New shops, breweries coming to Oakland County downtowns
Downtowns across southeast Oakland County are welcoming a fresh batch of entrepreneurs to tempt shoppers, diners and the curious with everything from Peruvian food to hair pomade.
Here’s a look at some of the new or future storefronts:
Ferndale visitors will be transported to Peru at Culantro at 22939 Woodward Ave., a fast-casual restaurant at the former Southern Belles’ Bistro location.
Pronounced cilantro, the menu features 10 Peruvian cuisine entrees, including its signature charcoal-kissed rotisserie chicken. Owner Betty Shuell gives a culture lesson through every lunch or dinner. The food won over Free Press Restaurant Critic Mark Kurlyandchik on his first visit.
Eventually Culantro will have a new neighbor, said Barry Hicks, executive director of the Ferndale Downtown Development Authority. Brooks Brewing is opening its second beer pub location at 22925 Woodward Ave., in the former P&A Scholars Beauty School, in late 2017/early 2018.
The family-run microbrewery grew a fan base at its original location in Shelby Township. The owners, members of the Brooks family, may look familiar as they regularly hit the Royal Oak Farmers Market and other nearby vendors to sell their bottled craft beers, according to their Facebook page.
Jeri Brand, owner of both Tootie and Tallulah’s and The Annex, is combining her two Coolidge Highway stores into one at 2600 12 Mile Road, said Vivian Carmody, executive director of the Berkley Downtown Development Authority. Both shops have become hotbeds for local art, repurposed furniture and fair trade gifts, along with consignment services. They have outgrown their digs, Carmody said.
he larger building, built as a pharmacy, is the former Guildcrafters Quilt Shop, which converted to an online quilt kit business. Tootie and Tallulah’s is expected to open in mid- to late June after a renovation to restore its historic roots.
Moving into the Tootie and Tallulah’s location at 2816 Coolidge Hwy. is Ullman’s Health & Beauty, owned by Ulrike Laczkovich, an Austrian-born pharmacist who stocks supplements, holistic medications and beauty products for a healthy lifestyle, Carmody said. It is expected to open in the fall.
Another fall debut will be Berkley’s first co-working office space, Folio Offices, at 2838 Coolidge Hwy. It will be housed in a site once occupied by Zen Design Group, which relocated to another community, Carmody said. She said she will become one of its first customers by moving the Berkley DDA office there.
Berkley Transmission at 2785 12 Mile Road is getting a reboot as Chemistry Salon, “where relationships bond with beauty.” The sustainable salon vows to be green, using all environmental-friendly products. Carmody says owner Morgan Kruizenga expects to recycle nearly 95% of her business waste. The opening date is unknown, as the mid-century building requires a significant rehab, Carmody said.
Golden Grille is a new restaurant set to move into the former Nip N Tuck Diner at 3170 11 Mile Road, said Tim McLean, director of Berkley’s Community Development. Its opening date is unknown. In January, the planning commission approved a 15-by-22-foot addition to the existing building.
The beloved Doll Hospital & Toy Soldier Shop, which closed in March after repeated hits from online retailers, remains vacant at 3947 12 Mile Road in Berkley.
“We have to be creative in how we repurpose it,” Carmody said. It is a 17,000-square-foot building, but only 9,000 square feet of it is retail, while the rest is office space, making it more challenging than a traditional storefront.
Two of the Doll Hospital’s key employees, the doll repair doctors, hope to be exploring Berkley real estate soon. Janet Powell and Holly Mize have a website and a Berkley post office box but they work out of their homes repairing dolls and collectibles for their new business, Berkley Doll Hospital.
“We definitely want a building (in Berkley), that is the goal,” Mize said.
Green Lantern Lounge will call another longtime Berkley mainstay home when it opens in early 2019 at the former Sila Italian Dining and Pizza, at 4033 12 Mile Road. It will mark the seventh location for the metro Detroit institution, which cuts genuine stick pepperoni by hand daily for its award-winning round pizza. Owner John Spreitzer told the Free Press he promises to incorporate a few of Sila’s signature recipes as a nod to Sila’s devoted clientele.
Eats and drinks are on tap for Clawson.
Zeoli’s Modern Italian, at 110 E. 14 Mile Road, will open in July. It is housed in a largerRegeneration Clothing store, which downsized its space and remains next door.
Chef/owner, Scott Brown, who used his wife’s maiden name as its moniker, worked for Lily’s Seafood in Royal Oak for 13 years. He is striking out on his own with a concept described as modern Italian, with the emphasis on lighter food targeting health-conscious diners.
Brown said he promises to punch up the décor with beautiful Italian-crafted items, including a Ducati motorcycle race bike and a Vespa on display.
Sushi standout Noble Fish, 45 E. 14 Mile Road, is expanding, more than doubling its seats and staff. Guests also will notice more room for its fresh fish and Japanese groceries, thanks to a takeover of next door’s Tirana Cafe and the space behind it, a former hair salon. Noble will remain open as it works on the new space, removing the separating wall when completed, said Joan Horton, Clawson’s Downtown Development Authority director. The target completion date is unknown, as it awaits building permits, she said.
In the same strip, White Wolf Japanese Patisserie, at 31 E. 14 Mile Road, will debut in the fall. It’s a spot once occupied by next door neighbor Flipside Records, which downsized several years ago, Horton said. Owned by True World Group, LLC, the same parent company as Noble Fish, it promises eclectic desserts and a coffee bar.
Weiss Distilling Company will open a speakeasy-vibe tasting room and distillery in Clawson’s oldest existing building, at 24-34 E. 14 Mile Road. It’s a vacant strip that once housed a coffee shop. Owner Dennis Weiss also hopes to create a retail shop available for lease by artisans, Horton said. Weiss hopes to hang up his shingle by year’s end, Horton said.
Sitting empty for eight years, Sam’s Market, at 10099 W. Eleven Mile Road, found a tenant for half of its building. Studio Eleven will open a full service salon in mid-June, providing hair, nail, face and body treatments. Co-owner Liz DeRoven said she vows a space that’s sophisticated yet homey.
The other half of the building remains unleased.
White Birch, a women’s apparel, accessories and home decor shop, debuted in late May at 141 Maple Road. It took over the closed Sweet Earth yogurt shop.
Birmingham is home to Michigan’s first Grabbagreen, a quick-service restaurant highlighting healthy superfoods. It’s housed in the shuttered Sander’s and Shakolad Chocolate Factory at 167 N. Old Woodward. A grand opening is on the books for early August after the Woodward construction ends, but it expects to do a soft opening the first week of June, said Ingrid Tighe, executive director for the Birmingham Principal Shopping District.
Hair design services, makeup application, waxing and brows are on tap at Alex Emilio Salon, at 730 N. Old Woodward. This is the second location for the beauty shop; the original is in Royal Oak.
Another Michigan first is Drybar at 137 W. Maple Road, the former Lucy store, a brand absorbed by The North Face merger. Drybar is in 20 markets across North America. It specializes in hair blowouts rather than cuts and color. It is expected to open June 15, according to the corporate web site.
Launching its third and largest location in early June, Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters at 115 S. Main St., is breathing new life into the former LaDolce, which moved to Detroit. At 3,500 square feet, it will house the local chain’s baking operations, said co-owner and president Nathan Hamood. Dessert crepes, its signature cheesecake and roasted-onsite coffee are on the menu. Live music, Hamood’s homemade hair pomade and décor punctuated with velvet, brass and retro mid-century vibes add to the fun.
Milan Pizzeria, 415 S. Main St., is hosting its grand opening June 12 at noon with a slice of free pizza, said Royal Oak Downtown Development Authority Downtown Manager Sean Kammer. Housed in the former Thai on Main, it’s quickly earned a reputation for its generous slices.
City Ramen, a restaurant where the signature noodle dish is king, is under construction at 321 S. Main St. It will reside in a former upscale resale boutique and antique emporium, Kammer said. Its plans are under review by the building department, which indicates a late-year opening.
The evolution of Mr. B’s Gastropub, 215 S. Main St., continues with the addition of a vintage arcade, a first for Royal Oak, said chef and owner Johnny Prepolec. Centipede, Ms. Pacman and Skee-Ball are on the roster. In June, Prepolec will unveil a well-hidden speakeasy in the basement with its own name, Johnny’s, its own menu and a separate address, 213, S. Main St.
“A speakeasy is supposed to be a secret, so there won’t even be a sign for it,” Prepolec said. “The entrance will be disguised as a cooler door.”
Posted By: Detroit Free Press on June 4, 2018. For more information, please click here to read the source article.
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