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Barber shop, furniture store open in Oakland County

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A hip barber shop in Hazel Park, handmade furniture in Ferndale and El Salvador flavors in Oak Park are among what’s new or coming soon to southeast Oakland County.

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All-purpose vegan boutique to bring sustainable plant-based living to Oak Park

Nurah Ikpeama wants to revolutionize the way people shop for plant-based foods and products.

On the path to doing so, she’s taken an important next step. This Saturday, Aug. 25, Ikpeama is celebrating the grand opening of Electric Plate Vegan Shop, a multi-purpose space in the Crown Pointe Plaza building in Oak Park.

Electric Plate Vegan Shop is a vegan grocery boutique. The store will feature a mix of prepared foods and groceries--all vegan. Caffeine-free coffee is on the menu. Ikpeama will also host monthly forums on the plant-based lifestyle.

She’s also planning a vegan fest for later in the fall.

"For those of us living the plant-based lifestyle, we usually have to go to stores that aren’t dedicated to being vegan," Ikpeama says.

"Places like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s might have vegan sections, but you still have to walk through the meat section. I don’t like that mix."

Ikpeama’s path to Electric Plate Vegan Shop began in 2015, when she transitioned from what she calls being a "dirty vegan" to a "clean vegan," a difference she explains as when she took plant-based cooking more seriously and stopped eating things like mass-produced cookies.

She began sharing her plant-based recipes on social media. Interest was so high that places around Detroit began inviting her to throw pop-up kitchen events. People then began to ask when she would have a permanent place of her own.

Electric Plate Vegan Shop is that place. Located on the third floor of the Crown Pointe building, Ikpeama says she chose the location because Oak Park is equally accessible from both the east and west sides.

Though not a full-service restaurant, Electric Plate will sell Ikpeama’s ready-made dishes. Most items, like her tacos and quinoa burgers, are served raw and don’t require ovens. The shop will also feature a variety of vegan-friendly groceries.

Electric Plate Vegan Shop is located on the third floor of 25900 Greenfield Rd. in Oak Park.

Got a development news story to share? Email MJ Galbraith here or send him a tweet @mikegalbraith.


Oak Park in the news: City attracts new R&D HQ, named 'Redevelopment Ready' by Michigan

The city of Oak Park has been making its way through the offices of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation recently, with not one but two big announcements to come out of the state’s business development and marketing arm.

First, it was recently announced that electric vehicle manufacturer Bordrin Motor Corporation will be opening a new research and development center in the city. The Chinese company has four locations worldwide.

The Oak Park location will serve as Bordrin’s new North American headquarters. The development is expected to create 62 jobs and generate a total capital investment of $3.4 million. As a result, the MEDC has approved a $496,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant for the company.

"I’m excited Bordrin Automotive is expanding its high-tech presence in Oak Park," Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said in a statement. "Much of the innovation and development of the electric vehicle happens in Oakland County and Bordrin is a key player in that global market.

"They are an important part of our international business community and join other Chinese companies who have chosen to make their North American homes in Oakland County."

That’s not all. It was also recently announced that the city of Oak Park has been certified as a Redevelopment Ready Community. According to the MEDC website, becoming a Redevelopment Ready Community formally recognizes that a city has both a vision for its future and a plan for how to get there. It demonstrates to the outside world that the community is worthy of private investment.

"Like a handful of other inner-ring suburbs, Oak Park is experiencing a revitalization, in part, because of our commitment to planning, pro-active zoning and community engagement," says Oak Park Mayor Marian McClellan.

"The best practices provided through the Redevelopment Ready Communities program have promoted economic development and renewed interest in our community as a great place for investment, and an exciting place for families to grow."

Got a development news story to share? Email MJ Galbraith here or send him a tweet @mikegalbraith.


Futuris Group acquires Kongsberg Automotive's North American headrest business

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Oak Park-based auto body supplier Futuris Group today announced it has completed the acquisition of Kongsberg Automotive’s North American headrest and armrest business, expanding their presence in Italy and the European market.

Futuris is a leading automotive tier 1 global JIT seating and interiors supplier with complete design, development, and production capabilities. The company has operations in the United States, Mexico, China, Thailand, and Australia, and overall it operates more than 25 facilities and employs 5,600 associates worldwide.

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Life Skills Village opens brain injury rehab center in Oak Park

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Beyond the hype of the NFL scandal and the subsequent Will Smith film, “Concussion,” there are tens of thousands of people suffering the daily trauma of living with a brain injury. Whether that injury comes from a fall, car accident, stroke or aneurysm - the treatment team at Life Skills Village leads the way to rehabilitation and recovery with a newly constructed Center for Brain Injury Rehabilitation, located in Oak Park.

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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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Kravings answering call for modern kosher carryout in Oak Park

After more than 40 years in business, Quality Kosher Catering is finding a new and different market for its food.

Daniel Kohn, the 28-year-old grandson of the founder, is part of that market -- the young Jewish community with an appetite for updated and creative Kosher food.

With that in mind, Kohn is overseeing the opening of the company's new takeout spot in Oak Park, Kravings. It's located at 25270 Greenfield Road and has a dining room that seats about 25. It has a grill, sushi bar and fully certified Kosher kitchen turning out traditional and contemporary Kosher meals.

Kravings' official grand opening is this week, but after a few weeks of what was supposed to be a soft opening Kohn says it's clearer than ever that the demand for more modern kosher food is high.

"The only bad thing since we've opened is how good the reception has been," says Kohn.

The idea to open Kravings came together about a year ago. Quality Kosher Catering, which started in Southfield in 1968 by Kohn's grandmother, is the exclusive caterer for the Congregation Shaarey Zedek synagogue in Southfield, but the vast majority of its business is outside the temple, across metro Detroit, says Kohn.

"It was a pretty spontaneous idea," he says. "It came up in the last year. It was about five months from the time we decided to do it to when we opened.

"Our business on its own started changing. A lot of clients who knew us and were comfortable with us and liked our food started calling for smaller orders. We were doing that from our catering location, but it was not ideal.

"In conjunction with that, Unique Kosher carryout, which had been around for about 25 years, was closing. The owner approached me and was planning on retiring and was looking to sell his business. So it was a combination of looking to solve a problem we were having and having the opportunity to purchase a great location."

At the same time the demands of local, young Jewish residents who had moved away and seen modern, trendy and different Kosher foods in other cities were looking for the same in metro Detroit.

"The Kosher community has changed a lot and evolved a lot, especially in the last 10 years," Kohn says. "A lot more people, young people, are moving back from Chicago, New York, and demanding something fresh, something more hip."

Sushi, brisket burgers, a quality steak and other grilled foods meet that demand. At the same time, Kravings wants to keep the traditionalists happy by serving Kosher staples.

Source: Daniel Kohn, general manager, Kravings
Writer: Kim North Shine

Main Street Oakland County communities receive record number of accreditations

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced that a record number of Main Street Oakland County (MSOC) communities have received accreditation for 2012 from the National Main Street Center. The 10 Oakland County downtown communities to receive national accreditation are: Clawson, Farmington, Ferndale, Highland, Holly, Lake Orion, Oxford, Ortonville, Pontiac and Rochester.

"Congratulations to all of our nationally accredited Main Street communities and to all of the individuals in each community who make that happen," Patterson said at a morning news conference at Leon & Lulu in Clawson. "Their hard work reflects well on all of Oakland County."

Each accredited community received a score of 10 out of 10 on their 2012 national evaluations. The accreditations were announced in May at the National Main Streets Conference in New Orleans. The 2014 National Main Streets Conference will be in Detroit from May 18-21.

During the news conference, Patterson highlighted Downtown Rochester which also received the distinct honor of the Great American Main Street Award for 2012 in May. Ferndale achieved that national recognition in 2010. Patterson also acknowledged two communities that joined MSOC earlier this year as associate level members: Oak Park and Lathrup Village.

The county executive was joined by representatives from the 10 accredited communities, the two new associate level member communities, and Oakland County’s Economic Development & Community Affairs Department. Members of the Clawson High School orchestra, cheerleaders and a baton twirler performed prior to the news conference.

MSOC is Oakland County's unique economic development program for its 32 downtown communities with a historic preservation philosophy and an emphasis on "sense of place." It helps local governments develop their downtowns as vibrant, successful districts that serve as the heart of their communities. Patterson established MSOC in 2000 as the nation'' first county-wide Main Street program. Since its inception through 2012, more than $685 million in public and private Investment has created a net of 8,000 new fulltime jobs and established 818 new businesses.

There are currently 18 member downtown communities in the MSOC program. The 12 selected level/full service member communities are Clawson, Farmington, Ferndale, Franklin, Highland, Holly, Lake Orion, Oxford, Ortonville, Pontiac, Rochester and Walled Lake. The six associate level member communities are Birmingham, Clarkston, Lathrup Village, Leonard, Oak Park and Waterford. For more information, click on AdvantageOakland.com.

Six Oakland County second stage businesses named to 2012 Michigan Top 50 to Watch

Six Oakland County businesses have been named to the 2012 Michigan Top 50 to Watch.

DaySmart Software (Wixom), Detroit Trading Company (Southfield), MiDAS Foods International (Oak Park) and Critical Signal Technologies, Inc., Level One Bank and Mango Languages (all of Farmington Hills) will be honored at the 8th annual “Michigan Celebrates Small Business” awards dinner to be held in Lansing on May 3rd.

Four of the companies, Critical Signal Technologies, Inc., MIDAS Foods, Level One Bank and Mango Languages have worked closely with the Oakland County Business Center with networking, site selection, new market contacts and workforce development.

“The Oakland County Business Center sees signs of small business activity returning to pre-recession levels,” said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. “The fact that six Oakland County businesses are among the Michigan 50 to Watch is a testament to the hard work of these entrepreneurs and our Business Center representatives.”
 
Michigan 50 Companies to Watch is presented by Michigan Celebrates Small Business in association with its founders: Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Small Business Association of Michigan, the U.S. Small Business Administration - Michigan, the Greater Lansing Business Monthly, and the Edward Lowe Foundation.

To be eligible for the award, candidates must be privately held, commercial enterprises with the intent and capacity for further growth. Companies must employ between 6 and 99 full-time equivalent employees and have between $750,000 and $50 million in annual revenue (including working capital from investors or grants) in the calendar year 2011.

For more information about Michigan 50 Companies to Watch, see Michigan Companies to Watch.

For more information about the Oakland County Business Center, see Global Oakland.

OakGreen Energy Efficiency Workshops Scheduled in Oak Park

Residents and businesses can learn how to be more energy efficient in workshops being offered through Oakland County.OakGreen, in partnership with the WARM Training Center, will offer free workshops for residents on Feb. 8 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and for businesses on Feb. 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.at the Oak Park Community Center, 14300 Oak Park Blvd., Oak Park. Those interested should pre-register at (248) 691-7555.

Residents can learn how to save energy, about inexpensive materials that lower utility bills, how to shop for energy efficient appliances and more.

Businesses can learn the essentials of making their business more energy efficient including best practices, financing options and how to prioritize the best steps to take.

"Oakland County is leading by example. We have been working to reduce our energy consumption in county buildings. Our efforts have translated to a savings or cost avoidance of $4 million in our utility bills since 2005,” says Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson.

OakGreen is an initiative to share information, encourage collaboration and connect Oakland County residents, businesses and communities to resources that can advance environmental stewardship, economic growth and strong communities. OakGreen provides businesses, communities and residents with the knowledge and tools to be more sustainable, reduce expenses and reduce energy consumption.

For more information about the OakGreen program, go to www.OakGov.com/oakgreen or contact Nina Ignaczak at 248-858-2470 or misuracan@oakgov.com.

Chabad Yeshiva to build new student campus in Oak Park

Two Jewish learning academies in Oak Park will be expanding their campus from the current 12,000 square-foot building to a spacious 50,000 square-foot Yeshiva. Alan and Lori Zekelman of Bloomfield Hills will be underwriting the entire project.

The campus houses around 120 middle and high-school aged students that focus their studies on the Chabad Lubavitch form of Orthodox Judaism. Oak Park is within walking distance to many Jewish families in the area.

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"In the early 1970ís, there were three hundred Orthodox Jewish families in Detroit; today there are one thousand. Throughout its rich history, Jewish life in Detroit has grown steadily," says Cohen. The new Yeshiva building will raise the numbers "of people who want to live in the main Jewish area. Itís a win-win, it helps cement the community."

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