Monthly Archives: April 2009

Royal Oak Mayor Demoted to Jury Room Guard!

Okay, so not really.  But long-time Stagecrafters member and Royal Oak Mayor Jim Ellison will be playing the role of jury room guard in Twelve Angry Men at The Baldwin Theatre starting tonight! A teen awaits the verdict after standing trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. Although it looks like an open and…

Six Minutes Later

In response to the amount of fun we had and good vibes we spread during our original Six Minutes post we’ve been putting our money where our mouths are… today it’s with a great result! And Justin goes to pay his parking ticket, and comes out to share the woes from the largest parking fine…

Buy Local: Lost & Found Vintage

Some companies and products are counter-cyclical — they do better in a tough economy.    That’s why sales of beans and rice, used Honda Civics, sardines, and hotdogs are booming.  Companies like Walmart and McDonalds continue to make profits, even if no one is interested in purchasing an all new Camaro.  It’s not only low-brow…

LGBT Cinco de Mayo @ Affirmations

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo a few days early at Affirmations this Friday in Fabulous Ferndale.  Detroit native Mimi Gonzales is coming home, and she will be the featured performer during this Affirmations for Adults Only Series event. The Mimi Gonzalez Comedy Show is being sponsored by Affirmations, Detroit Latin@s, and Ernste and Young.  Mimi has been…

Flint: I wish I was a little bit smaller

Last Thursday, the Most Emailed Article at the New York Times’ website was about Flint, MI.  “An Effort to Save Flint, Mich., by Shrinking It,” by David Streitfeld, highlighted efforts by local leaders to consider how to control a geographically large city with a shrinking population.  As a result of the expanding auto industry, Flint’s population…

Royal Oak SoundOff has . . . SignedOff

After nearly three years of running Royal Oak SoundOff, Ryan Shelby has had enough. I’ve been thinking about this long and hard. I wasn’t going to post the announcement until over the weekend, but I think its best I just get it over with. I wanted just a few more days to enjoy the site…

Rack Track

Warmer weather means more opportunities to take your bicycle out of storage to ride around town, run errands and hopefully save a little cash you’d otherwise spend on gas. Debate surrounding this area’s reputation as a “bike-friendly” or, not-so-bike-friendly area, seems to pop up year after year. Late last year, here at The Urbane Life,…

Copper’s story: A lesson in responsibility

It’s the type of story that makes your heart ache. A 1-year-old mixed breed dog is found lifeless on the side of a Kalamazoo County road, a forgotten victim of a driver who hit him and then drove away. But you see, this dog wasn’t always a stray. At one point in time, he was…

Welcome Home, Congressman

  Time to meet the voters!   Freshman Congressman Gary Peters, the Democrat who beat long-serving Republican Joe Knollenberg in the race to represent the 9th District of Michigan last November, is coming home every weekend — and getting an earful of feedback from his constituents in the process!   Oakland County residents have entrusted…

Vertu: How to Treat a Customer

  Vertu has long been a fixture on Washington Avenue in Downtown Royal Oak.  It features art deco furniture, modern paintings, pottery, and other cool stuff to help you furnish your home with something truly unique.  Vertu features well-known designers such as Eames, Saarinen, Nelson, and Dunbar.  I had an excellent customer service experience with this local…

Vending Machine Vixen…

It’s the silent killer in most hallways of  schools… junk food at kid’s fingertips.  What is the correlation between childhood obesity and the school vending machines?  Well its a DIRECT one, and is making junk food too easily available to our kids. According to Roberta H. Anding, a clinical dietitian at Texas Children’s Hospital, she…

Err, Never Mind . . . Royal Oak Welcomes Bordine Nursery!

Last month we wrote about the Royal Oak Zoning Board of Appeals’ bizarre decision to deny Bordine Nursery’s request to set up a temporary location at 4850 Coolidge.  It was a popular summer spot for local gardners and flower enthusiasts, yet the Zoning Board — the same Zoning Board that had approved it the year before– denied Bordine’s…