The results of a coin flip changed the course of Ryan Kasprzak life.
In the sixth grade, when he was already doing community theater, his mom found free boys dance classes and even though he was hesitate about going, she thought it would be a good idea. Their compromise? A coin flip.
“If it was heads, I would go and if it was tails, she'd never ask me again. It was heads,” Kasprzak said. “So I went to the dance class, and it changed my life.”
Now, a few decades later, K
The coronavirus pandemic has definitely hit the local business community in the last four months, and some spots will not reopen, including women’s boutiques Lexi Drew, 152 N. Old Woodward in downtown Birmingham, and 110 Couture, 110 S. Old Woodward in Birmingham. Also shuttered, after a 30-year run offering edgy, sophisticated women’s apparel, is boutique Milieu Birmingham, owned by Denise Thea, 2163 Cole Street, in Birmingham’s Rail District. Nestled inside since just late
An authentic and classic French patisserie – or pastry shop, for us plebeian Americans – has opened at Maple and Telegraph. Chez Pierre et Genevieve, 6525 Telegraph Road, Bloomfield Township, has taken up residence by Roland Optics and Leo’s Coney Island, offering classics including croissants, palmiers and brioche; breads, including olive bread, rustic sourdough and country bread with fig; a wide range of French pastries, ranging from tarts – apple, lemon, blueberry and linz
Owner Kayla Park opened California Roll Sushi in the former Shawarma Kingdom spot in Birmingham, 33757 Woodward, in late May – during the Covid pandemic. “It was really tough at first,” Park acknowledged. “We started during the peak of the pandemic, but the people in the neighborhood have been very supportive.” Open for lunch and dinner, Park offers traditional sashimi and nigiri sushi, “like in Japan,” she said, as well as basic sushi rolls. But what gets the neighbors comin
Lovers of Chicken Shack will have one more reason to enjoy the popular chain’s specialties, as they open a carryout and delivery spot in Bloomfield Township at 42857 Woodward Avenue at Square Lake Road, next to Starbucks.
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Fans of classic women’s clothing with an updated twist will have to find a new place to shop with the announcement of the closure of Sara Campbell in Birmingham’s downtown shopping district. The boutique, located at 146 W. Maple Road, shut its doors for the final time on Friday, August 7. Boutique owner Sara Campbell herself sent an email which said, in part, “Since the arrival of COVID-19, we have been challenged to make some very painful decisions. To our loyal customers: P
Pet parents can look forward to the opening of Earthwise Pet Nutrition Center & Wellness Spa, with a new franchise opening at 2207 S. Telegraph Road in the Bloomfield Town Center, just steps from Costco. Earthwise Pet offers pet nutrition guidance through their specially-trained staff along with a wide range of extensively-vetted food products. “All food products that we select for the store are meat-based and free of corn, wheat, soy and by-products. It is our goal is to hel
“Finding a New Normal Together”
Gina LaPapa As we begin Fall 2020, forever changed by a worldwide pandemic, COVID-19, we at The Community House take pause to reflect on all of the people: individuals, corporations, foundations – kindnesses large and small, which have helped sustain us over these last six months, and to those who have made a true and lasting difference at the historic Community House, yesterday, today and always. If you are wondering when will the coronavirus
As the calendar turned to August, rather than shopping for school clothes and school supplies, parents all over the metro area, as well as all over the country, are being confronted with a new and unique dilemma: Send their children to school, in-person, or have them stay home for at least the fall semester of 2020 and learn virtually.
Many districts have made the decision easy for parents, and decided they're going to be virtual, at least for the first half of the year. Am
In little over two months, since George Floyd's murder at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, our collective societal thinking over what is right, and what is wrong, has been fundamentally changed. It is now well overdue to enshrine issues related to police reform and police use of force policies into law.
The well-viewed video of Floyd slowly dying as a Minneapolis officer kneeled on his neck for almost nine minutes sparked protests worldwide, as well as bipartisan