Living in Shanghai, there weren't any grocery stores offering hummus or baba ganoush where Hannah Awada could get a quick fix for the Lebanese flavors she grew up with in Toledo, Ohio.
"There's no hummus in China. There are no grocery stores offering it," Awada said, explaining the origins of her Birmingham-based business, Hummus Goodness. "There are about a million expatriates living in China. There's no access to salsa or dips, or things like Ranch dressing. It just doesn
If Jacob Mondry has his say, TV viewers will be hearing his music on shows like “This Is Us” and “A Million Little Things.” Hopefully, soon.
He was recently signed to Universal Music Group and Elias Music’s sync licensing department, who will be pitching his original music to movies, commercials, and TV shows.
Even if Mondry’s music isn’t heard right away on screen, this opportunity is huge.
“It could lead to publishing deals, writing for other artists, maybe features f
When Abby Quinn watches Greta Gerwig’s new adaptation of Little Women she’ll see a very familiar face: her own.
“It’s so exciting because it was my favorite movie ever growing up,” said Quinn, who said her family watched the 1994 version every Christmas. “So, even auditioning for this was crazy to me…I found out I got the part. I was beside myself, I didn’t know what to do.”
What she did do was go to Boston for a week and play Annie Moffat, a wealthy friend of Meg March.
“It’s been a pleasure being in service to the community,” said Dr. Bill Koppin, owner of Shades Optical, 193 W. Maple Road in downtown Birmingham, of reaching the major milestone of 30 years in business. “You feel like you’ve been an integral part of the community. I’ve treated patients and their children, and now I’m seeing their children.” Koppin said he’s very proud to be part of their everyday life – to be part of their vision. He has also treasured helping to grow the do
Retail doyenne Rita Sayegh has opened Libertine, a new retail space offering curated gifts, personal care items, fragrance and accessories at 2163 Cole Street in Birmingham’s Rail District. Libertine is a specialty gift shop inside women’s clothing store Milieu, owned by Denise Howard, and connected to Arkitektura. Sayegh, former creative director of Mills Pharmacy + Apothecary and co-proprietor of Sabine at The Siren Hotel in downtown Detroit, said, “I love being able to bri
Downtown Birmingham welcomed lifestyle boutique Steele Angel at 150 W. Maple Road, featuring a variety of clothing lines, distinct jewelry lines from artists, gift items and home accessories. “We are an athleisure store that carries a little bit of everything,” said co-owner Wendy van Alstyne, who recently moved to metro Detroit from Denver with her family. She and business partner Staci Egloss opened Steele Angel in Denver three years ago with the ethos, “The strength within
A new Beaumont Urgent Care by Beaumont Health has opened at 6543 Telegraph Road at Maple, next to Leo’s Coney Island. According to Beaumont Health, “When it’s not an emergency, but you need to be seen quickly, Beaumont Urgent Care brings you and your family the right care, right when you need it.” The new urgent care location is open every day from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. They also offer employer drug testing and employer pre-employment checkups, as well as diagnostic testing for fl
Reach, a new bodywork studio focusing on myofascial stretching, will open in Bloomfield Plaza at Maple and Telegraph in late January/early February, said owner Brett Borock. “We’re really excited to come to the area,” Borock said, who is from West Bloomfield, and opened his first Reach in Ann Arbor a year ago. “Sessions are 30-minute, one-on-one stretching that works on myofascial active release and trigger points,” he said. The studio is an open concept, he explained, in eve
It’s a sign the cupcake craze may be officially kaput, as The Cupcake Station in downtown Birmingham, 136 N. Old Woodward, has not only closed for what was initially a renovation, but has had a change of ownership and branding, as well. When the rebuild is complete, it will re-open as Bakehouse 46, where presumably cupcakes will still be available – along with an assortment of other baked goodies.
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Kati Prater, wife of the Detroit Lions player Matt Prater, has an exciting gig of her own. This spring, she will be opening The Lash Lounge in downtown Birmingham in The Pearl, a new development under construction at 856 N Old Woodward. Prater will become the local franchisee of the first location of The Lash Lounge, which is based in Texas with over 94 locations nationwide. “The Lash Lounge is your destination for semi-permanent and permanent beauty services,” they state, of