Wine market in works for old trolley building in downtown Royal Oak

A once empty oddity in downtown Royal Oak is now fully occupied since Cloverleaf Fine Wine announced plans to move into the St. Clair Edison building’s basement space.

"We decided a downtown location would be much better as far as visibility," says Michael Chetcuti, owner of Cloverleaf and the St. Clair Edison building. "The basement with all of the reclaimed brick should be a wine cellar."

The business (moving from Southfield) is expected to open in mid March. Chetcuti, rehabbed the building on downtown’s south side last year so he could move his cutting-edge automotive firm, Streetcar USA, there.

The structure, 711 S Main St., is more than 100 years old and was originally used to house generators that powered streetcars on Woodward Avenue for 50 years before becoming a warehouse. Its age made it obsolete but its historical character also made it attractive as a new home for the specialty auto technology firm.

Source: Michael Chetcuti, owner of Cloverleaf Fine Wine
Writer: Jon Zemke

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