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Whether its medical device developers like Rochester Hill’s Oxus, alternative energy companies like Troy’s Ecojiva, Hazel Park’s designers Ryde Motorcycles, or toy/engineering labs like Birmingham’s The Robot Garage, economic pioneers are reshaping Michigan’s business landscape. You can’t stop them, so why not join them?

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Keeping it funky in fashionable Ferndale

Metro Detroit's most progressive suburb is seeing a building boom. But can it grow without sacrificing its unique character?

April Wagner.

My Pontiac Story: April Wagner of epiphany glass

April Wagner runs two businesses out of epiphany studios in Pontiac. There's epiphany, which is her line of gift pieces and functional pieces, like bowls and decanters. And then there's the April Wagner Line, which are larger, more ornamental pieces of glass art that often end up in the lobbies of hotels and hospitals, or the dining rooms and stairwells of people's homes.

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Intellectual property law firm sees promise in downtown Pontiac

Dobrusin Law Firm PC has weathered the storm in downtown Pontiac and is looking forward to being part of the city's resurgence.

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The gig economy: Can you make a living freelancing in Metro Detroit?

Be your own boss, work from home, skip the commute—it's the fantasy of many an office drone. But can you survive doing it? Metromode's Patrick Dunn (himself a freelancer) tells us the story of a few Metro Detroiters who are living the dream.

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Hava Nagila to go: Jewish markets in Metro Detroit

To give you a taste of Jewish food in our region, Metromode profiled three local markets: a butcher shop, a well-known local deli and a growing kosher bakery chain. Mazel Tov and enjoy!
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Featured Video: Epiphany Studios

Move over Chihuly, Epiphany Studios is out to eat your lunch. Okay, not really, but this Pontiac-based glass studio produces some incredible work, employing techniques developed and mastered by Italian glass blowers over hundreds of years.

Beer

Featured Video: What's Brewing in Oakland County

There is no question that craft beer is experiencing explosive growth all over the country. With some of America's largest, top-ranked craft beer producers right here in Michigan, our Great Beer State is at the forefront of this exciting industry, and in Oakland County, there seems to be a new brewery opening every week. Here we take a look at relative newbies Farmington Brewing Company, Ascension Brewing Company in Novi, and North Center Brewing Company in Northville for their take on the booming craft of brewing and what it means for the local economy and the state of Michigan as a whole.

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Featured Video: Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle

Laughter is truly the best medicine, and Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle is your favorite doctor's office. Since 1979, the Comedy Castle in Royal Oak has been a staple for stand-up comedy in Metro Detroit, helping to launch the careers of folks like Tim Allen and Dave Coulier and seeing some of the biggest names in stand-up of the last 40 years come through its doors, while also allowing new talent the opportunity to take the stage with its popular weekly open mic nights. 

Andrew Chmielewski

Featured Video: Andrew Chmielewski

Andrew Chmielewski is the co-founder of Dave's Sweet Tooth, the become the largest manufacturer of specialty toffee products in Michigan, and Mitten Crate, a monthly subscription-based box delivery of Michigan-made artisan food products and specialty goods. He is part of the Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2015

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Featured Video: Sundberg-Ferar

Sundberg-Ferar was established in 1934 and is the second oldest industrial product design company in the United States. The Walled Lake company is an industry leader with a product roster that includes home appliances, automotive products, industrial electronic products, mass transit vehicles, vending machines, aircraft interiors, medical tools, and concept models for the NASA space station. Take a look inside Sundberg-Ferar with this Oakland County Prosper video by Matthew Stanton. 
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