Following a soft opening in January, the owners of Village Ace celebrated their official grand opening Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and many specials.
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Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Grosse Pointe Woods Building Inspector Gene Tutag said construction to repair the facade of the Mack Avenue commercial property are slated to get underway this week.
After nearly a month, repairs are to begin this week on the commercial building housing Sherwin Williams and the new Mack Ave. Grille where the bricks fell from the side of the building early June 7. Grosse Pointe Woods Building Inspector Gene Tutag said he checked in with the owner of the building, a Grosse Pointe Farms resident, late last week. Repair crews are expected to begin work this week, Tutag said. In the meantime, both businesses will remain closed until officials are able to ensure it is safe for people to be inside and even near the building. Tutag said officials have had to put tape up repeatedly as it has gotten blown down, taken down or even moved. Tutag said the problem related to corroded ties that are used to secure the …
Thursday, June 21, 2012
While the business were expected to reopen last week, worries about the front wall tumbling have kept them closed.
Fears that the front wall of the Sherwin Williams Paints store on Mack Avenue could be as unstable as the side wall that collapsed two weeks ago are preventing Sherwin Williams and the nearby business from reopening. The side wall of the Sherwin Williams store fell on June 7, but Al Fincham, the Grosse Pointe Woods City Administrator, said that the businesses —including the Mack Avenue Grille — should have been open by last week. In a more recent interview, Fincham said, however, that concerns that the front wall could be unstable as well is delaying reopening the businesses. “The street side of the building is built with the same construction as the side that collapsed," Fincham said. "Our code enforcement officer is concerned that the …
Friday, April 13, 2012
The self-serve soft yogurt business offers 12 flavors, 10 of which will be rotating, and more than 30 toppings. Customers fill their own cups and pay by weighing their treat at the cash register.
Grosse Pointers have a new option for a cold treat: YogoHut in Grosse Pointe Woods opened Friday featuring 12 flavors of soft-serve yogurt with more than 30 toppings to add. YogoHut is a self-serve frozen yogurt business, which means customers fill their own bowls and add their own toppings. The treats are weighed on a scale at the cash register and are priced at .49-cents per ounce. The owner, Darilyn Williams, first saw a self-serve soft frozen yogurt while traveling in California in 2008 and "fell in love with the idea." She was a school teacher at the time but lost her job due to lay-offs in 2009. Since she's been doing odd jobs and then a family trip to the Toledo area spurred her idea into action. When she originally considered …
Monday, March 19, 2012
Officials from Wayne County and the city of Grosse Pointe Woods left a recent meeting satisfied with the shared communication and a promise to look into the issues facing business owners on Mack Avenue.
Wayne County Commissioner Tim Killeen intends to bring up an issue Grosse Pointe Woods officials brought to him in a recent meeting to other commissioners in hopes of easing the process for business owners to invest in the property that leads to their individual doorways. The meeting, he said, was productive and informative. He and Deputy Director of Engineering for Wayne County Ronald Agacinski have a better idea of what challenges the business owners are encountering, Killeen said. Members of the Grosse Pointe Woods Mayor's Mack Avenue Business Study Committee invited the county officials to one of their meetings after building official Gene Tutag informed them of the hurdles that often discourage the business owners from encounter from …
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Grosse Pointe's arson investigation team sent several samples from last week's fire at Coins and Stamps on Mack Avenue to the Michigan State Police to be tested for accelerants.
City of Grosse Pointe public safety officials along with the arson investigators from the collective five cities continue to investigate the fire that gutted Coins and Stamps last week. The blaze broke out shortly after 4 a.m. minutes after police received an alert for an intrusion alarm from the back window. Immediately following, dispatchers received an alert for a fire alarm. Investigators have strong suspicions the fire was an arson but the cause has not yet been determined. Crews from the City, the Park and the Farms fought the fire for about an hour before putting it out. Neighboring businesses sustained smoke damage but otherwise avoided the heavier damage that Coins and Stamps sustained. City of Grosse Pointe Detective Alan Gwyn …
Friday, February 17, 2012
In Grosse Pointe Woods, discussion about business is picking up as the Mack Avenue Business Association begins a re-organization and the Mayor's Mack Avenue Business Study Committee has begun meeting again for the first time in years.
Development, communication and drawing people to Grosse Pointe Woods businesses are among the goals of two separate groups that recently started meeting. First, the Mack Avenue Business Association of Grosse Pointe is in the midst of reorganizing and re-energizing. The group met for the first time in at least a few years last month with the goal of bringing it back to life. The organization was at one time thriving and had many members but the membership dwindled severly and the group's only recurring event is bagging the parking meters during the holiday season in Grosse Pointe Woods. Several business owners who were not members, and many of whom had not even heard of the organization, attended that meeting with the goal of finding out …
Monday, November 14, 2011
Cleopatra Mediterranean Cafe will be housed in former Papa Romano's location on Mack Avenue in Detroit and feature grilled meats and humus.
Cleopatra Mediterranean Grill will open up on the Detroit side of Mack Avenue later this month near the intersection of Mack and Moross. Located in the former Papa Romano’s location, store owner Sam Talia said he hopes to attract a large client base from all five Grosse Pointes as well as employees of St. John’s Hospital nearby. “Mack Avenue and Grosse Pointe don’t have this type of restaurant, from what I can tell, and I figured it could be a good fit,” said Talia, who operates a cleaning service and is making his first foray into the restaurant business. Cleopatra will offer healthier, grilled meats often found in Greece, Italy, Egypt and other parts of the Mediterranean. Meals will costs $5 to $8 at lunch and $10 to $20 at dinner, with …
Friday, October 28, 2011
The City of Grosse Pointe worked with Neighborhood Club Thrift Shop officials to find a suitable location for the community thrift shop that was displaced by the demolition of its former site.
Employees of the Neighborhood Club Thrift Shop are unpacking their merchandise and organizing it in their new space this week. The century-old community resale shop is relocating to 17888 Mack Ave. between Rivard and Washington in the City of Grosse Pointe. Officials are not yet sure of the exact date the store will open, Neighborhood Club spokeswoman Amy Roy said. It will be determined after employees have completed unpacking the merchandise and figured out the configuration of the store, she said. The store had to relocate because its former home at Waterloo and Notre Dame was demolished to make way for a new community health and fitness center that is a joint project between Beaumont Hospital Grosse Pointe and the Neighborhood Club. …
Monday, October 17, 2011
While completing a water main replacement, the city will also do a street-scape improvement project to enhance the Mack Avenue business corridor that is considered one of the entrances to the community.
Much to the chagrin of a handful of property owners along Mack Avenue in the City of Grosse Pointe, the council unanimously approved two projects Monday that are intended to greatly enhance the city. The first project is the replacement of a water main that is slated to improve water pressure for residents near Mack Avenue--an improvement that will also benefit firefighters responding to a fire. The second project, a street-scape improvement project, is separate but coupled with the water main replacement with the intent of getting two major projects completed at once. The idea being that while the area is already torn up for the water main, restoring it afterward will come with enhancements, including more landsaping, benches, bike racks …