Wednesday, May 22, 2013
ACO Home, Garden & Hardware plans to shut down under-performing stores in the region. Stores in Farmington and Farmington Hills are not affected.
Farmington Hills-based ACO Home, Garden & Hardware has announced plans to close 14 local stores. Michigan's largest independent hardware retailer announced Thursday that the plan to shut down the under-performing stores aims to "improve and strengthen the company’s financial performance." Stores in Farmington and Farmington Hills are not affected. “To ensure our long term growth and sustainability, we must always strive to manage our costs and allocate resources to areas of our business that make a meaningful contribution to our financial performance," President and CEO Dick Snyder said in a news release. The company is also in the process of remodeling other stores to lure shoppers and accommodate expanded merchandise. A blow-out sale is…
Jeff Wenzel and his business partner Shawn Neal of Detroit say their business model keeps their services free to the bands they help.
Farmington resident Jeff Wenzel and his business partner Shawn Neal of Detroit say they're helping bands all over the world raise the funds needed to record their music – all at no charge to the bands. Through their Detroit-based incubator project, Groovebox Studios, the duo has over the past two years recorded more than 150 bands from all over the world, raising more than $100,000 in capital for full-length EPs (extended play albums) and a small national tour. “The birth of Groovebox Studios was a very deliberate effort,” Wenzel said. “Deliberate, in the sense that it was more than building the business plan, finding out the quirks in the model, ensuring the equipment was always top notch ... it was connecting an artistic community and …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Have you had the sushi or another dish at this Farmington restaurant? Tell us what you think.
The Farmington-Farmington Hills Patch directory is filled with objective information about hundreds of local businesses, but there's also room for you to tell your neighbors – and the businesses – what you think about their services and products. Today, we're asking customers of Sushi House restaurant to share a review. You'd be surprised how interested others are in what you have to say. So click the link and tell us what you think!
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Learn more about this Farmington-based business in this week's Small Business Shout Out.
The Farmington-based husband and wife team of Roz and Richard Keith, partners of MindSeedCreative, have been in business together for more than 20 years, and built their current business close to home. "We live in Farmington. Our office is in our home. We love being able to live and work in the Farmington community," Roz Keith wrote. "It gives us maximum flexibility while raising our family." Keith recently submitted information about her business through Patch's Business Shout Out. If you have a business and want to participate in Patch's Small Business Shout Out you can fill out the form here. How did your business come to be?: Husband and wife, Roz and Richard Keith, have been partners in business on and off for nearly 20 years. Both …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Opened in February, Title Boxing Club has seen steady growth as clients spread the word about the unique regimen.
Title Boxing Club, one of the nation's fastest growing franchises, is also growing in Farmington Hills. The club on Haggerty just south of 14 Mile Road has drawn around 200 members since opening in late February. Owner Ashok Kumar said he and his wife invested in a franchise because they liked the business model and learned the work-out is "amazing". "When I did it and my wife it, we were sold on it," he said. "It is very different. People will even keep their other memberships and come here as well." Instructors take clients through a fast-moving routine that combines punching a body bag with exercises like jumping jacks and lunges, to build core strength. "When your heart is pumping, that's the best time to work your core," Kumar said…
Monday, May 13, 2013
The business hosts a celebration May 16 with appetizers, spirits and giveaways.
Painting with a Twist reaches a "huge milestone" May 16, with an event celebrating the business' first anniversary in downtown Farmington. “I couldn’t be more pleased with the past year," owner Michelle Lewis said. "This community is so vibrant, and it’s done nothing but embraced us from the second we opened our doors.” Guest will enjoy light appetizers and spirits starting at 6:30 p.m., as well as giveaways during a 7 p.m. class and a free t-shirt for all painters. Painting with a Twist™ offers daily classes, available in two- and three-hour sessions, that give veteran and novice painters alike the ability to recreate an original piece done by a local artist, or occasionally, a piece by a famous artist. The studio is equipped with all …
Saturday, May 11, 2013
An open house will be held June 1 at Shiawassee Park.
Saturday, May 11
The Baby Boot Camp will hold an open house June 1, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., at Shiawassee Park in Farmington, to celebrate the fitness and nutrition program's first year of serving area moms. Guests will enjoy refreshments provided by Zico Coconut Water, Door to Door Organics and Svelte, and the first 20 moms will receive class packages and swag bags. Jungle Java and My Gym are providing door prizes. Baby Boot Camp stroller-fitness classes combine strength-training exercises with cardiovascular drills in 60-minute sessions. Pilates, yoga and abdominal exercises help improve core strength. Local instructor Michelle Kreager is certified through the American Council on Exercise, and is trained in pre- and post-natal fitness. “Fitness has always …
Friday, May 10, 2013
Tell us what you think about this local restaurant.
The Farmington-Farmington Hills Patch directory is filled with objective information about hundreds of local businesses, but there's also room for you to tell your neighbors – and the businesses – what you think about their services and products. Today, we're asking customers of Yesterday's Coney Island restaurant to share a review. You'd be surprised how interested others are in what you have to say. So click the link and tell us what you think!
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Hershey's Ice Cream will soon have a new name and offer a selection of fancy pastries to go along with dipped and soft serve ice cream.
After 30 years in downtown Farmington, Hershey's Ice Cream on Farmington Road looked quite different when the store opened in April. "We're half the store we used to be," new manager Jackie Reaume said. Benches along the south wall are gone, as is one of the ice cream cases. "There was not much seating in the restaurant (located next door), and when we looked at this space, we had a waste of space." The extra square footage will mean more seating for the Mediterranean-themed restaurant when it opens sometime later this spring, she said. In addition to physical downsizing, Reaume has reduced the number of flavors offered, to focus on the ones most popular with customers. She also eliminated smoothies, which she pointed out are sold at …
Friday, May 3, 2013
Grove Street will be closed for reconstruction from Grand River to Orchard Street, with staging of the site to begin Friday.
With the turn of a shovel, the reconstruction of Grove Street in downtown Farmington launched on Thursday, a few days later than city officials had hoped. Mayor Tom Buck said the hang up was over paperwork for a property transfer between the City of Farmington and Manifold Ventures, owner of The Groves shopping center. The original plan was for construction to be done by the Downtown Farmington Founders Festival in mid-July, which still may happen, he added. Crews will remove the concrete on Grove, from Grand River to Orchard Street, and install an asphalt street with a boulevard and on-street parking, stamped concrete sidewalks and a look similar to the existing downtown Farmington streetscape. Representing Manifold Ventures, partner …