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• 43rd District Court 305 E. 9 Mile Road | 248-547-8700

• Animal Services 1700 Brown Rd. | 248-391-4100 Orion Township, Michigan 48359

• City Clerk 300 E. Nine Mile Road | 248-546-2384

• City Hall 300 E. Nine Mile Road | 248-546-2525

• City Manager 300 E. Nine Mile Road | 248-546-2360

• Dept. of Public Works 521 E. Cambourne | 248-546-2514

• Detroit Curling Club 1615 E. Lewiston | 248-544-0635

• Downtown Development Authority 149 W. Nine Mile Rd. | 248-546-1632

• Dream Cruise 300 E. Nine Mile Road | 248-546-1573

• Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce 407 E. 9 Mile Road | 248-542-2160

• Ferndale Public Library 222 E. 9 Mile Road | 248-546-2504

• Fire Station 1 1635 Livernois | 248-546-2510

• Fire Station 2 1070 E. 9 Mile Road | 248-546-2511

• Historical Museum 1651 Livernois | 248-545-7606

• Housing Commission 415 Withington Street | 248-547-9500

• Human Resources 300 E. Nine Mile Road | 248-546-2378

• Kulick Community Center 1201 Livernois | 248-544-6767

• Police Department 310 E. 9 Mile Road | 248-541-3650

• Special Events 300 E. Nine Mile Road | 248-546-1573

• Sustainability 300 E 9 Mile Road | 248-336-4361


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• Your Ferndale Chamber.................12

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• Shopping.................................................19 • Entertainment & Nightlife............25

• A New Chapter for the DDA.......76

• Health & Wellness..............................32

• Ferndale Community Concert Band......80

• Home Experts.....................................40

• Ferndale Radio 101.7 FM..................84

• Professional Services......................48

• Ferndale Walks The Walk..............92

• Ferndale Schools...............................55

• Memorials...............................................94

• Ferndale Nonprofits.........................63

• Photos by Bernie!..............................99

• Ferndale Library .................................70

• 2020 Membership Directory ..... 118

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CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce Facilitating Business Growth & Collaboration Since 1936 By Sara E. Teller

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OUNDED IN 1936, THE FERNDALE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (FACC)’S MISSION is to champion the growth of industry and foster community through leadership and collaboration. The Chamber provides companies with opportunities to network and grow the overall business climate in Ferndale and surrounding areas, while advocating for its 240 active members. “There is a common misconception that the sole purpose of the Chamber is for networking opportunities; networking is only a very small piece of the equation,” said FACC Director Joy Wells. “The Chamber has many resources available to assist with compliance, operational solutions, and even professional development opportunities.” Membership benefits also include group purchasing power, marketing tools, and discounts on goods and services. As a liaison between the City and the business community, FACC sponsors many events around town, including the annual Rainbow Run 5K and those held in collaboration with public safety departments, and coffee meet-and-greets. “Under new direction, the FACC is also launching new

There is a common misconception that the sole purpose of the Chamber is for networking opportunities. Networking is only a very small piece of the equation. – FACC Director Joy Wells

initiatives with legislation as well as a Chamber Youth Program and New Resident Welcome,” Wells said.

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ALE VIGLIAROLO, BOARD CHAIR AND OWNER OF LAKEPOINTE CONSTRUCTION, has been involved in local chambers for more than a decade. He said the purpose of his current position is to promote the FACC by being a point person for residents and business owners to come to with questions or concerns. He explained, “It’s important for the Chamber to stay visible in the community, and I promote this visibility.”

80 % of decision makers are more likely to purchase goods and services from Chamber members as it relays a sense of community engagement and overall credibility. – FACC Director Joy Wells

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Vigliarolo can attest firsthand to how membership helps to expand small business. “Being a Chamber member can open a lot of doors,” he said. “Businesses can promote their products and what they do. There are plenty of volunteer opportunities and it’s all about staying active in the community. You are the value of your Chamber membership.”

Dale Vigliarolo with Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter

Vigliarolo added that FACC referrals tend to be more dependable, saying, “I find that a referral coming from a Chamber is solid.”

“Eighty percent of decision makers are more likely to purchase goods and services from Chamber members as it relays a sense of community engagement and overall credibility,” Wells added. The FACC also helps small businesses secure reliable employees by offering top-notch benefits. Wells explained, “Businesses can quickly attract and retain talent by utilizing the health insurance resources and MiMep(401)K plans the Chamber provides.” The sustainability of the Chamber’s vision depends on the vitality and activity of its members. Joining is as easy as filling out an application online and paying a nominal membership fee. If you would like to learn about the FACC’s programs or get involved in the conversation, email joy@ferndalechamber.com. ■


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SOLDCALLJIM.COM Wonderful commercial opportunity located in downtown Ferndale. Currently a successful barber shop but can be used for any commercial purpose. Main storefront leads to back office and updated half bath.

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Warm and inviting colonial home in beautiful Northwest Ferndale. Plenty of updates and improvements. Dark hardwoods, coved ceilings, and spacious rooms. Living room with bay window.

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Charming updated Ferndale bungalow with beautiful dark hardwoods, second floor master bedroom, and finished basement. Living room with custom plantation shutters, hardwood floors, coved ceilings.

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Wonderful Ferndale home on a quiet street within walking distance to Marie Park and Ferndale High School. Bright entry living room with hardwood floors and coved ceilings. Nice kitchen.

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435 W 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale $195,000

351 W Drayton St, Ferndale $297,000

810 Wordsworth, Ferndale $230,000

1343 Northway St, Ferndale, 140,500

Charming fully updated Ferndale bungalow with gorgeous hardwood floors, spacious newly updated eat-in kitchen, wonderful second floor master bedroom, tall basement, and a 1 car garage.

Beautiful Ferndale colonial with fantastic updated kitchen and tons of charming features. Spacious living room with coved ceilings, hardwood floors, and cozy fireplace with built in shelving.

Wonderful Ferndale colonial fully renovated with large covered front porch, vaulted ceilings, and master suite. Cozy open living room with gas fireplace and built in shelving under the stairway.

Gorgeous and well-maintained Ferndale bungalow located within walking distance to downtown shopping and restaurants. Bright living room with hardwood floors and arched passageways.

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320 Flowerdale, Ferndale $179,900

346 Silman St, Ferndale $250,000

236 University, Ferndale $300,000

561 E Saratoga, Ferndale $269,000

Vintage character abounds in this beautifully rehabbed bungalow! Careful attention given to preservation of period details - ceramic tile and intricate wood mantle surrounding a brick fireplace.

Fantastic mid-century colonial in historic Pleasant Ridge. Great curb appeal with detailed gardens in the large front yard. Spacious formal living room and dining room with coved ceilings.

Beautifully updated Oak Park bungalow with charming kitchen, large Florida room, and a great basement for entertaining. Bright living room with hardwood floors and coved ceilings. Updated eat-in kitchen.

Wonderfully updated Ferndale ranch with beautiful hardwood floors, roomy kitchen, and large backyard with 2.5 car garage. Bright open concept living and dining room with coved ceilings.

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1676 Pearson, Ferndale $275,000

4 Cambridge Blvd, Pl Ridge $499,000

23561 Seneca St, Ferndale $224,900

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2107 Pilgrim, Ferndale $135,000


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Curious what your house is worth? Text JSAVALUE to 59559 Jim Shaffer Direct: (248) 834-3030 130 W 5th St, Royal Oak MI 48067 Fantastic bungalow in Ferndale with updated kitchen and second floor master bedroom with cozy office/reading nook. Great location just off Woodward Ave. shopping and restaurants.

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Beautifully remodeled Ferndale home with charming interior and finished second floor. New roof, new hardwood floors, new electric service, new kitchen cabinets, new hot water tank, new appliances.

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Wonderful Ferndale colonial with gorgeous updated hardwoods, expansive kitchen, and first floor laundry. Large entry living room filled with natural light flows into the dining room. Laundry room with tile floor.

Wonderful corner lot bungalow with recently updated spacious interior in The Dales of Ferndale. Hardwood flooring throughout the first floor. Large front living room. Eat-in kitchen w/breakfast nook.

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250 E Hazelhurst St, Ferndale $250,000

1959 Browning St, Ferndale 147,000

547 W Saratoga, Ferndale $255,000

915 Gardendale, Ferndale $280,000

Beautifully renovated Ferndale ranch with tons of updates and charm! Entire home taken to the studs with all new wiring, plumbing and insulation to current building code and permitted by the City.

Charming Ferndale colonial in a great location with beautiful interior and hardwood floors throughout. Entry foyer leads to a spacious living room with coved ceilings and cozy gas fireplace.

Charming Royal Oak ranch with bright open layout, arched passageways, and hardwood floors throughout. Living room with coved ceilings and front bay window. Large opening connects living and dining.

Charming bungalow on oversized corner lot within walking distance of downtown Ferndale. Bright and spacious living room with coved ceilings and arched passageways.

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550 E Breckenridge, Ferndale $179,900

540 W Oakridge, Ferndale $331,000

361 Gardendale, Ferndale $153,000

1506 Leroy St, Ferndale $227,000

Move in ready brick ranch in Ferndale with hardwood floors throughout, clean spacious basement, and rear Florida room filled with natural light. Large living room with bay window opens to dining area.

Beautifully renovated Ferndale ranch with open concept layout, finished basement, and tons of charming features. Finished hardwood floors throughout. Spacious and bright living room with coved ceilings.

Charming Ferndale bungalow with beautiful entry level master bedroom suite. Great location near Woodward Ave. shopping, short walk to Martin Rd. Park and easy freeway access. Bright entry.

Well maintained and beautifully updated Oak Park ranch with finished basement and tons of charming features. Bright entry living room with hardwood floors, coved ceilings, recessed lighting.

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1051 Pearson Ave, Ferndale $218,000

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539 Edgewood, Ferndale 237,900

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2316 Harris, Ferndale $170,000

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8749 Woodside, Royal Oak $183,000


SHOPPING

Shopping Treasures in Ferndale By Jill Hurst | Photos by Bernie Laframboise & others

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MILE ROAD IS STILL THE CENTER OF SHOPPING IN FERNDALE, BUT THERE ARE LOTS OF FUN PLACES TO FIND WHAT YOU NEED – OR JUST WANT – ALL OVER TOWN. Go south on Livernois to OLIVE’S BLOOMBOX for flowers and yard decor. Heading north? WHIMSICAL WIT on Hilton and IRON RIDGE on Ten Mile are must-visits. Back on 9 Mile, grab some delicious dog treats and a cool new collar for your dog at MAESTRO’S DOG HAUS. Need to do some practical shopping? Head west to SCHEER’S ACE HARDWARE. There are many more places to peruse and enjoy. Just start “on the 9” and take it from there.

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SHOPPING ELAINE B’S JEWELRY

BENJAMIN MOORE’S PAINT STOP

“Friendly Ferndale.” Hassan Nasser and staff are here to help keep Ferndale colorful. Benjamin Moore Paint Stop is located at 23245 Woodward Ave, north of 9 Mile. You can also check their website: www.paintstopstore.com

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HOSE EARRINGS. THE ONES ELAINE WAS WEARING WHEN WE MET AT ELAINE B’S, a lovely jewelry haven on Woodward just north of 9 Mile. Simple, remarkable hoops. I want them! Elaine and her team, Caitlin, Heather, Natasha, Alaina and Holly design, create and sell beautiful pieces at the Ferndale space they’ve occupied since November of 2018. In front, a jewelry store. The “Custom Bar” displays stones and metals you can choose to make your piece. The workshop/studio is in the middle. In the back, shipping. The six women see the process through from beginning to end. We’re here to “learn how to make a living making jewelry”, Elaine says, smiling. They also display the work of other makers, including Detroit Rose, Hunt and Noyer and Corbe, but their jewelry is the quiet star. They also create new settings for your old gems. Elaine showed me a diamond in a setting she designed. A work in progress. The setting was beautiful, supporting the diamond perfectly. The day I visited, Caitlin and Heather were preparing to lead a workshop in ring making, which takes you through the steps of working with silver. You leave with a ring you’ve made yourself. Couples have attended the class to make their wedding bands. One man made a ring for his girlfriend. Workshops happen twice a month. They also offer private parties. These makers are eager to share their work and their knowledge. “Jewelry is a very personal thing...it should tell a story about the person who’s wearing it.” Garance Dore, French photographer/author. Add to your story with jewelry from elaine b’s. Elaine b’s is located at 22961 Woodward, north of 9 Mile. They are open Tuesday through Fridays 11:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M. Saturdays and Sundays 12:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M. Find them online at elainebjewelry.com, Facebook and Instagram.

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ENJAMIN MOORE’S PAINT STOP IS A WELCOME ADDITION TO THIS HOME LOVING, COLORFUL COMMUNITY. Owner Hassan Nasser did his research before opening his paint supply business on Woodward in January 2019. After 31 years in New York, Nasser wanted to continue serving a diverse community and he found that right here. He calls our town “Friendly Ferndale,” and he is enjoying his new business venture. The store’s customer base extends from the city of Detroit out to the Birmingham area. He serves both residential and commercial customers. Besides a wide array of colors and paint supplies, Nasser and his staff also work as color consultants who can help you find the right shade and finish for whatever you’re looking to apply your fresh coat of paint to. He knows the local contractors and is happy to refer you to painters who can do the job for you. And they deliver! Minimum order required for delivery? Nasser: “No minimum. Call me if you need a gallon of paint and I’ll get it to you.” Nasser understands the importance of a good staff and good service. He owned a number of businesses in New York, including a gas station and a Papa John’s pizza franchise. The more stable schedule of the paint store allows him to spend more time with his wife and four children, three sons aged 18, 17 and ten and a daughter, three. The Paint Stop is a great addition to

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OMPASSIONATE. COLLABORATIVE. INNOVATIVE. PASSIONATE. DEDICATED.” These words are part of the mural that lives next to Mike Haddad’s desk at Detroit Grooming Co. Mike, DGC’s co-creator and CEO, gives credit to local artist Kevin Burdik for the work. Giving credit is something Haddad does frequently, with genuine gratitude. To the rest of the team – Mike Spiewak, Brad Schmelzer and Liz Campbell – and to Krista Johnston of DIY StreetFair who started them on the road to retail success. And, of course, the customers. “We listen to our customers and they help us push forward.” DGC works with local farmers and manufacturers as much as possible to create consistently highquality products. And they smell so good. Haddad smiles. “Scent is tied to 73 percent of our memories.” Their airy warehouse base is a little bigger than the 100 square-foot converted janitor’s closet in Royal Oak where it all started. At the beginning, they could make 12 beard butters at a time on their double burner. Today, they make a variety


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SHOPPING

9 Mile Road - The Center for Shopping in Ferndale end. There is an event space in the middle, available for rental and host to semi-annual events. Ferndale Radio, 100.7 FM, is based at the Market as well. When you need a break from shopping, there’s a nice little bar in the back. The Rust Belt is a perfect place to start or wrap up your tour of Ferndale.

of men’s grooming products that include beard butter, oil, shampoo and conditioner filling hundreds of jars and bottles every day. They label and box all of the orders that go out, then send them to a fulfillment center in Warren to be shipped across the country and around the world. There is a retail counter in the warehouse. The butters and oils have Michigan names like Traverse City and Harbor Springs. A vintage barber chair sitting in front is used when they bring in master barbers to conduct workshops for local barbers and stylists. They also do onsite classes at salons and barbershops. They shoot their youtube videos onsite and sell great t-shirts and other items. The folks at Detroit Grooming Co. are loving their home base in Ferndale. There are plans to host some barbeques and events this summer to celebrate their ongoing success with us! In the meantime, check out the beard nourishing, great smelling products at Detroit Grooming Co. Detroit Grooming Co. is located at 2615 Wolcott, just off Woodward Heights. They are open 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday. You can find them at www.detroitgrooming.com.

you’ll be surrounded by a spectacular choice of plants and a creative variety of planters and yard decorations. Then there are the glass cases full of beautiful cut flowers, racks of greeting cards and shelves full of unique gift items. Finally, there are the chocolates. A case full of beautiful chocolates at the center of it all. Flowers and chocolate, what could be better than that? Besides endless gift possibilities, owners Jerome Raska and Robbin Yelverton and their staff can help you plan an event from start to finish and there is a lovely event space available right in the store! Blumz is the perfect place to help you commemorate an important event, or just pick up flowers on your way home to brighten up the day. Don’t forget the chocolates. Blumz is located at 522 E. 9 Mile Road in Ferndale. Hours are in flux during the crisis and the Detroit location is temporarily closed. No contact delivery and pickup at present. Call them at 248-398-5130 or reach them online at www.flowersbyblumz.com.

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LUMZ BY JRDESIGNS IS A PERENNIAL FAVORITE IN OUR TOWN, AN AWARDWINNING FLORAL AND EVENT PLANNING COMPANY with locations in Detroit and Holly as well as Ferndale. You can call or go online to order flowers, but visiting the store on East 9 Mile is a wonderful experience. Just inside the door

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The Rust Belt Market is located at 22801 Woodward in Ferndale. You can reach them at 248-238-8728 or online at hello@rustbeltmarket.com. They are open Fridays from 12:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M., Saturdays from 11:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M. and Sundays from 11:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. Look for extended hours during the December holiday shopping season.

T’S BEEN NINE YEARS ON THE 9 FOR THE POPULAR, ALWAYS GROWING RUST BELT MARKET. A family and dog-friendly meeting place and shopping mecca, it’s a whirl of activity during the holidays and a favorite meet-up place all-year-round. You can find a variety of Ferndale/Detroit/Michigan gift items, vintage jewelry, handmade clothing and soaps, one-of-akind gift cards, local photography, delicious cheese and chocolate, and beautiful plants. Several new vendors have joined RBM this year, including The Brave Wimp, David Vintage, The Vintage Wick and Supah Market. They also have two rotating pop-up spaces and welcome new vendors for shorter term stays each week-

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AESTRO’S IS THE PLACE TO GO WHEN YOU WANT SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR YOUR FURRY LOVED ONES. Located at 310 W 9 Mile Rd near Allen, Maestro’s has the best prices on high-quality dog and cat foods; frozen, freeze-dried and kibble. Maestros' Deli's Culinary team produce the most unique grain-free, filler-free and man-made preservative free treats for dogs and cats. And Maestro's Signature Dried Necks are for perfect for cleaning teeth. 248-632-1199                       ■


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Truly Unique Doggy Deli We make the best treats & long-lasting chews. Newest Additions: Ostrich Necks & Ostrich Jerky, hypoallergenic.

We have the best prices on 4-5 star dog & cat foods frozen, freeze-dried & kibble.

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to everyone in the Ferndale community who has continued to support Valentine Distilling and other local businesses during these trying times. Because of people like you, we continue to mass produce hand sanitizer for frontline workers and first responders. Stay safe, as we look forward to having a drink together soon. Cheers, Rifino Valentine


ENTERTAINMENT/NIGHT LIFE

ENTERTAINMENT AND NIGHT LIFE

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EYOND THE FAMILIAR FUN LOCATIONS IN DOWNTOWN FERNDALE, there are several entertainment gems you might not be aware of tucked away from the main street fare. And some are making quite a name for themselves! Check out some of the special nightlife locations we have featured for you here.

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ENTERTAINMENT/NIGHT LIFE

Entertainment and Night Life in Ferndale Mary Meldrum | Photos by Bernie Laframboise and others

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. NEKTAR IS A MEAD, CIDER AND BEER TAPROOM AT 1511 JARVIS IN FERNDALE. B.Nektar serves many other locations in Oakland County as well as other states. This is a cozy taproom famous for its honey-based alcoholic beverages. Influenced by sub-pop culture and never satisfied with the status quo, B.Nektar aims to bring a modern twist on mead as well as diversify craft mead, cider and beer. B.Nektar Meadery was founded in 2006 by Brad and Kerri Dahlhofer, with the help of their good friend Paul Zimmerman. Brad has been an avid homebrewer since 1998, making beers, meads, ciders and wine for his own enjoyment. When Brad and Kerri got married in 2005, he made a

mead to toast with at their wedding and received great reviews from the guests. He joked about someday opening a meadery. Paul, a longtime friend and fellow homebrewer, soon began making meads along with Brad in the Dahlhofers’ basement. Their creations quickly began winning awards at homebrewing competitions. B.Nektar’s session meads and hard ciders are now shaping the craft revolution. To say that it has been a long road from the home-brewing days would be an understatement. B.Nektar continues to increase their production capacity and is currently the largest meadery in the U.S.A. B.Nektar was the first meadery to join the ranks of the top 100 best breweries in the world by Ratebeer.com. Proud of this story as they may be, they put a lot of effort into not taking themselves too seriously.

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ince a mead can never be better than the quality of its ingredients, B.Nektar uses only the best honey they can find. They source honey from as many local sources as they can find. They prefer that the honey has not been heated or pasteurized. This ensures that the volatile aromatics of the honey are preserved. A single bee will produce only about one twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime, but in a mead, they need between three and four pounds of honey per gallon. That means they need a lot of hives to produce enough honey for a single 265-gallon batch.

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BOOGIE FEVER

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OOGIE FEVER FEATURES A CONTEMPORARY DESIGN AND WALLS OF SLIDING GLASS WINDOWS that bring the breeze of the outdoors in to guests during the warmer months, and display the beauty of Woodward Avenue and downtown Ferndale all year round. Once you enter the dance club in back, you’ll find a large disco-lighted dance floor for you and all of your friends to get your groove on all night long. Boogie Fever’s drink menu features a wellrounded wine list, seasonal cocktails, and draft beer. And Boogie Fever proudly proclaims themselves to be “Detroit’s Birthday and Bachelorette Party Central!” Indeed, almost every weekend you can find a bachelorette party streaming into the place to whoop it up! Everyone arrives at Boogie Fever looking to have fun. The dance club is a sacred space for people to feel free to express themselves. This is a space for everyone to feel welcome and loved. The club offers special deals for a booth and cover for multiple people. The Boogie Fever staff does not reserve individual tables. Those joining you later will need to pay cover, which is $5, subject to special events or policy changes. The club opens at 8:00 P.M. and will hold your booth until 11:00 P.M. Credit cards are accepted for drink tabs etc., but not door charges.


ENTERTAINMENT/NIGHT LIFE

DETROIT FLEAT FOOD TRUCK PARK

Brass Kitchen, Brother Truckers, Buffy’s Mexicasian, Cheese Steak Institute of America, Crepe Day Twa, Delectabowl, Detroit BBQ Company, Mac Shack, Motor City Pasty Company, Motor City Road Wings, Nosh Pit, New Deli, Press, Regina’s Food Truck, Ruckus Taco Company, Senors Food Truck, and Shredderz. Detroit Fleat is proud to debut their newest patio addition, The Slooshie Bar. The newest standalone trailer on the patio, the Slooshie Bar will feature rotating Slooshies flavors, ice cream and frozen treats.

drink concoctions. Each season brings a new line-up of timely palate-pleasers born from the mind of the man Metro Times named Detroit’s Best Bartender 2011, Andy French. The GO! bar proudly serves local favorites such as Valentine Distillery, Detroit Brewing Co., Atwater Brewery, B. Nektar Meadery, Short’s Brewery and more!

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OCATED ON NINE MILE ROAD IN FERNDALE, DETROIT FLEAT FOOD TRUCK PARK & BOOZERY is Metro Detroit’s first and only food truck park. In the “Park,” they spotlight two stationary food trucks as well as additional rotating trucks on select days of the week. In addition to the wonderful lineup of food trucks, the “Boozery” features a full bar featuring 16 rotating taps, seasonal cocktails and wine. Detroit Fleat also offers a street-food-inspired house menu. The park is the perfect place for the whole family, including your furry friends! Detroit Fleat is home to some of Metro Detroit’s most popular food trucks. Permanent food trucks featured at Detroit Fleat include The Pita Post (Mediterranean street food) and Impasto (Italianinspired street food). Rotating food trucks include 4Kings Café (coffee), Bavarian Inn Cluck Truck,

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MPROV (SHORT FOR IMPROVISATION) IS A FORM OF THEATER CREATED BEFORE A LIVE AUDIENCE. Improv is similar to sketch comedy, except that there are no scripts. Nothing exists before the lights come up. The audience offers suggestions for scenes or songs and the cast makes them up on the spot. This means every show is very, very original. Every scene is done for the first and last time. So, every night GO Comedy! is open, there’s something new on stage. And if you miss it, it’s gone forever. On Friday and Saturday, the 8:00 P.M. and 10:00 P.M. shows run for approximately 90 minutes. The Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday shows run 30 or 60 minutes. On Wednesday and Sunday one ticket is good for the entire night of shows, unless otherwise noted. Alcohol? Yes, please! With drinks ranging from an ice-cold Pabst to a Napa Valley Chardonna, the GO! bar has something to please everyone from your hipster cousin to your great aunt Betty. Not to mention, they have a whole slew of their own

T LUXURY LANES, YOU CAN ENJOY A GREAT EXPERIENCE BOWLING IN A LEAGUE OR CELEBRATING AN EVENT such as a birthday, family or company party. Luxury Lanes features a full lounge that also offers food choices to satisfy anyone’s appetite. With 16 lanes, they offer a newly-remodeled, smoke-free environment for you to enjoy. Bowling is not the only entertainment at the Lanes. Guests can book parties, enjoy “cosmic bowling” and sign up for leagues, along with relaxing in the full bar with tables for pizza and other casual dining. There is also an arcade, bumper bowling on all lanes, birthday parties, Perky’s pizza and Sully’s subs snack bar, corporate parties, adult parties and a youth program. Come and enjoy the venue! Bring your family, friends, and/or co-workers! ■


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ERNDALE IS A HEALTH AND WELLNESS EPICENTER, with a wide range of fitness, physician and pharmaceutical, physical therapy and alternative healing options, as well as beauty service providers and many others. Residents can easily walk to a number of these businesses, and the variety of services available make a comprehensive care plan simple and affordable.

industry and its overall “lack of professionalism and oversight,” Gorney said. “Our mission was to introduce the science of movement, through corrective exercising and bio-mechanics, to an aging babyboomer and emerging millennial generation.”

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ILTON VETERINARY CLINIC WAS STARTED IN APRIL 2016 BY DR. BETSY SCHNUR, who currently lives in Ferndale and enjoys serving the community in which she works. “Our customers are mainly local dogs and cats living in the Ferndale area,” Dr. Schnur explained. “We focus specifically on one-on-one individualized patient care for each pet.” Full-service veterinary services are available onsite, including fear-free preventative care, minor soft tissue surgical procedures such as spay and neuter services, and mass removals, as well as canine or feline dental radiographs and surgical tooth extraction. Hilton also offers microchipping, vaccinations, and parasite screening and removal. Hilton Veterinary Clinic supports the Ferndale Cat Shelter and participates annually in Fido Does Ferndale. The business is also currently planning to expand its involvement in other local pet-related events. Dr. Schnur said, “I love the people in our community, especially dedicated pet owners who

make our jobs worthwhile and bring smiles into our lives! Hilton Veterinary Clinic is proud to serve this community and surrounding areas with future plans to expand the business while also staying in Ferndale. Stay tuned!” For more information on all of the services Hilton Veterinary Clinic offers, visit hiltonpetvet.com or call 248-955-3253.

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ICHAEL GORNEY HAS DEDICATED HIS ADULT LIFE TO HELPING PEOPLE of all ability levels, from high school and collegiate athletes to senior citizens and individuals with spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. His versatile, all-inclusive approach to client relationships proves he takes each individual’s goals and abilities into consideration, and this is the philosophy that led to the development of the Brain Meets Brawn brand. Founded in 2014, Brain Meets Brawn was created as a solution to the exponentially expanding fitness

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The company began in a small gym at the 1300 E Lafayette building in Detroit, and in August 2019 the first brick-and-mortar location was officially established at 3029 Hilton Road in Ferndale. “I was out of work following extensive ACL and meniscus surgery, and happened to drive by a ‘for lease’ sign down the street from our house,” Gorney.explained. “After a quick peek inside, I knew this was the opportunity to take Brain Meets Brawn to the next level.” Brain Meets Brain currently focuses on orthopedic injuries with an emphasis on individuals of an older


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HEALTH AND WELLNESS age or nearing or currently retired. “We are a medical rehabilitation and fitness facility that strives to provide a comprehensive rehabilitation and fitness program to our clients,” Gorney explained. “How-ever, our doors are open to anyone who wants to learn more about the art and science of biomech-anics, movement systems, injury prevention, and pain management.” Brain Meets Brawn hosts a monthly class with Drifter Coffee called Recovery Day. “We also planned a charity event for the Purple Polka Dot Race in late March or April. Purple Polka Dot is a charity group that spreads awareness on vascular birthmarks,” he added. For more information, call 586-808-8282 or visit bmbfitnesssolutions.com.

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“Our goal is to help our patients feel, move, and look better,” Tocco said. “We help people of all ages that are looking for natural and safe methods to relieve pain and improve their overall health and wellness. We treat patients who are recently injured or patients who have complex and/or chronic conditions. Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture can help with many conditions besides pain such as headaches, neuropathy, sports performance, digestion, allergies, immune support, sleep, stress management, fertility support, women’s health, and smoking cessation.”

“Since our move to Ferndale, we have added two additional healthcare providers,” explained Tocco. “Kat Barber, Registered Acupuncturist, and Candace Belinc, Licensed Massage Therapist. We offer acupuncture five days per week and massage therapy two days per week. All of our practitioners are licensed by the State of Michigan and are nationally board certified in their professions.” Other services EVOLVE offers include Chinese herbal medicine and cupping therapy, as well as an exclusive three-step facial protocol that includes acupuncture, red light LED therapy, and a micro-current facial mask designed to improve tone and appearance.

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ERNDALE ALSO OFFERS STATE-OFTHE-ART THERAPY OPTIONS FOR INJURY RECOVERY AND PAIN MANAGEMENT. US Rehabilitation & Health Services has a highly experienced team of physical therapists, occupational therapists, massage therapists, and speech therapists who have been dedicated to providing the highest quality of care since 2001. Visit usptrehab.com or call 844-369-9955.

The staff has extensive training in orthopedic style acupuncture that includes motor point muscle activation, trigger point acupuncture, also known as ‘dry needling,’ and electro-acupuncture. Massage therapy services focus primarily on pain management with optional kinesio-taping.

“We love helping the diverse community of Ferndale feel better and appreciate how inclusive it is here,” Tocco explained. “The Ferndale Chamber, along with local Ferndale residents, are so supportive of their local businesses. We have an annual fundraiser at our clinic every December where we offer acupuncture and massage services for a donation, with all proceeds going to Affirmations. It’s one way we try to give back to the Ferndale community."

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EVOLVE also offers a line of quality Chinese herbal products as well as a topical line of Chinese herbs that contain CBD oil for pain relief.

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For more information or to schedule an appointment call 248-955-1215 or visit acuevolve.com.

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EARCHING FOR SPECIALIZED DENTISTRY? ALWAYS MAINTAINING a position at the forefront of advances in dental care, Hilton Progressive Dental offers the most effective and comfortable treatment methods utilizing the latest technology. Visit hiltonprogressivedental.com or call 248-2093702 for more information. Tuesday 9:00 A.M.–6:00 P.M.; Thursday 8:00 A.M.–7:00 P.M.; Friday 8:00 A.M.–3:00 P.M.; Saturday 9:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. Sunday/Monday closed.

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R. HOWARD CRANE’S FATHER, LEONARD, STARTED CRANE OPTICAL IN 1949, choosing Ferndale for its thriving business district and prime location. Dr. Crane Jr. later joined the practice in 1972. In addition to thorough vision and eye health examinations, Crane Optical offers a wide range of brand name frames and contact lenses, cases and cleaners, as well as minor medical treatment including pre- and post-op services for laser and cataract surgery. Customers also receive free eyewear repairs, including adjustments, screws, and nose pad replacement. Dr. Crane prides himself on providing high quality care and affordable products. During an exam, he


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HE FERNDALE FAMILY PHARMACY, LOCATED ON 9 MILE BETWEEN PINECREST AND LIVERNOIS, FIRST OPENED ITS DOORS ON OCTOBER 17, 2016. The pharmacy’s over-the-counter product line is priced significantly lower than other stores in the area and the team offers a same-day free delivery service. The pharmacy team can access manufacturer coupons for patients to use on brand medications and actively communicates with prescribers on substitute medications to dispense when others are not covered by one’s insurance carrier. For more information, visit ferndalefamilypharmacy.com or call 248.565.8031.

will perform multiple tests, screening for retina and corneal disorders. Afterwards, he takes the time to carefully explain the results and discuss the optimal prescription. He can evaluate the effectiveness of a current prescription as well and make adjustments when necessary. “I treat patients like family,” Dr. Crane said. “I offer a very comprehensive exam while being considerate of my patients’ time. And I love the small town, yet diverse feel of Ferndale.” For more information on all of the services Crane Optical has to offer, call 248-545-5600 or visit craneoptical.com.

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ERNDALE OFFERS A HIP-AND-HAPPENING COMMUNITY, with both starter and forever homes nestled conveniently near many of Metro-Detroit’s major highways. Homeowners choose Ferndale for its welcoming, tight-knit feel, diverse population and friendly residents, and wide array of available amenities.

This is why the area is also home to many skilled realtors, builders, contractors, property managers, and home improvement companies. It makes sense to follow the crowd and Ferndale is a natural fit.

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AKE WATERWORK PLUMBING FOR EXAMPLE, ORIGINALLY STARTED by owner David Greylin back in 2006. Greylin launched the company with just one truck. Since then, WaterWork has grown to include a team of 14 people who serve the entire tri-county area, and owner Greylin says, “Business is booming!” For more information, call 248-542-8022 or visit waterworkplumbing.com.

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REGGER PLUMBING & SEWER ALSO OFFERS DRAIN AND SEWER CLEANING, and boiler services in addition to plumbing solutions. The company loves to give back to Ferndale, too, by sponsoring Habitat for Humanity, the Hydrocephalus Association, and the Ferndale Ice Festival. Visit creggerplumbing.com or call 248-560-7780.

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AMELA EKSTROM STARTED HAVEN REAL ESTATE + DESIGN IN 2015. “I’d lived in a number of different cities across the U.S. and had been involved in a number of different aspects on the real estate business, including construction, property management, and of course real estate sales. I wanted to create a space where people working for HAVEN could tailor their lives how they wanted,” she explained. One unique aspect of HAVEN is that agents work from their own homes, or from local co-working spaces. “I also encourage them to be their own unique individuals. Not everyone wants a flashy real estate agent in a suit! We empower our clients’ by educating them so they can make an educated, informed decision,” Ekstrom said. HAVEN primarily serves the Ferndale community, as well as neighboring areas along the Woodward Corridor. Ekstrom explained, “The majority of our customers are people who are looking to buy or sell a home in or around Ferndale. Most of our customers want to buy or sell property along the Woodward Corridor from Detroit to Royal Oak, Berkley, Clawson, Detroit, Beverly Hills, and Bloomfield Hills, but we do reach as far as Grosse Pointe, Dearborn, Macomb, and Northville. Our clients are


HOME EXPERTS interested in investing their money wisely and utilizing technology to search for properties.” In addition to traditional real estate assistance, HAVEN also offers design services. Ekstrom said, “HAVEN real estate + design helps both sellers and buyers with design services. If people sell their homes with us, we offer a free consultation and home walk-through to tell them what to do to maximize profits. For our buyers, we can give rough estimates on renovations and refer contractors.” The company can also assist with furniture selection and interior decorating. She added, “We’re experts at pricing homes, and giving recommendations based on the current real estate market. We’re experts at marketing properties to people looking to buy now.” The “unique, artistic, edgy, progressive, and inclusive” atmosphere in Ferndale makes working there fun and exciting for Ekstrom and she has been involved in many one-of-a-kind projects, explaining, “I designed and decorated our Northwest Ferndale rock home and it was recently featured in the pilot episode of HGTV’s What You Get For The Money. HAVEN agent Stephanie Kort was the featured realtor in the segment, talking about Ferndale and all it has to offer.” For more information, 248-464-3304 or visit livehaven.com.

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EAL ESTATE LEGEND JUDY PALMER HAS LIVED IN FERNDALE FOR OVER 36 YEARS. She grew up in Oak Park and eventually relocated to Ferndale after college, explaining, “Living in Ferndale was a natural transition once I moved back home from EMU. I knew I wanted to get out on my own. Ferndale was a very affordable city for renting and I worked at a local restaurant.” She originally started her real estate career at a small realty office on Woodward in Royal Oak, then RE/MAX in Royal Oak for 10 years and now at RE/MAX Showcase Homes since 1999 in Birmingham. Judy’s business has grown leaps and bounds over the years. She said, “For over 35 years, I have cultivated a wonderful client base. My business is 90 percent repeat clients and referrals, which includes generations in families. I am currently working with a young woman to find her first home. I first met her when I found her parents their first home and she was about sixyears-old.” With a background in interior design and staging as well as marketing, Judy helps sellers prepare

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their properties for showings plus virtual tours. She ensures that homes get the exposure they deserve. Her follow-up and personal attention to details makes for a smooth transaction with an easy closing. Judy works closely with buyers to find the right space, manage inspections and appraisals, and facilitate the mortgage and title processes. She said, “My experience, education, certifications and negotiation techniques help my clients daily.” Palmer also volunteers for many Ferndale events including Pig & Whiskey and DYI StreetFair for the Friends of Ferndale Library. She serves as a board member for Ferndale Community Foundation and Ferndale Board of Zoning Appeals. “Ferndale is a great place to live, shop and have fun,” she said. “Our friendly neighborhoods, downtown area and amenities like the Library, community center, parks, and City services – plus the culture of music, theatre, comedy, wellness and diversity – make Ferndale the best place to be!” For more information regarding all of the services Judy Palmer offers, call 833-577-3557 or visit judypalmer.com.

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IM SHAFFER HAS BEEN A LICENSED REALTOR SINCE 2000 BUT BEGAN HIS FULL-TIME REAL ESTATE CAREER IN 2010. His close connection to the Ferndale community and our schools, businesses and residents helped the business quickly grew. “Over the years, the team has grown to 42 fulltime members in order to serve our clients at the same high standard of ‘wow’ client experience,” Shaffer said. “We are part of Good Company Realty, a real estate brokerage in Royal Oak.” Jim Shaffer and Associates serves homeowners along the Woodward Corridor, including those who have lived in the area for just a few

years and many that have lived there for more than 40. “We also help many buyers who wish to live in these communities, either buying their first homes or buying a larger home to suit their growing lives,” Shaffer explained. “Because we are a team of specialists, our clients enjoy the high level of service and communication that a team can provide. From the first call, we walk our clients through every step of the process with staging and updating advice, if needed, to pricing, and ultimately, masterful negotiation.”

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HE COMPANY SPONSORS MANY OF THE EVENTS IN FERNDALE, including Pride, DIY, Pig & Whiskey, and others. “We often serve for local charities, work booths and volunteer our time within the community,” Shaffer said, adding, “When describing our city to potential relocation buyers, I always say we are a small town with a big community. I love the entrepreneurial spirit here – our businesses and residents choose to support one another, and this certainly fuels us here at Jim Shaffer and Associates.” Shaffer enjoys the sense of belonging, contribution, and connection in Ferndale. He said, “We love Ferndale and we love what we do! Every day, we are honored to help buyers and sellers move through the emotional highs and lows of real estate. We are there when folks buy their first homes and when families are faced with the difficult task of selling their parents’ homes. It’s an honor and responsibility that we take seriously, and we will always put the client first.” To work with Jim Shaffer, call 248-834-3030. more information, visit soldcalljim.com.


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OM PEARLMAN STARTED A LAW OFFICE IN FERNDALE’S PIONEER BUILDING back in 1981. He now owns the historic building and its 18 office suites and storefronts. Pearlman Properties manages over 75 tenants in 28 commercial buildings in total, including Woodward Avenue Brewers, Loving Touch Pool Hall, Valentine Vodka, Lawrence Street Gallery, Schramm's Mead, Balloon Factory Artist Guild, The Oakland and Candle Wick Shop. Tom Pearlman also owns Soho and has previously operated the Royal Oak Club 3-D and Ferndale’s Q Nightclub.

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RANDON GARLOW AND FIONA BYRNE RYAN, HUSBAND-AND-WIFE TEAM and Ferndale residents, are the Property Solvers! Over the years, Brandon and Fiona have developed a unique expertise in real estate and home improvement and they use it to help seniors who need to transition into a new living situation. “It has become our purpose and our passion,” said Brandon.

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EITH WEBER HAS BEEN A RESIDENT OF FERNDALE for over 30 years and a real estate agent in town for almost as long. Keith knows Ferndale inside and out! His inspiration for success is deeply rooted in an appreciation for our community. Keith has sold well over $275 million in residential real estate during the course of his career. 248-561-2708/ keithweber.com.

They believe the transactional nature of the real estate market isn't well-suited for homeowners facing challenging circumstances. Property Solvers guides their clients to their desired result by purchasing their home directly, providing caring support and expert guidance. With a new podcast and website full of resources, Brandon and Fiona go that extra mile to support Ferndale homeowners. For more information call them at 248 233 6444, or visit them at their new office location at 9 Mile and Pinecrest.

Pearlman believes in maintaining the character and uniqueness of Ferndale’s older buildings, where the majority of his clients reside. He also has buildings in nearby Berkley and Pleasant Ridge. Pearlman explained, “We rent to mostly small business and young entrepreneurs. We provide an all-inclusive environment for businesses, especially those looking for their first space separate from their home or garage, and for something affordable.”

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The company’s latest project, the East Wall Collective, was completed just a few months ago. The space was created from a former church located at Hilton and University. “We are a pioneer in the renovation of older buildings in Ferndale and are hoping that despite all the progress the community has seen over the years, Ferndale retains its original look and feel,” Pearlman said. Pearlman has been an active member of the community for many years and has been a recipient of the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce Businessperson of the Year and Ferndale Citizen of the Year awards. He is also a founding board member of the Ferndale Community Foundation, and a former board member of the Midwest AIDS Prevention Project/Michigan Aids Coalition as well as the Downtown Development Authority (DDA). He has been a proud member of the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce for more than three decades. Pearlman Properties can be reached at 248-547-7270. For more information, visit pearlmanpremierproperties.com.

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ERNDALE IS A HUB FOR MANY OF THE AREA’S LEADING PROFESSIONAL BUSINESSES, from law firms and credit unions to printing services, custom event and marketing products, and everything in between. The area offers many cutting-edge, innovative solutions within walking distance, and this makes it a prime location for both start-ups and companies that have been in business for many years. SMASHBOX DESIGNS

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LIENT-FOCUSED SMASHBOX DESIGNS, BASED IN PLEASANT RIDGE and wellknown in the Ferndale area for their talented team and personalized customer service, helps companies powerfully reach their target audiences. Creative and innovative, Smashbox employees specialize in logo design, copywriting and branding, large-format and standard printing, business cards, product photography and many other marketing mediums. For more information, visit smashbox-designs.com or call 248-2751877.

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RTECH PRINTING, INC., based in nearby Madison Heights, is a mid-sized, fullservice printer also offering a wide array of digital printing services. artechprinting.com. 248-545-0088. And ROCKET PRINTING, in Royal Oak, provides many business-tobusiness services under one roof. They can produce just about any business form imaginable, while also providing collateral sales and marketing services. www.rocketonestop.com, 248-336-3636.

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OR THOSE LOOKING TO STAGE AN IMPORTANT, MEMORABLE EVENT, EVENT SOURCE provides the very best selection of linen, furniture, and accessory rentals. Familyowned since 1979 and serving not only the Detroit area but also Cleveland, Columbus and Pittsburg, the company has an always in-stock product line that will suit any taste or style. The team can provide quantities to customize any size event – from backyard picnic to a convention – from an intimate wedding to a gala. For more information, visit eventsource.net or call 313-3099000.

members, and 1.5 billion in assets, anyone who lives, works, or goes to school in the state of Michigan can be a member. The credit union offers full-service financial solutions, including checking and saving accounts, security deposits, loans, mortgages, credit cards, and commercial lending and depositing. It also helps members with financial planning and insurance programs. John Kozich has been at Credit Union ONE for 46 years. “I started in a high school co-op program, went to college at Lawrence Tech, working part-time, then eventually transitioned to full-time after graduation.” He loves the Ferndale area, saying, “I grew up in Ferndale, so I have roots here that go way back. It’s a very diverse, proactive community. Everyone is understanding, open, and dedicated, willing to take risks and step out of the box.” He believes in Credit Union ONE’s commitment to providing exceptional value to its members by delivering outstanding products and services anytime, anywhere. “We’re here to serve our members. Credit Union ONE has been around for 82 years, providing good service, and rooted right here in Ferndale.” For more information on becoming a member, visit cuone.org or call 800-451-4292.

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AINTAINING UNIQUE PARTNERSHIPS WITH PROGRESSIVE service- and product-based companies, PLANFREEDOM GROUP acts as an independent marketer providing guidance and value to both residential and small-business clients. The company utilizes online, local, and progressive marketing techniques coupled with distinctive sales strategies to distribute products and services for channel partners through direct sales organizations. Visit planfreedomgroup.com or call 248-797-1169 or 248-701-9393.

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IBE CREDIT UNION HAS BEEN A MICHIGANBASED, NOT-FORPROFIT CREDIT UNION SINCE 1936, started by a handful of employees from the telephone industry. The Ferndale eCenter is located at Ngoc Do 214 W. Nine Mile Rd, a location selected for “its downtown proximity, active community involvement, and pedestrian-friendly access,” according to Community Engagement Specialist, Ngoc Do, who added, “We love the diversity and positive energy that the Ferndale community exudes.”

“We also offer low auto loan rates with flexible terms and fast funding, easy online application, ability to eSign, and the convenience of picking your payment date,” Do explained. Finding a branch to bank with is simple, too. “We have 16 branches in Metro Detroit, many with Saturday lobby hours,” Do said. “We welcome anyone who lives, works, or worships in Michigan’s lower peninsula.” Vibe is set to sponsor many events in Ferndale this year, including the Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce/Kiwanis Unicorn Derby Fundraiser, Ferndale Community Foundation Pride Festival, the Fall Festival and the Downtown Development Authority’s (DDA) Fido Does Ferndale in October and the DDA Ice Festival in December.

Ferndale was an ideal location for Foley & Mansfield, Hagemann Burleigh explained, saying, “We chose Ferndale in part because of the town’s walk-ability and conveniences.” She added, “We frequently collaborate with attorneys from our fifteen other offices, handling mass toxic torts, employment discrimination, family law, and just about everything in between. We have a

For more information, visit vibecreditunion.com or call 248-735-9500/248 829 1894.

Vibe’s checking account includes a mobile banking app, online banking with bill pay and mobile deposit, and monthly accumulated interest. Members also enjoy unlimited free transactions at vibe ATMs and no low-balance fee when deposit and/or loan accounts combined have balances of only $500 or more.

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aspects of the building,” said Office Administrator, Dana Hagemann Burleigh. “The firm also expanded the building so the historic and modern aspects now stand side by side, reflecting the past and present.”

Foley & Mansfield is a proud supporter of Ferndale Public Schools and participates in many of Ferndale’s festivals and events. “People have been warm and welcoming since day one, and it is fun to take a break and walk around in a downtown area,” Hagemann Burleigh said. “The shop owners and employees are friendly and helpful, whether you need to host an event or find an outfit for the event.” For top quality legal services, call 248-721-8172 or visit foleymansfield.com. ■


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HEN WE HEAR THE PHRASE “CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT,” IT IS SUPERFICIALLY UNDERSTOOD as the practice of

trying to do better every day. In education, continuous improvement is more than just a goal or a particular program; it is a driving principle around which we build an entire embedded system. The system consists of tools that regularly gather performance data, study it, plan improvements, and oversee their implementation. The process can only begin with a recognition that what we are doing today won’t accomplish the goals of tomorrow. This is not an indictment of our current performance – improvement is always necessary. In fact, this process must be cyclical: just as change never stops around us, we must never stop changing to adapt to the needs of our students. Systemic continuous improvement is centered on multiple sources of evidence and data points. It is driven by what is taking place across the many functions of schools and systems that impact student outcomes and achievement. These functions include teaching and learning, but also resource distribution, school climate and culture, and governance. Evidence is used to make short and long-term plans that are also regularly adjusted by the many overlapping and intersecting communities represented within our schools. The world is ever-changing, yet the school setting in many places looks the same as it did 30 years ago. How can we better adapt to the needs of our students? Continuous improvement seeks to provide a means to keep pace with the

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advancements in our society. According to the US Department of Labor, 65% of students today will be working in jobs that don’t yet exist. Even right now, much of our workforce is employed in positions that didn’t exist 20 years ago. So you can see, the challenge set before our teachers is great: How can we teach our students to be prepared for jobs that don’t even exist? We teach them to be lifelong learners, giving them the ability to think critically, solve problems, and meet new demands as they occur. The system and practices of continuous improvement make that possible, while also setting the example for how lifelong learning can improve outcomes. Students in Ferndale Schools learn to regularly gather data, analyze it, plan improvements, and implement them. In my career as an educator, I can’t tell you how many times I have asked, “Why do we do it this way?” All too often, the answer has come back, “Because that’s the way we have always done it.” This answer is not enough, and we have to have the courage to push back. The future depends on us to prepare the next generation for incredible challenges we cannot predict. Continuous improvement is complicated and challenging. It requires regular reflection and course correction; it is the opposite of a silver bullet. A robust system allows schools to look at improvement every day. We are working towards the unimaginable, the unthinkable. We do not have all the answers. It can be frightening to admit this, and to face the unknown. It is time we become fearless in our leadership and stop seeing failure as a reason to blame, and begin seeing it as a means to improve. ■


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Ferndale Schools Community Passes $125 Million Bond By Bill Goodman student interaction as the basis for learning. We build our curriculum around this mode of thinking because intelligence is multifaceted, and research clearly shows that using more of the brain makes learning more effective. Engaging more parts of the brain requires a variety of instructional methods and environments. This variation also engages a diverse group of students with a broad range of learning needs. The curriculum approach of providing learners

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HIS SHIFT IN DESIRED OUTCOMES HAS CAUSED DISTRICTS TO RETHINK the classroom structure and operations of the past. Instead of remaining seated and facing the chalkboard, students are encouraged to move about the classroom for a portion of the day. Educators have found that establishing zones within the classroom – as within the modern work space – teaches students to segment their workload and delegate activities to appropriate

areas. Often, collaboration is encouraged with group zones and cooperation areas. Real-world collaboration encourages us to go to the people we believe are the right fit for a particular issue we are facing. Work often begins alone when the needs of a project suit it, and this continues to be a staple of contemporary classrooms. However, it is common to seek out someone or some people who can help us move past later phases of the project. Successful innovation is not contained by arbitrary parameters like time limits or numbers of people or individual workspaces. ENGAGING THE WHOLE CHILD

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with greater choices and pathways of learning in alignment with students’ intelligence levels intends to make learning more meaningful and authentic. MAJOR IMPACT PROJECTS ● New Lower Elementary School (Kindergarten through 2nd grade) built on the site of CASA. Expected to open in Fall of 2022. ● ASA would move to the Roosevelt Building in the Fall of 2022. ● Every classroom in the district would be renovated to include new furniture and technology. ● Each building would have a secured entry vestibule constructed. To learn more about the 2020 Bond, including a complete project list for each phase, visit www.ferndaleforward.com. ■


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ERNDALE HAS A MYRIAD OF COMMUNITY SERVICE NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AVAILABLE FOR RESIDENTS. Many are surprising in terms of their mission and scope. Below are some of our favorites, and please consider volunteering and donating.

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AVE YOU EVER DREAMED OF A PLACE WHERE YOU COULD BUILD AND CRAFT TO YOUR HEART’S DESIRE? A place to find other do-it-yourselfers and get tips and advice? Where you can learn to use tools

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that would never fit into your garage or your budget? That place exists today. Welcome to i3 Detroit. We are not a profit-driven tool center. Everyone at i3 Detroit has a burning passion to create, tinker, hack and make things, driving us to create the best possible community and space. Our members take pride in what we’ve built and for good reason! There is a wide variety of diverse things to create here, and we’ve done it all as a highly-engaged volunteer community with a passion for things such as crafting, woodworking, metalworking, electronics, welding, programming, and digital fabrication. i3 Detroit is Metro Detroit’s largest communityrun do-it-yourself workshop. A collision of art, technology, learning and collaboration; whatever you want to build, you can do it here.

Located near the heart of Ferndale, i3 Detroit is close to many local events and an amazing community. If you are curious about – or never heard of – “makerspace,” then swing on by on a Friday evening, 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. to take a tour and get to know the membership. Excited? Come check us out at i3 Detroit. This might just be the place you’ve been looking for! 1481-A, Wordworth St., Ferndale MI 48220.


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TAGECRAFTERS, A 501 (C)(3) NOT-FORPROFIT COMMUNITY THEATER, provides opportunities for members of the community to develop their talents and volunteer their time to create an enriching, quality theatrical experience through its Main Stage, 2nd Stage, and Youth Theater productions. Erin McKay, the Marketing and Event Manager, has been with Stagecrafters for two-and-a-half years. Among other things, she promotes the shows and helps out with donor events, making sure the food, talent and speakers are all ready to go. Stagecrafters is a live community theater. All actors are volunteers. There are ten shows a season, with five main stage shows including musicals, comedies and dramas. They also present three second-stage shows, which are edgy dramas or comedies, as well as two youth theater shows a season for kids ages 8 to 17. While adults do the directing and also handle anything that the kids can’t manage, the kids do pretty much everything else in the youth theater. Founded in 1956, Stagecrafters has been named Best Community Theater by Hour Detroit Magazine readers, and Best Place for Live Local Theater by Detroit Metro Times readers. Recently, the 2nd Stage show, Trevor won awards at the 2017 Michigan AACTFEST in the categories of Outstanding Featured Actor, Outstanding Actor and the Golden Truck Award. Stagecrafters’ mission is “to provide an opportunity for members of the community, in an atmosphere of fellowship, to develop their talents and to volunteer their time to create an enriching,

quality theatrical experience for the community.” Their vision is “to create and present distinctive quality theatre for the community through the collaboration of a diverse group of volunteer artists and supporters based on our shared belief that engaging in the arts enriches lives.”

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HE FERNCARE FREE CLINIC IS A NONPROFIT, SELF-FUNDED, FREE CLINIC that provides no-cost medical care to the medically uninsured. FernCare treats people between 19 and 64 years of age who don’t have medical insurance or a primary care provider. FernCare provides the following services: ● Non-emergency healthcare ● Checkups ● Generic medications ● Lab Testing Enrollment assistance with: ● Prescription Assistance Program ● Affordable Care Act insurance exchange enrollment assistance ● Healthy Michigan enrollment assistance ● 1:1 smoking cessation counseling ● Acupuncture (referrals to an off-site clinician. ● Nutrition counseling ● Lab testing ● Wellness/life coaching In addition to medical clinics, FernCare is also a source for health care resources FernCare is one of 52 free medical clinics in Michigan, and one of two in South Oakland County. FernCare is a member of the National Association of Free Clinics (NAFC) and Free Clinics of Michigan (FCOM). FernCare is open 15 hours each month as an operating medical clinic and six hours each month for acupuncture

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treatment. On weekdays, the office is open 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. for inquiries, appointment scheduling, and as a health services resource. All services are by appointment only. Returning patients are able to obtain an appointment within one to two weeks of their call. New patients must wait a month for an appointment simply because of high demand and limited hours. FernCare dispenses generic and over-thecounter medications as prescribed by our volunteer practitioners.


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ICHELLE BIDIGARE IS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF MY PLACE CENTER FOR WELLNESS IN OAK PARK, MICHIGAN. My Place is leading the way for peer-delivered mental health services in the Metro-Detroit area. Michelle Bidigare is a Certified Peer Support Specialist, which was acquired through a 40-hour State training program. She has been with My Place in Oak Park for four years. This is the fourth drop-in center she has been contracted to rebuild. My Place has been tucked into the corner of the strip mall at Scotia and 9 Mile since 2002. It looks like a small place from the outside, but when you walk in it is wide open, warm and friendly. Goodwill and Easter Seals of Michigan used to oversee the organization, but in 2016 they became an independent nonprofit organization. Michelle says that My Place staff also serve as advocates for the members of the Center. Advocacy addresses the Member’s housing, guardian, medical and court concerns. “We make sure that not only are they safe here, but also safe within the community,” she states.

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Y PLACE CENTER FOR WELLNESS IS A large space with many computers, televisions, games, puzzles, books, arts and crafts and a kitchen center. There are pool tables, an exercise area, ping-pong tables and other gaming centers for members to keep active with one another. Another unique aspect of My Place Center is that staff and volunteers facilitate mental health recovery groups five days a week. She states that “All of our services are free for any Oakland County adult who has a mental health diagnosis,” but adds that her Center does not turn away adults from other counties. “If they are going to take two, three or even four buses to come see us, then we never say no.” My Place serves a continental breakfast every morning. They receive a shipment of food every Monday evening from Forgotten Harvest. My Place is listed as a recreational and social program under Medicaid and is considered a “drop in” center. They currently have almost 400 active members. Many members live in adult foster-care homes. Michelle adds that, “We always welcome them with open arms because one of the worst things for a person with mental illness is social isolation, which exacerbates their symptoms.”

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Y PLACE IS PEER-RUN, MEANING THAT THE PROGRAM IS ENTIRELY STAFFED by persons with a mental health diagnosis. They provide a safe, supportive and normalizing environment for individuals labeled “mentally ill” within our communities. The philosophy behind peer-run organizations is that by working together and sharing experiences each have had in the community, members are able to help each other. The fear of mental health professional is removed at a peerrun organization because everyone has been through similar experiences.

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Members are able to participate in various, costfree outings offered by My Place, including art classes at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Tiger’s games, apple-picking adventures, annual BBQ at Shepard Park and other events.. My Place cultivates an atmosphere of acceptance where people are given the opportunity to regain their self-worth, dignity and sense of belonging. There are about 40 centers like My Place in Michigan, which is the most of any state. Wayne and Oakland counties each have three drop-in centers. Volunteers and board members? Yes, please! The work necessary to keep this place running smoothly is constant and endless. With only three full-time employees (including Michelle), and one part time custodian, there is much that could be done by volunteers and additional board members. ■


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Ferndale Library: Celebrating 90 Years W E’RE SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST A BUILDING WITH BOOKS. The variety of resources you can access with your library card and the number of engaging programs and cultural events you can experience here on a daily basis will no doubt impress anyone who wasn’t yet aware of the evolution of 21st-Century libraries. We’ll meet all of your reading needs, with a batch of new books added every Tuesday, and hundreds more titles offered as downloadable eBooks and audiobooks. If you prefer using your e-reader, phone, or mobile device, you can check out digital materials using your library card, with three unique apps: OverDrive, RBdigital, and Hoopla. Don’t forget about the magic of InterLibrary Loan. When you get your Ferndale Library card, you’re also gaining access to items held by neighboring libraries. We’re part of a vast cooperative that stretches across Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw Counties, known as The Library Network. You can “interloan” materials by request if another library in TLN owns an item you’re looking for. For even more access, the Michigan Electronic Library

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(MEL) can get you materials from all around the state, as well as access to journals and databases. Any Ferndale resident can attain a library card: Just bring in your ID or drivers license and sign up at the Circulation Desk. If you are a new resident and haven’t updated your ID/license yet, bring a recent utility bill (gas, electric, water, cable) displaying your Ferndale address. You can use this library card to access online databases like A to Z World Travel & Maps, current issues of Consumer Reports, and online courses from Creativebug and Lynda.com, or learn a new language with Mango Languages. Some of the newer items added to our circulating collection include Wi-Fi hot-spots (pocket-sized mobile routers to set up an internet connection wherever you are). We also have an ever-growing collection of puzzles and games. One more library card perk we want to mention is that it can get you discounted (or sometimes free) passes to more than 100 cultural destinations, natural attractions, and Metroparks through the Michigan Activity Pass program. Let’s talk about events and programs! Parents, we have regularly-scheduled story-times throughout the year for ages 0-5, including a music and movement class and a new bilingual story-time for all ages. We

also host Youth Book Clubs for elementary students, a middle school book club for grades 5-8 held at Ferndale Middle School, and various on and off-site programs for Ferndale High School and University High students. We have a variety of events scheduled each month. We’ll always have print calendars at our circulation desk, but you can also keep up to date by signing up for our email newsletter. Use this link: http://tiny.cc/FADLNewsletter. You’re sure to be up to date on everything that’s going on here at the library when you follow us on Facebook and Instagram (both social media handles are: @ferndalepubliclibrary).

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INALLY, WE HAVE TO MENTION OUR NEW PODCAST, A Little Too Quiet. The Friends of the Ferndale Library helped us produce our very own podcast where you can hear exclusive interviews with authors, artists, and librarians, as well as compelling conversations and insights into the ways in which this library, as an archetype for all libraries, continues to diversify its offerings and services. Find us on Spotify, iTunes, or Google Podcasts. And if you get inspired this year to support the Library, consider joining the Friends of the Ferndale Library, a nonprofit organization of community members volunteering to supplement and support library events and services. This year marks the 90th anniversary of the Ferndale Library. Just three years after Ferndale was incorporated into a city, in November of 1930, the Library opened its doors for the first time (originally located at 130 E. Nine Mile). We opened at our current location, 222 E. Nine Mile in 1954, and, starting in 2007, with voter support of a millage, we were able to renovate and expand the facilities, adding the new space for events hosting, more space for public computers, and a spacious Kids Corner. ■ • facebook.com/FerndalePublicLibrary/ • facebook.com/FerndaleKids • http://ferndalepubliclibrary.org • On Instagram: @ferndalepubliclibrary

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Here’s How To Browse Our Virtual Shelves T his Spring, we want all our patrons to discover the many ways they can use their Ferndale Library Cards from home by utilizing the wide array of databases and digital resources available for download or streaming on your desktops, devices and even TVs. There are eBooks, audiobooks, online training courses, academic databases, movies and music, interactive picture books, and even downloadable magazines and comic books. Your Ferndale Library Card will allow you access to the content provided by digital reading apps like Libby, hoopla, RBdigital, and more. You’ll need your library card number and PIN to access the majority of these apps and databases, and some will require that you create an account before getting started. If you encounter any issue with your library account that keeps you from using these services, email us at: info@ferndalepublic library.org or call 248-546-2504 and leave a voicemail. Staff will monitor these inboxes and help patrons as they can. ONLINE RESOURCES: ENTERTAINMENT & RECREATIONAL READING

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HEN YOU CREATE AN ACCOUNT WITH HOOPLA (and download the app), you can instantly start borrowing digital movies, music, and eBooks. With hoopla, you have a limit of five downloads (or streams) of the offered content each month. The hoopla “Bonus Borrows Collection” has 1100 titles that you can borrow

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that won’t count against that monthly limit. If you have a Roku digital media player on your television, you can even search for hoopla as a streaming channel option.

RBdigital has a vast catalog of eMagazines (like National Geographic, Cook’s Illustrated, Vanity Fair), digital comic books (from Marvel, Disney, and more), and unlimited downloads of audiobooks (with more than 38,000 to choose from). The Libby app, meanwhile, has a comprehensive audiobook player and an intuitive ebook reader. There are an impressive amount of titles to choose from. There are instances where all of the “digital copies” of a popular book might be checked-out, but you can place a hold and enter yourself onto a virtual wait-list and receive a notification once it’s available. DATABASES FOR ALL AGES MeL (Michigan Electronic Library) has many educational resources for all ages. Just visiting Mel.org will get you instant access to academic articles on hundreds of subjects, like business and health. There are test prep and college admissions essay assistance for teens. For kids, there are curriculum resources like World Book Kids and Encyclopedia Britannica. Mel.org's eResources will also get you connected to NoveList Plus, a reader’s advisory service that can help you intuitively find your next favorite book based on your personal preferences. A-to-Z World Travel & Maps Online will give you access to the world’s largest database of royaltyfree, downloadable maps, and an online travelogue featuring informative contributions from hundreds of freelance writers and researchers. The A-to-Z database is a great way to learn more about the destinations you're hoping to visit once life starts getting back to normal. Or, consider it a virtual vacation of sorts, where you can indulge some intensive daydreaming. And then there’s TumbleBooks, a database full of animated, talking picture books that teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. TumbleBooks takes existing picture books and adds animation, sound, music, and narration to produce an engaging, virtual reading experience.

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SKILLS TRAINING, CRAFTS, & CAREER ADVANCEMENT Mango Languages features personalized, adaptive learning experiences, with more than 70 world languages to choose from. Use your library card to access these courses and start expanding your international lexicon. Lynda.com is a LinkedInCompany providing virtual training on business, technology, and creative skills to help you achieve personal and professional goals. With video tutorials taught by industry experts, you can go from beginner basics to advanced techniques on everything from blogging, graphic design, web development, and even the ins and outs of ZOOM teleconferencing. CreativeBug gets you unlimited access to thousands of online art & craft courses: knitting, sewing, embroidery, watercolors, and more. You can stop and start your projects at your own pace. Cypress Resume Builder enables you to create very basic, but professional looking resumes in three steps, and it also automates simple cover letters and reference sheets.

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F YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A NEW PODCAST TO ENJOY, check this out: Season 1 of our new podcast, brought to you by The Friends of the Ferndale Library! Catch up on all of the episodes from our Podcast: A Little Too Quiet. We kicked things off in early January with an interview featuring Bird Box author Josh Malerman. We also caught up with Kathe Koja and Michael Zadoorian, two local authors who are still releasing new books in the coming weeks. Stay tuned. For more information and updates, follow us on Facebook and Instagram. And while several of the apps mentioned here are available in your smart device’s app store, you can also find them by visiting our website, ferndalepubliclibrary.org, and click “Online Resources.” n


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A New Chapter for the DDA By Lena Stevens, Executive Director of the Ferndale Downtown Development Authority

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HE FERNDALE COMMUNITY IS OPENING A NEW CHAPTER IN ITS HISTORY and I am thrilled to be a part of it. My name is Lena Stevens, and I was appointed to serve as the Executive Director of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) in October 2019. In my few short months working and living in Ferndale I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with residents, business owners, property owners, and city officials about their hopes for this city. I’ve gotten the sense of a city that’s experiencing exciting growth, and it’s clear that Ferndale is a desirable place to be. As Bill Murray said in Caddyshack, “So I got that goin’ for me, which is nice.” What has also struck me is that Ferndale is a community that prides itself on inclusiveness, not just with words but with actions. Since my arrival, the City of Ferndale has received a perfect score for inclusiveness policies by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and the Equality Federation Institute, banned the practice of conversion therapy within city limits, and recognized Human Trafficking Awareness Month. I’ve also seen city officials and community members eager to communicate with each other. Do we get it right every time? Of course not, but we are getting better and more creative all the time. Since being established in 1981, the Downtown Development Authority has helped to turn Ferndale into a favorite local and regional destination. Ferndale was the first city in Oakland County to receive the Great American Main Street Award in 2010. We achieved this through bold actions such as narrowing 9 Mile Road, launching the BUILD program which leveraged over $2.5 million of private investment in façade and building improvements, and making our streets

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OU MAY HAVE NOTICED SOME RECENT PROJECTS from the DDA and the City of Ferndale, which included a new holiday lights display, improved landscaping, sidewalk trip hazard repairs, and the rainbow crosswalk on 9 Mile. These were made possible with a renewed collaboration with the dedicated team at the Department of Public Works. But it’s only the beginning. In the coming year, several capital projects will be taking shape, bringing new opportunities for business development and community engagement to downtown Ferndale. The DOT (Development on Troy) will become a destination not just for parking, but also for retail, office, and small events that bring foot traffic to downtown. Schiffer Park will be redesigned with a slightly larger footprint, creating a public gathering space along 9 Mile downtown. We’re also seeking opportunities to roll out engaging public art, pedestrian alley improvements, and a fun slate of holiday events next November & December.

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asked everyone to play the warm-up scales and almost everybody started to cry! It was an incredible ensemble of every instrument and player we needed.” Even though the concerts are free, the attendees are usually very generous in their donations. The costs per concert are over $1,800 (which includes printing costs, recording, sound/lighting technicians and Quick’s fees). To help further with fundraising, a bake sale is held at each concert, “and we have some really good bakers!” Chess added with a smile. A local senior group, organized by Dick and JoAnn Wilcock and David Chess, helps out with the bake sale and door donations. Another source of funds is from the Committee board members themselves. By way of example, a board member’s friend bought a $3,000 Yamaha concert drum kit, but soon afterwards she regretted the purchase. The whole set was then donated to the FCCB. At one point, a philanthropic donor, Jeffrey Chess, purchased over $12,000 worth of equipment for the band. Chess added that sometimes Quick also donates to the cost of music, if they are beyond the $450 music budget per event. Part of the FCCB’s overall mission includes providing free concerts on Belle Isle (Sunset Point) during the summer months, at 6:30 P.M., beginning on June 21. Known as MOBIG (Music on Belle Isle Group), the program features different bands and orchestras from Southeast Michigan throughout the season. MOBIG is also involved with fundraising efforts to restore Belle Isle’s historic Remick Bandshell. This will be their second season playing there and it attracts quite an audience. Another project which has recently developed from the original FCCB is the M-1 Jazz Collective, led by Brennan. There are 18 members rehearsing weekly, with the goal of playing for smaller public or private events such

as festivals, fairs, and weddings. Currently, they perform in the common area of FHS, directly preceding the full concert. By way of reaction to the FCCB celebrating their fifth season, Chess remarked, “When I was first helping to form the band, I figured that in five years time either we will be broken down or a great success. And we are a great success. Every year we get more and more memorable, because we get so good! Other community bands want to play with us, or they want us to play events with them, and we never miss an opportunity.” Many musicians, in fact, have come from other bands, and the FCCB’s warm and welcoming attitude helps. I asked if they had encountered any major hurdles or disappointments over the years? Chess mentioned they had asked the City to support them: “Not financially but to put on their web site, or flyers. We are an asset! But, sadly, they won’t recognize us, and it doesn’t make any sense. Ferndale should be very, very proud of us!” The FCCB is setting a strong, positive example to our community as a whole and providing us with excellent musical entertainment. We wish them many more years of great success! n

Euchre fundraising tournaments are typically held at 7:30 pm, on the fourth Friday of every month; $20.00 cash to play; held at The Ferndale Elks Lodge #1588: 22856 Woodward Ave, Ferndale. *Euchre tournaments and band events are currently on hold, due to health crisis.* If you are interested in becoming a member of the FCCB, or for more information, please contact: info@fcconcertband.org. Check out their website: www.fcconcertband.org or their FaceBook page: www.facebook.com/ferndalecommunityconcertba nd. Further information on MOBIG can be found at: www.mobigmusic.org.

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HERE IS AN IMPRESSIVE HUB OF DJ AND MUSICAL PROGRAMMING TALENT, tucked within the Rustbelt Market (on the NW corner of 9 Mile and Woodward).

This is the Ferndale Radio 100.7 FM station, broadcasting from a customized studio sponsored by the renowned Valentine Distillery. The core team of organizers include: Dave Phillips, Dave Kim, Michelle Mirowski and Jeremy Olstyn. The station has been going strong for several years, featuring a wide variety of musical genres that can appeal to the community as a whole. Regular weekend shows have become popular, such as: Retro Groove (hosted by Michael Zadoorian); Big & Sensitive Heavy Radio; Groove & Grain and now the new Northern Beat Radio.

Initially, they spoke with radio engineer/guru Keith Fraley, who had worked with the WXOU radio station (serving Oakland University). Fraley conducted all the necessary technical and background work to ensure the frequency of 100.7 FM would be effective and would not cause interference to existing stations.

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EXT, A LOCATION HAD TO BE FOUND FOR THEIR STUDIO. After considering a few other options, they started a conversation with Chris Best at Rust Belt Market. Best responded very positively to the suggestion of joining forces, saying: “It’s weird, because originally we wanted a radio station as part of Rust Belt!” For Olstyn and the team, the Rust Belt Market was an ideal location, where they are surrounded by a like-minded group of creative people.

Once their space was established, they secured a construction permit and then it was “game on!” Obtaining an antenna I recently had the opportunity to speak with was the first major expense hurdle to Olstyn, and he clued me into the formation and overcome. The initial Ferndale Radio 100.7FM is located at 22801 Woodward, Ferndale 48220. investment 248.313.8721 | hey@ferndaleradio.com | http://FerndaleRadio.com goal was You can provide support/purchase items by visiting their between “Chuffed Crowdfunding” page: www.chuffed.org/project/ferndale-radio $12-15 thousand. Olstyn and the team kicked it into high development of this progressive radio project. gear for their fundraising/promotion camSeveral friends were involved in its creation, all of paign, and fortunately they were able to whom had former experience in radio in addition raise the necessary funds through their to their shared passion for music. During the own contributions, along with crowdfundObama presidency, an opportunity arose to ing and local sponsors. secure a low power FM broadcasting license, which is remarkably rare in a metropolitan area They began to create a broadcasting stulike Detroit. They made the most of this once-indio which meant: building walls; installing a-lifetime opportunity by taking the necessary a dropped ceiling; a fire-extinguishing steps to actually launch a broadcast station.

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system and more. The overall result is a fully-equipped studio, ready for broadcasting some great shows over their 100-watt system! Olstyn mentioned that currently they are only broadcasting live shows when the Rust Belt is open, over the weekends. He added: “We mostly do music shows, but we want to support people in Ferndale, so we might add a Community Talkthemed night.” They are also aiming to broaden the broadcasting capabilities to include online streaming. Olstyn explained that the number-one listener complaint is the inability to listen online. Online streaming requires quite a lot more investment to cover the equipment for even a single stream, plus the cost of royalties paid to artists. Hopefully, that streaming will be a real possibility in the near future, as they are clearly a valuable asset to the Ferndale community. ■


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OUGE MAKEUP & NAIL STUDIO WAS STARTED IN 2010 by sisters Jeny Bulatovic and Cheryl Salinas-Tucker, who have always believed in the importance of using organic products rather than chemical-based. Bulatovic and Salinas-Tucker began working with a small, Michigan-based company, Eve Organics, to deliver high quality, natural products to their customers. “We want to offer our clients only the best ingredients – we call it their ‘personal ecosystem’,” Bulatovic explained. The sisters loved Eve’s products so much that in 2019 they decided to purchase the company, moving the entire operation onsite. “We’re super-excited,” Bulatovic said. “We will be undergoing major renovations beginning next month, focusing on enhancing our makeup studio up front and offering makeup classes. It’s great to be able to bring this home to Ferndale.” Integrating Eve Organics into the rest of services the business offers means customers who love the organic product line will be able to shop directly with Rouge. The sisters are also in the midst of making changes and improvements to further enhance its quality.

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With the new business focus, Rouge is no longer offering massage or Reiki services. However, clients will still be able to receive top-of-the-line facials and nail care. Microblading, brow-waxing, and lash extensions are also available.

“I offer classes for beginners and small groups,” she added. “Studio rental time is available for experienced glass blowers. Beginners are given one-on-one attention and are able to use the tools of the trade to learn to shape molten glass.”

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Come to Ferndale to get a tattoo, a psychic reading, take yoga, ballet, tap. Go axe-throwing or bowling. We have well-kept, populated parks for people and dogs. Besides the good schools, the variety of churches and other welcoming sanctuaries like Affirmations and the Library. We have a newspaper, a radio station, a free health clinic. There’s Detroit to the south and lots of nature up north.

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porch furniture, the gardens, the “signs of hope” stuck in lawns. The 5:00 P.M. protesters, the knitting group at Emory, people sitting on their cars playing cards while they wait for the train to pass at 9 Mile and Hilton. And then the seasonal traditions. Summer brings the festivals and the Front Porch Concerts. Dream Cruise weekend, when people from all over the world open up lawn chairs and settle in to watch the vintage cars roll by. In the fall, nobody does Halloween like Ferndale. After Halloween, we brace ourselves for winter and I am thankful for folks who leave their twinkly lights on during the cold gray months that come after the holidays. I am thankful for the people who lit the way for me when I arrived in town. The people of Ferndale are the real twinkly lights. I was recently on the 9 on a cold, gray afternoon. I crossed at the rainbow-painted crosswalk and stopped to hear the music piped in through the speakers on the street. I patted two dogs who were proudly wearing matching coats.

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Then I passed the Rust Belt, and glanced at the donated coats and sweaters hanging on the iron gate. I looked at the sign. “Please take if you are cold. Heart, Ferndale.”

Y FAMILY MOVED FROM NEW YORK CITY TO FERNDALE DURING THE WINTER OF 2014. It snowed and snowed, and I was pretty much stuck inside for days except for walks with Lucy and trips to the State Fair Market for Vernors and salty tortilla chips, the only food my homesick stomach could take. The snow finally melted, and I stepped outside to look around. I quickly realized that Ferndale is pretty great! When friends ask if there's anything to do here, I invite them to visit. A tour guide at heart, I keep lists of sights and activities: Restaurants, coffee shops, breweries, two live theaters, venues for music, comedy and improv. The Ferndale Community Concert Band. Two bookstores and a music store. The Rust Belt Market.

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Ferndale will make you laugh and make you cry. It might even make you mad every once in a while. But it'll bring you food, hand you a sweater, point you in the right direction when you are lost. Ferndale has deep roots, wide arms, a loud voice and a big heart. It's a nice place to visit. To take a walk. And a lovely place to live. ■


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ANCY GOEDERT PASSED AWAY THIS PAST JANUARY AT THE AGE OF 86. Most well-known in the community for

her decades of activism, she was also a loving mother of six and wonderful grandmother to 11. She recently welcomed her first great-grandchild, named for her husband, Charles, who preceded her in death in 2007. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Nancy met Charley in the early 1950s when he was a classmate of her sister Sally, at DePaul University. They married in 1956. They soon welcomed Marianne (Talon), John, Joe, Chuck, Rob, and Pete, and the family moved to Ferndale in 1967. Nancy’s first foray into politics came in the early 1970s when an issue hit close to home. Ferndale School District was at risk of losing federal funding for a

reading program that was helping her son Rob, unless they desegregated Grant Elementary School. Nancy attended a school board meeting and urged them to desegregate, but they voted to maintain the status quo. She attended another meeting with a group of people who wanted to replace the school board and change these policies. She became involved and, through years of campaigns, they eventually won all seven seats on the board.

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NCE THE FLAME HAD BEEN IGNITED, NANCY TOOK UP OTHER IMPORTANT CAUSES. She marched for the Equal Rights Amendment and advocated on behalf of the National Committee for Sane Nuclear Policy. She was most recognizable to Ferndale residents for her anti-war protests at the corner of 9 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue, where she could be found every Monday urging motorists to honk. She was ticketed in June 2006 for disturbing the peace and, along with four fellow protestors and the ACLU, successfully sued the City under the First Amendment.

As the oldest of Nancy’s grandchildren, I was lucky enough to have 30 years with her. As we have all grown up, our relationships with her evolved. When we were kids, her house was board games and ice cream and staying up late to watch TV Land. It was donuts for breakfast and trips to the zoo. I don't remember ever being sad in that house on Woodland. As we got older, she stopped treating us like children and recognized us as adults. Some of my favorite memories with her were made during the last few years, talking as women over a box of cheap, pink wine, a Nancy Goedert staple. Though her activism is inspirational, it is her spirit that we will remember. Nancy Goedert was a strong woman. She found joy in every part of life. Most importantly, she knew both of those things are found in family, and that is what she taught to us.             ■

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GOOD MAYOR EMPOWERS ANOTHER EMERGING LEADER. Former Mayor Bob Porter influenced my career path by helping start the Michigan Suburbs Alliance where I worked for nine years. And he appointed me to the Zoning Board of Appeals when I was in grad school. Bob has a special place in my heart for empowering me. Rest in peace, my friend. Your impact on Ferndale continues on. From Dean Michael Bach, owner of Dino’s and M-Brew

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ERNDALE LOST ONE OF ITS LEADERS IN EARLY FEBRUARY, leaving behind wife Ruth and son Brad and a host of friends and admirers. Destined to become one of our city's historical figures, Bob was beloved by thousands of people in southeast Michigan. He was 71. Born in Kittanning, Pennsylvania, Bob settled in Ferndale in 1982 to be near Hagopian, where he worked for many years. He quickly became a contributing member of the neighborhood in southwest Ferndale and the greater community. Best known for his outgoing personality and engaging manner, Bob loved people and his communication skills were legendary. In spite of some challenges, folks remember Bob as a cheerful, smiling guy always willing to roll up his sleeves for the task at hand.

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ERNDALE HIT ITS NADIR IN THE 1980s and was a bit rough around the edges. The downtown was mostly empty, and property values were low. Woodward Avenue in the city featured an adult theater and a massage parlor. But, like others, Bob saw a diamond in the rough. Bob’s proudest accomplishment was leading a citizens committee to pass a major bond issue to

repair and rehabilitate the city’s infrastructure, which had previously failed. By bringing together residents, businesses, the schools, and community groups, the effort succeeded and allowed the City to fix its aging roads, water mains, and sewers. It was that unglamorous-but-necessary work that halted the city’s decline and laid the foundation for the rejuvenation of Ferndale that took place in the 1990s and 2000s. Bob was a bridge in the city, linking older residents, businesses, police and fire with the new younger people that began making Ferndale home. He was comfortable talking with seniors, students, religious leaders, minorities, and the LBGT community and was respected by all of the disparate groups in Ferndale as it became more diverse.

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E WAS ONE OF THE SMARTEST PEOPLE I HAVE EVER KNOWN and understood the workings of municipal government and especially its budget and financing. Always willing to invest in the city, he also fiercely guarded the taxpayers’ money. I once took Bob a small baggie of little hot peppers that I had proudly grown in my garden. The next day, he brought me a grocery sack full of the largest, most flavorful peppers I had ever tasted that he had grown. He was a giving, caring, and generous human being. In these current times of anger, division, and fear, we are going to greatly miss the warmth, understanding, acceptance, and cheerfulness that was Robert Porter.                                                         ■

LMOST EXACTLY 20 YEARS AGO, thenCity Council member Bob Porter took the time to seek me out and welcome me to Ferndale as the new owner of the Rialto Cafe. We chatted often and he would introduce me to many business owners, neighbors, police, fire and friends in the neighborhood. He also put me in touch with many people at City Hall able to help a young and ambitious punk from Detroit realize a dream of owning a restaurant. He told me to get involved and to simply “do the right thing” in Ferndale, and the community would appreciate and support my efforts. As time went on, and Dino’s was able to establish itself as a local watering hole, MAYOR Porter would pop his head in the lounge for a cold beverage and shoot the breeze about city stuff. I would eventually be appointed to the DDA Board of Directors by Mayor Covey, and our breeze-shooting would turn into advisory sessions. He would never just give advice, but would kinda’ tell a story about a situation he experienced and how he or others would handle it. The conversations were always light and full of wisdom. We would stay in touch with an occasional call, with our last chat being during this past holiday season. He sounded good although he did tell me he didn’t feel “all that great.” He would never let a conversation lead to a negative lane. He was always flattering and never had anything but nice things to say to and about everybody. His life touched a lot of people with his charm and uplifting approach. So...on this the day of his passing on to eternal rest, I want to take a moment to raise a toast to Mayor Bob Porter. The uplifting of others in your community will forever remain a life lesson learned from the heartfelt and genuine ways in which Mayor Bob would lead, live and love the City of Ferndale. Salute and Cheers to you, Sir. Rest In Peace

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MEMBER DIRECTORY • EVOLVE ACUPUNCTURE & WELLNESS Mike Tocco RAc, Kat Barber RAc, Candace Belinc LMT 3055 Hilton Rd, Ste. B, Ferndale, MI 48220…..……….. 248-955-1215 www.acu-evolve.com • FERNDALE FAMILY PHARMACY Amin Khraizat 753 W 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale MI 48220 ……………………… 248-565-8031 www.ferndalefamilypharmacy.com • FERNDALE PHARMA GROUP 780 W. Eight Mile Rd., Ferndale, MI 48220……………. 248-548-0900 ………………………. 888-548-0900 • HEALING IN MOTION Rose Osman 641 W 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale MI 48220 ………………………. 313-333-3739 healinginmotion5212@gmail.com • KABOT ORTHODONTICS G. Michael Kabot 655 W 14 Mile Rd Ste 200, Clawson MI 48017…………. 248-280-2944 www.kabodontics.com • KIMBALL ANIMAL HOSPITAL Jason Rivas 421 W 14 Mile Rd, Clawson MI 48017……………. 248-288-1100 www.kimballvet.com • METRO DETROIT CHIROPRACTOR Dr. Chris McNeil 1200 W 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale MI 48220.……………. 248-291-6873 http://metrodetroitchiropractor.com • MICHIGAN URGENT CARE FERNDALE Abir Sayed 17197 N Laurel Park Dr. Ste 107, Livonia MI 48152... 248-206-1600 asayed@bhs.us.com • MY PLACE - CENTER FOR WELLNESS Michelle Bidigare 12718 W 9 Mile Rd, Oak Park MI 48237……..………. 248-547-5487 www.myplacecenter.org • NOVACARE REHABILITATION Michael Crane 641 W 9 Mile Rd Ste D, Ferndale MI 48220……..………. 248-951-9080 www.novacare.com • PERRY’S BODYWORK Cory Perry 3342 12 Mile Rd Ste. 2, Berkley MI 48072……………. 248-397-5086 www.perrysbodywork.com

• PILATES DETROIT Allison Nakisher 3281 Hilton Rd, Ferndale MI 48220 ………………………. 248-765-0791 www.pilatesdetroit.com • RADIANT PAWS Jill Valuet www.Radiantpawspm.com • SNAP FITNESS Dallas Mitchell 23000 Woodward Ave, Ferndale MI 48220……………... 248-399-4030 www.snapfitness.com/ferndale • US REHABILITATION & HEALTH Ajay Behl 1200 W 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale MI 48220……………... 844-369-9955 https://usptrehab.com

INDUSTRIAL & MANUFACTURING • BRASS ALUMINUM FORGING ENTERPRISES Henry Kassab 965 Wanda St, Ferndale MI 48220 ………………………. 248-591-3500 www.baforging.com • GAGE PRODUCTS COMPANY Sharon Stahl 821 Wanda St, Ferndale MI 48220 ……………………... 248-691-6718 www.gageproducts.com • NATIONAL CHEMICAL AND OIL COMPANY Daniel Stacey 21251 Meyers Road, Oak Park, MI 48237….…………. 248-548-5950 ………………… Fax (248)548-0606 dstacey@ncoc.com • NCOC INCORPORATED Jagdeep Singh 21521 Meyers Dr, Oak Park MI 48237…….………. 248-548-5950 www.ncoinc.com

LEGAL SERVICES • FOLEY & MANSFIELD PLLP Howard Wallach 130 E. 9 Mile Road, Ferndale, MI 48220…….………. 248-721-4200 www.foleymansfield.com • GALLOWAY & COLLENS, PLLC Scott Galloway 26075 Woodward Ave. Ste 200, Huntington Woods MI 48070 ……………………. 248-545-2500 www.gallowaycollens.com

• LEGALSHIELD Tracy Katz www.tracykatz.wearelegalshield.com • THE LIBERTY CENTER Stephen Steinhardt, Attorney at Law ………………………. 248-259-8110 tigersof68@aol.com • WELCH PACKAGING Michael Moyer Welch Packaging Detroit ……………………... 586-758-5240 cell …………………. 248-496-1198 moyermd@welch.pkg.com www.welchpkg.com

PERSONAL SERVICES • CANINE TO FIVE Liz Blondy 1221 E 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale MI 48220……..……… 248-556-5675 www.caninetofive.com • DETROIT GROOMING CO. Lou Lobsinger, Jr Shaun Wolford 2615 Wolcott St. Ste. E, Ferndale MI 48220….…………. 877-294-5826 www.detroitgrooming.com • EXPRESS EMPLOYMENT PROFESSIONALS Jacob Krause………. 248-545-7377 jacob.krause@expresspros.com • HONEY FOR MOMS Brooke Miller 3136 Hilton Rd, Ferndale MI 48220 ………………………. 248-232-2555 www.honeyformoms.com • THE LIVING ROOM HAIR Stephanie Anderson 22747 Woodward Ave #204, Ferndale MI 48220 ………………………. 248-268-1632 www.vagaro.com/thelivingroom

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES • BRANDVISING Shawn Thornton II 22007 Woodward Ste 15, Ferndale MI 48220…………. 248-270-7799 www.brandvising.com • EVENT SOURCE Suzanne Chandler 1240 Woodward Heights, Ferndale MI 48220…………. 248-520-2450 www.eventsource.net • KURT’S KUSTOM PROMOTIONS Kurt Pfister 1657 W Hazelhurst, Ferndale MI 48220……………. 248-541-0220 kurtskustom@gmail.com

• LEONARD BROS. DATA MANAGEMENT Paul Leonard 620 Woodward Heights, Ferndale MI 48220……………. 248-591-6921 www.leonardbros.com • MASSMUTUAL MICHIGAN Darin Lutwin 33533 W. 12 Mile Rd. Suite 100, Farmington Hills MI 48331 ………………..…….. 248-324-9349 • ROYAL SERVICES Jay McMillan 429 Livernois, Ferndale MI 48220 ………..………….. 248-667-8884 www.rsicleaning.com • SERVPRO OF OAK PARK/FERNDALE PCG Restoration LLC 825 Orchard, Ferndale MI 48220 ……………………… 248-246-0790 www.servprooakparkferndale.com • SPAULDING & CURTIN FUNERAL DIRECTORS Patricia Curtin 500 W 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale MI 48220 ……………………… 248-544-0500 www.spauldingcurtin.com • WOODWARD MOVEMENT CREATIVE Jim Doyan 22007 Woodward Ave, Ferndale MI 48220……………. 248-268-3343 www.woodwardmovement.com

PUBLIC RELATIONS & MARKETING • BITS N PIECES SMALL BUSINESS SOLUTIONS Carol Jackson 1947 Central, Ferndale MI 48220 ………………………. 586-747-1394 cjackson0205@gmail.com • HADROUT DESIGN Nicole Lupi, Nick Koenig 195 W 9 Mile Rd #102, Ferndale MI 48220.……………. 313-444-9323 • M1 STUDIOS Mike Madigan 23452 Woodward Ave, Ferndale MI 48220.……………. 248-246-7966 www.m-1studios.com • METROALIVE Julie Fields Julie@MetroAlive.com • OAKLAND COUNTY 115 Crystal Proxmire PO Box 20293, Ferndale MI 48220 ……………………... 248-259-8961 www.oaklandcounty115.com


• SEARCH OPTICS Christian Fuller 531 Vester St, Ferndale MI 48220 ……………………… 248-419-0191 • SMASHBOX DESIGNS Jennifer Dolly 23622 Woodward Ave, Pleasant Ridge MI 48069 www.smashbox-designs.com • TOG DEVELOPMENT (DBA: LocalHop)..… 248-952-9800 www.getlocalhop.com

REAL ESTATE & COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT • AMERICAN HOUSE HAZEL PARK Chris Laymac………. 248-545-0707 hazelparkassistant@american house.com www.americanhouse.com • MAX BROOCK REALTORS Kaitlyn Pangrazzi…. 248-727-7262 www.kaitlyn.pangrazzi.com • FERNDALEHAUS www.essentialpm.com • FORUM REAL ESTATE GROUP / ZICOR PROPERTY Linda Oak 4036 Telegraph Ste 200, Bloomfield Hills MI 48302.…… 248-331-0214 www.forumgroupllc.com • HAVEN REAL ESTATE & DESIGN Tamela Ekstrom 519 W Maplehurst, Ferndale MI 48220……..…….... 248-464-3304 www.detroithaven.com • THE JAMES - Luxury Senior Living 22111 Woodward Ave, Ferndale MI 48220…………….. 248-554-3600 thejames@krimson.com www.thejamesferndale.com • MOISEEV/GORDON ASSOCIATES, INC. Michael J. Gordon 4351 Delemere Ct., Royal Oak MI 48073 .……..248-549-4500 x222 www.mga-architects.net • PEARLMAN PREMIER PROPERTIES, LLC Thomas Pearlman 195 W 9 Mile Rd, Ste 110, Ferndale MI 48220.………… 248-547-7270 www.pearlmanpremier properties.com • PROPERTY SOLVERS UNLIMITED Brandon Garlow….. 248-233-6444 help@propertysolversdetroit.com www.propertysolversdetroit.com

• JUDY PALMER / RE/MAX SHOWCASE HOMES Judy Palmer 219 Elm St. Ste 200, Birmingham MI 48009…………….. 248-568-0338 ……………………….833-JP-SELLS www.judypalmer.com • RED DOOR REALTY Irenita Goedert 821 W Breckenridge St, Ferndale MI 48220…………….. 248-421-0824 www.igoedertrealestate.com • JIM SHAFFER & ASSOCIATES Jim Shaffer 150 W 5th Ave, Royal Oak MI 48067 ………….…………. 248-834-3030 www.soldcalljim.com • VISION REALTY GROUP Jen Seiler, Keller Williams 423 S Washington, Royal Oak MI 48067..……………. 248-425-0178 www.teamvisionsells.com • KEITH WEBER / REMAX FIRST Keith Weber 32790 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak MI 48073.………… 248-435-1100 www.keithweber.com

RESTAURANTS, FOOD & BEVERAGES • B. NEKTAR MEADERY Miranda Johnson 1511 Jarvis, Ferndale MI 48220 ………………….…… 313-744-6323 www.bnektar.com • BABYLON GARDENS Evet Bitti 23250 Woodward Ave, Ferndale MI 48220.…………..… 248-951-2887 • BOOGIE FEVER, RED DOOR, KARMA LLC Mark McConnell 22901 Woodward Ave, Ferndale MI 48220…………….. 248-545-6750 www.thetwistedtavern.com • CHAZZANO COFFEE ROASTER Frank Lanzkron-Tamarazo 1737 E 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale MI 48220………..…… 248-691-4256 www.chazzanocoffee.com

• DETROIT FLEAT Aaron Tye 1820 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale MI 48220…..………… 248-951-2890 www.detroitfleat.com

• BLUMZ…BY JRDESIGNS Jerome Raska, Robbin Yelverton 522 E 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale MI 48220 ……………………… 248-398-5130 www.blumz.com

• FERNDALE FOODS Sal Foumia 600 W 9 Mile, Ferndale MI 48220 ………….………… 248-543-3090 www.ferndalefoods.biz

• DETROIT GROOMING CO. Lou Lobsinger Jr 2615 Wolcott Ste. E, Ferndale MI 48220………….. 810-275-8985 www.detroitgrooming.com

• GARDEN FRESH GOURMET Carol Bahri 1220 E 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale MI 48220..……………. 248-336-8486

• ELAINE B JEWELRY Elaine Jaeger 22961 Woodward Ave, Ferndale MI 48220…………….. 248-565-8758 www.elainebjewelry.com

• KAVA RESTAURANT GROUP DBA Tim Hortons Adrian Davis adavis@kavaqsr.com • KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN Shirley Vangeloff 22001 Coolidge, Oak Park MI 48237 ………………………. 954-868-1101 shirley@kfcmichigan.com • KITTY’S CHEESECAKES & MORE LaDawn Morris 681 E 8 Mile Rd, Ferndale MI 48220 ………………………. 248-336-2253 • ONE-EYED BETTY’S Brian Kramer 175 W Troy St, Ferndale MI 48220 ……………………… 248-808-6633 www.Oneeyedbettys.com • POP’S FOR ITALIAN Brian Kramer 280 W 9 Mile Rd Ste 2, Ferndale MI 48220….…………. 248-268-4806 www.popsforitalian.com • SELECT WINE SHOPPE Billy Kesto 1318 W 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale MI 48220…………..… 248-543-8797 • WESTERN MARKET Steven Selvaggio 447 W 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale MI 48220 ……………………… 248-546-7288 www.westernmkt.com • WHITE CASTLE Diana Sutton 21400 Woodward Ave, Ferndale MI 48220……………… 248-541-7220

• CLEAN PLATES LLC Omario Matti..… 248-397-8702 www.cleanplatesdetroit.com

SHOPPING & RETAIL

• COOLIDGE CAFE Freddie Dawood 13400 W 9 Mile Rd, Oak Park MI 48237………….…. 248-541-5929 www.coolidgecafe1.com

• ART VAN FURNITURE (AVF) PURESLEEP Julia Irla 23100 Woodward Ave, Ferndale MI 48220…………..… 586-983-3000 www.artvan.com

• IRON RIDGE HOLDINGS Brooke Gieber 404 E 10 Mile, Pleasant Ridge MI 48069…………….. 248-837-9337 brooke@ironridgeholdings.com • LIV FERNDALE Dennis Zoma 2625 Hilton Rd, Ferndale MI 48220 www.LIVFerndale.com • OLIVE’S BLOOMBOX Laurie Bolach 1011 Livernois Ave, Ferndale MI 48220…..………… 248-794-3652 www.olivesbloombox.com • THE RUSTBELT MARKET Chris Best 22801 Woodward Ave, Ferndale MI 48220……………… 248-990-5511 www.rustbeltmarket.com • SCHEER’S ACE HARDWARE Carol Steffes 8601 W 9 Mile Rd, Oak Park MI 48237..…………… 248-542-1802 www.acehardware.com • T-MOBILE/WIRELESS VISION Michael Large 750 W Nine Mile Rd #5, Ferndale, MI 48220 • WHIMSICAL WIT CREATIONS Patricia Wilcox, 2750 Hilton Rd, Ferndale MI 48220 ……………………… 248-439-1600 www.whimsicalwit.net

UTILITIES • COMCAST BUSINESS Tim McMurray 4500 Delemere, Royal Oak MI 48073..……………. 734-260-8621 timothy_mcmurray@ cable.comcast.com


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