Not-so-sleepy: Downtown Lake Orion ups its game with music venue, eateries

Excerpt: Lake Orion began as a playground destination in the nineteenth century, a place for Detroit families eager to escape the heat of the city and summer on the lakes. The surrounding township even carries the somewhat kitsch slogan “where living is a vacation.” However, as the resort lifestyle declined in the twentieth century, downtown struggled to fill vacant storefronts. The village was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2006. But rather than simply existing as a relic of the past, a recent Main Street make-over and new businesses are now attracting a vibrant crowd to these once-sleepy streets.

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