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Crispelli's expands with opening of bakery in Royal Oak, plans restaurant in Troy

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Crispelli’s Bakery and Pizzeria — with restaurants in West Bloomfield Township and along Woodward Avenue in Berkley — has opened a new French bakery called Bread by Crispelli’s in Royal Oak. Additionally, a new Crispelli’s will open this spring in Troy.

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The Suit Depot opens new store in Oak Park

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The Suit Depot, a retailer offering a large selection of discount designer menswear, will open in March in Oak Park.

“When a man feels confident in what he is wearing, it helps him be successful in every part of his life," says owner Marty Babayov. "That is our mission at The Suit Depot, to ensure that each one of our customers leaves looking and feeling their best, without breaking their budget.”

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Union Joints plan eatery for WWJ building in Oak Park

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The team behind award-winning restaurants Clarkston Union, Union Woodshop, Vinsetta Gararge and others announced plans for a restaurant inside the WWJ transmitter building on 8 Mile in Oak Park.

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Construction begins on new Holden's store

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Ready for some of Holden’s famous breakfast pizza and fried chicken?

Construction of the new Holden’s Party Store & Deli began this week after a massive blaze reduced the community icon to rubble last September. Pete Holden, who owns and operates the store in partnership with his brother Bruce Holden, said the store should be ready to reopen in July – and he can’t wait to put out the welcome mat.

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Novi business explores cutting-edge cafeteria offerings

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The challenge for a Novi food distributor specializing in school and institutional contracts isn’t just how to keep its customers satisfied, but properly fed. As National Food Group President and CEO Sean Zecman said, there’s more to cafeteria food than just a daily happy meal.

“We know that kids want chicken nuggets and pizza,” Zecman said. “They don’t want corn and spinach, so how do we provide it in something they will consume?”

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Motor City Harley-Davidson plans $8M dealership with restaurant, drive-in theater

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Motor City Harley-Davidson will build an $8 million dealership that will also offer a brewpub-style restaurant, a gourmet market, and a drive-in outdoor theater. Construction is expected to begin in April in Farmington Hills.

"We are making a major investment back into the community that Motor City Harley-Davidson has called home for the past 17 years," says Tom Celani, owner of Motor City Harley-Davidson. "The new Motor City Harley-Davidson will become a gathering place for riders who love the Harley-Davidson lifestyle."

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Southfield housing renovations to help low income, senior and disabled residents

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McDonnell Tower Apartments and the tower and townhomes at River Park Place in Southfield are getting a $19.8 million makeover. The Southfield Nonprofit Housing Corporation, in partnership with Southfield-based Larc Community Development Group, worked on behalf of the City of Southfield to make this makeover project possible. Together they secured Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) tax credit financing and a construction loan to renovate the properties, located at Civic Center Drive and Berg Road. In addition to extensive exterior and interior renovations, the affordable rental housing apartments will be getting energy efficiency upgrades which will lower monthly utility costs for residents and reduce the carbon footprint of the buildings.

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Better Health Stores of Michigan finds success in nutrition niche

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Tedd Handelsman has found that healthy food products are not just a passing trend. Organic produce, alternative sweeteners, grain-free, paleo-friendly foods, healthy fats and probiotics have gained in popularity over the past several years and are selling strong, Handelsman, Better Health Stores president, said in a press release.

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Orion Township beer distributor invests in energy efficient upgrades

An Oakland County beer distributor has become a pioneer in energy efficiency and renewable energy investment. Orion Township-based Powers Distributing is the first business in the state to have completed a refinanced PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) project.

PACE helps businesses finance energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that save money in the long run but require expensive investment up front. It allows property owners this ability through a special property tax assessment with the local government, in this case Orion Township. The tax assessment then frees up lenders' ability to provide up to 20-year, low rate, fixed-interest loans.

By using PACE to help finance a 95kW solar system on the roof of its recycling center as well as the installation of LED lighting throughout the facility, Powers Distributing became the first beer distributor in the country to finance an energy efficiency project with PACE, the first refinanced PACE project in the state, and the first PACE project altogether in Oakland County.

While the project cost $435,000, officials expect returns on its investment to surpass $1,000,000 over the lifespan of the project. The energy efficient solar and lighting equipment will save Powers an average of $48,000 per year in energy costs. As Powers chief operating officer Gary Thompson says in a statement, "…[T]he entire beer supply chain from brewing to distribution to your refrigerator is a long and energy hungry road."

Powers completed the project with help from the Newman Consulting Group, Lean & Green Michigan, and Michigan Solar Solutions. Since the state of Michigan allows any project that can be financed through PACE to also be re-financed through PACE, Powers was able to re-finance for a project carried out from 2013 to 2015.

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Connected vehicle specialist Harman unveils $30M North American headquarters in Novi

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Harman International Industries Inc., a designer and engineer of connected vehicle systems, unveiled its new $30 million, 200,000-square-foot North American headquarters in Novi at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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Royal Oak's ROAK Brewery tests hops extraction technology

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ROAK Brewing Co. in Royal Oak will become one of the first breweries to utilize a technology called ApoWave hop extraction. The process offers increased hop flavor extraction for higher yields of beer, while using fewer hops.

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McLaren Oakland to open new emergency center in Clarkston

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McLaren Oakland will open its new, larger emergency center on the campus of the McLaren Health Care Village in Clarkston later this month.

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Oakland FlexTech Academy opens state-of-art makerspace

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Oakland FlexTech Academy announce the launch of its state-of-the-art makerspace. Community members of all ages are invited to tour the space, experiment with the new tools and technology, participate in hands on activities, and enjoy light refreshments.

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Light Guide Systems, HP launch revolutionary "blended reality" tech tool

Light Guide Systems, an augmented reality tool that is transforming manual assembly and manufacturing processes for companies worldwide, is working with HP Inc., to launch a new technology tool—Light Guide Systems Pro. Utilizing the immersive computing platform Sprout Pro by HP, Light Guide Systems Pro modernizes manual assembly processes in commercial and education applications.

Light Guide Systems helps reduces error and radically improve manufacturing assembly processes by projecting a digital operating “canvas” directly onto virtually any work surface and providing audio and visual prompts, guidance, pacing and direction. Light Guide Systems Pro takes the tool to the next level by incorporating its proprietary software into the powerful yet compact Sprout Pro PC platform to deliver a clean and compact package that is portable, flexible and affordable.

“It is incredible to see how well the Light Guide Systems software pairs with the Sprout Pro by HP platform,” said Paul Ryznar, OPS Solutions founder, president and CEO. “Light Guide Systems Pro can improve outcomes and support applications for nearly any industry, from automotive and medical to aerospace, defense and electronics. It’s a versatile platform that blends reality in an efficient and creative way.”

Designed to be versatile, intuitive and user-friendly, Light Guide Systems Pro utilizes all of the Sprout Pro platform features, such as a 2D and 3D scanner and two screens used to transform objects from the physical to digital space, allowing for innumerable applications in the manufacturing, design, education and commercial fields.

“Light Guide Systems Pro is one of the most unique uses for HP’s groundbreaking blended reality Sprout Pro platform," said Louis Kim, global head and general manager of Immersive Computing, HP Inc. "The flexible system provides an immediate solution to numerous manufacturing and assembly challenges. As part of the compact Sprout Pro platform, Light Guide Systems has the potential to make a substantial impact on small assembly operations for businesses in many industries and disciplines.”

Light Guide Systems Pro is currently available worldwide. Visit www.ops-solutions for more information.
 

New restaurant serves fresh, delicious vegan and vegetarian food in Ferndale

As the seasons change, so, too, does the menu at the recently opened GreenSpace Cafe in downtown Ferndale. That's because the restaurant and bar features non-GMO and organic ingredients in the foods and drinks it serves, ingredients bought fresh at venues like local farmers markets. The items are fresh and healthy, yes, but perhaps most important of all, they're delicious. So says Joel Kahn, who opened the Cafe with his co-owner son, Daniel Kahn, in December 2015.

Health is an underlying current throughout GreenSpace Cafe. This should be no surprise for those familiar with Dr. Joel Kahn, a cardiologist and long-time vegan who has focused many a public speaking engagement around the benefits of healthy eating. Absent are the excessive amounts of salts, oils, and sugars. Gone are the fryers and microwaves. Fresh ingredients purchased from places like the Royal Oak Farmers Market and Eastern Market are combined with healthy spices to create the menu.

Even the cocktails are healthier at GreenSpace. That's because the bartenders utilize the Michigan-based Drought juice brand in their craft cocktail mixes. Drought is organic, cold-pressed, raw juice, adding a dose of nutrition to the margaritas, Manhattans, and cosmopolitans that the restaurant serves. Drought also runs a retail space in the cafe storefront, complete with its own independent set of hours. For Dr. Kahn, having Drought on board is an asset. The pairing is, as he says, "a wonderful synergy of talent."

The space itself takes up two old storefronts, the locations of the now-closed Maria's Front Room and Just 4 Us. The GreenSpace team knocked down the wall between the two storefronts to create one continuous 4,000-square-foot space that seats about 100. Having torn out the drywall and drop ceilings, the Kahns describe the new space as having an urban loft feel, with brand new state-of-the-art equipment, to boot.

GreenSpace Cafe is located at 215 W. Nine Mile Rd. in Ferndale, Michigan.
 
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