FCA Foundation Awards Dream Centers of Michigan $25,000

PONTIAC, MI, JANUARY 29, 2019 – Dream Centers of Michigan, the Pontiac-based non-profit serving under-resourced people in Michigan, has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the FCA Foundation, the charitable arm of North American automaker FCA US LLC. The grant will be used to advance and expand Dream Centers’ housing...

Toyology: How a little metro Detroit toy store is thriving, expanding

Excerpt:  In today’s ever-expanding world of online shopping, it is becoming increasingly difficult for many small retail businesses to succeed and grow, and increasingly difficult to take a child to a bona fide toy store or go Christmas shopping at one.  Read more. 

Flying squirrels, mink found in first of its kind study at OU

Excerpt:  A group of biology students made some unexpected discoveries while conducting a wildlife mammal survey at the Oakland University biological preserve. Read more. 

Restaurants, shops coming, going, moving in Oakland County

Excerpt:  From bookstores to bridal gowns to top-shelf beef, the Woodward Avenue corridor in southeast Oakland County is booming with new businesses.  Read more. 

Fitness club Equinox opens first Michigan location in Bloomfield Hills

Excerpt:  Equinox, which operates nearly 100 full-service fitness clubs across the U.S. as well as in London and Canada, opened its first Michigan location in Bloomfield Hills. “Equinox was founded on the premise that fitness can power and empower a community of high-performance individuals, and Bloomfield Hills certainly embodies that ethos,”...

Time to play! New playground opens at Pavilion Shore Park in Novi

Excerpt:  Less than a month after the Novi City Council approved a new playground at Pavilion Shore Park, the structure is up and ready for fun, just in time for the Christmas break for area children. Jeff Muck, the city's director of parks, recreation and cultural service, said it's the fastest...

Detroit Zoo’s red panda forest gets expansion, rope bridge

Excerpt:  Rare red pandas are getting fancier digs at the Detroit Zoo. The zoo has unveiled its newly expanded Holtzman Wildlife Foundation red panda forest, where visitors can cross an 80-foot-long rope bridge perched 10 feet high that cuts through the trees for a better view of the endangered species. Read more. 

From a family of rock collectors to a Royal Oak staple

Excerpt:  The Royal Oak jewelry staple, Miner’s Den, came about because Mike Schowalter’s mother had had enough. The Showalters are a family of rock collectors and every vacation was spent in mines, on beaches or in the Upper Peninsula collecting rocks. Read more. 

Pontiac’s Baldwin Center innovates for the future

Excerpt:  The Baldwin Center started as a humble soup kitchen in the early 1980s, and over the years has expanded to include a number of services and programs, including a harvest table with available fresh foods, access to showers and laundry facilities, educational programs, and more. More than a response to...

Patterson appoints McCready to economic development role

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson has appointed State Rep. Michael D. McCready to be Oakland County’s next director of the Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs. McCready will join Oakland County administration at the end of his current legislative term which concludes at the end of December. “Mike’s...

Downtown Farmington unveils its latest public art installation

A new mural greets those traveling north up Farmington Road and into downtown Farmington, a colorful work that celebrates the city’s rich history and today’s diverse population. The city’s latest foray in its public art campaign is a colorful 8 ft. by 36 ft. mural by local artist John Martin....

Record turnout for Oakland County’s “Small Business Saturday” promotion means cash and prizes

Holiday shopping turned lucrative for three area residents as they shared $7,500 in cash and prizes, just for making a purchase at an Oakland County brick-and-mortar business during the county’s “Small Business Saturday” promotion. A record 1,992 shopping receipts totaling $145,000 were submitted by shoppers who wanted a chance to...