Thursday, March 28, 2013
Q&A with the co-owner of Tecoso Computer Solutions, which has been open in Ferndale for 10 years.
There are many unique and interesting businesses that call Ferndale home, from retailers and restaurants to art galleries and even businesses you might not have known existed in your own backyard. Each week, Patch will feature a Ferndale business to learn about its roots, plans for the future and more. This week, get to know Tecoso Computer Solutions, located at 122 East Nine Mile Road. The computer repair and service business, owned by Neal and Sara Flowers, will celebrate 11 years in Ferndale this June. Here's what Sara Flowers had to say in a recent interview with Patch: Sara Flowers has a background in graphic design and her husband is a computer expert, she explained. "We decided to combine our backgrounds and do one business," she …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Modern Natural Baby is one of three businesses leasing the vacant building, which will be fully renovated.
The former Dollar Castle building at 200 West Nine Mile Road will soon be home to expanding Ferndale baby boutique Modern Natural Baby. The store is currently located just a few doors down at 224 W. Nine Mile Road and is one of three businesses that will eventually occupy the space, which has been vacant since Dollar Castle closed its doors in October. Modern Natural Baby owner Emily Murray said the shop will triple its retail space with the move, which is planned for August after extensive renovations are done. "We're really excited about it," said Murray, who owns the store with her husband John Murray. Modern Natural Baby will lease about 5,300 square feet of the 12,000 square foot building and will be located in the center of the …
Family says goodbye after owning bar for 78 years.
The owners of the New Way Bar in Ferndale are saying goodbye after 78 years with the community. The bar, located at 23130 Woodward Avenue, has been sold to a new owner, the business announced this week in a message posted on its Facebook page: "After 78 years in business, our family has made the difficult decision to sell the New Way Bar. We cordially invite all of the musicians who have played over the years to stop by and lay down the groove for us one last time! We also look forward to seeing all of our friends and customers for this bittersweet occasion. New Way Bar will continue to operate under new ownership." "It's a sad day, that's for sure," owner Tina Kourtesis said in an interview Tuesday on Fox 2 News. The all day/night …
Monday, March 25, 2013
The Butcher's Daughter is expected to open in Midtown in May.
The Butcher's Daughter, a contemporary art gallery previously located at 22747 Woodward in Ferndale, is relocating to Midtown Detroit in May. The Ferndale gallery location is no longer in operation, an announcement on the gallery's web site states. Details including location and hours will be posted soon, according to the site. The Butcher's Daughter opened in 2009, focusing on the representation and sale of emerging and mid-career artists' work and hosting bi-monthly exhibitions and public events. It is owned by Monica Bowman, the daughter, granddaughter and sister of a butcher. Read more about the gallery here. Read more on Patch: Butcher's Daughter Spurs Discussion, Hope and Helps Build Community
Friday, March 22, 2013
Agora Arts will offer aerial and music classes for students of all ages and experience levels.
A new aerial, music and creative arts studio is expected to open in Ferndale early next month. Agora Arts, located at 646 East 9 Mile Road in Ferndale, will open its doors April 8. The business will offer aerial and music classes for students of all ages and experience levels. The studio will feature classes in aerial silks, trapeze and lyra, as well as Kuratomi Shindo stretching, Tae Kwon Do, yoga, hooping and private and ensemble music instruction. Agora will be the first studio in southeast Michigan to of aerial classes for children, according to director Maria Bucco. "I have always wanted to create a program that could bring positive energy and positive people into my community," Bucco said in a press release. "I grew up playing in …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Bump-a-licious is usually most popular at the Cupcake Station, but Lemon Lust wins in Ferndale.
The Cupcake Station in Ferndale has more than two dozen cupcake flavors baked fresh daily. But what's the most popular among local residents? That would be Lemon Lust, says manager Janine Souther. This is a lemon cupcake topped with tart lemon white chocolate cream cheese frosting. But Ferndale doesn't follow the trend of the Cupcake Station's other locations - Birmingham, Plymouth and Ann Arbor. The most popular flavor is usually Bump-a-licious, Souther says. Bump-a-licious is a dark chocolate cupcake with buttercream bumps, dipped in chocolate and drizzled with white chocolate. What's your favorite cupcake flavor? Tell us in the comments section below.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Bike shop owner Jon Hughes discusses his business and how he got started.
The Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop was recently featured in this video, which was produced by The Paddle. The video features bike shop owner Jon Hughes discussing his shop and how he got started in the business. Find more information on the Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop here.
Schramm's Mead will open at 327 West Nine Mile Road in Ferndale.
Schramm's Mead, a new craft meadery, is planning to open in downtown Ferndale. The business will be located at 327 W. Nine Mile Road in the former location of the Record Collector, which closed in December. Ferndale City Council approved a small wine maker license for the business on March 11. Owner Ken Schramm, who began making mead in 1989, is the author of "The Compleat Meadmaker," a reference text on meadmaking. Schramm spoke at the council meeting and said there is a trend toward small, tastier beverages made by "thoughtful entrepreneurs." "Eating and drinking better things improves our quality of life and Schramm's is all about quality over quantity," he said at the meeting. He said the business will make one 200-gallon batch of mead…
Friday, March 15, 2013
Treat Dreams debuts its new space, including an expanded kitchen and dining area.
Treat Dreams in Ferndale debuted its new expanded space on Friday at a grand re-opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony. The ice cream shop has tripled its dining space and expanded its kitchen to meet a growing demand in the store and at community events, food truck rallies and more. "We would like to thank all of our loyal customers that have allowed us to take this next step," Treat Dreams owner Scott Maloney said in a press release. "Hopefully this new makeover and expansion will result in an even better Treat Dreams experience for our guests." The larger space has new furniture, a kids area and windows for customers to view the expanded kitchen. The space also allows Treat Dreams to expand its on-site ice cream making events including its…
Modern Natural Baby needs diapers for a new window display and is offering customers 20 cents store credit for each diaper they bring in.
When Modern Natural Baby put the word out earlier this week that they needed disposable diapers for a new window display project, customers were quick to respond. Over the past few days more than 1,500 diapers have been brought into the downtown Ferndale store, which is giving customers 20 cents in store credit for each diaper. "We've had a huge response to this," said owner Emily Murray. "I'm shocked ... we had no idea that we would get this many this fast." Murray is hoping to collect 3,800 diapers to use for the window display, which she says will "make a really good statement." If all goes as planned, the display will be ready by April 20 - the date the store will take part in this year's Great Cloth Diaper Change. Many customers are …