A new place to shop: Urban Danish designer BoConcept has now opened in downtown Birmingham, the first of its brand in Michigan. Designs feature clean, pure lines and are minimalist and modern. Most everything in the store can be customized in terms of color, style and material. BoConcept is located at 670 S. Old Woodward in Birmingham. For more information, call (248) 792-6331 or visit www.BoConcept.us … New places to eat: Kalamata Greek Restaurant has now expanded and opened a new location at 32538 Woodward Ave. in Royal Oak. You’ll want to order your gyro “Gangnam Style.” … Huerto is now open in the old Big Daddy’s location on Orchard Lake Road in West Bloomfield. Fun and festive Mexican cuisine and a huge selection of tequila … Coming soon: the Adventure Park at the JCC in West Bloomfield is due to open in March. Watch the JN for upcoming ads to learn more (get ready to climb!). You’re not going to want to miss it … Fun things to do: On Friday, Nov. 8, at Farmer John’s Greenhouse (26950 Haggerty Road, Farmington Hills), from 6:30-10 p.m., enjoy a fabulous night out with a variety of appetizer foods and desserts from local restaurants. Sample local and international wines and learn a bit about traditional and modern art with the opportunity to buy it. Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the door. Buy tickets at Farmer John’s Greenhouse. Proceeds benefit Lakes Area Rotary’s many local community and international projects … On Sunday, Nov. 3, head out to Detroit’s Belle Isle and try out a new 18-hole disc golf course organized by Up In The Air Disc Golf. The course is good for disc golfers of all skill levels. Go play! Register at http://tinyurl.com/belleislediscgolf.Read More
L’uomo Vogue, the ultimate in refined and sophisticated men’s clothing, just opened on Maple, west of Telegraph, in Bloomfield Hills. The boutique features the most current and distinguished designer lines offered in Europe and around the world, but not readily available in Michigan, such as Pal Zileri, SAND Copenhagen, Luigi Bianchi Mantova, BYRON and Etro (248) 855-7788 … If it’s sweet treats you’re after, try Jen’s Gift of Love at 4280 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield. Formerly known as Ginger’s Coffee Connection, the shop serves the finest coffee, tea, homemade chocolates and baked goods, including low-fat cinnamon scones, muffin tops, low-fat cookies and bagels (248)682-5912 … You won’t want to miss the Fall Into Art Annual Group Show at Next Step Studio and Gallery, 530 Hilton Road, Ferndale. The show features photography by Sebastian Sullen, beverages and live music and runs from Oct. 5-31; 6 p.m.-midnight. (248) 342-5074 … The first phase of a total transformation of the passenger shopping experience in Detroit Metro Airport’s McNamara Terminal is complete with the opening of several new retail stores, including Detroit! — popular local products and Detroit-themed memorabilia, ZoZo — unique specialty gifts and home decor, and Be Relax — full-service spa and lifestyle center.Read More
Five new places are opening in Berkley this month: A community art studio, Articipate, is opening at 3833 W. 12 Mile Road. It will provide open studio time for artists as well as classes and workshops, owner Debby Kobayashi says … Coco Fairfield’s is open for business at 2959 12 Mile with a naughty-and-nice menu — healthy fare such as vegetarian and gluten-free items, while the sinful side will include decadent selections such as grilled cheese on cinnamon-raisin bread with bacon … Check out the gastro-pub Republica, which offers craft beer and cocktails as well as gluten-free and vegetarian fare at 1999 Coolidge … Set to open on Labor Day weekend, Our Greentopia, 3165 12 Mile, is an eco-lifestyle boutique, in essence, an Earth-friendly products retail shopping experience … Outside of Berkley check out the Gallery Restaurant on Telegraph at Maple, which is now serving beer and wine… Over in Keego Harbor, Bachelor One now has great bands like Foster Brooks. It also has a new chef and is serving some great eats … Courtside Restaurant & Bar (www.courtsidemi.com), Farmington Hills’ newest sports bar and grill, celebrated its grand opening this summer at 38503 W. 10 Mile Road. The sports-themed restaurant features a comfortable modern upscale decor, 17 HDTVs, excellent food and bar selections and a customer-friendly wait staff … Happy’s Pizza opened its new Happy’s Pizza and Pub location in West Bloomfield (7170 Orchard Lake Road). The new location has a full bar and more than 40 flat screen TVs while still providing customers with the traditional Happy’s Pizza menu and concept of feeding a family of four for under $20 … Just Peachy Frozen Yogurt on Orchard Lake Road in West Bloomfield is having its big summer party on Monday, Sept. 2. Free yogurt/custard, DJ Cloud 9, free samples of baked goods and much, much more. Don’t miss it.Read More
The Yenta asked around for reader favorites when traveling Up North. Here are a few of the responses: “Glen Arbor Bed and Breakfast is our new favorite place to stay; highly personalized service, and great for older kids — parents can go out and kids can walk the town or hang out in the suite.” … “For outstanding dining it’s the Edgewater Bistro and Grey Gables, both in Charlevoix.” … “Golf at Bay Harbor and Crooked Tree, Papa Lou’s for pizza and American Spoon Gelato Cafe in Petoskey.” … “Siren Hall in Elk Rapids, Stella’s in Traverse City.” …Read More
A tea and frozen yogurt shop that opened last month in West Bloomfield is now hosting Drag Queen Bingo on Saturday nights. Bentley James will call numbers at Leaf & Berry (6385 Orchard Lake Road) for two shows, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. … Monty’s Beef Co. has arrived in the heart of Royal Oak (324 E. 4th Street). Owner Rachel Leemis is taking aim at the stomach of every beef consumer in the surrounding area by providing 100 percent pure Piedmontese beef, the most flavorful and healthy beef available. Monty’s Beef Co. is antibiotic- and hormone-free, humanely raised, free range and all-natural. You can also buy online at www.montysbeefco.com or over the phone at (248) 439-0895 … Hot Mama is now open in the Village of Rochester Hills (248 N. Adams Road), a great place to look for designer clothing for moms … Eileen Aidem Sherman of Bingham Farms recommends Annie Fo Fannie in Commerce Township (465 Haggerty). “Great accessories and fun clothing! Andrew and his amazing staff will make your shopping experience fun, affordable and successful” … This month, the OrcharRead More
Looking for some awesome new kids clothing? Check out Lil’ Rascals in downtown Birmingham; it carries sizes newborn to 8 — boys and girls. A great place to buy baby gifts! (248-731-7701) … And if you’re tired of hosting the same old kids’ party, there’s something new on the scene. MVP Game Party brings the video game party to you. Its trailer fits up to 30 kids and features free use of four Xbox 360 systems, four Wii systems, one PlayStation 3 system and four 46-inch Sony widescreen TVs during your party, along with a game coach to keep everyone happy.Read More
Catch Alexander Zonjic at Harbor House in Greektown every Tuesday at 8 p.m. Harbor House serves up Motown’s finest foods with exciting dishes and unique ambiance in an intimate setting. Make a date of it … Loya Organic Kebab Cafe is now open at 4284 Orchard Lake Road in West Bloomfield , (248) 681-9640, with specialties like Almond cream soup, Himalayan Goji berry salad, and, of course, amazing kebabs … Holy Cannoli’s has opened its 2nd location in Downtown Berkley, 2752 Coolidge Highway, homemade delish cannolis and many Michigan-made products … Dark Tan, a new tanning salon and spa on Orchard Lake Road, south of Maple, has opened its doors and it’s a one-of-a-kind facility with tanning beds that cost upward of $40,000 a piece and are the safest and most protective tanning beds on the market. It’s also the only dealer in Michigan to carry Alexander McQueen glasses for women. Prices start at $100 (248- 737-4TAN (4826) or www.darktanme.com) … Expanding on the success of its Bloomfield Hills store, SHE will be opening its doors in Grosse Pointe Village, at 16888 Kercheval Place, in mid-May. Owned and operated by personal stylist Sharon Eisenshtadt, SHE Grosse Pointe will be open Mondays through Saturdays, with personal stylists available to assist with selections. Stay tuned for upcoming designer appearances and stock shows. (248-594-8181. www.she-stores.com) … Beverly Hills is home to a new bookstore, Books-A-Million at the Corners Shopping Center in the former Borders location. The Beverly Hills store will be the second Kids-A-Million location in the country and will feature children’s books, learning resources from Leap Frog as well as toys and games that appeal to children, parents, teachers and librarians. Sign up for the Millionaire’s Club, where members save 40 percent off bestsellers, 20 percent off hundreds of items throughout the store and 10 percent off everything, every day. (248-723-7106) … Inside/Out at the Detroit Institute of Arts, now in its fourth year, brings nearly 80 reproductions of masterpieces from the DIA’s collection to the streets and parks of Metro Detroit, now through June 23. Check out dia.org to find out which cities will have the art.Read More
The Yenta asked her friends for their favorite getaways to take their children only a few hours away from home. Elana Burnstein Weisberg from West Bloomfield heads south to Toledo: “The Imagination Station and Toledo Zoo are awesome,” she says. Shana Silber of Huntington Woods recommends Kalahari Resorts in Sandusky, Ohio. Suzy Brickner Friedman of West Bloomfield likes the Hands On Museum in Ann Arbor. Another fun place really close to home? Best Western Sterling Inn in Sterling Heights, which has a 32,000-square-foot indoor water park featuring a 5,000-square-foot swimming pool, three-story waterslide and lazy river.Read More
The Yenta asked her friends where the best places to be are this New Year’s Eve. Many, such as Linda Finkelberg of Huntington Woods, will be home celebrating with friends. But for those who like to paint the town, Mindy Krigel of West Bloomfield recommends St. Andrew’s Hall in Downtown Detroit for the Ball at the Hall sponsored by ComePlayDetroit. (Tickets: $25-$75, available at LiveNation.com). You can also celebrate New Year’s Eve Motor City style at “The Drop” in Downtown Detroit at Compuware and Hard Rock Cafe (Tickets $100 and up; info http://motorcitynye.com). Also Downtown, join the Detroit Princess Riverboat for a “Rock The Boat” New Year’s Eve cruise ($65; board at 8 p.m., cruise at 10). The Fillmore Theatre in Downtown is offering the Resolution Ball. Entertainment includes high-wire acrobats and roving illusionists, a midnight buffet with pizza and Coney dogs, and a champagne toast as well as six big screens tuned to Times Square (Tickets: $30 for late-night pass to VIP tickets for $100). The Magic Bag in Ferndale is having a “Mega ’80s New Year’s Eve Bash” ($25 starting at 8 p.m.). Have fun and be safe!Read More
The Yummy House sushi and Chinese restaurant has opened on Haggerty Road between Maple and Pontiac Trail in front of Meijer in Commerce Township … It’s getting a reputation for great sushi!
Looking for a place to have a kids’ party? Airtime Trampoline & Game Park recently opened at 662 E. Big Beaver Road in Troy.
How about a new hobby? Join the WWW club … Women Who Wine … a club that meets once a month at The Wine Guy (1932 S. Telegraph) in Bloomfield Hills. For more info, and a 10-percent-off coupon for new customers, go to www.thewineguystore.com or call (248) 977-4893.Read More