Saturday, December 1, 2012
You don't need to be an urban planner to know what West Bloomfield needs from this vacancy. Talk about it on Patch.
West Bloomfield's restaurant choices became a little more slim this year after D'Pauli's Restaurant moved out, creating a new vacancy in the Sugar Tree Square just north of Maple Road on Orchard Lake Road. The empty storefront, next to Outback Steakhouse, is zoned in the community business district.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
The Huntington Woods resident, who shares tips on how to write effective college essays in her posts, talks about how she and partner Susan Knoppow, also of Huntington Woods, transformed helping neighborhood kids into a small business and more.
Patch blogger Kim Lifton thrives on helping people tell their stories. The Huntington Woods resident and former journalist has used her experience to guide myriad Metro Detroit students along the path to college admissions. She serves as president of Wow Writing Workshop and writes a popular Patch blog on how to write effective college essays. [Would you like to blog on Patch? Click here to get started!] "I am a news junkie, naturally inquisitive (a bit nosey) and interested in everything and anyone," she said. "Everyone has a story; I want to hear them all." The small business owner and her Wow Writing Workshop partner Susan Knoppow, also of Huntington Woods, this summer launched Wow Online – College Essay, a tutorial for college …
Saturday, March 31, 2012
April and James Forbes are opening The Cakeria on Monday. Why not drop in and get a pastry?
April and James Forbes can take a bad situation and make it good. They can also make a wide variety of pastries and cakes. Together, the Waterford couple are planning to open The Cakeria (6585 Commerce Rd., West Bloomfield, in the former location of Marty's Cookies and Bagels) on Monday, April 2. James Forbes worked for 26 years as a corporate restaurant manager before losing his job in the midst of the recession. At the same time, April Forbes was building on an education in Oakland Community College's pastry arts program by working from home and selling at Dixieland Flea Market, while building up a steady clientele of fans who couldn't get enough of her specialties, including peach cake. April took some time this week to give us the …
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Businesses both corporate and small have an early start to the biggest shopping weekend of the year.
Deal hunting shoppers this past weekend were running on a full stomach thanks to Zoe’s House of Pancakes, which ran out of bread and orange juice during the busy weekend. “This has been a really good week for us. Wednesday was nuts and Friday was even busier,” Manager Frank Adamopoulos said. Business lingered in the morning and picked up right before lunchtime this weekend at Zoe’s. “We ran out of bread on Saturday and Sunday, and our bread guy said “Man, I knew you were going to run out,” Adamopoulos said. Zoe’s was one of many area businesses which participated in a Small Business Saturday promotion from American Express, which offered a one-time $25 rebate to shoppers spending at least $25 at a small business after registering their …
Friday, November 18, 2011
Nov. 26 promotion features $25 incentive from American Express to 'shop small.'
This seasonal greeting comes from hometown merchants: Don't be in thrall to the mall. They're spreading the word via social media and window signs with help from American Express, organizer of the second annual Small Business Saturday on Nov. 26. The credit card issuer promotes a nationwide "day dedicated to supporting small businesses on one of the busiest shopping weekends," it explains online. "We’re asking millions of Americans to 'shop small' at their favorite local stores and help fuel the economy. When we all shop small, it will be huge." The firm puts money where its promotion is by offering a one-time $25 rebate to shoppers spending at least $25 at a small business after registering their credit card here. Any non-franchised …