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The Office Coffee Shop in Royal Oak updates co-working concept

Michael and Brooke Keith plan to open The Office Coffee Shop, a different kind of co-working space, in downtown Royal Oak in May.

Construction on the space at Fourth and Lafayette started in February, with Michael using his engineering design background to lay out a floorplan that will serve a variety of temporary office needs, from desks in a shared common space to private offices to conference and training rooms -- all rentable by the hour or by the month. The space is Wi-Fi-connected and AV wired. A printing center and mailing services are also available to users.

While those amenities aren't unusual for co-working spaces, the Keiths' concept marries business with philanthropy. A cafe serving Michigan-made coffee and eats will be located on premises, which Michael Keith says will support the community and charities by sharing proceeds with nonprofits and by offering community education and networking opportunities.

The Keiths see The Office Coffee Shop becoming a place to hang out, meet people, network, and support important causes.

"We've partnered with some of our favorite Michigan vendors such as Water Street Coffee Roaster in Kalamazoo, New York Bagel in Ferndale, Holy Cannoli's in Rochester, and Just Delicious scones in Roseville," says Brooke Keith. "We want to make sure we not only offer delicious, fresh foods, but we're also going to be looking for organic and preservative-free options from our vendors."

The Keiths will promote charitable and community support among office users and renters. They currently are supporting Forgotten Harvest, Wigs For Kids, Water.org, and Team Joseph.

"So many people will be a part of our community here," says Brooke Keith. "We know that people will not only conduct their business here, they'll socialize here and network here…We figured if we were going to reduce their business overhead, we can also expose them to some of our favorite charities."

Source: Michael and Brooke Keith, founders, The Office Coffee Shop
Writer: Kim North Shine

 

NNG expands North American presence with new automotive office

NNG — developer of the award-winning iGO Navigation software and an industry-leading supplier of automotive navigation software, content, and services — today announced the opening of its North American Automotive offices. The move is part of NNG’s strategic expansion to support its growing business and will help the company facilitate growth in North America while strengthening local sales, marketing, engineering, and research and development support teams. Company president David Wiernik carried out the opening.
 
The new offices will house the company’s North American senior executives, as well as sales, marketing, supply chain management, and engineering support teams. The prime location provides easy access to customer and partner locations.
 
“The North American market remains a significant opportunity for NNG and will be a critical proving ground for our new technologies,” said Jim Robnett, Vice President of Business Development, NNG. “Suburban Detroit is the focal point of the automotive industry. This, coupled with the exceptional technical talent located in southeast Michigan and the close proximity to our customers and partners, made Birmingham an ideal location for NNG’s new North American Automotive offices. Consumer demand for a truly integrated and differentiated navigation experience in the car continues to intensify, and NNG is well positioned to capitalize on an ever-growing need.”
 
Robnett — charged with helping NNG expand its business with U.S. automakers — will lead the Detroit office.  He has more than 20 years of experience in the automotive and technology sectors.  Prior to joining NNG, Robnett was Director of Chrysler Uconnect Systems at Chrysler Group LLC.  He earned his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan, and earned his MBA from Michigan State University.
 
Late last year NNG won a bronze International Business Award presented by the Stevie Awards for “Fastest Growing Company in North America.” The award recognized NNG’s effort to deliver affordable navigation solutions around the world, delivering on its promise of delivering “Navigation for all.”
                                   
The complete address for the new facility is:
NNG North America
320 Martin Street, Suite 110                                                                  
Birmingham, Michigan 48009   
 
About NNG LLC
NNG develops cutting edge infotainment and navigation software for the global market, focusing heavily on automotive grade navigation technology. The company offers on-board, 3D navigation applications that incorporate connected features and a universal online update portal. NNG’s goal is to make in-car infotainment and navigation easy, fun, safe and integrated through all communication devices for everybody on board. Unique features and advanced technology, combined with a high level of flexibility, enable fast time-to-market at a low development cost.
 
The award winning iGO Navigation Software is currently installed in more than 20 million devices worldwide with over 30 million signed orders from 34 global car brands. NNG continues to strengthen its global footprint through 11 offices around the world, including Hungary, Japan (2x), the United States (3x), Switzerland, Australia, Israel, India, and China. With upcoming plans to infiltrate South and Central American markets as well. 
 
NNG is the recent recipient of the 2013/14 European Business Award, winning ”Growth Strategy of the Year", and is the proud Winner of 2014 Gold Stevie® Award for Fastest Growing Company of the Year in Europe, but also won numerous product awards through its partners.
 
To find out more about NNG please visit www.nng.com. For more information about iGO Navigation products, visit www.igonavigation.com.
 

Growing dog daycare business moving, expanding in Ferndale

Two years after opening in Ferndale, Canine to Five dog daycare and boarding is moving and expanding May 18 to a bigger space just down the road.
 
The new building at 1221 East 9 Mile Road in Ferndale will open May 18 and effectively triple the size of the business, allowing for more customized care for all kinds of dogs at every stage — from puppies to seniors.
 
“We are so thrilled to be offering our customers in Ferndale and the surrounding areas a broader range of services. This move lets us offer our clients unique options to better care for dogs of every size and all ages,” says Liz Blondy, owner of Canine to Five in Ferndale and the founder of the original Midtown Detroit location.
 
The new facility will feature the “Goldy Jones Memorial Seniors Lounge,” specializing in exclusive care for senior dogs and dogs with special needs.
 
“Providing a safe, happy space for all dogs is our primary goal. Older dogs need special attention, and now our handlers can go out of their way to give these dogs one-on-one care,” Blondy says.
 
Canine to Five pups will now have four indoor playrooms, plus a larger outdoor play yard, giving the dogs more room to romp, play, and even swim and sunbathe when the weather is nice.
 
“This additional space and grouping capability will allow us to create the best possible experience for every dog, tailored to their unique needs,” Blondy says.
 
The new facilities include more space for free-play and an expanded outdoor play area complete with play equipment and pools.
 
The locally owned and operated dog daycare and boarding facility offers unique, pack-style all-day play for dog daycare guests. Dog care is offered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Highly trained handlers emphasize pack and individual dog behavior.
 
Because some pups don’t thrive in a pack environment, the new facility also has space for Private Play Lodging. This space is for dogs that either don’t meet our pack-style requirements, or are better suited for one-on-one handling.
 
“It’s an alternative to standard dog kenneling that lets us better serve dogs with unique needs,” Blondy says.

BetterHealth celebrates Beverly Hills market opening with grand opening June 24

BetterHealth Markets & Vitamin Stores will host a grand opening celebration of its newest store located at 17696 West Thirteen Mile Road in Beverly Hills at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 24, 2015. The 7,000-square-foot store is the newest marketplace location for the Michigan-based, privately owned group of markets and vitamin stores. This full-service natural and organic market expands the offerings and replaces the vitamin store previously located on Southfield Road south of Thirteen Mile Road.
 
“We’re proud to open our new Beverly Hills location—our 10th full-line grocery and our fifth café,” said Tedd Handelsman, founder and president of BetterHealth. “We are excited to offer area residents the tools and expertise to help them build a truly healthy lifestyle.” The new location will open Friday, May 8.
 
In celebration of the store’s opening, BetterHealth will host a week of in-store activities, including:
  • Juicing for Health with Anca on May 14
  • Biomeridian Assessments on May 16
  • The Vegan Vine Bottle Signing and Cooking Class with basketball champion and television star John Salley on May 20
 
The grand opening celebration on June 24 will feature: hourly prize raffles for bicycles, gift baskets and gift cards; fun activities for the kids; wine and food sampling; and a special appearance by Elsa from Disney’s Frozen.
 
As more individuals have become health-conscious, there has been an increasing need for products and information to support this lifestyle. BetterHealth has continued to expand its merchandise offerings and educational events available to customers.
 
“At BetterHealth, we are passionate about leading a healthy lifestyle, and sharing our experience and wide array of product offerings with our customers. We have found our customers are inspired by the wealth of information and healthy foods available at BetterHealth,” added Handelsman. “We are delighted to be a destination for customers seeking wellness products and information all in one place.”
 
The Beverly Hills location will feature a full line grocery with natural, organic, locally grown and non-GMO food; a wide array of vitamins and supplements from such top brands as Megafood, New Chapter and Whole Earth; meat and deli from animals that are sustainably raised with room to roam and hormone free; Michigan wine and sulfite-free wine; gluten-free and locally brewed craft beer; a large selection of organic health and beauty products; and Better Health Café offering an organic salad bar, hot food bar, smoothies and raw juices, and in-house made bakery and dessert items.
 
“Our Café has something for everyone—delicious sandwiches, wraps and burgers; smoothies and juices; design-your-own raw ‘superjuices;’ vegetarian and vegan options; soups and an organic salad bar,” noted Handelsman. “For our on-the-go customers, we post our daily menu specials on Facebook and Twitter.”
 
BetterHealth offers a wide array of its products for purchase via its online shopping site at http://www.thebetterhealthstore.com, including vitamins and supplements, food and grocery items, herbs and homeopathic products, digestive aids, bath and body care and household items.
 
BetterHealth Markets & Vitamin Stores is a Michigan-based, privately owned group of markets and vitamin stores with locations in Ann Arbor, Belleville, Beverly Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Dearborn, Grosse Pointe, Lansing, Livonia, Novi, Plymouth, Shelby Twp., Southgate and Sterling Heights. BetterHealth offers a wide selection of natural and organic food, as well as a full range of health products such as vitamins and other nutritional supplements, natural health and beauty aids, and wellness education The markets also feature a full-service meat and deli counter, smoothies and raw juices, bakery and dessert items. For more information, visit www.thebetterhealthstore.com, or follow us on Twitter (@BetterHealthSto) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/betterhealthstore) for updates on our business, new products and events.

Van Elslander Surgical Innovation Center at Providence-Providence Park Hospital opens

A new highly advanced surgical training facility is now open at Providence-Providence Park Hospital in Novi. The Van Elslander Surgical Innovation Center provides specialized surgical training to surgeons from throughout the U.S. and across the globe.

VESIC is designed to foster collaboration with leading-edge medical device manufacturers to provide training courses on innovative surgical techniques and procedures. The 9,000-square-foot, $3.5M facility features a 14-station training lab where surgeons will learn and perfect surgical procedures and techniques. There is also a 50-seat auditorium to that allows doctors to view live surgeries. This type of direct visualization is critical to the training experience.

”This new hallmark training center will continue to build on the regional and national reputation of St. John Providence as clinical leaders,” says Peter Karadjoff, president of Providence-Providence Park Hospital, Novi.

VESIC’s creation was envisioned by Providence-Providence Park Hospital neurotology surgeons, Drs. Dennis Bojrab, Michael LaRouere and Seilesh Babuand made possible by a generous philanthropic gift from Mr. Art Van Elslander.

“This center is a flex-designed, multi-disciplinary training center capable of hosting innovative surgical training and other ground breaking medical courses. Some of the first training sessions in the center will be temporal bone and skull-based courses,” says Bojrab.

St. John Providence has partnered with Platinum Training to provide their exceptional management ability in building centers and attracting physicians from around the world to train here. Platinum has an established network of integrated surgical training and education centers in seven locations across the country and offers extensive relationships in the equipment and anatomical tissue market.

VESIC will be an integral component to linking medical education and training throughout Michigan and eventually through the other Ascension Health ministries across the United States.

Providence-Providence Park Hospital, Novi is part of St. John Providence. SJP is comprised of five hospitals plus more than 125 medical facilities in southeast Michigan. Every year at St. John Providence, we touch thousands of lives in southeast Michigan through services such as heart, cancer, obstetrics, neurosciences, orthopedics, physical rehabilitation, behavioral medicine, surgery, emergency and urgent care. St. John Providence is part of Ascension Health, the largest non-profit and Catholic health system in the country. Ascension (www.ascension.org) is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care.
 

Providence building new dialysis center on Novi campus

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DaVita Kidney Care on May 1 broke ground on a new dialysis center in partnership with Providence-Providence Park Hospital on its Novi campus.

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Luxury movie theater, The Riviera, to open in Farmington Hills

In February, Metromode reported on the start of construction of a luxury movie theater in Farmington Hills. The Riviera Cinema is scheduled to open April 30 at 9 Mile Road west of Middlebelt Road, an updated and high-end version of the theater that once was there.

A Hollywood-style, red carpet cocktail party opening is scheduled for May 6 and will raise money for four charities: Jay's Juniors, National Council of Jewish Women, Oakland Early College, and Sweet Dreamzzz. Tickets are $100 and include a strolling supper, signature cocktail, a live band, popcorn, snacks, and movies. Click here for tickets.

The Riviera will have nine auditoriums with wall-to-wall screens, the latest in film projection and sound technology, and new style theater seating with high-backed rockers and VIP recliners.

One auditorium will be for rent as a private screening room and a party and corporate event space.

The lobby, which was designed by Birmingham-based Ron and Roman with elegance as the guiding principal, will have a cocktail lounge and restaurant-like menu in addition to concession food.

The Riviera Cinema was developed in a partnership between Bloomfield Hills-based Cloud Nine Theater Partners and New York-headquartered DipsonTheatres. Cloud Nine operates 12 screens in metro Detroit, the others being at The Maple Theater. Dispon owns eight cinemas in New York, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.

Source: Ruth Daniels, spokesperson, Cloud Nine Theater Partners
Writer: Kim North Shine


 

New restaurant, the Triple Nickel, opens in downtown Birmingham's 555 building

A new restaurant has opened in the south end of downtown Birmingham, expanding dining options to another part of that city's central business district.

Triple Nickel opened April 9 in a renovated two-level storefront in the 555 Building at 555 Old South Woodward. It is co-owned by Marc & Petrina Blancke and business partners.

Marc Blancke is owner of Sindbad's restaurant and marina, an institution on Detroit's riverfront. Sindbad's head chef, John Fleming, is the menu creator and head of the kitchen at Triple Nickel, which will turn out regional favorites from around the country such as Maryland crab cakes and Boston bibb salad.

The Triple Nickel is billed as an American-themed tavern and meant to be a more affordable and casual option in Birmingham's restaurant scene.

The restaurant fills a two-story, 6,500-square-foot space inside the 555 office and retail development, and will feature outdoor patios with fireplaces and decks. TVs are part of the updated casual take on early American decor. The main dining room's windows also open up to give the restaurant an outdoor feel.

Source: Birmingham Principal Shopping District
Writer: Kim North Shine

Birmingham-based Goldfish Swim School making a splash nationwide

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About 10 years ago, the husband-and-wife team of Jenny and Chris McCuiston founded Goldfish Swim School at 2338 Cole St. in Birmingham with a simple goal: improving on the age-old practice of teaching kids to swim.

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Hazel Park 'doctor' fixes bodies with bikes

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Randy Martin never considered going to medical school, but every day, for the past 26 years, he has donned crisp, blue surgical scrubs, driven his white van with ambulance strobe flashers and helped make hundreds of people of all ages feel healthier and happier as the owner of The Bicycle Doctor in Hazel Park.

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Gorman's: 75 years of quality and service

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Gorman’s Home Furnishing and Interior Design store is celebrating 75 years of business in Michigan, 20 of them right here in Novi.

The city of Novi recognized and honored Gorman’s for this momentous anniversary Monday with a presentation by Mayor Bob Gatt, noting “their significant contribution to the Novi business community.”

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Leader Dogs for the Blind plans $14.5M upgrade to Rochester Hills center

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Leader Dogs for the Blind announced plans to spend $14.5 million to update its kennel in Rochester Hills into a space with training centers, breeding areas, and a veterinary clinic.

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DroneView Technologies lands seed capital for commercial drone tech

DroneView Technologies has landed an undisclosed amount of seed capital from a big name, R.L. Polk & Co chairman Stephen Polk.

The Bloomfield Hills-based company is developing technology for drone aerial imaging solutions and drone operator training.

"It's an opportunity where we would rather make our own platform," says Michael Singer, CEO of DroneView Technologies. "It's an industry that's really at an inflection point. It was developed by the military and is being adapted to commercial uses."

The 1-year-old company currently employs two employees and 6-12 independent contractors. It is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills but also has an office in New York. The seven-figure seed capital raise will help the company further develop its technology and add to its team.

DroneView Technologies is looking to apply its technology to a broad variety of industries, such as real-estate construction and industrial inspection. Any place where data needs to be collected in hard-to-reach places.

"We want to become a nationally recognized brand in drone space," Singer says.

Source: Michael Singer, CEO of DroneView Technologies
Writer: Jon Zemke

Read more about Metro Detroit's growing entrepreneurial ecosystem at SEMichiganStartup.com.

Will downtown Birmingham valet service end hunt for parking spaces?

Economically, it can be a good thing for a downtown to have a parking shortage. It typically means businesses are thriving and commercial vacancies are low. For shoppers and visitors, however, there's really no upside.

With that in mind, a downtown-wide valet service is coming to Birmingham from April 2 to May 30. The service will be available noon to 6 p.m. Thursday - Saturday. The cost to use the valet is $4. There will be two pick-up locations: next to Roots at Henrietta and West Maple and at Comerica Bank on Old Woodward at Hamilton Row. Shoppers can call the valet when they're ready to be picked up.

"With warming weather, parking use increases significantly in April and May," says John Heiney, executive director of Birmingham's Principal Shopping District. "Plus, our merchants have told us that their customers have asked for this convenience."

He says downtown is at 98 percent occupancy and about 100,000 square feet of office space is being built over the next 18 months. The valet service, which was offered last spring and over the holidays, is a temporary fix to what looks to be a long term parking problem. Demand is increasing, Heiney said.

The city has established a steering committee to look at expanding the parking system and consider short term solutions such as relocating employee parking.

The company, In House Valet, will operate the service, which is being subsidized by the Principal Shopping District, an organization made up of downtown business owners that works in partnership with the city.

Source: John Heiney, executive director, Principal Shopping District
Writer: Kim North Shine

Superior Industries International relocating corporate headquarters to Southfield, adding 75 jobs

Superior Industries International, Inc., the largest manufacturer of aluminum wheels for passenger cars and light-duty vehicles in North America, is relocating its global headquarters to the city of Southfield with support from the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced today. The project is expected to generate $2.5 million in new private investment and add 75 new jobs. 

“Superior Industries’ investment will mean additional well-paying jobs in Michigan for years to come,” said Gov. Rick Snyder. “Michigan is America’s comeback state and this new headquarters tells global companies that Michigan holds great opportunities for growing their business.”

Superior Industries International, Inc. is the largest manufacturer of aluminum wheels for passenger cars and light-duty vehicles in North America. The company operates five manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and Mexico that employ approximately 3,000 people. Superior plans to relocate its global headquarters to Southfield from California, invest up to $2.5 million and create 75 jobs. As a result, the company has been awarded a $900,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Michigan was chosen over competing sites in Texas and Tennessee. The city of Southfield is providing support to the project in the form of expedited permitting through the city’s building department.

“We are excited about transitioning our headquarters to Southfield and to forming a mutually beneficial, long-term partnership with the state of Michigan,” said Don Stebbins, president and chief executive officer of Superior Industries. “Michigan is the heart of the North American auto industry, and being based here will help us develop even closer relationships with our customers.  Michigan also provides a deep talent pool and we are excited to hit the ground running here. We look forward to working closely with the state of Michigan to add long-term value, create jobs, and bring business into the region.”

Individuals interested in career opportunities with Superior Industries International, Inc. should visit www.supind.com or email their resumes to superiorstaffing@supind.com.

“Superior Industries’ decision to locate its global headquarters here underscores Michigan’s business-friendly environment and a manufacturing talent pool that can compete with any region in the world,” said MEDC Chief Executive Officer Steve Arwood. “This investment will provide excellent employment opportunities for Michigan residents and will create a long-term positive impact on the local economy.”

”We are delighted to welcome Superior Industries International to their new home in the city of Southfield,” said Southfield Acting Mayor Donald Fracassi.

The Michigan Business Development Program provides grants, loans and other economic assistance to qualified businesses that make investments or create jobs in Michigan, with preference given to businesses that need additional assistance for deal-closing and for second stage gap financing. 

The MSF considers a number of factors in making these awards, including: out-of-state competition, private investment in the project, business diversification opportunities, near-term job creation, wage and benefit levels of the new jobs, and net-positive return to the state. Business retention and retail projects are not eligible for consideration of these incentives.

 
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