Summer heat means of changes in the business landscape.
Plenty of local shops opened and closed their doors recently. Here’s a non-comprehensive list of businesses in the Hometown Life area that saw changes.
Are we missing one? We certainly try to catch as many openings and closings as possible, but it can be tough. If there’s a shop worth listing in a future update, feel free to send us an email and we’ll consider it for a future roundup.
A longtime shop closed its doors after decades of business this summer.
Roger and Rod’s Barber Shop shuttered its doors after 58 years in business in July. The shop, located at 36232 Five Mile, was known for its casual atmosphere for a haircut, as well as the wall of memorabilia. It’s had plenty of visitors over the years, including one special one: Muhammad Ali swung by the shop several decades ago when he was in the area.
Another longtime business closed its doors as well last month: Old Mexico restaurant served its last meal at its former home at 28407 Five Mile. The restaurant served Mexican dishes for 45 years before its owners decided to retire and close its doors in July.
Open in Livonia this summer is Urban Air, a place for grabbing big adventures for kids young and old. The entertainment zone provides plenty of fun, including climbing walls, trampolines, bumper cars and plenty more. Located in a new building at 30090 Plymouth Road, the center provides plenty of space for single families stopping by, as well as birthday parties and corporate events.
If staying still and playing video games is more your thing, there’s also a new place for that in town as well. Arcade 707 aims to entertain and scare its guests a little bit. Open in a strip mall on Ann Arbor Trail between Newburgh and Ann Arbor Road, the arcade has plenty of retro games from the ’80s and ’90s to play, all in an environment that was make Freddy Krueger happy.
Before heading out to get scared, be sure to go on a full stomach. That can be done by visiting the new Tubby’s sub shop that recently opened at 37621 Five Mile in the New Five Village Shopping Center. A metro Detroit classic, the shop specializes in both hot and cold subs as well as sides.
If you’re looking for a way to get around town to all these shops, be sure to check out the new home of Dick Scott Freedom PowerSports. The motorcycle shop recently moved from its former home on Plymouth Road to the Mid 5 Center on the southwest corner of Five Mile and Middlebelt.
There’s a new concept bringing sushi into the future open in Novi.
Kura Sushi recently opened at 26425 Novi Road in the former T-Mobile storefront. The restaurant utilizes technology to serve up sushi and other dishes via a revolving conveyor belt. In addition to the constantly-moving belt, a robot serves drinks to customers at their booth.
A new place for kids to have fun has arrived in downtown Garden City this summer.
Play Mania opened in the former Napa Auto Parts space earlier this summer on Middlebelt. The center offers several entertainment options, including video games, bumper cars and inflatable play structures. The center expects to bring in more permanent play structures in the coming months.
A local pet supplies company has closed one of its locations on the north end of Farmington Hills.
Livonia-based Pet Supplies Plus has closed its location at 3113 Orchard Lake. Located south of 14 Mile, the store closed earlier this summer. Other locations in the area remain open, including those in Livonia, Novi, Canton Township, Redford Township, Milford, South Lyon and Bloomfield Township.
After months of closures, cupcakes and cider are back in downtown Birmingham.
Bakehouse 46 has reopened, albeit in a new space. Now, the shop is located at 250 W. Maple. A creation of Blake’s, Bakehouse 46 specializes in baked good, doughnuts and drinks at each of its locations. It also has storefronts in Plymouth, Rochester and Ann Arbor.
After indulging in some baked goods, head down the street and grab a salad. Michigan’s first Sweetgreen opened its doors in early August, serving up healthy food for lunch and dinner. Other locations are expected to open in Troy and Ann Arbor at a future date.
South Lyon/Lyon Township
A pair of longtime businesses have recently closed their doors in South Lyon.
The Lyon’s Den bookstore recently closed its doors in downtown South Lyon. The store, located at 116 E. Lake St., closed down this summer after selling books for several decades.
Also closed is Wrapped and Sent, a shipping service shop located at 21204 Pontiac Trail. Known for connecting customers with shipping through several delivery services, as well as mailbox rentals and other logistics services. The shop closed earlier this summer after being open 11 years in the community.
A longtime drive-in has returned after being closed for nearly a year.
A&W reopened at its longtime home at 30732 Grand River in early August after being closed for the season. Now operated by a new owner, the drive-up serves all the classic A&W foods such as burgers, fries and the classic root beer float.
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