Friday, November 25, 2011
The second annual event is creating buzz across the nation, and right here in Ferndale.
With Black Friday ending, it’s time for mom-and-pop stores to have a chance in the spotlight during the second annual Small Business Saturday event. Operating under the ‘Buy Local’ approach, stores in Ferndale have taken to promoting the event, through social media and windows signs. Advertising discounts, door busters and new products, the word about Small Business Saturday is spreading, and fast. “Last year, we didn’t really know about it; we were busy [at the store] but just the regular after Thanksgiving sort of busy,” said Emily Murray, owner of Modern Natural Baby. “I don’t think it was publicized at all as much as it is this year and we expect to be a lot busier because we’re seeing a lot of advertisements, we’re also doing our own …
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Ferndale entertainment spots offer fun and specials for the night before Thanksgiving that brings friends together.
The night before Thanksgiving is the busiest bar night of the year, and Ferndale business owners are gearing up for the crowds with fun shows, gimmicks and bar specials. The Emory's General Manager Emily Husband said the night is a busy one for bars because "most people come home for Thanksgiving and want to get together with the friends and family they haven't seen all year. ... We're tapping a firkin this year, not necessarily in order to increase business, but to do something fun and different." What's a firkin, you ask? "It is a keg of the Livery Brewery Action Jackson IPA that will be on the bar top all evening until it runs out." And the fun doesn't stop there. "Really, though," Husband said, "the whole weekend is very, very busy. …
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There are some shopping dates coming up this weekend. First there's Black Friday, then there's Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. How about shopping at local sites? Our pick for today: Black Friday Bonus at Woodward Avenue Candy Shop Visit our Events guide here. If you'd like to post your own event, watch this video tutorial.
Wednesday, the night before Thanksgiving, is traditionally the biggest bar night of the year. Here's our list of your best bets.
Thanksgiving Eve is traditionally the busiest bar night of the year and Oakland County business owners are gearing up for a fun night and holiday weekend. Here's a roundup of places to go this evening. We invite you to add your favorite to the list. The Emory's general manager, Emily Husband, said the night is a busy one for bars because "most people come home for Thanksgiving and want to get together with the friends and family they haven't seen all year. ... We're tapping a firkin this year, not necessarily in order to increase business, but to do something fun and different." What's a firkin, you ask? "It is a keg of the Livery Brewery Action Jackson IPA that will be on the bar top all evening until it runs out. Really, though, the …
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Painting With a Twist has month of creations planned.
This is the time of year people start to hustle and bustle. At Painting With a Twist, patrons can slow down for a few hours and enjoy the season while creating their own masterpieces. And here's the "twist" -- painters are invited to bring in their favorite wine or beverage to sip as they learn the tricks of trade. It's this combination that has earned Painting With a Twist the New Business of the Year award. Owner Michelle Lewis said the business earned the accolades at the Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Gala on Nov 11. Lewis also was awarded Best New Independent Service Business honors in August during the Ferndale Downtown Development Authority's 2011 appreciation awards. The award-winning business continues to create strokes …
Monday, November 21, 2011
Treat Dreams will give away gift coins with every two sold and will debut Michigan Make-a-Baskets all weekend.
There are some shopping dates coming up this weekend. First there's Black Friday, then there's Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. How about shopping at local sites? Our pick for today: Black Friday deals at Treat Dreams Visit our Events guide here. If you'd like to post your own event, watch this video tutorial.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Local markets, hotels and caterers serve up a cornucopia of pick-up options for the big feast.
Follow along with Megan Swoyer as she prepares for Thanksgiving, with daily tips to keep you on track. Day 7 offers tips for takeout, from sides to the whole meal. One of my friends is a bit freaked about hosting Thanksgiving at her boyfriend’s home. “I’m a little crazed,” she told me. “His kids will be there and all of that (he’s divorced and has children who live out East). While she was sharing this with me, I was simultaneously reading email and had serendipitously received a note from the owners of Canapé Cart in Ferndale. “Hey,” I told my friend. “You can order all of your sides from this great place. It won’t be like you’re not cooking; you’re just making it easier and you can get to know his family better, etc. by not being a …
Monday, November 14, 2011
You can serve anything from a Riesling to a Rose with the big bird, say area wine experts.
Day 1 was The List; Day 2 was Delegation Day. Here's Day 3 of the Turkey Day planning process: If anyone knows about wine it’s Linda Jones of the Lansing-based Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council. Come Turkey time, Jones starts contemplating her favorite pairings with a Thanksgiving feast. “For a Pure Michigan Thanksgiving dinner, I’d suggest with turkey a dry or semi-dry Riesling, perhaps by St. Julian, Chateau Grand Traverse, Black Star Farms, Bowers Harbor or other Michigan producers,” she said. Michigan wines are available at a variety of different stores in the area, including Meijer, Westborn Market in Berkley and Cloverleaf Fine Wine in Royal Oak. “Michigan wineries make a variety of Rieslings of varying sweetness levels," …
Sunday, November 13, 2011
It's Day 2 in Megan's "12 Days of Thanksgiving." On the path of organization, she is focusing on potluck pleasures and family chores.
I never feel bad about delegating, and that's how we do Thanksgiving in my house. This goes for cleaning, too. Today, I’ll ask my sons to wash the dining room windows (I know they’ve been dying to do this) and my husband will help me do a thorough job of dusting my cabinet of tchotchkes, which everyone seems to look at when they come to our home. My husband also is hanging new blinds today that will help cut back on reflection and glare on the television when everyone’s tuned into the Lions at 12:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Day 1, we made a list (Did you make a list? If not, there's time to catch up.) Today, refer to your list and jot down more specifics on what you’d like everyone to do and bring. Carolyn Hefner, owner of The China …
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Follow along with Patch Home & Gardens writer Megan Swoyer as she prepares for Thanksgiving, with daily tips to keep readers on track. Today: Get out a pen and start The List.
Thanksgiving 2011 – and once again my husband and I are hosting! Things we work around to make the day special: health issues range from a teen with Crohn’s disease (sensitive to too many fat grams, digestive issues) to an adult who requires a gluten-free diet. With that, fat grams and wheat and gluten factors are top-of-mind (Example: there’s no way I can open a jar of, say, Spartan-brand gravy and call it a day … most mainstream canned and jarred gravy has wheat and gluten ingredients, not to mention fat grams aplenty). Other challenges: Between family members attending or volunteering at America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit and Lions football fans (especially this year!) glued to the television, it’s not always easy to have an ETD (…