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New yoga studio in Ferndale started by long-time teacher

Caren Paskel, a well-known figure in the local yoga industry, is striking out on her own with a new yoga studio in downtown Ferndale.

Paskel long held a leadership position at the local chain Yoga Shelter, which is co-owned by her brother Eric. She's calling her new venture EnSoul Yoga. It opens Saturday, October 8. An official grand opening won't be held until the first week of November, when Paskel will celebrate with DJs and vendors.

For those familiar with Paskel's style of teaching, EnSoul will be an extension of what she taught in the past. Paskel believes in a style of yoga that stretches the mind as well as the body, and not just during the class period. She says it's a yoga that keeps working well after a session is over.

Whatever nerves Paskel had when considering starting her own yoga studio have dissipated leading up to EnSoul opening. Originally planning on a now-scrapped Royal Oak location a year ago, she's since had that time to promote EnSoul as she readies the new Ferndale space. She's well known in the local yoga scene and has been offering pre-opening specials and Groupons leading up to the opening, all of which have been going fast, she says.

"We're off to a really good start," says Paskel. "This is pretty invigorating and exciting for me. It tells me I'm doing the right thing. People are coming."

She believes that the move to Ferndale has been the right thing, too. She says the downtown stretch of Nine Mile Road is very community-driven, with lots of neighboring business owners stopping in to say hello. "The vibe there is really awesome."

EnSoul Yoga is located at 210 W. Nine Mile Rd. in Ferndale.

Moceri Cos. to Invest $1.2B in senior luxury communities in Southeast Michigan


Moceri Cos., an Auburn Hills-based custom home builder, is investing more than $1.2 billion over 10 years to add new luxury living communities to The Blossom Collection — a group of living spaces across southeast Michigan for those 55 and older.

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Buyers flock to Milford in booming housing market


With its restaurants and retail shops, parks, recreation and community events, downtown Milford might be a nice place to visit — but many are deciding it’s an even better place to live.

Houses are selling quickly in the village and values are going up. According to numbers provided by Oakland County Equalization, Milford’s residential market values have increased, on average, about 17.3 percent since 2013 and are projected to head up an additional 4 percent in 2017.

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Pasta and pedicures: New business thrives in Birmingham


Zharko Palushaj has plenty of experience when it comes to running a fine Italian restaurant.

His wife, Dalis Chan Palushaj, knows all about mani-pedis.

Bingo. A business is born.

La Strada Dolci e Caffé and Adore Nails & Spa share 5,000 square feet of subdivided space inside the Merrillwood Building in downtown Birmingham.  The two businesses opened late last year and are creating a positive vibe in the city’s central business district.

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Orion Township Public Library Adult Services renovation kickoff

A few years ago, the Orion Township Public Library asked the Orion community what they wanted to see in their Library, and many who responded said they wanted the Library to update their physical space. As a result, that became a priority in the Library’s current Strategic Plan. As readers may remember, a couple years ago the Library renovated the Lobby and Youth Services areas. The Library is now starting to renovate the Adult Services area this fall!
Contractors will be removing wallpaper and painting, replacing the carpeting, adding some electrical outlets, and replacing the furniture. In addition, there will be a new 6-foot opening into the library from the back storage area. The Library plans to remain open during the renovation, which will likely last for a few months. However, there will be times when access to areas of the space will be limited or unavailable to patrons. The Library asks that patrons please be patient as the project progresses, just as they were a couple years ago.
Library Director, Karen Knox, said, “We will do our best to provide access to library materials as much as possible during the renovation. We are excited about how things will be early next year when the project is complete. We look forward to providing you with space that we hope will better meet your needs.”
The Orion Township Public Library is located at 825 Joslyn Road, Lake Orion, MI 48362 and is open 9:30a-9:00p Monday through Thursday and 9:30a-5:00p Friday and Saturday.  Additional library information can be found at orionlibrary.org or by calling 248.693.3000.

Olga's Kitchen to expand across Michigan, remodel existing restaurants


Livonia-based Olga’s Kitchen plans to expand across Michigan, with up to 10 new locations across the state, including possible sites in northern Oakland and Macomb counties, southern Wayne County, and in the Lansing and Grand Rapids markets.

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American Expedition Vehicles completes move to new Wixom headquarters


American Expedition Vehicles, a company that designs and manufactures Jeep accessories and vehicle packages, has completed its move from its Commerce Township facility to a new 110,000-square-foot headquarters in Wixom. 

Due to its fast growth trajectory, the new facility, located at 51960 W. 12 Mile Rd., is the third building the company has been in within the past five years.

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Flagstar plans $10 million economic development program for Pontiac


Flagstar Bancorp Inc. announced a five-year $10 million economic development program for the city of Pontiac.

The program includes customized home loans for Pontiac residents and veterans; $2.5 million for small businesses, startups and business attraction; $1.5 million for the previously announced naming rights for the Flagstar Strand Theatre for the Performing Arts; and $1 million for financial literacy.

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Kingsley Inn owners plan new brand, look, restaurant


The owners of a local landmark hotel, the Kingsley Inn in Bloomfield Hills, have a new flag, look and restaurant in the works for the site long known as a meetup spot in the tony suburbs.

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New Highland Feed store to offer new products, services


Construction of the new Highland Feed & Supply is underway and the store promises to be bigger and better than ever.

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Community Choice Credit Union announces new Royal Oak location

Passersby will notice a transformation on the corner of 12 Mile and Crooks in Royal Oak, as Community Choice Credit Union breaks ground on a new member center. When completed, Community Choice will move to this new location from the current one across the street.
The parcel of land was formerly a gas station and has been vacant since January 2016. Community Choice has actively worked together with city officials and community leaders to rezone the property and prepare the site for the new build.
“The city is excited to see a new, beautiful building going up to add some much needed curb appeal to this busy corner,” said Mayor of Royal Oak Jim Ellison. “With two other gas stations at this intersection, transforming this corner into a member center is an upgraded benefit for the entire community.”
The member center will have a unique architecture based on the shape of the parcel. The building will be triangular in shape, with sides that will face both Crooks and 12 Mile Roads.  It will add pedestrian-friendly sidewalks with a garden terrace and bench seats at the intersection.
On the inside, visitors will be welcomed into a café-like atmosphere without traditional teller lines. This new member center design focuses on relationship building between the credit union and members, and enhances the financial services experience. In 2015, Community Choice renovated member centers in Northville, Livonia and Milford, all featuring the new design.
“This fall, we’re not only breaking ground on a new member center, but also a new era in serving our Royal Oak members,” said Rob Bava, president and CEO of Community Choice Credit Union. “Community Choice Credit Union has been a part of the Royal Oak community since 1972 and we’re looking forward to adding beauty to this corner and creating a place where the entire community can get together to create healthy financial futures.”
The new Royal Oak Member Center is slated to open in spring of 2017. For more information on Community Choice Credit Union visitCommunityChoiceCU.com.
About Community Choice Credit Union: Established in 1935, Community Choice Credit Union offers a wide variety of financial products and services for both consumers and businesses. Any individual who lives, works, studies or worships in the following counties is eligible to become a member of Community Choice Credit Union: Allegan, Genesee, Kent, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Ottawa, St. Clair, Washtenaw or Wayne County, Michigan. Since 2008, Community Choice has invested more than $992,623 and 17,294 volunteer hours into its charitable Give Big efforts throughout Michigan. If you’re looking for an experience that’s different from your current banking relationship, let’s get together. For more information, visit CommunityChoiceCU.com.

Nexteer Automotive opens new world headquarters, celebrates global growth and innovation

Nexteer Automotive, a global leader in intuitive motion control, today opened its new World Headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The strategically located headquarters provides a strong platform for increased industry presence and expanded reach for skilled talent.

To commemorate the event, Nexteer held a grand opening ceremony attended by domestic and foreign government dignitaries, customers, suppliers and industry partners. The event highlighted the company's global growth and its dedication to innovation not only in its steering and driveline systems, but also in how employees work on a daily basis. It also previewed the headquarters' application of numerous collaborative technologies to increase operational efficiency and create a seamless global workflow. "Since the acquisition five years ago, we have established Nexteer as neither a Chinese company, nor an American company.  We see ourselves as a model global company with deep roots in the global automotive industry," said Guibin Zhao, chairman, executive board director and chief executive officer, Nexteer Automotive, during the event.  "Because we are a global company, we have made a deliberate choice to setup our new smart home among our customers, peers and thought-leaders in the heart of the global automotive industry right here in the State of Michigan in Oakland County and in the City of Auburn Hills."

The facility houses all corporate functions that are global and strategic in nature. The headquarters' team broadens its industry involvement through its proximity to customers, suppliers and industry partners. In addition to its geographic location, the new facility features collaborative tools to enable real-time collaboration among team members located around the world. 

"In Auburn Hills, we are afforded an enhanced strategic opportunity with our customers and partners. We've engrained ourselves in industry discussions and look forward to taking on an even greater role in shaping the future of mobility," said Mike Richardson, senior vice president, executive board director and chief strategy officer, Nexteer Automotive.

Part of Nexteer's active role in embracing future mobility technology is rooted in its commitment to Michigan. In addition to its Auburn Hills World Headquarters, Nexteer operates a Global Technology Center in Saginaw, Michigan. This engineering center is focused on the company's core technology advancement and global support of its regional product teams. Saginaw is also home to Nexteer's North America Division administration and U.S. manufacturing. Since 2010, Nexteer has invested nearly $500 million in its Michigan production facilities and currently employs a Michigan workforce of over 5,000.

The 52,000-square-foot headquarters houses 150 Nexteer employees and features a full-service cafe, ergonomic workspaces, recycled and renewable building materials, high-efficiency HVAC and lighting systems. In addition to advanced collaboration tools, the facility showcases digital signage with interactive company information and current news, weather and traffic reports.

Ferndale doggie day care business caters to small dogs

Liz Blondy has seen it firsthand, that look of anxiety creeping over a dog owner's face as they go to board their three-pound Yorkie and a 120-pound shepherd walks through the door. Often it's the owners of small dogs, and not the small dogs themselves, that are afraid of the bigger breeds of dogs. It's why Blondy created Tiny Town, a day care and boarding facility specifically designed for small dogs.

Blondy is the owner of Canine to Five, the dog day care and boarding businesses located in Detroit and Ferndale. She opened Tiny Town this past June. It's a facility reserved for dogs 20 pounds and under. While it's located in the same building as the Ferndale Canine to Five, Blondy characterizes Tiny Town as a completely separate business.

The play area is designed for small dogs. The kennels are designed for small dogs. The small dogs receive more hands-on attention from a staff that is specific to Tiny Town. Blondy even has an HVAC system set so the small dogs can't sense the large dogs. And a separate entrance limits those anxiety-inducing encounters between small dog owners and the big dogs themselves.

"I'd say Tiny Town is about 50 percent for the dogs, 50 percent for the owners," says Blondy.

While space is currently unavailable for a Tiny Town at the Detroit location, Blondy says that she's working with a bank and architect to build an addition to that building.

Tiny Town will be hosting a free play date on Sep. 11 that will be open to the public. This Friday, Aug. 26, Canine to Five will help celebrate National Dog Day at the Shinola shop in Midtown, where they'll be providing complimentary nail clippings for friendly dogs—emphasis on the friendly, says Blondy.

Tiny Town is located at 1221 E. Nine Mile Rd. in Ferndale.

Troy's Delphi Automotive partners with Mobileye to develop automated driving system for 2019


Delphi Automotive, an automotive technology supplier with its North American headquarters in Troy, has partnered with Mobileye, a supplier of vision-based sensing systems with U.S. offices in Jericho, N.Y., to develop an autonomous driving system that is expected to be production ready by 2019.

“This partnership will allow us to give our customers an increased level of automated capabilities faster and more cost effectively,” says Kevin Clark, president and CEO of Delphi. “The collective expertise of our two organizations will accelerate the creation of new approaches and capabilities that would likely not have been possible working alone.”

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Shinola opening first outlet store in Michigan at Great Lakes Crossing


Shinola is opening its first outlet store in Michigan right here in Oakland County.

Great Lakes Crossing will say hello in November to the 1,900-square-foot outlet store, which will be Shinola’s second ever outlet and offer a wide-variety of watches, leather goods and journals.

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