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AfterHouse: Fighting Blight by Growing a Greenhouse

Fire and blight have left more than a few holes in metro Detroit's neighborhoods. AfterHouse has an idea for a temporary solution: below-ground greenhouses. The organization, inspired by South American farmers who build subterranean 'walipinis' to grow crops year-round, is using a burnt-out house in Detroit as its prototype.

How Cheesecake Saved a Family's Future

Patrick Peteet knows a bit about reinvention. Just as his father left the line at Ford to start the family's real estate business, Patrick, after a series of tragic setbacks, convinced the family to leave real estate behind to become cheesecake entrepreneurs. The result is Peteet's Cheesecakes in Oak Park, where they sell 60-80 cakes a day... and have an eye on franchising.

Metro Detroit's Jerky Boys

Head into northern Michigan and homemade jerky is a way of life. Here in metro Detroit, not so much. That hasn't stopped Don and Steve Francis from elevating dried cured meat and sausage to an art form. From bison to rattlesnake, the brothers have built a pair of businesses that have attracted fans from all over the country.

Juice Juice Revolution

Caitlin James went from Peace Corps worker to successful entrepreneur in less than three years. And she's yet to cross her thirtieth birthday. Partnered with her four sisters and mentored by Garden Fresh's George Vutetakis, James has turned DROUGHT Juice into the local food business to watch.

Where's the Beef in Metro Detroit? (& Lamb, Pork, & Duck)

Man does not live by gluten-free vegan cuisine alone. Some might argue that's not living at all. For all the love that's given to the how-green-is-my-garden folks, Metromode's Nicole Rupersburg feels it's time to give a big bloody hug to locals who want to put their incisors to good use.

A Market Grows in Downtown Pontiac

If there's a canary in the coalmine for downtown vibrancy, it's a thriving grocery store. Lafayette Market and Cafe in downtown Pontiac opened its doors at the end of 2012 and is reaching beyond the loft-dwellers that live above to connect with the surrounding community. 

From Up North to Your Door: Cherries & Grapes

There's little doubt that Michigan is the midwest's Horn Of Plenty. But how to wrangle all those delicious wines, ciders, jams, and treats from around the state into your pantry? The folks at Cherries & Grapes intend to make being a true-blue locavore as easy as a few clicks on your computer.

Dan Gearig: Building a Better Food Truck

Anyone who thinks that food trucks are just a passing fad hasn't been paying attention. Around the country mobile eateries are gaining more and more popularity. But where to get those trucks? That's the question the Mac Shack's Dan Gearig has set out to answer with his new food truck fabrication biz, Red Beard Customs.

A Brittle Game Plan

When you've been to the Super Bowl six times what else is there to do? For defensive tackle and Birmingham native Mike Lodish the answer was peanut brittle.

Dino's: Feeding Fans And School Kids Alike

Dino's restaurant has been a beloved Ferndale fixture for over a decade. When the recession hit, owner Dean 'Dino' Bach started catering to keep his employees working and, unexpectedly, discovered a whole new business opportunity - providing healthy lunches to school kids.

The Big Salad Aims To Get Bigger

John and Elizabeth Bornoty are on a mission: To change people's opinions about salad. And it seems to be working. As the founders and owners of Grosse Pointe Woods' The Big Salad, the couple is building a fast-growing franchise that puts produce front and center as a healthy meal.

Has Fido Got Beer Bones?

Sometimes entrepreneurial success is a matter of being in the right place at the right time and recognizing an opportunity when you see one. In the case of Cohiba's Beer Bones it meant letting the family dog chow down on some accidentally spilled home brewery ingredients.

Fests and Fundraisers Go local

If you want further evidence that locally sourced food and craft-brewed beverages are becoming the new normal, consider any local festival or fundraiser worth its salt. Michigan-made products have become event necessities, culinary carrots that are dangled in front of enthusiastic attendees.

Almost Famous: Metro Detroit's Up And Coming Chefs

Metro Detroit's chefs may not be dominating episodes of Chopped and Top Chef but that doesn't mean they don't shine where it counts. So what about our next generation of kitchen masters? Metromode's Nicole Rupersburg introduces you to a quartet of local culinary up-and-comers.

Michigan-made Ambassador: Achatz Pie Co.

In 19 years the Achatz Pie Co. has gone from family kitchen to farmer's market to over 100 grocery stores, including Whole Foods. But co-founder and co-owner Wendy Achatz is more than just an all-natural sweet treat peddler, she's an enthusiastic cheerleader for Michigan-made products.
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