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Some of the most innovative work done in Southeast Michigan comes from a large, renowned field of top-notch designers, including cool furniture makers in Royal Oak, cutting edge fashion labels in Detroit, and a much-sought-after tile-works in Ann Arbor.  And don't forget the gleaming cars that come from the creative minds all over metro Detroit.

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Saginaw Street Consignments is Vintage Pontiac

Saginaw Street Consignments is a vintage store located 150 N. Saginaw St. that sells previously-owner furniture, lighting, fine china, artwork, designer handbags, jewelry, vintage audio equipment, and other housewares and accessories. Co-owner April Ogg-Ivankovich’s family has owned and operated the downtown Pontiac building for over 50 years. 

Get AMPed: A New Multi-Purpose Amphitheater is Coming to Downtown Milford

AMP in Central Park is a grassroots effort to build a multi-use outdoor amphitheater in Milford's Central Park. AMP is a collaborative effort between the Rotary Club of Milford, the Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Milford Downtown Development Authority

From a dying landmark to live music, the Crofoot rocks Downtown Pontiac

Both the building at 1 S. Saginaw in Pontiac and the McGowan family have deep ties to Michigan history. Through their redevelopment of the Crofoot building from abandoned office space to a ballroom, the family proved that the recipe for downtown revitalization is one part historic preservation, one part innovation, and a dash of rock 'n roll.

Walking The Talk: ISCG Creates Its Own Inspired Workplace

ISCG in Royal Oak has long been designing workplaces for clients with an eye toward rehabilitation and re-use. Last year the firm put its money where its mouth was and became its own client. The building? The discarded Royal Radio building on Main Street. The results speak for themselves.

Oakland County's Preservation Architect Ron Campbell Talks Adaptive Reuse and Preservation

Oakland County Prosper checks in with Oakland County’s Economic Development and Community Affairs’ Principal Planner/Preservation Architect Ronald A. Campbell for his insight into the importance of historic preservation.
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Design Videos

Featured Video: Beauty Blossoms In Metro Detroit

Norm Silk and Dale Morgan are all about aesthetics -- whether it's the explosion of flowers that fill their Birmingham boutique or the restoration of the only home in Detroit to be designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Featured Video: The Robot Garage

At The Robot Garage, LEGO toys and robotics adventures are more than just childhood pastimes. Located in a converted warehouse in Birmingham's Rail District, this imagination laboratory hosts building classes, birthday parties, weekend competitions and one of the coolest retail shops in all of Oakland County. Whether you're a creative kid or just a child at heart, there's plenty to discover.

Featured Video: Ronin

The Ronin were masterless samurai forced to carve out a path of their own. So too does this Royal Oak eatery, combining contemporary bistro sensibilties with a uniquely woodsy ambiance.

Featured Video: Cranbrook Art Museum's Grand Re-Opening

Thanks to a two-year, $22-million dollar renovation, the newly-imagined Cranbrook Institute of Art dispels the notion of dusty museum collections hidden away from the public eye. Every piece from the museum's storied 80-year history is now displayed in glass vaults and custom-designed cabinetry. The result? An integrated teaching and learning machine where accesibility is paramount. Join Tom Hendrickson on a tour inside.

Featured Video: Epiphany Studios

Move over Chihuly, Epiphany Studios is out to eat your lunch. Okay, not really, but this Pontiac-based glass studio produces some incredible work, employing techniques developed and mastered by Italian glass blowers over hundreds of years.
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