Shops, restaurants opening, closing, moving in Oakland County – Detroit Free Press
From a new bubble tea cafe that popped up in Ferndale to a popular toy store closing in Birmingham, we’ve got the latest on restaurants and shops coming and going in southeast Oakland County.
Strike a pose, Ferndale. The Good Day Selfie Museum celebrated its grand opening in July at 22742 Woodward Ave.
The 3,000-square foot, self-serve photo studio features more than 20 exhibits that serve as fun backdrops for photos and videos, according to a news release. It also has a 360 degree photo booth with a camera that rotates around guests.
Admission prices listed on its website are $25 for ages 10 and older, $15 for ages 4-9 and free for kids 3 and under. The entire space can be rented for birthday parties or other private events. Owner Catherine Tolbert-Wilson is a Ferndale High School graduate.
Nearby, an array of colorful tea drinks in unique flavors awaits thirsty visitors at Quickly Boba Cafe at 327 W. Nine Mile Road. Business partners Jay Zheng, James Yang and Chuck Lee opened the cafe Aug. 18.
Boba is a tea drink that includes chewy tapioca pearls, fruity juice poppers or other add-ins. Quickly has both iced teas and non-dairy milk teas made with a coconut milk creamer, with all teas brewed fresh in-house. The cafe also sells smoothies, slushies and snacks such as spring rolls, mochi waffles, rice bowls, waffle fries and crab rangoon.
Zheng said he and his partners picked the Taiwan-based Quickly boba brand because of its high quality. With cafes in Troy, Auburn Hills and Ann Arbor, the Ferndale location is the trio’s fourth.
“We decided to do the project in Ferndale because we felt the community is really friendly, really tight and really hip,” Zheng said.
The former Greenspace Cafe has been transformed into an urban event space with the recent opening of 215 WEST, named for its address at 215 W. Nine Mile Road. The 4,000-square foot building has about 2,500 square feet of event space and a full kitchen, dining room, bar and covered patio.
“It’s a double concept,” said managing partner Toly Ashkenazi, who is also the managing partner of SOHO next door. “We’re focusing on pop-up kitchens with local chefs and versatile restaurant space, and we’ll occasionally host small- and medium-sized events.”
A pasta and pizza restaurant is planned for the former Hopcat space at 208 W. Fifth Street, Deputy City Manager Todd Fenton said.
Pastaio features fresh, handmade pasta prepared daily in view of guests and brick oven pizza, according to its website. Fenton said the restaurant has not indicated a projected opening date other than sometime in 2021. The city commission will need to approve the plan of operation for its liquor license, he said.
Pastaio’s website lists a restaurant in Port St. Lucie, Fla. and says locations in Palm City, Fla. and Royal Oak are coming soon.
HopCat, a popular gastropub known for its craft beers and award-winning fries, announced the closure of its Royal Oak restaurant last year.
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Nearby, Grosse Pointe-based The Campus Shop recently expanded to a second location at 325 S. Washington. Mark Steiner and his sons Adam and Ryan run the clothing store and decorate the apparel it sells using embroidery and screen printing.
“We have a lot of fun, Detroit-centric designs that celebrate the hometown, everything from T-shirts, jean jackets, jeans, socks, hats,” Adam Steiner said.
The Campus Shop also features what it calls its “Freakend” collection, which includes shirts that say things like “WINE,” “HAPPY HOUR” and “WEEKEND.”
The craft cheese, chocolate and charcuterie shop Mongers’ Provisions is opening a new location in Berkley, the company announced on Facebook. The site at 3127 12 Mile Road will be about three times bigger that its location in Midtown Detroit.
“We’ll be able to create the same experience you’ve come to know at our Midtown location and have all the cheese, chocolate, charcuterie and accoutrements you love, plus so much more,” the post said. “And before you ask, we’re bringing grilled cheese with us too.”
The post said an opening date has not yet been set, “but keep an eye toward October.”
Another new business is Berkley-bound. Due Venti, a northern Italian bistro at 220 S. Main Street in Clawson, made this announcement Aug. 26 on Facebook:
“Thank you for 13 wonderful years in Clawson. Follow us along as we build a brand new business, with the same spirit and quality you experienced at due venti. Our next spot will be in Downtown Berkley at 3142 Coolidge Highway. More to come!”
Papa’s Pizza & BBQ at 2626 Coolidge Hwy. is closing at the end of August after eight years in the city, according to store manager Chris Yono. Yono said the owner decided to focus on the busier Papa’s location at 15400 W. Nine Mile Road in Oak Park. Papa’s fans in Berkley need not despair — the pizza shop will still deliver to the area.
O’Mara’s at 2555 W. 12 Mile Road could be back in business by the end of this year.
The restaurant has been closed since a fire on Mother’s Day 2020. Owner Kevin O’Mara began renovations and planned to reopen by the end of last year, but there were snags related to both his bank and the insurance company, he said. The COVID-19 pandemic added another layer of uncertainty.
O’Mara said he recently received the insurance claim money from the fire and plans to re-start renovations. He said he’d like to welcome his customers back within the next three or four months and added that he’s closely watching what happens with the pandemic now that children are back in school.
“I sure miss everybody,” he said.
A Noori Chicken restaurant specializing in Korean fried chicken is headed to the former home of DaNang at 1 S. Main, according to a recent Clawson Downtown Development Authority newsletter. Noori Chicken’s website boasts about its fresh, homemade sauces. Korean-style pizza is also on the menu.
Noori Chicken has other locations in Grand Rapids and Virginia. An opening date for the Clawson restaurant has not been publicly announced.
Two businesses — Moxxi and Studio Sculpt — moved in August from another location in Clawson to 116 S. Main Street, said Courtney McCracken, a nurse practitioner who owns Moxxi.
The spot offers several aesthetic treatments under one roof. Studio Sculpt features EmSculpt Neo, a non-invasive body shaping procedure that uses radio frequency heat for fat reduction and high intensity focused electromagnetic energy for muscle strengthening and toning, according to its website. Moxxi offers Botox, dermal fillers, platelet rich plasma treatments and a variety of other face and body treatments.
“Together, we can provide individualized services in aesthetics, sexual wellness and body sculpting to leave you feeling like your best self,” McCracken said.
A Circa Lighting showroom is coming to the city’s downtown, said Sean Kammer, executive director of the Birmingham Shopping District. With showrooms across the country and in London, Circa Lighting features designer ceiling, table, wall, floor, outdoor and architectural lighting, as well as fans, according to its website.
The Birmingham store will be at 250 Merrill Street. An opening date has not been announced.
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Doug Lewton will hopefully have a relaxing Christmas this year after saying goodbye to his toy shop, Adventures in Toys at 250 W. Maple.
The shop opened in 1989. Lewton said he and his partner, Debbie Vail, worked there for many years before taking over the business from the former owner in 2008 and later relocating it to a smaller storefront across the street.
Lewton said Adventures in Toys was known for carrying items not available in big box stores, from dolls and baby toys to stuffed animals and science kits.
“Our specialty was our customer service. We wrapped gifts for free,” he said.
While the pandemic posed some challenges when it came to getting inventory, Lewton said his desire to relax and spend more time with his family were the main reasons he decided to not renew the lease that ended in August. He also wants to help out his son, Jason, at the sports card and collectibles shop he opened in May in downtown Clawson.
Lewton said he’s grateful for and is going to miss the many loyal customers who visited the shop over the years. He also said he is looking forward to enjoying the holidays.
“This will be the first Christmas I haven’t been dead tired on Christmas Eve,” he said.
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