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The Accidental Restaurateur

From a short-lived deal with Mercury Records to an ancho BBQ burrito locals crave, Steve Zuccaro is not your everyday average Metro Detroit success story. After a teenage stint as a dishwasher, the Grosse Pointe rocker vowed to never work in a restaurant again. Today he owns three popular eateries.

TICKET GIVEAWAY: Rust Belt to Artist Belt III

Another week, another give away! Artists, business owners, educators and designers will meet to discuss how post-industrial cities are being shaped by creative projects at this cool event. Sign up for a chance to score an $80 ticket inside.

Purpose Driven: A Q&A with Whole Foods CEO Walter Robb

Whole Foods CEO Walter Robb is an unabashed entrepreneur, a true believer that business is the ultimate engine for change. He also believes that corporations must have a deeper purpose than just profit. Metromode's Jeff Meyers chats with Robb about the way those seemingly disconnected impulses come together and why the next generation of business leaders should embrace them.

Building A Cultural Bridge

With audiences across all of North America, Southfield-based Middle Eastern American Television is the only 24-hour media outlet of its kind in the nation. And starting in March, owner Wally Jadan will see his dream of building a bridge between the Arab and Arab-American world come true as MEA-TV goes international.

Texts From Last Night: A Q&A with Ben and Phillip Bator

Texts From Last Night turned Ben and Philip Bator into accidental entrepreneurs. Now, with millions of followers, books, mobile apps and even a television show in development, these Metro Detroit natives are poised to conquer the world ...from their living room.

Made Here, Eaten Everywhere

It's one thing to make food that's popular with the locals. It's another to produce something people everywhere want to eat. From the classics to the upstarts to the little-known, Southeast Michigan is home to a surprising and delicious mix of nationally (and internationally) sipped and supped food products.

Old School Meet New School: A Q&A with Brand Labs

Just one word: e-commerce. You thought we were going to say plastics, didn't you? The funny thing is, Rochester-based Brand Labs owes as much to plastics as it does to the Internet. Mixing old economy lessons with new economy business, Kevin Harman and Dane Downer's 3-year-old firm has found incredible success. Metromode finds out how.

Double Lives: Jim Miller

Jim Miller is restless... In that fingers-in-many-pies sorta way. Not only is he Metro Detroit's go-to guy for marketing and PR as a member of Franco's Leadership Team, he's also a children's book author. As Nikka Costa sings, "everybody got their something".

Going Rouge In Ferndale

Local and organic are words that are usually associated with restaurants and grocery stores. But in downtown Ferndale's ever-growing hub for hip businesses it applies to skincare and nails. Cheryl Salinas-Tucker not only turned her power suit past into an entrepreneurial future, she's made her salon, Rouge, a truly homegrown destination. 

Going Mobile: Q&A with Henry Balanon of Bickbot

Here, there, everywhere. It's not a coincidence that Henry Balanon got into the mobile application business. For this young entrepreneur, mobility is a way of life. Metromode chats with the founder of Bickbot about co-working, phone apps, blogging, iPads and what they mean for Metro Detroit.

Accelerating SE Michigan's Business Ecosystem

In the shadow of this past weekend's Big Chill hockey extravaganza, The Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition --an American Idol-style contest for start-ups-- was held in Ann Arbor. More important than the $1 million in cash and support handed out was the collaboration exhibited by regional business leaders. Is there a new age of cooperation dawning in SE Michigan?

2010: A Year of Entrepreneurship And Innovation

If anyone doubts that Metro Detroit is a hotbed of invention, entrepreneurship and creative thinking they just haven't been paying attention. Metromode once again unearthed a treasure trove of people, companies and communities that are evolving our sense of place, building our new economy, and promoting innovation at every turn. As we ring out the year we look back at a baker's dozen of stories that inspired us!

The Home Court Advantage

Why go to the hockey rink when you can bring the hockey rink to you? Game Courts of Michigan not only creates courts and rinks for schools, parks and gyms but also for residential backyards. And business is growing!

Beer Is Fun! Q&A with entrepreneur Mike Plesz

Beer here now! If anyone knows the meaning of those word it's Mike Plesz. The serial brewpreneur has been launching local microbrew pubs since 1994. His latest endeavor --Rochester's Mind Body & Spirits-- is a successful sustainability-oriented restaurant. Plesz talks with Metromode about beer, local food production, green practices, and more beer. Bottoms up!

From Blogs To Bucks

Everyone and their granny has a blog. But how many web-based wordsmiths know how to earn a buck for their efforts? From blog-based record labels to Internet journalists to movie deals for embarrassing text messages, some Metro Detroit bloggers are turning their passions into paychecks.
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