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How about them apples? Metro Detroit's craft cider industry

Beer, mead, spirits... with the rise of Michigan's craft breweries and distilleries it was inevitable that hard cider would follow suit. And with summer sliding into fall, wouldn't you like to know who's making what in metro Detroit? Metromode's Nicole Rupersburg has the answers.

OpEd: Why Detroit needs social entrepreneurs

Social entrepreneurship has a double bottom line: profit and the greater good. Romy Gingras, president of Gingras Global, and Elizabeth Garlow, former executive director of the Michigan Corps, discuss how and why social enterprise solves both business and societal needs.

Plymouth business asks customers to sit, roll, play

Opening a brick and mortar business in today's on-demand, technology-driven economy is a risky roll of the dice. Opening a business that insists on slowing down and unplugging from the net is, well, a whole other game. Which is exactly the point Chris Erwin and Angela Space are trying to make at 3 & Up, their newly opened board game lounge in Plymouth. 

Fermenta galvanizes women in Michigan's craft beverage industry

Some clubs are created to exclude. Some clubs are created to nurture. Fermenta is a Michigan collective devoted to helping women craft brewers find their feet in an industry otherwise dominated by men.

Cool Jobs: Sem and Teresa Abrahams, unicyclists

As part of the never-ending quest to acquire more exotic skills, metro Detroit kids have been taking classes in everything from aerial gymnastics to robotics to puppetry. You can now add circus arts to the mix, with Livonia-based Cirque Amongus, a school started by a family of world-renowned unicyclists.

More than just profit: Social entrepreneurs and the challenge to find investors

Some people want to make money. Others want to change society for the better. Social entrepreneurs want to do both. But in the Darwinian world of venture capitalism, convincing investors to compromise on profits for greater social good can be a tough sell. Metromode looks at how socially oriented startups can bridge that gulf.

OpEd: Focusing Michigan on mobile & wireless technologies

Mobile & wireless technologies are much more than cellphones and tablets – think GPS, RFID, sensors, and others. Linda Daichendt, executive director of the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM), opines on why and how Michigan can become the go-to state for all things wireless.  

Metro Detroit's Growing Appetite

Food, glorious food! As Metromode rounds the bases for its 350th issue, we look back on one of the things that makes metro Detroit great: comestibles (a.k.a. food!). From restaurants to startups to chefs to markets, our region is flexing its muscle to become a veritable banquet of food innovation.

Cool Jobs: Irina Cotfas, Aerial Artist

Some metro Detroiters sit behind a computer all day. Others see patients, clients, customers, what-have-you. Irina Cotfas defies gravity. For a living. If you ever wondered what it would be like to run away with the circus, this Ferndale aerialist is your answer.

An Italian Piazza in Metro Detroit

Spawling 30,000 square feet and stocked with foods from around the world, Cantoro Italian Market has been referred to as a culinary Disneyland. Instead, it might be the closest thing to an official Italian piazza this side of New York City. Buon appetito! 

Metro Detroit's Cyber Candy Man

Like many people, Walter Blake Knoblock has a sweet tooth. But instead of simply acquiring cavities, this entrepreneurial 25-year-old decided to turn his passion for snacks into a business. Each month BoCandy sends subscribers sweets from around the globe, providing old faves, international confections and exotic discoveries.

The Business of Being Funny

As the old adage goes: "comedy is hard." Especially when it comes to turning a profit. Over the last six years, Ferndale's Go Comedy! Improv Theatre has evolved from a nightlife pastime to a growing business that teaches classes, hosts events and runs workshops for some of Metro Detroit's most notable businesses.

Will Metro Detroit's Tech Community Ever Be Color Blind?

Metro Detroit has a long history of cultural silos and regional segregation. So how does its tech and entrepreneurial community create opportunites for greater racial and cultural diversity? There's no easy answer but places like Silicon Valley are implementing aggressive and sustained efforts to bridge a divide local business leaders barely acknowledge.

COOL JOBS: Zack Green - Guitar Maker Extraordinaire

When your client list includes Kid Rock, Meshell Ndegeocello, Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins, and The Cure's Reeves Gabrels, you know you're one of a kind. There is nothing luthier Zack Scot Green loves more in the world than a guitar, which is probably why working at internationally renowned Reverend Guitars is more than a job, it's a calling.

Out of the Malls, Into the Trees: Oakland County Ecotourism?

How did Oakland County, a place famous for its wide selection of shopping malls, end up with metro Detroit's first ecotourism attraction? Well, it's funny you should ask. Metromode's Natalie Burg learns how West Bloomfield now speaks for the trees. 
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