Spring is a time for change, and the same could be said for the region’s business community.
Plenty of shops have opened or closed their doors in the month of March across the western suburbs of Detroit. Here’s a non-exhaustive list of the changes in the business landscape across the Hometown Life communities.
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After years of work and delays, Legendary Ax opened its doors in the former Skateworld building at 37550 Cherry Hill. An entertainment venue complete with a bar and several ax-throwing lanes, it sports an Up North feel in a space next to Hush Haunted Attraction.
Either before or after throwing axes, be sure to grab something to eat. A longtime vacant restaurant building on Wayne Road has new life thanks to hummus and chicken shawarma.
New to town is 2Booli 2Go, a fast-casual Middle Eastern restaurant at 6308 N. Wayne Road. An offshoot of 2Booli in Farmington Hills, the restaurant serves up bowls and pitas packed with plenty of flavor. The restaurant provides dine-in, takeout and drive-thru options for guests.
Not in the mood for Middle Eastern? Drive a little north along Wayne Road to a new café serving up crepes and coffee.
Aroma Creperie and Cafe opened in late February in the space that formerly held Payless ShoeSource in the Westland Plaza. Opened by Iraqi immigrants, the cafe brings both savory and sweet crepes with plenty of international flavor.
It’s gotten a little easier to grab a cup of coffee in southwest Livonia.
The Biggby Coffee long located in the plaza at Ann Arbor Road and Newburgh recently relocated to a space formerly occupied by a bank at 38047 Ann Arbor Road. The biggest addition is a drive-thru, allowing customers to pick up that Caramel Marvel without leaving their car.
A new place to grab both new and “pre-loved” women’s clothing has arrived in Livonia as well. Lynn Nailor has relocated Get Styled Resale Boutique from its previous location in Ferndale to a new shop at 33302 W. Seven Mile, just east of Farmington Road. The shop has both new and used items, including clothing, jewelry and accessories.
Another big box pharmacy has closed its doors in town as well. The Rite Aid at 27401 Six Mile on the corner of Inkster has closed its doors, with the last day open in March.
A request for more information on the closure was sent to Rite Aid but was not returned.
Grab a taste of fall all year round in downtown Plymouth.
Bakehouse 46 has taken over the former Cupcake Station at 318 S. Main St. A collaboration between Blake’s and Cupcake Station, Bakehouse 46 brings cider, doughnuts, cakes and other treats to a new café. It joins several others in southeast Michigan, including Birmingham (which plans to reopen this month after relocating), Ann Arbor and Rochester.
A popular fast-casual restaurant has also moved to the area: Chipotle opened at Ann Arbor Road and Haggerty in Plymouth Township. The popular burrito joint is one of the first locations to open at the plaza where Kmart formerly stood. A Henry Ford Health facility plans to open on the site later this year as well.
While there were some openings, there was one prominent closing in the Plymouth area this past month as well. Shimmy Shack, the well-known vegan restaurant on Sheldon Road, closed its doors after rent was increased at the restaurant’s space. While the restaurant is closed, the Shimmy Shack food truck plans to continue serving up its delicious fare.
Get ready to get fit as a new gym has opened its doors in Farmington.
F45, known for its high-intensity workouts, held its grand opening in March at its new gym at 33019 Grand River. The gym is known for its group fitness classes utilizing circuit and high-intensity interval training. Other F45 gyms operate nearby in Livonia and Birmingham.
No longer do Milford parents looking for used clothing for their young children need to drive to places like Novi or Brighton.
Three Little Peas has opened in the plaza at Summit and Commerce next to the Milford Independent Cinema. Specializing in clothing for infants to young children, it’s the first dedicated children’s clothing resale shop to open in the area. They also purchase clothing as well.
A new attraction for a special night out also opened its doors in downtown Milford. North-End Market Candle Bar opened in late March at 435 N. Main Stree, giving guests a chance to create their own scented candle, hand soap and other products with customizable smells. It brings together the North Main Gift Co., which operated in a small room behind the Beyond Juicery + Eatery, and the new candle bar under one roof.
Nearby in Highland, there’s now a place to grab a classic metro Detroit classic: the coney dog. Leo’s Coney Island has a new location at 2218 S. Milford Road in front of Milford High School. Leo’s is known across the region for its traditional coney island staples such as the hot dog smothered in chili, onion and mustard, along with other comfort foods.
There’s a new reason to go to the bowling alley in South Lyon.
Pinz Bowling Center at 700 N. Lafayette has added a new arcade in addition to the bowling lanes, which includes a variety of games. Shoot some hoops or play one of several games and try to win a prize at the bowling alley. Do well enough and win a prize.
More information can be found on the bowling alley’s website, pinzsoutlyon.com.
Grab a taste of the world at Birmingham’s newest café.
The first Paris Baguette in Michigan opened in March at 183 N. Old Woodward. Known for its self-serve format for pastries and other baked goods, the cafe offers space for diners to enjoy their baked goods and coffee inside or to-go.
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