Friday, March 1, 2013
The Novi-based bank sees Farmington Hills as the right location for its first expansion.
When Novi-based Lotus Bank officials considered expanding, they saw Farmington Hills as "a place we had to be in", bank president and CEO Neal Searle said. The bank's new branch, located at the northeast corner of Halsted and Grand River, celebrated its grand opening on Thursday, with a Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting. The "ribbon" made of dollar bills, valued at $200, will be split equally between the City of Farmington Hills youth services programs and Source of Universal Love (S.O.U.L.), a Farmington-based charity. Searle said the bank, founded in 2007, has minority ownership by the Asian Indian community and is also focused on the business community. "We selected communities that both had a business market…
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
The Greater Farmington Area Chamber welcomes the new business to Farmington Hills.
In a ceremony attended by Greater Farmington Area Chamber members and city officials, Elder Living Construction celebrated the grand opening of its Universal Design Center Tuesday. The Center has been in the space at 27260 Haggerty in Farmington Hills for about five months. Partners Roger Burghdoff, Tim Saling and Barbara Baker work with a staff that includes craftspeople and an occupational therapist to specialize in barrier-free remodeling. The materials they use will fit into any home, but incorporate features that help seniors and people with disabilities live more comfortably. Burghdoff demonstrated a stove cook top that can be lowered or raised, and showed a sturdy grab bar that doubles as a stylish toilet paper holder to make the …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
The event, which is open to the public, features dozens of local businesses offering samples, discounts and more.
Local business owners and representatives have gathered at Farmington Hills Manor, 23666 Orchard Lake Rd. today for the Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce Expo. Farmington-Farmington Hills Patch has a booth, where you'll meet editor Joni Hubred-Golden and account manager Susanne Spruit. Sign up for our daily newsletter, and spin for a chance to win Patch swag. The annual event, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is focused on business-to-business services, but the public is invited to attend. Vendors are offering samples, discounts and lots of information about their goods and services.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Burn survivor Diana Rodriguez and her cousin, Tonya Otero, celebrate the grand opening of Rio Grande Mexican Cuisine.
Just a little over three years ago, Diana Rodriguez lay in a hospital bed with third degree burns covering 30 percent of her body. Today, the Farmington Hills resident is celebrating the success of her first business, Rio Grande Mexican Cuisine, a take-out restaurant at 28726 Grand River Ave. Rodriguez, her cousin Tonya Otero of Lincoln Park, and Rodriguez's husband Daniel Campbell, gathered there Friday for a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce. "I lost my job of 10 years, I was really depressed and isolated," Rodriguez said of her life after the accident, which occurred at 10 Mile and Grand River. Out of work for three years, she was also self-conscious about her burns. Rodriguez finally …
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Awards are given for commitment to charity, social and community activism and leadership.
The Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce honored five of its own Thursday, during the Third Annual GFA Chamber Awards Dinner, held at Glen Oaks Country Club in Farmington Hills. Guests enjoyed a buffet dinner, then recognized these Chamber members: Farmington Deli Owner Bill Fricke picked up the Make a Difference Award, recognizing the deli's "significant commitment to the community or a charitable organization". Chamber director Mary Engelman said Farmington Deli frequently provides food for charitable events and and has donated to the Chamber as well. Other nominees were Farmington Area Jaycees, Source of Universal Love and Toshiba. Karen Blazaitis, Mid American Studio Blazaitis received the Community Citizen Award, which …
Friday, October 19, 2012
Dr. Frank Vicini and cancer survivor Gerryanna Luscri, RN, keynote a Thursday lunch event at the Farmington Hills hospital.
A Botsford Hospital physician and nurse believe early detection, new treatments and attitude can help improve the odds of beating breast cancer. Dr. Frank Vicini and Gerryanna Luscri, a registered nurse and two-time cancer survivor, spoke to an audience of health professionals and local business people Thursday during a lunch at the Farmington Hills hospital, held in cooperation with the Greater Farmington Area Chamber. For Chamber director Mary Engelman, the occasion was particularly poignant; she recently lost a family member to cancer. "We're here to educate the community about the different things we can do," she said. "I want more success stories and less tragedies and less heartache." Vicini reviewed statistics and risk factors, …
Saturday, October 13, 2012
The facility on Orchard Lake offers services that range from laser hair removal to family medical care.
Location, location, location. That's why Dr. Namir David Zukkoor opened Luxury Med Spa on Orchard Lake Road in Farmington Hills. "i wanted to open this place to make people feel good and better about themselves inside and out. And what better location than Farmington Hills?" Zukkoor said during a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting Thursday with the Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce. Luxury Med Spa offers a combination of aesthetic services like laser hair removal and a medical liposuction program, but Zukkoor is also board certified in internal medicine, affiliated with William Beaumont Hospital and Henry Ford-West Bloomfield Hospital. More information is available on the Luxury Med Spa website.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
The popular chain restaurant donates $200 to Neighborhood House as part of its ribbon cutting celebration.
Steven Jackson, Hungry Howie's president and CEO, says his company "likes to get involved" when moving into a community. Northville residents Vijay and Nita Patel, owners of the new Hungry Howie's franchise restaurant at Drakeshire Plaza on Grand River in Farmington, have demonstrated that commitment, with a $200 donation to Neighborhood House. The non-profit maintains a food shelf and provides other services for area residents in need. Neighborhood House board president Alan Maxey expressed appreciation for what he called "a very, very kind donation." "It's support from the local community that really allows us to do what we do for all our local residents in need," he said during a Tuesday grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration. …
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Tom Gebhardt, president of the company's automotive division, announces a new matching fund that will benefit a local charity.
Not many ribbon cuttings include an appearance by the Detroit Pistons drum line, but Monday's celebration of Panasonic Automotive Systems' new Farmington Hills headquarters wouldn't have been complete without it. Division president Tom Gebhardt used the occasion to announce a $2,500 in-kind gift to the City of Farmington Hills and a $2,500 gift to a fund the company will build "to seed activity in the community". He said the company has not yet selected a charity that will benefit from the fund. Gebhardt also pledged that the hundreds of Panasonic employees who occupy the facility will be active in the community. "There's more to it under the Panasonic brand than what we do every day," he said. Gebhardt said the move into the former …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Founder Diane Cassidy says this year's music may inspire people to hit the dance floor.
With just eight days left before the opening of the Downtown Farmington Founders Festival, Diane Cassidy says she's ready for Alley Regalley. Cassidy created the event several years ago as an alternative for Walker's Tavern, which focuses more on rock music. She describes the atmosphere as "a more refined experience". Alley Regalley will return to last year's location behind the Village Mall, just south of the Grand River and Farmington Road intersection. "It's sort of an upscale feeling and an outdoor party venue," said Cassidy, who owns Salon Legato. "There are no walls around you, but you're dining on white table cloths with flowers around you. The music is more laid back, so you can have a date night and speak intimately to the person …