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Carhartt to expand Dearborn headquarters, create 215 jobs

At 126 years old, workwear maker Carhartt has seen the popular appeal of its clothing grow beyond the work site, which is why the company is now expanding its headquarters in Dearborn.

The expansion will allow the company to grow its product line -- the go-to attire for so many jobs and trades -- and invest in research and development that will enhance its offerings and find untapped uses for its jackets, coats, overalls, coveralls and other clothing and accessories printed with the increasingly-recognizable Carhartt logo.

The nearly $18.6-million expansion of Carhartt's property on Mercury Drive in Dearborn will create 215 jobs and extend the company's reach. Founded in 1889 in Detroit, Carhartt recently opened a flagship retail store on Cass Avenue in the city's Midtown neighborhood. The company has opened retail outlets in several others states in recent months.

The headquarters expansion has financial support from the state of Michigan and city of Dearborn. The Michigan Strategic Fund, a program of the Michigan Economic Development Corp., awarded a $1.3-million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant to the Carhartt HQ expansion in an effort to keep the company from opting to open a work site on the east and west coasts, where garment-industry talented is easier for employers to find, according to the Michigan Economic Development Corp.

In addition, the city of Dearborn is keeping the company local by offering a tax abatement that will discount its taxes for eight years.

Source: Kathy Achtenberg, spokesperson, Michigan Economic Development Corp.
Writer: Kim North Shine

Baba's brings belly dancing, kibbeh to downtown Wyandotte

A new Lebanese bar & grill is adding variety to downtown Wyandotte's restaurant scene - and entertainment options.

Baba's Lebanese Bar & Grill opened in mid July at 134 Maple St., across from the downtown clock tower.

Besides serving traditional Lebanese fare, it is building its business with belly dancing and not-at-all Lebanese salsa dance and bar nights with European-inspired cocktails.

Owner Mike Mazloum previously added some spice to Wyandotte's food options with the opening of his Sushi Bar next door to Baba's.

Source: Wyandotte Downtown Development Authority
Writer: Kim North Shine

Children's boutique brings gear, garments, and guidance to downtown Plymouth

After nearly a decade of selling baby gear and children's clothing, Ann Arbor's Kerrytown retailer Elephant Ears has moved to downtown Plymouth, expanding its reach into metro Detroit.

The family-owned boutique sells baby seats, carriers, packs, cribs, and other gear and employs staff that advises and educates customers looking to make purchases crucial to caring for babies and children and keeping them safe.

The products it sells -- from shampoo and lotion to toys and decor -- are selected based on safety and quality. Elephant Ears specializes in fair trade products that are free of harmful chemicals and toxins.

After nearly a month of renovations, the new store opened July 21 at 436 South Main St. in downtown Plymouth.

Source: Plymouth Downtown Development Authority
Writer: Kim North Shine

New $12M ballpark could be home run for Macomb County

A 4,000-seat ballpark is under construction in the city of Utica in Macomb County.

The field will be home to the United Shore Professional Baseball League's three professional teams, which will be made up of "overlooked young players, mostly with college experience, who haven't made it into the major league farm system," says Andrew Appleby, chairman and CEO of General Sports and Entertainment, the ballpark's developer.

"It will be a highly competitive and entertaining style of baseball," he says.

For Utica and Macomb County, the $12-million ballpark, which is located at the northeast corner of Auburn Road and Moscona Drive and will be named Jimmy John's Field, could be an economic home run.

"For the city of Utica, this ballpark will prove to be transformative. For the county of Macomb, it is an economic, quality-of-life, and recreational asset," says Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel. "For the region it will prove to be a destination location."

Besides seating for 4,000 spectators, the field will have a grandstand, five dugout suites, five penthouse suites, 12 private patio siutes, a grass berm, and four picnic areas.

The Utica Downtown Development Authority is leasing the land, a former household waste disposal site and brownfield redevelopment project.

In addition to baseball games, the field will host concerts, movie night, community events, and college and high school sporting events.

Construction is expected to take 12 months from this week's groundbreaking and be complete in time for opening day in June 2016.

Source: John Cwikla, spokesperson, Macomb County
Writer: Kim North Shine

Scott Shuptrine Interiors moves into new Grosse Pointe location

A large, long-vacant spot in Grosse Pointe will soon be occupied by Scott Shuptrine Interiors.

The luxury home goods store is opening this week at 17145 Kercheval Ave. in Grosse Pointe's Village shopping district.

The space was previously a Borders bookstore that has now been divided into several new businesses.

Scott Shuptrine is the only home goods store in the Village other than a bed and bath store and a gift shop. At the opposite end of the block is a Calico fabric and upholstery store.

In addition to high-end furniture and accessories, the store will host weekly design classes.

Source: Scott Shuprtine Interiors
Writer: Kim North Shine

Wok Asian Bistro opens in downtown Northville

Wok Asian Bistro, a new restaurant featuring exhibition cooking, opened this week in downtown Northville.

The restaurant at 144 Mary Alexander Ct. serves create-your-own, wok-cooked meals or specialties such as Thai peanut noodles and edamame lo mein.

The owners want to set the restaurant apart by cooking with premium and organic beef, chicken, Thai-imported shrimp, locally- and house-made Asian sauces, and the top selling soy sauce from Japan prepared by a wok master.

Source: Northville Downtown Development Authority
Writer: Kim North Shine

MOD Pizza coming to metro Detroit

MOD Pizza (short for Made on Demand) is opening in Livonia June 22.

A second location for the Seattle-based chain known for "super fast" artisanal-style pizza made with organic ingredients in exactly the way customers wish is expected to open in Northville later this summer.

Livonia-based TEAM Schostak Family Restaurants plans to bring 25 MOD Pizza franchises to southeast Michigan in the next five years.

The Livonia location will be located in a 2,600-square-foot space on Middlebelt Road south of I-96.

The Northville store will open in the sprawling Park Place redevelopment at Seven Mile and Haggerty roads.

Besides build-your-own pizzas made from a choice of 30 ingredients and baked in an 800-degree oven in less than three minutes, MODs serve draft beer and handmade milkshakes.

Source: TEAM Schostak Family Restaurants
Writer: Kim North Shine

Royal Oak bar, O'Toole's, opening in Rochester

O'Toole's Irish American Grill in Royal Oak is opening a restaurant in Rochester.

The second O'Toole's could open by fall after renovations on the 9,000-square-foot former restaurant space it will occupy are complete.

O'Toole's owner, Keith Wadle, is a resident of Rochester Hills.

His new restaurant, which is expected to be a family friendly sports bar, will be located at 139 South Main St.

Source: City of Rochester
Writer: Kim North Shine

New dog bone business builds on downtown Plymouth's dog-friendly

Three Dog Bakery has opened a store in downtown Plymouth, filling a vacant storefront and also building on a dog friendly culture that's taking hold downtown.

The new Three Dog Bakery is located at 422 S. Main Street. The owners renovated the spot for the franchise that bakes fresh dog bones and other treats for pets.

Like many other downtown businesses, dogs are welcome inside Three Dog Bakery.

Business owners see the dog-friendly policies as a way to attract customers who stroll downtown with their pets.

Source: Rochester Downtown Development Authority
Writer: Kim North Shine


The Robot Garage, an educational fun spot for kids, to open third location in Grosse Pointe Park

Grosse Pointe Park has a new business coming to town in The Robot Garage.

The location will be the third for the four-year-old, Birmingham-based business that uses Legos and building toys to stoke children's creativity and interest in math, science, and engineering. The facility will host summer camps and serve as an alternative birthday party venue. It will also be a place where kids can play freely.

The newest store is expected to open by July at 15201 Kercheval Ave. in Grosse Pointe Park's business district, which is experiencing a restaurant and retail revival.

Robot Garage owners Sarah and Jonathan Jacobs decided to open the first Robot Garage in Birmingham's Rail District after seeing a shortage of fun science- and math-minded activities available to their daughters, who were regularly attending princess and sports parties. The Jacobs later expanded to a second location in Rochester Hills.

The Grosse Pointe Park store is in a 4,500-square-foot space that will have areas for walk-in building time, camps, and birthday parties. The Robot Garage also staffs math, science, and engineering teachers to guide field trips and competitions.

Source: The Robot Garage
Writer: Kim North Shine

Tattoo lifestyle brand Ink Addict opens store in downtown Ferndale

Ink Addict, an apparel brand that celebrates tattoos and tattoo artistry, has expanded by opening its own retail store in downtown Ferndale.

The new store at 22007 Woodward Ave. opened April 25 and sells Ink Addict's original designs for clothing and accessories in a space that also showcases local art -- also for sale -- and features rotating guest tattoo artists.

Ink Addict, which was started in 2007 by then-college students Nathan Martin and Jim Doyon from a basement in Royal Oak, has become a globally-recognized tattoo lifestyle brand available online and in more than 400 stores in the U.S. and in 25 countries.

The owners moved their production facility to Ferndale in 2013 and decided to renovate the front portion of the 10,000-square-foot space into what the owners are calling Ink Addict's flagship store and home base for connecting tattoo enthusiasts.

“We wanted to make a difference in a struggling economy,” co-owner Jim Doyon says of their decision to start Ink Addict. “For the first couple years, we put everything we made back into the company. We didn't get financial help. We just worked our asses off and believed that one day it would pay off. We surrounded ourselves with some amazing people and are so thankful for all the individuals who have become our family in this journey."

Source: Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce
Writer: Kim North Shine

Women's boutique opens in downtown Farmington

A women's clothing and accessories boutique from Commerce has relocated to downtown Farmington.

POSH by Tori Boutique opened in mid-April at 33411 Grand River Ave.

Owner Tori Thompson is hoping to attract a new customer base while still serving the clients who have kept her boutique in business for four years.

POSH by Tori sells trendy fashions and fashion classics at affordable prices, offers later operating hours that allow working customers to shop, and hosts special events as ways to open the boutique to more shoppers.

Source: Farmington Downtown Development Authority
Writer: Kim North Shine

Birmingham builds reputation as home store destination

The opening of a new home furnishing store in downtown Birmingham brings to the city a mix of national and international retailers and local home decor veterans.

The latest arrival is Roche Bobois, a fixture at the Michigan Design Center that is relocating to 394 South Old Woodward. The store brings local shoppers home decor in the style of the Hagopian family, a prominent metro Detroit family that operates a major rug cleaning business and carpet showrooms that have made them experts in rugs and furnishings and connected them with the Detroit Institute of Arts, where they have worked on textile exhibits and collections.

Around the corner from Roche Bobois is West Elm, a national retailer that opened its first Michigan store at 215 W. Maple and had found a brisk business.

Boconcept, a European-based retailer contemporary home furnishings and design services, opened in 2013 and rounds out the three newest additions to downtown Birmingham. "[Roche Bobois] really enhances Birmingham as a home furnishing destination," says John Heiney, executive director of the Principal Shopping District in downtown Birmingham.

In total, downtown Birmingham has 14 home furnishings stores and more than a dozen shops and galleries specializing in accessories, gifts, and antiques for the home, he says.

Source: John Heiney, executive director, Birmingham Principal Shopping District
Writer: Kim North Shine


Bark Avenue Play & Stay adds second location

Bark Avenue Stay & Play, a pet day care and boarding business that has developed a loyal following at its Utica location, is expanding to a second location in Roseville, opening May 18.

A grand opening celebration is planned for May 17 at the new Bark Avenue at 15075 East 11 Mile Rd. Husband-and-wife owners Michael and Marnie Scroggs, animal lovers who opened the Utica store in 2013, have built a loyal clientele, and clients who live or work closer to Roseville or have friends or family in the area want their animals to stay at Bark Avenue.

“We are very excited that our second location will be closer to home for some of our current customers and we’ll also be able to reach new families as well,” says Marnie Scroggs. “It’s a great building that will be an easy stop for commuters on their way to or from work.”

The new Bark Avenue Play & Stay is 10,000 square feet of indoor space and 5,000 square feet of outdoor space. The building is located near I-696, I-94 and I-75. The Roseville location will offer services like boarding and bathing for dogs and cats and have extended play times during daycare.

Source: Marnie Scroggs, co-owner, Bark Avenue Play & Stay
Writer: Kim North Shine

The Office Coffee Shop in Royal Oak updates co-working concept

Michael and Brooke Keith plan to open The Office Coffee Shop, a different kind of co-working space, in downtown Royal Oak in May.

Construction on the space at Fourth and Lafayette started in February, with Michael using his engineering design background to lay out a floorplan that will serve a variety of temporary office needs, from desks in a shared common space to private offices to conference and training rooms -- all rentable by the hour or by the month. The space is Wi-Fi-connected and AV wired. A printing center and mailing services are also available to users.

While those amenities aren't unusual for co-working spaces, the Keiths' concept marries business with philanthropy. A cafe serving Michigan-made coffee and eats will be located on premises, which Michael Keith says will support the community and charities by sharing proceeds with nonprofits and by offering community education and networking opportunities.

The Keiths see The Office Coffee Shop becoming a place to hang out, meet people, network, and support important causes.

"We've partnered with some of our favorite Michigan vendors such as Water Street Coffee Roaster in Kalamazoo, New York Bagel in Ferndale, Holy Cannoli's in Rochester, and Just Delicious scones in Roseville," says Brooke Keith. "We want to make sure we not only offer delicious, fresh foods, but we're also going to be looking for organic and preservative-free options from our vendors."

The Keiths will promote charitable and community support among office users and renters. They currently are supporting Forgotten Harvest, Wigs For Kids, Water.org, and Team Joseph.

"So many people will be a part of our community here," says Brooke Keith. "We know that people will not only conduct their business here, they'll socialize here and network here…We figured if we were going to reduce their business overhead, we can also expose them to some of our favorite charities."

Source: Michael and Brooke Keith, founders, The Office Coffee Shop
Writer: Kim North Shine

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