Friday, November 23, 2012
In its fourth year, the "shop local" promotion has doubled in size and will award 11 prize packages valued at more than $600 each.
Friday, November 23, 2012
The Downtown Farmington Wish List Window is more crowded than ever this year, as twice the number of merchants are participating in the "shop local" campaign. Located at 33317 Grand River Ave., next to the Village Mall merchants, the window is filled with gift certificates and merchandise from stores within the Farmington Downtown Development Authority (DDA) district. From Nov. 23 through Dec. 17, shoppers can pick up a stamp card at any participating location. Merchants will stamp the card with each purchase, and for every $100 you spend, your name is entered into the Wish List Window prize package drawing. Each of 11 winners will receive a prize package worth approximately $600, and the total value of the window is more than $6,000. A…
Just what is Small Business Saturday and why should you support the event in Farmington and Farmington Hills?
Big name national retailers take the spotlight on Black Friday as their deep price cuts pull in shoppers in droves. What about those mom-and-pop businesses all over Farmington and Farmington Hills that are the backbone of America’s economy? Just when do they get their day? That’s basically the question asked back in 2010, when the concept of Small Business Saturday was born. Small Business Saturday is “a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities,” the U.S. Small Business Administration explains on its website. American Express gets the credit for founding the shopping holiday, which got its official start on Nov. 27, 2010, according to the Small Business Saturday Facebook page. Celebrating its …
Monday, November 21, 2011
Owners Don and Peggy Payne say the Farmington Hills restaurant will close Sunday, Jan. 8.
On Oct. 31, Family Buggy owner Don Payne did something he had been putting off for a year: He told employees the 44-year-old restaurant will close on Jan. 8, 2012. "I knew it was coming. I hoped I could find a way to not tell the employees they didn't have a job," said Payne, who celebrated his 70th birthday and the company's anniversary with a party at Longacre House on Oct. 10. With his wife, Peggy, Don Payne has owned the family restaurant on Orchard Lake in Farmington Hills since 1976. Family Buggy first opened in Detroit in 1967; that restaurant closed in 1986. The Paynes also had locations in Rochester Hills, which opened in 1983 and closed in 2006, and Livonia, which opened in 1987 and closed in 2005. Some customers who started with…