Business & Development

Published June 5, 2020

WARREN/CENTER LINE — They’re the places where you gather with family for meals or where you stop to grab a pizza. You go there to buy a six pack or a box of doughnuts. You call on them when you need something for the house or car.

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Published June 5, 2020

CENTER LINE — Being the first at anything often comes with a special responsibility, and that’s not lost on attorney Nick Hannawa, co-founder of Clinic Cannabis Co., Center Line’s first medical marijuana dispensary.

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Published June 5, 2020

WARREN — The cause of the fire that damaged Warren’s Big Boy last month remains unknown, but the company is apparently committed to reopening the restaurant at 12 Mile and Hoover roads.

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Published June 5, 2020

STERLING HEIGHTS — Like many businesses, Nothing Bundt Cakes in Sterling Heights couldn’t simply react to the COVID-19 pandemic by doing nothing.

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Published June 4, 2020

WEST BLOOMFIELD — In every community around Michigan, even three months after the first cases of COVID-19 were reported in the state, most commerce was at a standstill, school desks sat empty, barstools grew cold, store shelves lay bare.

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Published June 4, 2020

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MACOMB COUNTY — On June 1, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced moving Michigan into the fourth phase of the Michigan Safe Start Plan, permitting retailers to reopen June 4 and bars and restaurants June 8, but with social distancing guidelines and capacity limits.

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Published June 4, 2020

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OAKLAND COUNTY — On the west side of South Telegraph Road in Bloomfield Township, two unmarked buildings — one dark brown, the other white — sat seemingly vacant even prior to the COVID-19 crisis.

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Published June 4, 2020

MADISON HEIGHTS — Before COVID-19 took the world by storm, the city of Madison Heights was sorting another health concern — the contaminants leaking out of Electro-Plating Services.

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Published June 4, 2020

MADISON HEIGHTS/HAZEL PARK — If local business forms the backbone of a community, that backbone was strained during a shutdown that was necessary for public health but costly to the companies that saw their sales disrupted.

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Published June 1, 2020

GROSSE POINTE CITY — As retailers begin to reopen their doors to customers in Michigan, Village businesses in Grosse Pointe City hope to get a boost from a revamped website for the popular business and shopping district.

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Published May 26, 2020

BIRMINGHAM — In every community around Michigan, even three months after the first cases of COVID-19 were reported in the state, most commerce is at a standstill, school desks sit empty, barstools grow cold, store shelves lie bare.

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Published May 26, 2020

ST. CLAIR SHORES — As a city with more small businesses than big-box stores, St. Clair Shores seems to be a microcosm of Mainstreet, USA.

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Published May 26, 2020

ST. CLAIR SHORES — As of mid-May, the YMCA announced that it would be permanently closing the Lakeshore Family YMCA, 23401 E. Jefferson Ave., as well as the Livonia Family YMCA.

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Published April 29, 2020

STERLING HEIGHTS — Whether retail or restaurant, businesses in Sterling Heights have taken drastic measures to stay ahead of the economic destruction caused by the novel coronavirus, the fear of catching it and the related government-ordered shutdowns.

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Published April 21, 2020

ST. CLAIR SHORES — In business since 1959, Rob Kotowski said that the Lake Shore Boat Top Company had never had to lay off an employee until March 23, 2020.

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Published April 14, 2020

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ST. CLAIR SHORES/GROSSE POINTE FARMS/HARPER WOODS — Saying that they feel “blessed and honored to be able to feed these people who are on the front lines,” a St. Clair Shores restaurant helped the 50 members of Boy Scout Troop 96, of Grosse Pointe Farms, provide lunch for hospital workers at Beaumont Hospital in Grosse Pointe.

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Published April 11, 2020

As Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended the stay at home order for Michigan through April 30, the St. Clair Shores City Council authorized city staff to work with companies that lease land or property from the city to provide them relief while their businesses are shut down.

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Published April 8, 2020

STERLING HEIGHTS — Mathew Hunt, 28, said the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic gave him a new mission, adding facial masks to the list of items his company produces — at least for now. He wants his business to “help out as much as we can” to protect frontline workers against the virus.

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Published April 7, 2020

TROY — The Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse restaurant on Big Beaver Road in Troy has donated hot and cold meals to hospital workers and a Troy School District community initiative in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Published March 31, 2020

DETROIT/ST. CLAIR SHORES — “The support of the community is really what’s keeping the staff going right now,” said Lisa Caradonna, an executive assistant at Ascension St. John Hospital.

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