Monthly Archives: May 2009

Upper Peninsula Pasties Right in Clawson

While taking a brisk walk this morning into downtown Clawson, I popped into Barbs Pasties. I had driven by many times and always wanted to stop in. While I am originally from Ohio, I remember going up North, into the UP for family vacations, and always stopping at one of the many roadside venues that…

Visiting the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn

The multiculti stew of diverse populations calling the Detroit area home translates into an amazing array of opportunities to sample the differences—and the similarities—that make our area so unique. Much like following a trail of interlinking Web sites to find just about any fascinating thing you could imagine finding on the Internet, following the links…

‘One

In the shadows of an abandoned store front we find an amazing blueprint for life. After months of unemployment and the responsibility of caring for multiple people, including a mother with MS, ‘One had no choice but to go out and make a job. He lives a life fit to tell us that “…the world…

This Place Matters

May is National Preservation Month.  This year’s theme is “This Place Matters.”  Sponsors of Preservation Month seek to raise awareness about the impact historic preservation has in protecting and enhancing our communities.  Developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the This Place Matters website includes a variety of social media tools for getting people involved in…

Sunday Ramblings #052309

I have always had an interest in metaphysics, much before things like The Secret and the likes came out.  It is an interesting topic, and folks have varying degrees of understanding of the matter. I have been listening lately to the audio of The Four Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris, a quite interesting guy. If…

Does the City of Royal Oak Support Growth

While we do not see the UrbaneBlog.com as a political site, we do want to highlight things of interest, particularly potential development of new business, restaurants, hip and cool happenings and general things going on and like things of interest. Our friend Frank Versagi and his blog Voice, does an excellent job at covering Royal…

Good Eats: Taste the world at Zanzibar

Zanzibar—the Spice Island—the name conjures up colorful visions punctuated by the pungent scent of spices co-mingling to produce an exotic reverie of a faraway paradise. While jetting off to the East African location off the coast of Tanzania may be out of the question for most of us, taking a day trip out to Ann…

Dinosauria 2009 at the Detroit Zoo

Have a young one at home, or perhaps a niece or nephew visiting, or maybe you are just a Dinosaur Nerd from way back, well you are in luck, the Detroit Zoo is featuring DinoTrail, DinoStore and DinoSimulator Nineteen life-like animatronic dinosaurs that roar, snarl and move have taken up residence at the Detroit Zoo…

Rock Stars’ Cars & Guitars 2 now playing The Henry Ford

Cool cars and hot tracks…what’s not to like? Playing off of the popularity of their original Rock Stars’ Cars & Guitars exhibit in 2007, The Henry Ford museum in Dearborn offers up a second helping of heavy metal chrome and raucous tunes with an all-new encore featuring more than 20 cool cars, 50 custom guitars,…

Royal Oak’s Finest, errr, Fittest

Noticed any buff firefighters in Royal Oak lately?  According to the Associated Press, Royal Oak’s finest have been working out.  The results?  They’ve lost 400 pounds! A $75,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency bought exercise equipment for the suburban Detroit department as part of a plan to increase employees’ health and fitness. –AP…

Cool re-do makes for a must-see U of M Museum of Art

Gotta have art? Love intriguing architecture? Then visiting the newly expanded, renovated and reopened University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) is a must-do for you. We were part of the crowd turning out for a special 24-hour reopening celebration at the UMMA in late March, when an estimated 15,000 people checked out the museum’s…

“Pot Zone” Coming to Royal Oak?

Now here’s a zoning issue we never thought would be up for consideration in Oakland County:  a Pot Zone in Royal Oak.  The Detroit Free Press and the Associated Press (this story is getting national play) are reporting that city officials are proposing limiting “caregivers who raise medical marijuana” to the general business zone.  This…