Monthly Archives: November 2009

Royal Oak Brewery is going smoke free

Eric BrownEric’s background is rooted in the rental and real estate industries. He founded metro Detroit’s Urbane Apartments in 2003, after serving as senior vice president for a major Midwest apartment developer. He established a proven track record of effectively repositioning existing rental properties in a way that added value for investors while enhancing the…

Stuff to Do: Thursday Nights @ Salon 6

One of the great parts about living and playing in and around Royal Oak is that it has a strong contingent of local businesses that like to have fun — whether that be sampling crepes and wine, making special chocolate treats, or serving the best damned Laos/Thai food in the state. Salon 6, located in…

Zeitgeist: Did Adam Lambert go too far?

American Idol celbri-rocker Adam Lambert set the entertainment and punditry world on fire Sunday night as the closing act of the American Music Awards.  (The video clip on Youtube has been taken down by the censor-nazis.)  His performance of “For Your Entertainment” (see clip above) featured the openly-gay rocker walking a dancer on a leash,…

Text and Drive, Now have Your Laptop Too

I saw the below article over at the Huffington Post, laptop Steering Wheel Desk, and thought our readers may enjoy it. Some people text while driving. The Laptop Steering Wheel Desk could let them type on a computer, too Mobile Office’s Steering Wheel Desk seems to have been made for those who think tapping on…

The Dow has been rising but where are all the jobs

Here is a question that I think a lot of Michiganders are asking? The Dow Jones Industrial Average has been rising but where are all the jobs? All I am hearing is how the numbers of job creation have been fudged to make it seem that the stimulus bill in February has created jobs. In…

Ferndale really gets it, Foley & Mansfield Pedestrian Alley

The City of Ferndale really does get it. They are one by one adding up to being a great pedestrian friendly city, and their recent addition of the Foley & Mansfield Pedestrian Alley is another outstanding project that makes Ferndale such a hip and cool place to work, live and play. Seeing what they are…

Christmas Tree Lighting and Ice Rink at Campus Martius

This past Friday, I attended the Campus Martius Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. The event started at 6 pm with different activities, including local acts, a Christmas song from the Bomshel girls, and food galore. While we missed some of the “before” tree lighting ceremonies, we did stop in to the Hard Rock after the tree…

A True Community Photo Event

A Guest Post by Dave Peckens (Dave, we really thank you for such kind words, much appreciated) This past Sunday I had the opportunity to co-host a photowalk in Royal Oak, Michigan. What’s a photowalk, you ask? Well a photowalk or photowalking is simply the act of walking with a camera for the main purpose…

ARTS BEATS & EATS MAY MOVE TO ROYAL OAK–FREEP NOV.17

The 12-year-old Arts, Beats & Eats festival that took place each Labor Day weekend in Pontiac might move to Royal Oak, festival and Royal Oak officials said today. Festival organizers said they had been negotiating with Pontiac leaders but had so far failed to reach an agreement for the festival’s home “for 2010 and beyond,”…

Stories I Twitter’d about instead of working: November 16

I feel like a social-media dork for writing this, but it’s been a crazy day on the interwebs! Rather than take one big idea and flesh it out, there were so many crazy-cool local things going on, I want to write about them all…and shout out to some of our Twittering friends! You can always…

Inaugural Detroit Harvest Beer Festival: The Late Re-Cap

My first post also happens to be the 400th post on the Urbane blog – congratulations to Eric and all the other bloggers! Last month I attended the Inaugural Harvest Beer Festival, also referred to as “Detroit Beer Week,” at Eastern Market in Detroit. Put on by the Michigan Brewers Guild, the festival featured over 40 Michigan…

Vitamin Erin…An Hour with Positive Detroit’s Erin Rose

An Hour with Erin Rose…part of your daily positive-thinking diet. Erin Rose, the brainchild behind the all-good-news media site Positive Detroit, is more chock-full of favorite local things than Mary Poppins.  Click here to see what the fuss is all about:  Positive Detroit Erin’s Love list#1: Magazines (the glossier, the better) Social networking (and learning…