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New yoga studio in Ferndale started by long-time teacher

Caren Paskel, a well-known figure in the local yoga industry, is striking out on her own with a new yoga studio in downtown Ferndale.

Paskel long held a leadership position at the local chain Yoga Shelter, which is co-owned by her brother Eric. She's calling her new venture EnSoul Yoga. It opens Saturday, October 8. An official grand opening won't be held until the first week of November, when Paskel will celebrate with DJs and vendors.

For those familiar with Paskel's style of teaching, EnSoul will be an extension of what she taught in the past. Paskel believes in a style of yoga that stretches the mind as well as the body, and not just during the class period. She says it's a yoga that keeps working well after a session is over.

Whatever nerves Paskel had when considering starting her own yoga studio have dissipated leading up to EnSoul opening. Originally planning on a now-scrapped Royal Oak location a year ago, she's since had that time to promote EnSoul as she readies the new Ferndale space. She's well known in the local yoga scene and has been offering pre-opening specials and Groupons leading up to the opening, all of which have been going fast, she says.

"We're off to a really good start," says Paskel. "This is pretty invigorating and exciting for me. It tells me I'm doing the right thing. People are coming."

She believes that the move to Ferndale has been the right thing, too. She says the downtown stretch of Nine Mile Road is very community-driven, with lots of neighboring business owners stopping in to say hello. "The vibe there is really awesome."

EnSoul Yoga is located at 210 W. Nine Mile Rd. in Ferndale.

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Cafe and specialty gift shop opens in downtown Flat Rock

Just steps from the Huron River is downtown Flat Rock, a small downriver community with a population just shy of 10,000. It's there where a new shop and cafe has opened up, the Blue Heron Trading Company.

Having celebrated a mid-September grand opening, the Blue Heron Trading Company is gearing up for the fall and holiday seasons. Located inside is a cafe with coffee and teas, cozy with a fireplace and leather couches. Blue Heron is also a specialty gift store, offering Olivewood bowls, vintage aprons, jams, sauces, and more.

Blue Heron is owned by the husband and wife team of Mark and Alisa Maul. Both California natives, the Mauls moved to Flat Rock in 2001. They say they had no idea what to expect when they moved here, though they've become big Flat Rock boosters since. Mark and Alisa are both involved in the Downtown Development Authority and the City Planning Commission for Flat Rock.

The Mauls see Blue Heron as a way to help revitalize downtown Flat Rock.

"Our newest business venture began with the desire to meet the needs of Flat Rock residents with a place to gather and shop while instilling a sense of community pride," says Alisa.

The couple also own Home Source Property Management, a rental management company.

With the holiday season fast approaching, the Mauls plan on offering a variety of holiday products. Also planned are after-hours events, including cooking demonstrations, chocolate-making classes, artist and author meet-and-greets, and more. The first, a pallet painting class, will occur in mid-October.

Blue Heron Trading Company is located at 26217 E. Huron Dr. in downtown Flat Rock. Its hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays.

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Michigan craft beer tasting event continues to grow in Milford

Now in its eighth year, the Brewed in Michigan beer tasting event in Milford Township has expanded yet again, working to accommodate repeat customers as well as the newcomers they bring along with them. The event has regularly sold out over the course of its eight years.

Tickets for Brewed in Michigan, which occurs Friday, Sept. 16 at Bakers of Milford in Milford Township, are available online and at the time of the event, until they sell out. Entry includes a souvenir tasting mug, 12 drink tickets, six food taste tickets, and one raffle ticket. The beer tent will feature live music from Power Play Detroit.

One way Brewed in Michigan has responded to the increasing popularity of the state's craft brewery scene is to focus on smaller, more local breweries and not the larger, popular ones like Bell's Brewery of Kalamazoo, Mich. 
This year, Brewed in Michigan is hosting newcomers like breweries like the Drafting Table in Wixom, the Draft Horse in New Hudson, Kickstand in Commerce Township, and Third Monk in South Lyon. Some of the breweries being featured haven't even opened their doors yet.

For Brewed in Michigan co-chair Rick Kirchner, the event is a reflection of how people's drinking tastes have changed over the past decade and the ever-rising popularity of Michigan craft beer. It's fun, he says, to see the diversity of the crowd they attract, from 20-somethings to 60-somethings, white collar to blue collar, and "all makes and models."

"When we first started, you had to have more of the simple beers, more introductory and traditional flavors. But now people are more willing to try new things," says Kirchner. "I like to see people mixing it up with new types of beer."

Michigan-made wines and hard ciders will also be available.

There will be shuttles driving around downtown Milford to ease parking congestion. The LaFontaine car dealership will also be on hand, providing cars and drivers to take home any festival attendees who may have enjoyed a little too much of the Michigan beer.

The event is sponsored by LaFontaine Automotive Group and Bakers of Milford. It is organized by the Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Brewed in Michigan occurs Friday, Sept. 16 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Bakers of Milford, which is located at 2025 S. Milford Rd. in Milford Township. The beer tent will remain open until midnight with a cash bar provided by Bakers. Tickets are available online.

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Macomb County's Resource Fair promotes financial independence—on four wheels

From first-time homebuyers to entrepreneurs, unregistered voters to job seekers, the Healthy Lifestyle and Financial Empowerment Resource Fair will be a veritable one-stop spot for getting things done in Macomb County. Free and open to the general public, the Resource Fair occurs Thursday, Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Macomb County Family Resource Center in Mount Clemens.

The Resource Fair is a partnership between Fifth Third Bank and Macomb Community Action, an agency that works with Macomb County to address poverty and improve independence.

One of the many options for fair-goers includes the Fifth Third Bank Financial Empowerment Mobile, a.k.a the "eBus," a mobile classroom complete with computers and satellite technology. At the eBus, attendees will be able to view their credit reports and go over them with professionals, visit a certified credit counselor, receive down payment assistance information for first-time homebuyers, and perform online job searches.

"We are committed to empowering our community through financial education. The eBus allows us to serve people where they live and work and partner with agencies like Macomb Community Action to provide the knowledge and tools to help take control of their financial futures," says Loretta Humphrey-Cruz, community economic development relationship manager at Fifth Third Bank.

Many additional services are available at the Resource Fair. Macomb Community Action is providing a free lunch and Gleaners Community Food Bank will perform a cooking demonstration. MSU Extension will contribute budgeting, money management, and financial empowerment services and resources. A bounce house and face painting will be among activities geared for children.

Macomb County itself is also providing some services at the fair. The Treasurer's Office will be on hand to answer questions about tax foreclosure and tax delinquent properties. The Macomb County Health Department will provide free health screenings. And the Macomb County Clerk/Register of Deeds will be on site, helping Macomb County residents with birth certificates, death certificates, business registrations, marriage licenses, veteran ID cards, voter registration, concealed pistol license applications, and real estate deed requests.

The Macomb County Family Resource Center is located at 196 N. Rose St. in Mount Clemens.

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Ferndale doggie day care business caters to small dogs

Liz Blondy has seen it firsthand, that look of anxiety creeping over a dog owner's face as they go to board their three-pound Yorkie and a 120-pound shepherd walks through the door. Often it's the owners of small dogs, and not the small dogs themselves, that are afraid of the bigger breeds of dogs. It's why Blondy created Tiny Town, a day care and boarding facility specifically designed for small dogs.

Blondy is the owner of Canine to Five, the dog day care and boarding businesses located in Detroit and Ferndale. She opened Tiny Town this past June. It's a facility reserved for dogs 20 pounds and under. While it's located in the same building as the Ferndale Canine to Five, Blondy characterizes Tiny Town as a completely separate business.

The play area is designed for small dogs. The kennels are designed for small dogs. The small dogs receive more hands-on attention from a staff that is specific to Tiny Town. Blondy even has an HVAC system set so the small dogs can't sense the large dogs. And a separate entrance limits those anxiety-inducing encounters between small dog owners and the big dogs themselves.

"I'd say Tiny Town is about 50 percent for the dogs, 50 percent for the owners," says Blondy.

While space is currently unavailable for a Tiny Town at the Detroit location, Blondy says that she's working with a bank and architect to build an addition to that building.

Tiny Town will be hosting a free play date on Sep. 11 that will be open to the public. This Friday, Aug. 26, Canine to Five will help celebrate National Dog Day at the Shinola shop in Midtown, where they'll be providing complimentary nail clippings for friendly dogs—emphasis on the friendly, says Blondy.

Tiny Town is located at 1221 E. Nine Mile Rd. in Ferndale.

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Oxford brewery on track to open this fall

Everything is falling into place for HomeGrown Brewing Company, a brewery we first wrote about in Oct. 2015. The downtown Oxford brewery has announced that it is on its way to a fall opening. Construction is currently underway on the building, the former Veterans Memorial Civic Center on Washington Street.

The brewery has also released its inaugural beer menu including a Cream Ale, Belgian Wheat, Australian-hopped IPA, Brown Ale, and a Stout.
The sixth and final beer style on the permanent beer menu is a combination between an Amber- and a Wheat-style beer. John Powers, head brewer and owner of HomeGrown, calls the hybrid beer a Whamber Ale. Its inclusion on the menu is a result of an online poll the company had, asking their fans and Facebook followers which beer should make the permanent menu. The Whamber Ale won.

Powers says the poll was designed to make the craft beer world less exclusive.

"We will absolutely be offering creative experimental seasonal brews, like a chocolate coffee porter in winter and a spiced pumpkin ale in the fall, but our flagship beers will really concentrate on the fundamentals of brewing a solid pint," John says in a statement.

As for the building itself, renovation work on the old Veterans Memorial Civic Center has revealed some historic details hidden away years ago. Original brickwork, wood flooring, and an arched window were all revealed during demolition. Powers says the brewery is working to feature the historic details into their design.

A food menu is also planned, complementing a large dining area, sitting room, and beer garden. An event hall will be upstairs.

HomeGrown Brewing Company is located at 28 N. Washington St. in Oxford.

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Ferndale vegan restaurant expands hours, offers lunch and carry out

The restaurant business is healthy in downtown Ferndale and that's certainly true for GreenSpace Cafe. The plant-based vegan restaurant, which opened its doors for cocktail and dinner service in December of 2015, is now featuring a lunch menu every Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The restaurant is co-owned by Dr. Joel Kahn and his son Daniel, who are focused on offering fresh, non-GMO, and organic ingredients in their plant-based vegan dishes. Even the juices and signature cocktails feature fresh ingredients. Dr. Joel Kahn is a cardiologist and long-time vegan who often performs public speaking engagements, extolling the benefits of healthy eating.

The new GreenSpace lunch menu features some dinner favorites like the house-made nut cheese board and the superfood salad, which includes quinoa, radish sprouts, hemp hearts, and more. Also available for lunch is the farro lentil burger and tomatillo gazpacho and masoor dahl soups.

"The menu will offer the vibrant vegan fare our customers love, including new items along with some of our greatest hits, but more casual, and in lunch-sized portions," says Dr. Joel Kahn.

The GreenSpace menu changes with the seasons. This is because the Kahns shop at local farmers markets for many of their ingredients, shaping the menu around which fresh foods are in season. Cooks avoid excessive amounts of salts, oils, and sugars and don't use kitchen equipment like fryers and microwaves to prepare the dishes. No animal products are used at GreenSpace Cafe. Cocktails are made as healthy as possible, using fruits, botanicals, and raw juices to make the drinks.

GreenSpace Cafe is located at 215 W. Nine Mile Rd. in downtown Ferndale.

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Leon & Lulu nears completion of expansion into historic Clawson Theater

The wife-and-husband team of Mary Liz Curtin and Stephen Scannell, co-owners of Leon & Lulu in downtown Clawson, have nearly completed their redevelopment of the historic Clawson Theater. 
They are converting the historic theater, which itself was converted from a theater to light industrial uses in the early 1960s, into a cafe, custom framing shop, and furniture showroom. Curtin expects to open in two to three months.

The redevelopment is a natural extension for Leon & Lulu, the popular furniture, clothing, gifts, and more shop that opened in the old Ambassador Roller Rink building in 2005. 
It's been a big redevelopment, too. Curtin says the old Clawson Theater building needed just about everything one might imagine, including new plumbing, electricity, HVAC system, roof, and more.

The theater floor was flattened long ago after it closed in the 1960s. But Curtin and Scannell are restoring a bit of history with a refurbished theater marquee to hearken back to the days of the old Clawson entertainment district. Both the roller rink and theater buildings, separated only by a shared parking lot, were built in 1941.

According to Curtin, Clawson residents used to call the theater "the Show," so the new building will be called "The Show at Leon & Lulu." 
The back will contain additional showroom space for furniture from the main shop as well as a custom framing workshop. Up front will be Three Cats Cafe, a place for shoppers to come take a load off after they've finished shopping at Leon & Lulu.

"We think it will complete the shopping experience," says Curtin. "It will be a place for a little sustenance, maybe some live music and a glass of wine. There will be pastries, cookies, and espresso in the morning, salads and quiches at lunch, hors d'oeuvres at night. It will be like the old days where there was a fabulous restaurant inside a department store."

For Curtin, The Show at Lulu & Leon completes the story, providing a center for the community. She says they've never wanted to franchise the Leon & Lulu brand. But they do want to improve the location in downtown Clawson. It's about more than the merchandise, she says. It's an experience.

"What we really sell is happiness and fun."

Leon & Lulu is located at 96 W. 14 Mile Rd. in Clawson.

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New Ferndale veterinary clinic off to a busy start, to celebrate with an open house

By opening her first veterinary clinic in Ferndale, Dr. Betsy Schnur is bucking a trend. Her single-doctor Hilton Veterinary practice is unique in an era of veterinary practice consolidation. The practice opened in April and is hosting an open house this Friday, June 10, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Hilton Vet is a general practice clinic, specializing in wellness and prevention healthcare for the area's cats and dogs. And according to Dr. Schnur, it was something needed by Ferndale pet owners. Many clinics around Ferndale were turning away new customers, says Dr. Schnur, and in the two months since opening, Hilton Vet has already serviced 200 pets. Business has been much busier than she expected.

Though multiple-doctor clinics are the norm these days, Dr. Schnur says that for cats and dogs with recurring issues, it's important for pets to see the same doctor on each visit, for pets to have continuity in their healthcare. Ferndale is a very pet-friendly place, she says, a place where pets are part of people's families. At age 36, the young doctor is excited about growing up alongside them.

"I'm looking forward to growing and learning more and acquiring even more skills," says Dr. Schnur. "I've lived in Ferndale for the past two years and know the area well. I wanted to work in the community where I live."

Dr. Schnur graduated in 2010 from Iowa State University and went on to work in emergency care. Coming back to Michigan, the doctor worked at a specialty hospital, gaining experience as a general practitioner. It's the general practice side of veterinary work that she finds the most rewarding.

Hilton Veterinary Clinic of Ferndale is hosting an open house Friday, June 10, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. It is open to the public. Events include raffles and takeaways for the humans and treats, games, and a kiddie pool for the pets. The doctor stresses that vaccinated and friendly pets are welcome.

Hilton Veterinary Clinic of Ferndale is located at 3250 Hilton Rd.

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Detroit pie maker expands downriver with Wyandotte restaurant and River Rouge bakery

Dangerously Delicious Pies, the Detroit rock and roll pie shop, has expanded downriver with a new restaurant in Wyandotte and a bakery in River Rouge. 
The Wyandotte restaurant launched with a soft opening in late May, serving sweet and savory pies during a limited-hour run between 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Starting Monday, June 13, the restaurant will be open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

It's been a whirlwind opening for co-owner Don Duprie and crew. Duprie, who's also an accomplished songwriter and musician when not running the shop, says the Wyandotte location has been scrambling to keep up with demand.

"We thought it would be more of a relaxed thing with the soft opening, but it's been kind of crazy, just going non-stop," says Duprie. "We were caught a little off guard by the demand, but that's a good thing."

Wyandotte customers can expect the same style of savory and sweet pies found at the Detroit location, ranging from pulled pork dinner pies to salted maple dessert pies. 
The biggest difference, says Duprie, is the freedom of owning his own space. Dangerously Delicious Pies currently rents the kitchen and operates out of the back of Third Street Bar in Detroit.  Duprie says he is leaving that location at the end of June. There will be a new Detroit location, though he's not ready to divulge where it will be.

The Wyandotte restaurant seats about 20 customers, including bar, booth, and outdoor seating. The shop plans on hosting music events at some point, too. The River Rouge bakery will function as just that for now, though Duprie hints at the possibility of restaurant space opening at that location further down the line.

Fans of Dangerously Delicious Pies can also expect a food truck. Already purchased and currently undergoing repairs, the food truck will be on the streets by mid-summer. 
"This is new territory for us," says Duprie. "But we're gonna figure it out."
Dangerously Delicious Pies is located at 2909 Biddle Ave. in Wyandotte.

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Rochester company deconstructs, not demolishes, old homes

As is often the case for successful entrepreneurs, one business begets another. That's certainly true for Robert Bloomingdale, whose recently established Rochester Salvage & Supply most likely wouldn't have happened had it not been for his other booming business, Bloomingdale Construction.

Rochester Salvage & Supply specializes in reclaiming, repurposing, and reusing materials from deconstructed older houses. Bloomingdale Construction builds a lot of its houses in downtown Rochester, a town with plenty of old houses and virtually no empty lots, says Bloomingdale. That's where he got the idea for Rochester Salvage & Supply.

"We demolish a lot of older homes in the process of building new ones," says Bloomingdale. "I always felt bad about sending old, vintage materials to landfills. Now, we save what we can."

Rather than demolish the old houses, Rochester Salvage & Supply now methodically deconstructs them. Materials like shingles and siding are sent to be recycleda cost the company pays out of its pocket. Others, like salvaged lumber, are repurposed into furniture, and other items that can either be sold individually or built into the new homes constructed by Bloomingdale.

Bloomingdale contends that deconstructing a house costs more than twice as much as demolishing one. And paying for materials to be recycled isn't making him any money. But the reclaimed materials trend is a hot one right nowsomething Bloomingdale credits to HGTV shows and other media as having fosteredand he has been astonished by the feedback and interest he has received since announcing the formation of Rochester Salvage & Supply this past April.

For now, Bloomingdale says his goal is "to not lose money." It's a month into the new business and he's learning as he goesafter all, his business has been building homes, not deconstructing them. But he already has plans to expand Rochester Salvage & Supply from its base in Rochester to begin deconstructing homes in Pontiac. The business has had prior involvement in that community, donating materials to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore there and working with the Power Company Kids Club.

Rochester Salvage and Supply operates out of a warehouse on South Street in Rochester, though Bloomingdale prefers customers interested in reclaimed materials make inquiries via email. Reach him at robert@bloomingdaleconstruction.com.

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Walsh College celebrates $15 million expansion

Walsh College is celebrating the grand opening of a $15 million, 55,000 sq. ft. addition to its main campus in Troy this Friday, May 20. 
A two-story Success Center is the academic focus of the investment made by the business college. Renovations to existing facilities are also among the improvements. They include more classroom spaces and improved electrical access for smartphones, tablets, and laptops.

The addition is designed to enhance students' business communication skills, including written communication, public speaking, and executive presence. On the second floor, a modern open office-style area with collaborative spaces and meeting rooms will be available.

The new features are many. There is a Mother's Room for nursing students and staff, a Veteran's Room for active duty and veteran students, and ten new student study rooms. There's a new space for Student Services, an Alumni Room, and a Student Organizations Room. A 40-seat auditorium, Cyber Lab, and Testing Center have also been added. The new Fireside Student Lounge and a cafe offer students places to unwind.

"Students and employers expect high quality from our programs. These outstanding facilities reflect that quality," Stephanie Bergeron, president and CEO Walsh College, says in a statement. "We look forward to building our legacy for excellence well into our second century."

The improvements occurred on Walsh College's main campus in Troy, in which it occupies 30 acres at the intersection of Livernois and E. Wattles roads. The business college was founded by accountant Mervyn Walsh in Detroit in 1922, where it operated out of the Capitol Theatre Building—which is now the home of the Detroit Opera House. Walsh College left Detroit for Troy in 1970, where it has been located ever since. The school now has additional locations in Novi, Clinton Township, and Port Huron.

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Artist opens Atom Art gallery in Ferndale

Atom Art, the new gallery that just opened in Ferndale, has quite the origin tale. And for an art gallery in Ferndale, that's as it should be. Atom Kaiser -- his real name bestowed on him by a hippie mother, he says -- moved around a lot as a kid, spending time in places like Jamaica and Michigan. It wouldn't be the last time he returned to Michigan.

As a younger man, Kaiser was interested in neurology and planned to pursue studies in the field. But a head injury altered his path -- and perhaps the way his brain worked, he theorizes. Kaiser says that the injury made him think in a more visual way and, after struggling with the side effects of his prescribed medications, found himself drawn to painting.

After two degrees in the visual arts, Kaiser moved to Barcelona, establishing himself in the art world there before a stay in Mexico City was cut short by his dad falling ill, which drew Kaiser back to Michigan. That's when he decided to open Atom Art in Ferndale.

Kaiser wants Atom Art to be different than the higher-end art galleries around metro Detroit. He wants to be more inclusive, offering more group shows and opportunities for less-established artists. He says he plans to keep the space sparse, leaving room for classes and whatever else artists may need.

"I'm an artist that has an art gallery, not a gallery owner collecting pieces," says Kaiser. "There's a difference."

Following a soft opening on February 6, Atom Art officially opened its doors April 16. Kaiser says he's been flattered by the warm reception he's received, from the artist community to the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce.

Atom Art is located at 522 E. Nine Mile Rd. in Ferndale, sharing the building with Go Comedy! Improv. It's generally open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., but hours change for special events.

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Craft Salon opens in downtown Royal Oak

A new salon has opened in Royal Oak and its co-founders are working hard to ensure that it caters to everyone. Punks and lawyers, blacks and whites, men and women -- all are welcome customers, the co-founders say.

Craft Salon opened March 22, offering the gamut of hair, makeup, and facial waxing services. The owners, Sarah Markel and Natasha Vranic, have been in the industry for about a decade each, meeting at another Royal Oak salon along the way. Markel says that Vranic had been wanting to open her own salon for a while before Markel agreed to join the venture. It's a natural partnership, she says.

"We collaborated on some projects and we found that we work together really well. And we fight even better," says Markel. "It's productive. We fight like sisters. We balance each other out."

The pair characterizes their own style as gothy -- "like Beetlejuice at a cocktail party," says Vranic. But she and Markel employ people with a wide range of styles, ensuring something for everyone. They challenge themselves and their staff to be well-rounded and versatile.

"We're always educating ourselves, pushing ourselves to be better and stay up on all the latest trends," says Vranic. "We're creative people capable of any type of clientele."

Craft Salon is located in an old 1920s farmhouse, just blocks from Main Street. The building was a salon in a previous incarnation, though some things had to be fixed. Markel says that the fact that the business is in an old house makes everything immediately comfortable, with lots of windows and the warmth of wood floors.

Markel and Vranic encourage appointments to be made via text message, which can be made at (248) 990-4169.

Craft Salon is located at 522 E. 11 Mile Rd. in Royal Oak. It is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

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Historic Auburn Hills log cabin now a co-working space with wireless internet, free coffee

The historic collided with the modern in downtown Auburn Hills this month. The DEN, a co-working space complete with the expected amenities, opened in the oldest building in Auburn Hills in early February. The co-working space requires paid membership for access from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public from 4 p.m. to midnight on weekdays. General public access begins at 2 p.m. on weekends.

The Nusbaumer Homestead Log Cabin was built in 1836. The Nusbaumer family would be quite surprised by the state of their cabin today, what with it being outfitted with high speed wireless internet; a communal printer, copier, and scanner; and conference rooms. Even the location has changed; the log cabin was moved from its original site near the Joslyn and I-75 interchange to downtown Auburn Hills in 1986.

City officials have kept the structure largely intact but made it more attractive to modern workers, offering ergonomic office furniture and complimentary tea and coffee in addition to the other office amenities. That juxtaposition is what makes Auburn Hills special, says the city's director of authorities, Samantha Mariuz.

"Our motto is, 'Honoring the past, building the future'," says Mariuz. "We took the DEN and built something that honors that motto."

The structure itself is 1500 square feet and retains a number of original exposed structural beams. What's not original are the electrical outlets at every seat. There is a patio and a common work area to congregate, as well as a number of independent work stations.

The DEN is located at 3388 Auburn Rd. in Auburn Hills.

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