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Mindy Lopus-Tallulah Wine Bar and Bistro

A New Breed of Restaurateurs - Pt 2

Metromode continues Nicole Rupersburg's two-part series on the region's new generation of restaurateurs and how they're changing Metro Detroit's dining landscape.

Curt Catallo and Ann Stevenson-Clarkston

A New Breed of Restaurateur Pt. 1

There's been a paradigm shift in Metro Detroit. In the past, restaurant chains were king, spawning scores of copy-cat eateries. Today, the focus is on unique experiences in unique spaces that understand and want to be a part of the community they're in. In a two-part series Metromode's Nicole Rupersburg looks at the region's new generation of restaurateurs.


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.


Guest Blogger: Megan O'Connell

In an economy increasingly tilted towards service businesses, it's Detroit's artisans who are leaving a tangible imprint on the city's culture. Megan O'Connell, founder of Salt & Cedar Letterpress, writes about the unconventional funding of her press, mapping objects and stories, and the press as a cultural cache.

The Big Salad ABS

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.


Our Economic Diversity: Where Middle East Meets Midwest

More than just hookah bars and falafel joints, Metro Detroit's Arab-American economy has become a vital and increasingly intertwined part of our community. From halal pizzerias to hijab boutiques, a new generation of business owners is helping to blur our cultural and geographic lines. 


GSTV Pumps Media Into the Mundane

Let's face it, pumping gas is a drag. Not just the price, but the physical act of standing around watching the little LCD monitor add more debt to your credit card. Well, one man's boredom is another man's business opportunity. Enter GSTV, a successful Birmingham company that wants to put a TV at every gas pump.

Training at the Elijah McCoy USPTO

Detroit, One Invention at a Time

This point cannot be labored enough: The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office affirmed Detroit's growing manufacturing and knowledge economy by opening its first-ever satellite location in Detroit. Metromode examines the U.S.P.T.O's activities in the region, and what its presence means for the area's economy.


Immigration: An Old Solution for the New Economy

Yousif Ghafari is the living embodiment of the American immigrant success story. He was born in Lebanon, earned multiple college degrees in the U.S., and spent decades building a business from scratch. The result has been wealth, community status, political connections, and a reputation for philanthropy. Needless to say, Ghafari has some strong opinions about the role of immigrants in our region's success. Dennis Archambault gets the story.


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.


Tinker, Invent, Innovate - TechShop Comes To Metro Detroit

Laser cutters, 3D printers and CNC routers at gym membership prices. TechShop Detroit is a playground for do-it-yourself entrepreneurs, a workshop and makerspace that democratizes industrial fabrication.


Birmingham Welcomes Its Lego Robot Masters

Anyone with kids knows that Legos are more than just a toy, they are a multi-colored, foot-impaling lifestyle... and the addiction of many a child. Meet Jonathan and Sarah Jacobs, the ultimate pushers. Realizing that kids need a makerspace of their own, the couple opened Birmingham's Robot Garage, a Lego and handmade robotics wonderland.


Craftwork: Pursuing Passion To Make Things By Hand

Blame it on the recession or chalk it up to a growing subculture of people who prefer vinyl records to MP3s, but the trend toward creative entrepreneurship is real and rising. With a growing appreciation for authenticity, usually in the form of a handmade object with pedigree or a good story, folks have traded in their "day jobs" to pursue their passion for making things by hand.


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.


StartGarden Sows the Seeds of Entrepreneurship

From ArtPrize to the seed accelerator Momentum to the web business incubator Pomegranate Studios, Grand Rapids-based Rick Devos has created an impressive farm team of entrepreneurial enterprises focused on strengthening Michigan's economic ecosystem. His latest creation, StartGarden, gets both professionals and the public behind projects with the potential to blossom into successful businesses.
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