New group promotes businesses along 11 Mile Road corridor

Jim Thienel, owner of Berkley Appliance and Computer in Royal Oak,
often feels like Rodney Dangerfield.

“We don’t get any respect,” he said about himself and his
fellow business owners along the portions of 11 Mile Road just west and
east of downtown Royal Oak. “We are not glitzy, or glamorous or
progressive. But it’s family friendly down here. Eleven Mile Road is
where you go for everyday service.”

Thienel, who has owned the business at 923 E. 11 Mile
Road for more than 30 years, started a group called 11 Mile Has It All
after seeing a need for an organization that specially looks out for the
goals of 11 Mile Road businesses.

“The (Downtown Development Authority’s) budget is
$250,000 a month, and there isn’t $100 being spent by the city on 11
Mile Road,” he said. “That’s a disparity that I think shows when you go
up and down 11 Mile Road.”

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