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“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 […]

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Stuff to Do: Royal Oak Wine Stroll

Mark your calendars — on Saturday, May 16th, the Royal Oak Restaurant Association is sponsoring a wine-fueled afternoon in the downtown business district:  Wine Stroll.   The “strolling tour” will take place from noon (because you don’t wanna violate that age-old rule, “no cocktails until the sun has reached the highest point in the sky”) […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Royal Oak Welcomes 3 Cool Cats

One of the Zoo’s current residents. Credit: Maia C. via Flickr Thanks to the generosity of the Detroit Zoo and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, three lions that had been kept in a shabby junkyard in Oakley, Kansas are new residents at the Zoo.  The trio, which includes one male and two […]

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TechNow09: Coming to a (Royal Oak Music) Theatre Near You

Coming to the Royal Oak Music Theatre on Thursday April 23rd will be TechNow09, a technology conference that will showcase technological innovation from startup’s here in Michigan. TechNow09 is a one-night business event, showcasing future and current Michigan business leaders who are innovating in their fields, creating jobs, and leading the transition of Michigan into […]

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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 Royal […]

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Driving 2.0: Why Royal Oak Needs Zipcar

I hate owning a car.  And, most of the time, I feel like I don’t need one.  I take the bus to work.  I walk to CVS, the Pronto! Corner Store, and Holiday Market for most of my day-to-day needs.  In fact, I’d guess that I only need my car about once a week.  Because […]

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Tuesday Tea Tweetup @ Goldfish Tea (Royal Oak)

Twitter users! I would like to cordially invite you to a Tweetup of unique proportion on Tuesday, February 10th on Goldfish Tea (117 4th Street, Royal Oak – just west of Main Street) starting around 7pm. We held the first one last week and we had over 10 people in attendance who came from all […]

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Royal Oak Parking Gestapo

What do you hate the most about Royal Oak? Don’t get me wrong.  We at UrbaneBlog love this little city.  We love the food, the shopping, nearby cultural events in Fabulous Ferndale, local museums, quirky gyms (see here and here), the opportunity to meet other engaged citizens, and our local characters (see here and here).  […]

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