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Royal Oak Way now open

The City of Royal Oak celebrated the grand opening of Royal Oak Way, also known as The ROW, at a Small Business Saturday with Santa event on Nov. 24. The new public alley with decorative paving is part of the Downtown Development Authority’s plan to make downtown alleyways more attractive and will complement the new 581-space parking garage, office building, City Hall, police station and two-acre park.
 
The ROW will serve as a functional alley for deliveries, but with the option for seating, decorative lights, murals, special events and more. The ROW is the alleyway behind businesses along Main Street between 11 Mile and Third Street.
 
“The Small Business Saturday with Santa event is one of the first of many community events to be hosted in The Row,” said Sharlan Douglas, Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Royal Oak. “The City of Royal Oak is looking forward to expanding the alleyway project throughout the downtown.”
 
Additionally, an estimated 14 parking spaces will be added to the alley alongside the new parking garage and office building once completed. The alleyway will help connect pedestrians to the Royal Oak Library, Royal Oak Farmers Market and the two-acre park coming in 2020.

“It’s great to see Royal Oak creating other uses for downtown alleys,” said Aric Klar, owner of Toyology Toys. “Creativity like this helps make downtown Royal Oak more attractive, and this inviting new space will hopefully be used for events and more to help bring people to downtown Royal Oak.” 
 
The Small Business Saturday with Santa event in The ROW, featured family-friendly activities including photos with Santa, arts and crafts from Toyology Toys, ribbon cutting and brief remarks from Mayor Pro Tem Douglas, live entertainment from the Royal Oak Children’s Choir and coffee from Dessert Oasis.
 
For more information about the Rethink Royal Oak development, parking information, including a guide that advises available parking options and more, please visit www.rethinkro.com.
 
About Royal Oak
Royal Oak is a vibrant metro Detroit community home to nearly 60,000 residents located in Oakland County. Destinations within the 12-mile community include The Detroit Zoo, The Royal Oak Music Theatre, William Beaumont Hospital, Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle and a successful Farmers Market among others. The city’s recreational services include more than 50 public parks and was recently named one of the Top 10 Most Exciting Small Cities in America by Movoto and the Best Place to Live in Michigan by AreaVibes. To learn more about Royal Oak, visit https://www.romi.gov.

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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New Royal Oak health facility offers Eastern, Western medicine

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Holgistic, a new business in Royal Oak that bridges traditional medical care and alternative medicine, has opened. The business’ goal is to treat the root cause of conditions, not just symptoms.

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New gift amounts to $8 mil of giving to Beaumont heart and vascular care from Max and Debra Ernst

Orchard Lake residents Max and Debra Ernst have increased their support to Beaumont heart and vascular care to a total of $8 million, launching the new Max and Debra Ernst Heart Center at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. The center will be dedicated to consolidating cardiac care, particularly for patients with heart failure, into an area that is not only convenient but comprehensive to provide a variety of heart and vascular services. 

In 2009, the couple also gave $3 million to open the Ernst Cardiovascular Center in Memory of Ellen Ernst.

“Through their incredible support, Max and Debra have demonstrated that it doesn’t take a medical degree to save a life – all it takes is a heart and a desire to help others” said Marc Sakwa, M.D., chief, Cardiovascular Surgery,Beaumont, Royal Oak.

The 14,000-square-foot Max & Debra Ernst Heart Center will be located adjacent to the East Tower entrance of the hospital near the current Ernst Cardiovascular Center. The new $9 million center will consolidate many outpatient heart services into one area to help cardiac patients; particularly those with heart failure, better manage their condition and reduce emergency center visits and hospital readmissions. Construction began on the new center this month. It will open in the fall of 2019.

Across the nation more than one million people are diagnosed with congestive heart failure each year, which may lead to poor quality of life and frequent hospitalizations for advanced care.  Heart failure is also the leading cause of hospitalization for those 65 years of age and older.

“The new Max and Debra Ernst Heart Center will be an incredible resource for our team to better serve our patients, especially those living with heart failure,” said Simon Dixon, M.D., chair, Cardiovascular Medicine, Beaumont, Royal Oak. “By consolidating services in the new location, we provide better access and directed care for those patients who require extra care and require frequent office visits.” 

Board-certified cardiologists, trained cardiac nurses, social workers and dietitians will provide medication monitoring, heart failure management and progressive therapies to not only improve symptoms but enhance quality of life.  These services will be provided with compassionate and specialized patient and family-centered care, in a convenient and easily accessible location for patients requiring more support. 

“When we made the gift in 2009, we told everyone if we saved one life, it would be worth it. Since that time, we are very satisfied with the excellent care the team has provided,” Max Ernst said. “My gratitude for the success the heart team has achieved has led my wife and I to commit additional support for their vision.” 

The success of the first Ernst multidisciplinary center, which offers many services, including low-cost, preventive heart screenings for adults and high school students, has created the need for expansion. Since the center opened in 2010, specialists have cared for more than 30,000 patients becoming one of the premiere programs for structural heart and valve disease and cardiac surgery.  

Margaret Cooney Casey, senior vice president and chief development officer, Beaumont Health, added, “We are deeply grateful to Max and Debra Ernst for their continued generosity and vision for Beaumont. Their gift will save even more lives, and help thousands of patients and their families for years to come.”

Buddy's Pizza opens at Royal Oak's Detroit Zoo

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Buddy’s Pizza opened its newest location inside Royal Oak’s Detroit Zoo. This is the Detroit-style pizza chain’s 13th location in Michigan.

The 5,200-square-foot restaurant’s main dining room features a picturesque view of the historic Horace H. Rackham Memorial Fountain, along with an outdoor patio and a rooftop terrace with the highest vantage point in the zoo.

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Gongos moves 130+ employees to new Royal Oak facility

Gongos, Inc. officially opened the doors to its newly built 20,000 square-foot headquarters in the vibrant, downtown community of Royal Oak on Tuesday, August 28th.  This relocation marks the culmination of the company’s 2020 vision to deliver on “decision intelligence” for Fortune 500 corporations. As an early occupant of Royal Oak’s #RethinkRO initiative, Gongos’ new space was designed in collaboration with local partners to foster the kind of customer-centric culture it aims to help its clients create.
 
“Our growth and evolution made it clear that we needed to create an environment that fit the company we were rapidly becoming,” said president & CEO, Camille Nicita.  “In early 2018, we recalibrated our people system to adopt a more agile approach to serve our clients’ continuously expanding needs.”
 
Having integrated the disciplines of data science, information design, customer experience, and change management into its already strong consumer insights heritage, Gongos’ new people system was architected to offer equal footing among all disciplines. The progressive design further fuels collaboration, camaraderie and a people-first philosophy, while offering fresh perspectives on its clients’ consumer-minded business challenges.
 
Experiencing 13% organic revenue growth in 2017, Gongos ranks #42 among the largest market research organizations in the U.S.  Although its clients span the globe, Gongos is committed to remaining a Metro Detroit-based company. With 144 employees, it was just recognized as a Crain’s2018 “Cool Places to Work” and is among Corp! Magazine’s and the Detroit Free Press’ lists of companies recognized for top cultures and best practices.
    
As a decision intelligence company, Gongos, Inc. brings a consultative approach in developing growth strategies grounded in operationalizing customer centricity. Partnering with insights, analytics, marketing, strategy and CX groups, Gongos serves as a translator to help cross-functional teams fuel the competency to gain and apply consumer wisdom, transform decisions into action, and navigate organizational change. Coalescing enterprise data with primary research and curating insights for multiple audiences ensures information is designed to influence actions and behaviors from executives to the frontline.
 
Gongos partners with clients across multiple industries including Mars Wrigley, Kraft Heinz, Kellogg’s, FedEx, U.S. Bank, UnitedHealthcare and GM. In 2007, the company was first named to the Inc. 5000 list of “The Fastest Growing Companies in America” and is among the AMA Gold Top 50 U.S. market research organizations. For further insight into Gongos, visit the newly redesigned gongos.com.  

Royal Oak is turning its alleyways into pathways

Downtown Royal Oak is looking to transform five blocks of alleyway into a pedestrian-friendly pathway.

The alley runs behind the buildings on the east side of Main Street. One block, from 2nd to 3rd Street, has already received an aesthetic upgrade, with patterned stamped concrete recently installed. The block connecting 2nd Street and 11 Mile Road is next.

The city has hired the firm Fleis & VandenBrink to draft a master plan to design the alley that connects 3rd and 6th streets, which would add three more blocks to the redeveloped alleyway system.

Royal Oak, which recently joined the Oakland County Main Street program, has applied for "technical assistance" dollars from the county to pay Fleis & VandenBrink. That request is currently under review.

Central Park Development Group, the developer responsible for the Royal Oak City Center project, inspired the program after having initiated the cleanup of the alley that runs adjacent to the eventual structure. The city quickly got on board.

While still making room for deliveries and dumpsters, the alleys will be cleaned up and made attractive to pedestrians. There will be public art and hanging cantina lights.

Sean Kammer, Downtown Manager for the Royal Oak Downtown Development Authority, says that some restaurants are already planning patios for the revamped alleyway.

"The main thing is that we’re giving some much-needed attention to our alleys that are in need of repairs and upgrades. But we’re also taking pedestrian conditions into account," Kammer says.

"The alleyway project will help with walkability and non-motorized connectivity."

The first phase is complete. Now it’s on to the rest.

Kammer is confident that the alleyway project will receive approval from Oakland County. Then comes the design. And then the construction.

"When all is said and done, we will have ornate alleys from 11 Mile to 6th Street," Kammer says.

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


Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak opens new Pediatric Emergency Center

Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak’s new Pediatric Emergency Center features child-friendly private rooms in a patient and family-centered environment designed to enhance the Level II pediatric trauma center. It opens July 16.

The 9,500-square-foot Pediatric Emergency Center features 16 private rooms which are twice the size of rooms in the former area. The larger rooms will be more comfortable and efficient for families. Three rooms also include special features designed for the safety of behavioral health patients.

“We know children can get stressed or scared when they come to the hospital. That’s why we worked with our patients and their families to design a comfortable, calming and inviting new Pediatric Emergency Center,” Kelly Levasseur, D.O., Beaumont Children’s pediatric emergency director, said.

Child Life specialists will use play therapy and other techniques to ease anxiety. Comforting artwork featuring animals from the Detroit Zoo and paintings from a local artist help to create a healing environment. A self-serve pantry with complimentary snacks and drinks will also be available.

A rooftop medical helipad offers direct, easy access to the center. Board-certified pediatric emergency medicine specialists lead a team of experienced staff members who are on-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If children need to be admitted, the inpatient pediatric unit at Beaumont Children’s is just an elevator ride away.

“The new center provides a quieter patient and family-centered environment with amenities that support the high-quality emergency care parents and families expect for children,” said Rosanna Morris, president, Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak.

Multiphase Renovation

The new Pediatric Emergency Center is part of a 125,000-square-foot, $120.8 million expansion and renovation project, expected to be complete in 2019. At that time, the Emergency Center will have 73 private adult rooms, 20 semi-private, 10 private behavioral health rooms and 16 private pediatric rooms.

During the renovation process, portions of the former center will remain in use, but 53 new private adult beds will be available for patients. The renovation also includes four expansive trauma care bays and an area offering quicker care for patients with minor injuries and illnesses.

Private rooms with glass doors and walls provide quiet accommodations. A “Beau to Go” café serves hot food and refreshments. Cellphone charging stations are available, too.

“We are expanding and renovating in phases so we don’t disrupt care for our community. The new center brings diagnostic testing closer to or at the bedside to enhance patient comfort and convenience, as well as safety and efficiency of care,” said Terry Kowalenko, M.D., chair, Emergency Medicine, Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak and professor and chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.

MRI and CT imaging are located inside the center and point-of-care testing is available at the bedside, including portable X-rays, echocardiograms and Doppler ultrasounds to test for blood clots.

Southeast Michigan’s most preferred emergency center

As Southeast Michigan’s most preferred Emergency Center, Beaumont, Royal Oak’s Emergency Center is among the highest volume centers in the country with 130,733 visits in 2017.

Beaumont Health also offers emergency services at seven other hospitals in Southeast Michigan and at a freestanding emergency center in Canton. Beaumont consists of eight hospitals with 3,429 beds, 187 outpatient sites, nearly 5,000 physicians, 38,000 employees and 3,500 volunteers.

Construction and design partners for the project include: architect and engineer Harley Ellis Deveraux of Southfield; construction manager Barton Malow of Southfield; and design architect FreemanWhite of North Carolina.

New shops, breweries coming to Oakland County downtowns

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Downtowns across southeast Oakland County are welcoming a fresh batch of entrepreneurs to tempt shoppers, diners and the curious with everything from Peruvian food to hair pomade.

Here's a look at some of the new or future storefronts.

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Korean street food restaurant to open in downtown Royal Oak

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Gogi Seoul Kitchen, a restaurant serving Korean-inspired street food and traditional Asian beverages, is now open in Royal Oak on Tuesday, Jon Carlson, managing partner of the restaurant announced.

Last winter, Carlson and his team traveled to South Korea to research culinary traditions and flavors of the region.

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Goldman Sachs small business program readies Royal Oak hot sauce maker for next phase of growth

The latest graduating class of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Detroit program let out recently, and among them is a Royal Oak hot sauce maker that is ready to take their business to the next level.

Don Button is the founder of the Royal Oak-based Smashing Empire, LLC, and its flagship brand, Hell Fire Detroit.

The line of fire-roasted artisan hot sauces won multiple Best of Show awards upon its launch at the Making it in Michigan food show and conference in November 2015, taking home the top prize in categories for flavor, quality, branding, and ability to go to market.

Now, with roughly 100 hours of 10,000 Small Businesses classes under his belt, Button is ready to take Hell Fire to the next ring.

"My background is on the creative side of business, so I’ve always made decisions based on theory and trends. While this approach has worked for me, the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program gave me the tools to analyze my business ideas in methodical ways," said Button. "In addition to identifying my leadership style, their process forced me to focus on my next logical step for growth, conduct the research, and apply forecasting models to help determine return on investment.

"The results gave me the confidence to move forward with my next phase of growth."

This is the twelfth graduating cohort of 10,000 Small Businesses Detroit, a program that features experts from several colleges and universities, as well as Goldman Sachs professionals themselves. The Babson College-designed curriculum is taught by Macomb Community College and Oakland Community College faculty on the campus of Wayne State University.

Hell Fire’s Button is one of 30 entrepreneurs to graduate from this most recent cohort.

"Even if I only apply five percent of what I learned in the GS10KSB program, my business is going to be much better for it."

Click here to learn more about the application process.

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


Royal Oak breaks ground on new City Center project

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Joined by hundreds of local business owners, city officials, community leaders and other stakeholders, the Boji Group officially broke ground on the Royal Oak City Center: a six-story, 140,000 square-foot office building in the heart of downtown Royal Oak. 

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ArborOakland Group honored as one of the 2018 "Michigan 50 Companies to Watch"

ArborOakland Group will be honored at an awards ceremony during the fourteenth annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business gala event, May 3, 2018 in Lansing, Michigan.

ArborOakland Group, one of Southeast Michigan's leading printing companies since 1967, is proud to call the Motor City its home and with wide-ranging print capability help its clients to Speak Visually!

The company is continuing with a growth and investment strategy that has seen ArborOakland Group invest in the latest print technology, acquire two companies in 2017, and double the company's production square footage when it completed the purchase and build-out of a second location in Royal Oak, Michigan.

Don Kirkland, President of ArborOakland Group said "After completing the most recent pieces of our company's strategic vision, it was humbling to be nominated by one of our valued clients as one of the 2018 'Michigan 50 Companies to Watch'. I can't think of a better way to celebrate this honor as we begin to see the investments paying off for our team and most importantly, our clients."

Companies making it to the "Michigan 50 Companies to Watch" list are a remarkable group of second-stage companies. Defined as having 6 to 99 full-time-equivalent employees and generating $750,000 to $50 million in annual revenue, these companies form the backbone of Michigan's economy. Representing all regions of the state and a diverse range of industries, companies like ArborOakland Group are known for their exceptional entrepreneurial leadership, creation of innovation or use of innovation in creative ways, and their sustainable competitive advantage.

Winners were selected by Michigan-based judges from the banking, economic development, entrepreneurship development, and venture capital communities.

The Michigan Small Business Development Center is the managing partner of Michigan Celebrates Small Business in 2018.  Michigan Celebrates Small Business was founded by the Michigan Small Business Development Center, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, U.S. Small Business Administration - Michigan, Edward Lowe Foundation, Michigan Business Network, and the Small Business Association of Michigan.

Information about Michigan Celebrates Small Business can be found at www.MichiganCelebrates.biz.

Information about ArborOakland Group can be found at www.ArborOakland.com.

Local coffee roastery, bakery, and cafe to expand to downtown Royal Oak with third location

Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters is expanding to a third location — this time in downtown Royal Oak. It's a town that Nathan Hamood, President and Director of Coffee Roasting Operations at Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters, has been eyeing for a while. So when Hamood saw the 3,200-square-foot former home of La Dulce restaurant, he jumped on it.

Hamood hopes for a grand opening in downtown Royal Oak in May.

He expects a pretty easy build out this time around, at least as compared to the other two Dessert Oasis locations. The Hamood family opened Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters in Rochester in 2009, relocated to a more central downtown Rochester location in 2010, and opened a second location in downtown Detroit's Capitol Park neighborhood in 2015.

Given the building's former role as a restaurant, the infrastructure for a coffee shop and bakery is already there. Hamood will relocate the business baking operations to the Royal Oak location, and also move a coffee roaster to the front of the building, allowing customers and passers-by the opportunity to see—and smell—the coffee roasting process first-hand.

The Detroit location features an industrial, minimalist design aesthetic, and Hamood says he is working with design firm Ideology to maintain a minimalist approach but add some warmth to Royal Oak. Nightingale Company is tasked with the build-out.

"I'm excited about what the growth of our company does for our team," Hamood says. "Over the years, I've learned to delegate tasks to people's strengths. It creates an opportunity for others."

"We're operating like a real company."

Hamood also has his own line of hair pomade, Ace High, as mentioned in a profile that appeared in Metromode in 2016. He says that the business is growing as well, with the addition of hair clay and beard balm products and the hiring of a few employees. Ace High has picked up more local accounts, and even some distributors overseas.

Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters will be located at 115 S. Main St. in downtown Royal Oak.

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

Royal Oak-based Vectorform and Microsoft Partner to expand HoloLens technology for automotive design

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Royal Oak’s Vectorform, a digital product and experiences company with capabilities in mixed reality design and engineering, announced a collaboration with Microsoft Corp. to innovate vehicle design and the prototyping processes for the automotive industry.

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