for its neighbors. The co-owners volunteer at community gardens and farms in places like White Lake, Oakland Township, and Romulus in exchange for free and low-cost produce. They also have their own two-acre garden in the neighborhood.

Blackburn says they just found out they've been approved to accept Bridge Cards and SNAP benefits.

Yoakum first moved to Pontiac for an internship, eventually deciding to stay and start Micah 6, a community development non-profit. He reconnected with his old friend Blackburn, who moved to the neighborhood from Arkansas to help run the produce shop. Sprout, she says, is just one avenue of community outreach that Micah 6 has planned.

"This next year is all about building relationships with our neighbors and opening our arms to the rest of Pontiac," says Blackburn.

Sprout is hoping to throw a grand opening party in the next several weeks, and more information on that can be found on their Facebook page as plans develop.

Sprout Fresh Food Store is located at 580 W. Huron St. in Pontiac. They are open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Wyandotte hopes to build Arrowhead Pavilion in front of city hall, draw more people downtown

The City of Wyandotte is hoping to raise funds for the completion of the Arrowhead Pavilion, an enhanced outdoor public space in front of Wyandotte City Hall.

Arrowhead Pavilion will be a new gathering space in downtown Wyandotte. Situated at the corner of Sycamore Street and Biddle Avenue, the pavilion will feature outdoor seating, dining spaces, lighting installations, art, and improved landscaping. The venue will also host events, including the Wyandotte Street Art Fair, Christmas Tree Lighting, and monthly 3rd Friday celebrations.

To raise funds to build Arrowhead Pavilion, the city has signed on with the Public Spaces Community Places initiative. Michigan Economic Development Corporation will contribute a $50,000 matching grant to the city if Wyandotte successfully raises $50,000 through a crowdfunding campaign via the Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity.

Wyandotte has until March 31 to raise the funds. It's an all-or-nothing crowdfunding campaign, meaning that Wyandotte only receives the money if they successfully reach the $50,000 mark.

"This is a project that can really enhance our Downtown, providing additional public space for residents and visitors to gather and relax," Joe Gruber, Downtown Development Authority Director for the City of Wyandotte, says in a statement. "Achieving our goal is only possible with everyone’s participation, and we are confident that lots of folks will participate, because they are deeply connected to this town and its growth and development."

By improving downtown placemaking and pedestrian infrastructure, the city believes that it will attract more residents, visitors, and businesses.

Arrowhead Pavilion was designed by Rochester Hills-based architects D'Anna Associates.

Click here to view the status of the crowdfunding campaign.

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Networking event for young Muslim professionals to be held in Dearborn

A networking event targeted at millennials is being held at the Arab American National Museum this Saturday, March 4. The event, illMuslims: Be Social Detroit, will provide art, music, food, and refreshments while offering attendees the opportunity to connect with each other and local artists and retailers from the community.

The national organization illMuslims has thrown similar events across the country, in cities that include Washington, D.C., New York City, and Los Angeles. According to a release, the networking event will provide "a platform to create a strong network of Muslim-run initiatives in Metro Detroit."

"illMuslims was founded in September 2014 after a series of conversations that centered on supporting creativity between my co-founder, Sadaf Javaid, and I," Rummi Khan, co-founder of illMuslims, says in a statement. "The term ‘ummah’ translates to 'community', which is defined as divergent populations interacting in a meaningful way. We didn't feel like we had seen that in any place for our generation of Muslims in North America. We created illMuslims as an effort to bring these divergent groups together to focus on what we agree on, supporting creative output."

The March 4 event offers a number of attractions, including vendor booths, mocktails (non-alcoholic cocktails), and food and refreshments from local shops The Bottomline, Cannoli Pastry, and AlJoom's BBQ. A pop-up shop by Threads and Beams footwear will also be on hand.

Music performances include DJ Bornswift, Omar Zidan, a.k.a. Omar Okz, and Abir, a New York-based Moroccan American R&B artist most recently featured in a Beats by Dr. Dre headphones commercial. Organizers also promise a surprise performance from a Metro Detroit dance group.

Artist Zeinab Saab, illustrator and muralist Marlo Broughton, and photographer Ji La Zand will each have artwork shown at the event.

illMuslims: Be Social Detroit takes place at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 4 at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. All are welcome.

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Pontiac public art competition now accepting artist submissions for 2017 season

"You bring the artists back, and you bring everybody back."

That's what Robert Karazim says about the reinvigoration of cities and, in particular, Pontiac.

It's why he started Canvas Pontiac. The public art project, now in its fifth year, is currently accepting submissions for the 2017 season. A panel of judges will select 25 pieces of art to be enlarged to the size of 8 ft. by 10 ft. and hung on the sides of buildings throughout downtown Pontiac.

The contest is in partnership with the Detroit Institute of Arts and has been since its second year. There are a number of prizes for winning artists, ranging from $25 to $2,000, made possible by sponsorships from local businesses. Submissions are due this April 16, 2017.

Beginning last year, Canvas Pontiac started a similar competition for the artists of both the public and private high schools in the city.

"We have a really great team," says Karazim, who owns K and R Architectural Studios. "It's all volunteers, and we're not making any money from this. It's all done for a love of Pontiac."

In starting Canvas Pontiac, Karazim believed that he had to give people a reason to visit downtown. A series of state-appointed Emergency Managers and vacant storefronts had left some people with a bad taste in their mouths. Karazim felt public art was a way to get "feet on the street." The art, he says, is "a big neon sign saying that Pontiac is alive and healthy."

Now the downtown is bouncing back with new restaurants and businesses. And Karazim is one of those buying into downtown Pontiac, having purchased a three-story building in 2014. The building, erected in 1868, will be converted to two floors of loft space and a theater on the ground floor. Called The PLAT, or Pontiac's Little Art Theater Karazim is hoping for a spring opening.

Visit the Canvas Pontiac website or their Facebook page to learn more about the artist submission process.

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Photos courtesy of Canvas Pontiac.

Placemaking success in Mount Clemens as Clinton River project reaches crowdfunding goal

Thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign and a corresponding $50,000 grant from state agencies, the Clinton River Watershed Council now has the funds to build a universally accessible canoe and kayak launch at MacArthur Park, as well as some improvements to the park itself.

In total, MacArthur Park: Clinton River Project is set to receive $110,760 to complete construction. The project was first announced at the end of November 2016, a result of being named as part of the state's ongoing Public Spaces Community Places placemaking initiative. Because the project successfully raised $60,000 by Jan. 28, 2017, state agencies Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Michigan State Housing Development Authority have contributed a $50,000 grant toward its completion.

In addition to the canoe and kayak launch, also planned are universally accessible restrooms and a universally accessible picnic table with a charging station. Other enhancements include kayak storage and lockers, enhanced pedestrian connections to the existing boardwalk, way finding and interpretive signage, local art murals, and improved parking facilities. Expect improvements by this spring and summer.

"Adding a universally accessible kayak launch at MacArthur Park will allow users of all abilities the opportunity to experience all that Mt. Clemens and the Clinton River have to offer," Mt. Clemens Mayor Barbara Dempsey said in a statement originally released at the announcement of the project. "The Clinton River is one of the unique environmental and recreational assets of the region and Mount Clemens, and we look forward to finding more ways to utilize this asset as an economic development tool while continuing to protect its natural beauty."

The importance of protecting the Clinton River has been especially relevant lately, the result of a sinkhole and collapsed sewer line in the nearby city of Fraser.

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Macomb County recognizes local business leaders with Valentine's Day breakfast awards ceremony

This most recent Valentine's Day, Macomb County threw a big party to show affection for its business leaders.

The 5th Annual Macomb Business Awards breakfast was held Tuesday, Feb. 14, honoring the county's business community with awards in six categories. A keynote speaker and local officials and celebrities also highlighted the event.

From 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Palazzo Grande in Shelby Township, Fox 2 Detroit's Huel Perkins and Charlie Langton emceed an awards ceremony that included a keynote speech from Menlo Innovations founder and CEO Richard Sheridan. 53 organizations were nominated for the six categories, which were then voted on by a panel of judges made up of local officials and business executives.

Macomb County Executive Mark A. Hackel and Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development Director John Paul Rea were on hand to recognize the winners. 
 
Said Hackel, “Strong businesses are essential to the quality of life we enjoy here in Macomb County. Their efforts to build a strong foundation for success make them good job providers and neighbors for us all."

Winners of the six awards were R&E Automated Systems of Macomb Township, Champion of Workforce Development; Binson's Medical Equipment and Supplies of Center Line, Corporate Citizen; Baker Industries of Macomb Township, Diversification Leader; JEM Tech Group of Clinton Township, Efficiency Expert; Arts Academy in the Woods High School of Fraser, Model of OneMacomb; and United Shore Professional Baseball League of Utica, Startup Business to Watch.

Rea, who recognized Macomb/St. Clair Michigan Works! as the Economic Development Partner of the Year, said, "The creativity and passion on display in this year’s group of nominees is inspiring. The Macomb Business Awards provide us with a great opportunity to showcase how our private sector partners are helping us move this community forward."

Dr. Jim Jacobs, president of Macomb Community College, was also recognized with the Beacon of Economic Development award.

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Oak Park and Detroit firms shine in personalized web videos, just in time for Valentine's Day

A number of area marketing, advertising, and media production firms have banded together to create a customizable way for people to share their affection for one another this Valentine's Day. And it just so happens that it involves being serenaded by a famous teddy bear.

Though it may sound odd, the charming and certainly amusing videos created by advertising agency Cambell Ewald and multi-media production studios RingSide Creative and Cutters Studios allow users to send personalized videos of the fabric softener mascot Snuggle Bear singing one of two songs, either Lovin' You or (I've Had) The Time of My Life.

Users log into a mobile-friendly site, upload photos of the intended recipient, and let Snuggle Bear do the wooing. A video is sent featuring Snuggle Bear amidst a dreamy backdrop, acting out famous music video scenes as it sings either song. Names and photos uploaded cycle through the videos, creating that personalized touch.

Eschewing the computer-animated trends of today, the production team took to a live-action approach in making the videos. This was a nod to Snuggle Bear's origins. The bear was created by Jim Henson's Creature Shop, famous for The Muppets and Sesame Street puppets, among many others.

"Snuggle was literally born in the 80's, so to me, this was an incredibly fun opportunity to playfully nod to that time with visuals and expressions from the glory days of MTV," says Director and Creative Director Jason Cook in a statement. "I knew this approach would let me tell the story in a simple way without having to rely on a ton of green screen post work."

Collaboration between the different firms spanned the continent, with work being done in Los Angeles, New York City, Detroit, and suburban Oak Park.

Visit the Snuggle Serenades website to create a personalized video.

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Dearborn Restaurant Week set to make debut, shine light on city dining scene

Visitors to Dearborn can get a taste of what the city has to offer at the inaugural Dearborn Restaurant Week, which takes place Feb. 13 - 19. It's the first of what organizers plan to be a yearly event. More than 30 restaurants have signed on so far.

During the promotion, restaurants will feature special dishes exclusive to the event, though regular menus will remain available. Each restaurant will offer a prix-fixe 3-course meal priced at $10, $20, or $30 for lunch and/or dinner. The items will be available for one or two people.

"We want to bring to the forefront Dearborn’s diverse tapestry of people, places, and flavors," says Cristina Sheppard-Decius, Downtown Dearborn Executive Director. "Dearborn Restaurant Week will guide Metro Detroiters to discover the variety, quality, personal service, and hometown experience that Dearborn delivers."

The current list of participating restaurants includes Edison's, Giulio & Sons, Tria, P.F. Chang's, Big Fish, Brome Burgers & Shakes, Downtown Deli, Bar Louie, Famous Hamburger, La Fork, BD's Mongolian Grill, Zaza's Italian & Mediterranean Cuisine, Yogurtopia, La Shish, Baba's Grill, Sheeba Restaurant, Good Burger, Habib's Cuisine, Mocha Bistro, Brera Pizza & Salad Co., Al Ameer, The Butcher's Grille, La Pita, Roman Village, Caesars Coney and Grill, Al Nawras, Tropical Smoothie Cafe, Shatila Bakery, Al-Saha, Shawarma Bash, and Xushi Ko. You can view their menus here.

Organizers hope the event will draw new restaurant-goers to town as well as offer up something new to those who regularly dine in the city. The slate of participants includes the city's well-established favorites as well as its freshest newcomer restaurants. Menus will offer items unique to the event, will staying true to each venue's spirit.

No tickets are required for Dearborn Restaurant Week.

"Menus will include new dishes that represent the restaurants' style of cooking or a medley of the existing plates," says Downtown Dearborn’s Promotions Committee Chairperson Sam Abbas, owner of Brome Burger & Shakes and Yogurtopia.

For more on Sam Abbas and his thoughts on downtown Dearborn and good business, click here.

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Dearborn mayor to go social with State of the City address

The State of the City address in Dearborn is moving into the digital age.

Rather than host a formal ceremony this year, Dearborn Mayor John B. O’Reilly Jr. will try something more in keeping with how people absorb their news these days—he'll deliver his report to the public in bite-sized chunks on social media.

Five short video segments will be released on the City of Dearborn’s Facebook page and on CDTV, the government access cable channel. The segments can also be viewed at www.cityofdearborn.org. Each segment will begin at 7 p.m. each night starting on Sunday, February 12, and will conclude on Thursday, Feb. 16.

The mayor is making the change to reach people where they are.

“As usual, so many great things are happening in Dearborn, and we want people to learn about all of them,” Mayor O’Reilly says in a statement. “But I felt in the past that the formality of a State of the City presentation was a bit of an obstacle for some people, and not convenient for people to get the information they were looking for."

“To me, the messages are more important than a ceremonial event, so I want to make it as easy as possible for residents to tune into what interests them. Our new approach seems a better way to do that.”

Each 10-minute topic reflects the top areas of interest to residents, and where the most city resources are directed to: the Fire Department (Feb. 12), Police Department (Feb. 13), Economic Development (Feb. 14), Neighborhoods (Feb. 15) and the Vision for Positioning the City for a Bright Future (Feb. 16).

The City of Dearborn’s Facebook page is a public page, and viewers do not need to be signed up for Facebook to watch the State of the City segments.  

For those who prefer a traditional TV experience, CDTV is channel 12 on Comcast Cable and channel 10 on WOW.

A detailed printed report on Dearborn’s progress in 2016 also can be found at www.cityofdearborn.org

4 things to know about the state of Oakland County


Oakland County's "best accomplishments lay before us."

That's according to L.Brooks Patterson, who delivered his annual State of the County Address on Wednesday, September 8 at the Auburn Hills Marriott Pontiac at Centerpoint in  Pontiac. Patterson, who has served as county executive since 1992, outlined a bevy of ongoing projects and new initiatives in an effort to continue to "raise the bar higher and higher" for county government.

Here are four things to know about the state of Oakland County:

Advanced vehicle technology: Oakland County is keen on developing a talent pipeline for the advanced vehicle technology field. Patterson points to recent announcements by Uber and Google to locate R&D and testing facilities within the county as evidence of the county's early success in this area.  He noted that Oakland County spearheads an Oakland County Connected Vehicle Task Force to "work with companies in our automotive technology corridor and other stakeholders to create a business model for investing in connected vehicle technology and connected vehicle infrastructure." The county is also working to identify gaps in that talent pipeline. A skills needs assessment in connected mobility conducted by the Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs revealed a lack of training in integrated, systems-approach thinking.

Millennials: The Oakland County Business Roundtable's "Oakland Next" committee launched just over a year ago with the mission of identifying ways to attract and retain young talent to the county, with members all younger than 40. So far, the group has recommended a multimedia campaign to highlight county assets that appeal to the younger generation

Pontiac: Patterson reports a litany of new developments in Pontiac, including the newly reopened Flagstar Strand Theater, Pete Karmanos' Lenderful (an online mortgage company that is investing $1.75 million in downtown Pontiac and creating 52 jobs), 100+-year old construction management firm Auch’s new 20,000 square-foot corporate headquarters going up on on University Drive near Woodward in downtown Pontiac, the M1 Concourse "car condo" development, the purchase and repurposing of Wisner School, Wisner Stadium, and the former Pontiac Central High School by city booster and businessman Ed Lee, and new life for the infamous Bloomfield Park development, now re-christened "Bloomfield Village."

Bringing back shop class: Not everyone is college material, Patterson says, referencing his late son Brooksie as an example of the kind of kid who was better at starting a business than going to college. He calls on Oakland Schools to "return to the basics such as shop class where ultimately the jobs are plentiful, good-paying, and you graduate without a college debt." The county-launched MITradeSchool.org will be emulated by the State of Michigan, and 50 Oakland County companies received more than $1.2 million from the state’s Skilled Trades Training Fund with the help of Oakland County Workforce Development Division last year.

Comic book and zine workshops to be held at Arab American National Museum in Dearborn

Comic book, graphic novel, and zine fans have even more reason to visit downtown east Dearborn with the announcement of two comic book-themed talks and interactive experiences. Each event takes place at the Arab American National Museum, where the exhibition Drawing in the Diaspora: Comic Art & Graphic Novels by Leila Abdelrazaq is currently on display.

The first event is the Design in Comics Talk with Aya Krisht, which takes place at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25. The event is free, though an online RSVP is required.

Aya Krisht is the media designer at the Arab American National Museum and a graphic designer and illustrator. She will be presenting how design conveys mood, meaning, and message in comic books and graphic novels.

"Hopefully attendees can come away from this talk with a deeper understanding of how design elements like style, color, composition and typography come together in comics to tell a story and be inspired to explore the endless possibilities through comics of their own," says Krisht.

The second event is the Comic and Zine-making Workshop with Leila Abdelrazaq, which takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 4. Like the first, the event is free, though an online RSVP is required.

Leila Abdelrazaq is the artist responsible for the current Drawing in the Diaspora exhibition at the museum. The artist will host a conversational walk through her exhibit. Following the tour, attendees will be invited to make their own comics and zines with Abdelrazaq providing prompts, guides, and tips.

"Creating zines has long been a method of subverting traditional or mainstream media sources," says Abdelrazaq. "This workshop will give young people the tools to create their own zines and self-published short comics, driving home the fact that you don’t need to wait for someone else to publish your work or validate your ideas--you can go ahead and do it yourself!"

Check out our profile of Dearborn-based Green Brain Comics to learn more about the Dearborn comic book community.

The Arab American National Museum is located at 13624 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn.

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Revival Eatery to open in Waterford this March

A revival is coming to Waterford this March.

Revival Eatery, to be exact. It's a new restaurant concept from Dan Nestorovski, the owner of Pizzeria Dolce in Clarkston. 
 
Revival Eatery will serve a twist on new American and fusion fare, including hamburgers, hot dogs, and tacos with unusual ingredients and toppings -- though the menu has yet to be finalized. There will also be gluten-free and vegan options.

"It'll be kind of like what you're seeing in downtown Detroit these days, but up here," says Nestorovski. "Not everyone can go down there to eat all the time."

In a town with its fare share of Coney Island restaurants and diners, Nestorovski believes it's the perfect time and place to open a more contemporary restaurant concept. He says the response in the community has already been overwhelming -- and Revival isn't even open yet. Once work started on the building last September, Nestorovski says he's received all sorts of people sending him messages and knocking on the building's doors, asking when the restaurant will open.

The building is an old Big Apple Restaurant -- though people probably won't recognize it inside. Nestorovski has completely gutted the building, replacing the old-fashioned interior with a much more modern aesthetic. He characterizes it as "funky hipster," with its reclaimed wood, metal walls, and bright colors.

Live music, craft beers, and wine will also be part of the Revival Eatery experience.

Nestorovski first opened Pizzeria Dolce nearly six years ago, though he's been in the restaurant business much longer than that, including having owned a Little Caesars Pizzeria store. He sees Revival Eatery as a new start.

"The name means a couple of things," says Nestorovski. "I'm reviving an old restaurant but also my life. I've been in the pizza business a long time. It's time to do something different."

Nestorovski will hire about 30 new employees to staff the restaurant. Applications are currently accepted online.

Revival Eatery is located at 4750 W. Walton Blvd. in Waterford.

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