Monthly Archives: March 2009

Buy Local: Gayle’s Chocolates

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March 31, 2009
Buy Local:  Gayle’s Chocolates

It’s not easy to get an audience with Royal Oak’s Queen of Chocolate, Gayle Harte, the owner of Gayle’s Chocolates.  Your intrepid correspondent tried several times — visiting the store on at least three occasions during my quest for an exclusive interview with Gayle.  Each time a friendly staff member disappeared upstairs into a...
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Zeitgeist: Double Standard?

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March 30, 2009
Zeitgeist:  Double Standard?

  Pandit v. Wagoner GM CEO Rick Wagoner is out.  Yet Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit, whose company has benefited from three bailouts from the Government since October, is still in. AIG bonuses — can’t break the contract.  UAW members — you need to sacrifice.   Double Standard?  The Wall Street Journal, Michigan politicians, and reporters...
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Storage in Small Spaces

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March 29, 2009
Storage in Small Spaces

There’s something to be said for living in small spaces.  You can afford to live in the hottest neighborhood.  You reduce your ecological footprint by using less energy.  And it’s relatively easy to keep neat and clean.  However, living small has some obvious challenges.  Where do you put all of your stuff?  What if...
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Buy Local: Cloverleaf Fine Wine

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March 28, 2009
Buy Local:  Cloverleaf Fine Wine

Some people choose to save money by buying their fine wine at Meijer.  Some people don’t. If you want to shop at a local store featuring niche and craft wine, make sure to give Cloverleaf Fine Wine in downtown Royal Oak a visit.  Managers Tom Natoci and Scott Collins lead a staff that is...
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Royal Oak to Bordine Nursery: Thanks, but No Thanks

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March 25, 2009
Royal Oak to Bordine Nursery:  Thanks, but No Thanks

In the Department of What Are They Thinking?, Royal Oak’s Zoning Board of Appeals denied Bordine Nursery’s application to allow it to hold a three month sale at 4850 Coolidge, like it did in 2008.  Jeremy Carroll, writing in today’s Royal Oak Review, reports that Bordine Nursery is now planning on filing a lawsuit against...
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Green: Google’s PowerMeter

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March 23, 2009
Green:  Google’s PowerMeter

Anyone who’s driven a Prius knows that one of the factors contributing to its stellar reputation for sipping gasoline is that the display on the dashboard provides its driver with immediate feedback.  Prius drivers can learn how to become more efficient by coasting up to the stoplight, keeping the speedometer under 65 mpg, etc....
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Stuff to Do: Assembly Line Concert

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March 21, 2009
Stuff to Do:  Assembly Line Concert

A 10 day, 240 hour, non-stop tribute to The American worker. –A.J. O’Neil AJ’s Music Cafe in downtown Ferndale is hosting the Assembly Line Concert starting Friday, March 20. (Don’t worry — you still have more than eight days to catch the show!) The concert will be held for 10 days straight, with more than...
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Fabulous Ferndale: It’s Booming!

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March 19, 2009
Fabulous Ferndale:  It’s Booming!

Ferndale is growing!  While much of the country — and the state — is struggling with home foreclosures, massive layoffs, and a tight credit market, Royal Oak’s neighbor to the south added several new businesses and generated over 200 new jobs last year, according to the Ferndale Downtown Development Authority. As city after city...
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Irish You Were Here

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March 19, 2009
Irish You Were Here

It was a sea of green and white in downtown Royal Oak Saturday, and it had nothing to do with the Spartans. It was the setting for the city’s seventh annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, which started at noon in front of the Royal Oak Middle School and traveled south on Washington Street into...
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Stuff to Do: Michigan Fine Arts Competition @ BBAC

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March 18, 2009
Stuff to Do:  Michigan Fine Arts Competition @ BBAC

The 27th Annual Michigan Fine Arts Competition opens to the public this Friday evening, March 20, at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center.  The exhibit runs from March 20 – April 17.  Featured works include a mixed media project (an altered book) by local artist and fellow Royal Oak blogger Cindy La Ferle.  Cindy reports...
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Save Rackham! Er, Rackham Saved!

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March 15, 2009
Save Rackham!  Er, Rackham Saved!

I just got back from a four mile run which started off @ 310 W. 6th St., went past Pronto!, across Woodward into Huntington Woods past the Detroit Zoo and Rackham Golf Course (check out the route here).  Particularly averse to the cold this year, I’ve been getting most of my winter running in...
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Sam Roberts Band: Detroit 67′

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March 14, 2009

Check out this video for the song Detroit 67′ – by the Sam Roberts Band. “Detroit ’67″ looks at the city’s illustrious history from the vantage point of the 1967 riots. This stirring song about somehow holding onto the light during the darkest of days is the closing track on “Love at the End...
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