Spring is a time of change, and so is the region’s business community.
Many stores opened or closed in March in the western suburbs of Detroit. Here is a non-exhaustive list of changes in the business landscape across Hometown Life communities.
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After years of work and delay, legendary ax opened in the old Skateworld building at 37550 Cherry Hill. An entertainment venue complete with a bar and multiple ax throwing lanes, it sports an Up North feel in a space next to Hush Haunted Attraction.
Before or after throwing axes, be sure to grab something to eat. A long-vacant restaurant building on Wayne Road is given new life with hummus and chicken shawarma.
New in town is 2Booli 2GB, a fast-casual Middle Eastern restaurant at 6308 N. Wayne Road. An offshoot of 2Booli in Farmington Hills, the restaurant serves bowls and pitas packed with flavor. The restaurant offers dine-in, take-out, and drive-thru options for customers.
Not in the mood for the Middle East? Drive a bit north along Wayne Road to a new cafe serving pancakes and coffee.
Aroma Crêperie and Café opened in late February in the space that previously housed Payless ShoeSource at Westland Plaza. Opened by Iraqi immigrants, the cafe offers savory and sweet pancakes with international flavors.
It just got a little easier to have a cup of coffee in southwest Livonia.
The long-located Biggby Coffee on the plaza of Ann Arbor Road and Newburgh recently moved 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 this Caramel Marvel without leaving their car.
A new place to buy new and “pre-loved” women’s clothing has also arrived in Livonia. Lynn Nailor has moved Get Styled Resale Boutique from its previous location in Ferndale to a new boutique at 33302 W. Seven Mile, just east of Farmington Road. The store offers new and used items, including clothing, jewelry and accessories.
Another big-box pharmacy also closed in town. The Rite Aid at 27401 Six Mile on the corner of Inkster has closed, with the last day open in March.
A request for more information about the closure was sent to Rite Aid but not returned.
Plymouth/Township of Plymouth
Enjoy a taste of autumn all year round in downtown Plymouth.
Bakery 46 took over the old Cupcake Station at 318 S. Main St. A collaboration between Blake’s and Cupcake Station, Bakehouse 46 brings cider, donuts, cakes and other goodies to a new cafe. It joins several others in southeast Michigan, including Birmingham (which plans to reopen this month after moving), 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 places to open in the plaza where Kmart once stood. A Henry Ford Health Facility also plans to open on the site later this year.
Although there were a few openings, there was also a major closure in the Plymouth area last month. Shimmy Shack, the famous vegan restaurant on Sheldon Road, closed its doors after the rent was increased in the restaurant space. While the restaurant is closed, food truck Shimmy Shack plans to continue serving its delicious dishes.
Get ready to get in shape as a new gym has opened 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 using circuits and high-intensity interval training. Other F45 Gyms operate nearby in Livonia and Birmingham.
Milford parents looking for used clothes for their young children no longer need to drive to places like Novi or Brighton.
three peas opened in Summit and Commerce Square next to the Milford Independent Cinema. Specializing in clothing for babies and young children, it is the first children’s clothing resale store to open in the region. They also buy clothes.
A new attraction for a special evening has also opened in Milford town centre. North-End Market Candle Bar opened in late March at 435 N. Main Stree, offering customers the ability to create their own scented candle, hand soap and other products with customizable scents. It brings together the North Main Gift Co., which operated out of a small room behind the Beyond Juicery + Eatery, and the new Candle Bar under one roof.
Nearby Highland, there’s now a place to catch a Metro Detroit classic: the coney dog. Leo’s Coney Island has a new location at 2218 S. Milford Road across from Milford High School. Leo’s is known throughout the region for its traditional Coney Island staples, such as hot dogs covered in chili, onion and mustard, as well as other comfort foods.
There’s a new reason to go bowling in the south of Lyon.
Pinz Bowling Center at 700 N. Lafayette added a new arcade in addition to the bowling alleys, which features a variety of games. Shoot hoops or play one of the many games and try to win a bowling prize. Do well enough and win a prize.
More information on the bowling site, pinzsouthlyon.com.
Taste the world in Birmingham’s brand new cafe.
The first one Parisian 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 provides a space for diners to enjoy their baked goods and coffee in or take out.