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Barber shop, furniture store open in Oakland County

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A hip barber shop in Hazel Park, handmade furniture in Ferndale and El Salvador flavors in Oak Park are among what’s new or coming soon to southeast Oakland County.

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Troy's Continental acquires Ferndale's United Vending and Market Services

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Troy-based Continental, Michigan’s largest food management company, announced it has acquired Ferndale’s United Vending and Market Services. The United team will join the Continental team. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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New Royal Oak health facility offers Eastern, Western medicine

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Holgistic, a new business in Royal Oak that bridges traditional medical care and alternative medicine, has opened. The business’ goal is to treat the root cause of conditions, not just symptoms.

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Farmington Hills' Plum Market to open street concept store in Downtown Detroit

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Plum Market, a food and beverage company based in Farmington Hills, will open a street concept store inside Bedrock’s Ally Detroit Center at 500 Woodward Ave. in summer 2019, the companies announced.

The location will offer fast casual dining options, grab-and-go items, select groceries, and a full-service bar with an emphasis on locally sourced products. Plum Market will open a similar concept at the Pistons Performance Center in Detroit’s New Center in spring 2019. New locations also were recently opened at Oakland University and Northwestern University.

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New gift amounts to $8 mil of giving to Beaumont heart and vascular care from Max and Debra Ernst

Orchard Lake residents Max and Debra Ernst have increased their support to Beaumont heart and vascular care to a total of $8 million, launching the new Max and Debra Ernst Heart Center at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. The center will be dedicated to consolidating cardiac care, particularly for patients with heart failure, into an area that is not only convenient but comprehensive to provide a variety of heart and vascular services. 

In 2009, the couple also gave $3 million to open the Ernst Cardiovascular Center in Memory of Ellen Ernst.

“Through their incredible support, Max and Debra have demonstrated that it doesn’t take a medical degree to save a life – all it takes is a heart and a desire to help others” said Marc Sakwa, M.D., chief, Cardiovascular Surgery,Beaumont, Royal Oak.

The 14,000-square-foot Max & Debra Ernst Heart Center will be located adjacent to the East Tower entrance of the hospital near the current Ernst Cardiovascular Center. The new $9 million center will consolidate many outpatient heart services into one area to help cardiac patients; particularly those with heart failure, better manage their condition and reduce emergency center visits and hospital readmissions. Construction began on the new center this month. It will open in the fall of 2019.

Across the nation more than one million people are diagnosed with congestive heart failure each year, which may lead to poor quality of life and frequent hospitalizations for advanced care.  Heart failure is also the leading cause of hospitalization for those 65 years of age and older.

“The new Max and Debra Ernst Heart Center will be an incredible resource for our team to better serve our patients, especially those living with heart failure,” said Simon Dixon, M.D., chair, Cardiovascular Medicine, Beaumont, Royal Oak. “By consolidating services in the new location, we provide better access and directed care for those patients who require extra care and require frequent office visits.” 

Board-certified cardiologists, trained cardiac nurses, social workers and dietitians will provide medication monitoring, heart failure management and progressive therapies to not only improve symptoms but enhance quality of life.  These services will be provided with compassionate and specialized patient and family-centered care, in a convenient and easily accessible location for patients requiring more support. 

“When we made the gift in 2009, we told everyone if we saved one life, it would be worth it. Since that time, we are very satisfied with the excellent care the team has provided,” Max Ernst said. “My gratitude for the success the heart team has achieved has led my wife and I to commit additional support for their vision.” 

The success of the first Ernst multidisciplinary center, which offers many services, including low-cost, preventive heart screenings for adults and high school students, has created the need for expansion. Since the center opened in 2010, specialists have cared for more than 30,000 patients becoming one of the premiere programs for structural heart and valve disease and cardiac surgery.  

Margaret Cooney Casey, senior vice president and chief development officer, Beaumont Health, added, “We are deeply grateful to Max and Debra Ernst for their continued generosity and vision for Beaumont. Their gift will save even more lives, and help thousands of patients and their families for years to come.”

WABCO opens Americas headquarters in Auburn Hills

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WABCO Holdings Inc., the leading global supplier of braking control systems and other advanced technologies that improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open its new Americas headquarters in Auburn Hills, MI. 

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Kar's Nuts in Madison Heights completes merger with Sanders in Clinton Township

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KNPC Holdco in Madison Heights, a leading manufacturer of nut and trail mix snacks sold under the Kar’s and Second Nature brands, announced the completion of its merger with Morley Candy Makers in Clinton Township, a maker of premium confectionary products sold under the Sanders Fine Chocolatiers brand.

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Southfield's Icahn Automotive Group introduces Pep Boys Mobile Crew across U.S.

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Icahn Automotive Group in Southfield introduced its Pep Boys Mobile Crew, traveling trailers and service bays that will provide on-location preventative maintenance and repair services nationally.

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Yard House to open first Michigan location in Troy

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Famous for its 32-ounce, half-yard beer glass, Yard House will open its first Michigan restaurant this December in Troy. The new location is scheduled to open Dec. 10 at 950 W. Big Beaver Road, within the City Center Shoppes.

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DJI opens drone shop in Troy with grand opening

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DJI, a leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, announced the grand opening of its first DJI authorized retail store in Michigan. The store is at 512 W. 14 Mile Road in Troy, as an outlot to Oakland Mall, near I-75.

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HomeGrown Brewing Company launches canning line

Family-owned and -run HomeGrown Brewing Company is branching out after a successful start. The micro-brewery in Oxford is launching its new take-out cans from today.

Since opening its doors in April last year, HomeGrown Brewing Company has enjoyed enormous success and support from the community. Over 400 people attended the grand opening, mug-club pre-sales sold out, and the brewery has sold over 93,000 pints to date.

Since opening, the local family behind the business, the Powers, has been busy growing the brewery’s brand, with beer-pairing dinners, beer education classes, live music and participation in Michigan beer festivals. “Now that we have a full year’s experience we wanted to move into canning as well,” says owner John Powers.

Cans will be available at the brewery from October 2 and head brewer Joe Powers says it’s a way to meet the demands of HomeGrown’s customers. “Lots of people make use of our take-home growlers, but these cans will be a welcome addition – they last longer and appeal to people who don’t want to drink a whole growler in one sitting.”

General Manager and artist Jeff Powers designed the unique can artwork and says he’s proud that it will be such an integral part of the brewery’s marketing. “I was inspired by the art nouveau poster designs of the ‘60s and ‘70s, stained-glass imagery and traditional block printing methods,” Jeff Powers said.

Four-packs will range from $12 - $20 and the brewery will rotate selections. They currently have their Whamber (American Amber Ale), Ruck-A-Chuck (American IPA), Zephyros (Hazy IPA), Red Sheeran (Irish Red), DIPA-potomus (Double IPA), Wee Nessie (Scottish Wee Heavy) and Cherry Saison available while stock lasts.


Awards, ribbon-cuttings, and recognition: Southfield's planning department on a roll

The City of Southfield’s Planning Department has achieved a number of acknowledgments and milestones recently.

To start, its Northland Mall Redevelopment Strategy received an award from the Michigan Chapter of the American Planning Association. At its annual planning conference in Grand Rapids, the Michigan APA recognized the redevelopment plan with its Outstanding Planning Project: Economic Development Planning award.

The plan offers a well-defined vision for the vacant 114-acre property, one that incorporates five sub-areas of development complemented by green infrastructure and pedestrian-friendly pathways. Rather than settle for big box stores in the center and fast food restaurants that line the roads, the redevelopment plan calls for an innovative technology district, a mixed-use lifestyle district, and much more.

"This has been a proactive approach to coming up with a vision for redevelopment, rather than a reactive one," says Terry Croad, the city’s Director of Planning.

"It helps the city to steer the ship of what we’d like to see."

The city has completed the environmental clean-up phase, and demolition of some of the buildings has already begun. Croad expects full demolition of the mall in 2019 and for some construction to start by the end of that year.

In other news, Southfield also recently celebrated the ribbon-cutting of its Red Pole Park, an art installation and outdoor room along its Northwestern Highway Pathway and Greenway. The park features dozens of red poles that can be seen from half a mile away.

As if that weren't enough, the city was recently awarded a $455,378 Transportation Alternatives Program grant from SEMCOG, which will help extend the Northwestern Highway Pathway and Greenway. City Center and Lawrence Technological University provided matching grant funds for the project.

Last but not least, Croad was honored at the Michigan APA conference for his 30-year membership in the APA.

"It was a nice honor. You look back, and you’re surprised you’ve been working for 31 years. It’s a combination of endurance, luck, and passion," Croad says.

"I hope to make it to 50 years. But it’s nice to pause for a moment and reflect."

Got a development news story to share? Email MJ Galbraith here or send him a tweet @mikegalbraith.


Global automotive supplier investing $58 million in Rochester Hills

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KOSTAL Kontakt Systeme Inc., a company that produces electrical connectors for the auto industry, announced recently that it will invest $57.8 million, and create 32 jobs, by constructing a new facility in Rochester Hills.

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Alpine Electronics of America moving headquarters to Auburn Hills from California

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Alpine Electronics of America Inc., a manufacturer of in-vehicle infotainment systems, today announced plans to move its headquarters for the Americas to Auburn Hills from Torrance, Calif., effective April 19, 2019. Some 100 employees are expected to make the move.

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NARA Hibachi opens in West Bloomfield Township

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NARA Hibachi, an upscale, creative hibachi and personalized stone grilling restaurant, bar, and lounge, has opened in West Bloomfield Township.

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