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Grosse Pointe 2.0 Redux
Kim North Shine
Thursday, February 07, 2013
Urban revitalization is infectious and Grosse Pointe has caught the bug. Big changes are afoot in the east side community as new eateries, businesses and ideas threaten to energize the otherwise cloistered community. Could GP become the next RO?
Selling Birmingham's Downtown Shopping District
Kim North Shine
Thursday, January 19, 2012
For decades national chains, the stores most American shop in, have set their sites on malls and shopping strips. But the times they are a-changing. Every year the focus and enthusiasm for downtown living and shopping grows. So, how do you integrate and accommodate national retail into a city's core?
chats with Julie Fielder, Birmingham's go-to gal for putting stores into its downtown storefronts.
Grosse Pointe 2.0
Kim North Shine
Thursday, November 10, 2011
It may just be five blocks, but the neighborhood around Grosse Pointe Park's Kercheval Avenue is starting to change the character, residential make up, and expectations of a community that has long been regarded as --dare we say it?-- cloistered.
Metro Detroit: A Visitor's View
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Long after the high-voltage North American International Auto Show rolls up the red carpet, tourism remains a nearly $5 billion a year economic plug for Metro Detroit. Are visitors mapping out the region's praises or issuing their own travel advisories?
takes a look from their vantage points.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
For business owners stymied by city bureaucracy and anti-development ordinances, the "Welcome To..." sign has become "Proceed With Caution". Enter Clawson, a speck of a city that's used progressive downtown strategies and business-friendly policies to become known as Metro Detroit's best-kept secret.
Bellyache Candy Shoppe
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Candy and Detroit rock n' roll - two great tastes that taste great together! Royal Oak's Bellyache Candy Company is taking the web by storm, pushing Goo Goo Clusters, Pop Rocks and Charleston Chews along with CDs, vinyl LPs and 7-inch singles from bands like The Amino Acids, The Hentchman, and Gore Gore Girls. Can you say, "Yummy"?
Incognito In Royal Oak
Thursday, June 23, 2011
If it's good enough for George Clinton, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and The White Stripes, it's good enough for you. Incognito is a longtime local fave known for its funky footwear, clothing and accessories
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Move over Chihuly, Epiphany Studios is out to eat your lunch. Okay, not really, but this Pontiac-based glass studio produces some incredible work, employing techniques developed and mastered by Italian glass blowers over hundreds of years.
House Of Chants
Thursday, May 14, 2009
House Of Chants could care less about the masses. They want
to look fabulous. Upscale urban, locally minded and absolutely authentic, this 20s era storefront is SoHo meets Motown. Yup, just another example of downtown Ferndale's renaissance.
Naka, Naka (Who's There?)
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Buy local doesn't just mean food, dontcha know. Naka boutique in Ferndale features hand-crafted clothing, soaps and gifts from Metro Detroit creatives and designers. And owner Kelly Pettibone Lapointe doesn't just
local, she moved back from New York City to
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