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The Clean Plate targets allergies, health

BY SHELBY TANKERSLEY OU News Bureau When it opened in 2014, The Clean Plate in Shelby Township set out to serve anyone regardless of dietary needs. It is mainly a vegan-friendly restaurant, but is hospitable to people with gluten, soy and avocado allergies, as well. The Clean Plate goes to great lengths to make sure […]

February 19th, 2017 | Posted in Featured article,Macomb C. | Read More »

Card store moves into new era

BY KAITLIN SLOAN OU News Bureau Raad Ankawi holds his own at his Sterling Heights sports card collectors shop in this ever-advancing era of technology. Ankawi was a card collector after he came to America in 1966. He and his oldest son, Bryan, decided to start up a hobby business. In 1989, Grand Slam Sports […]

February 12th, 2017 | Posted in Featured article,Macomb C. | Read More »

Chili lovers drain bowls at cook-off

BY STEVE SKIPINSKI OU News Bureau Chili ran out at the 2nd Annual Blake’s Hard Cider Co. Chili Cook Off in Armada. Blake’s Cider Mill hosted its second annual chili cook-off Jan. 28. David Blake, one of the event coordinators, said there were more than 500 attendees and 35 chili cookers, which shattered last year’s attendance of […]

February 12th, 2017 | Posted in Featured article,Macomb C. | Read More »

Giant helmets a fan favorite

BY KAITLIN SLOAN OU News Bureau When 23-year-old cystic fibrosis patient Steven Strickland puts his mind to something, big things can happen. Strickland of Sterling Heights founded Giant Helmet, which creates large sports helmets up to 8 feet high for fans to gather around and inside for photographs. Giant Helmet displayed the Red Wings helmet […]

February 10th, 2017 | Posted in Featured article,Macomb C. | Read More »

Pizzeria by sinkhole: Yes, we’re open!

BY SCOTT SANDORA OU News Bureau One Fraser business owner is using pizza to aid in the town’s efforts to solve its sinkhole crisis. T.J. Spreitzer, co-owner and manager of Green Lantern Pizzeria, has given free pizzas to the construction crew and police officers on duty since the massive sinkhole opened and began swallowing houses […]

February 6th, 2017 | Posted in Featured article,Macomb C. | Read More »

Black Friday shoppers find camaraderie

BY COLLEEN KOWALEWSKI OU News Bureau Black Friday. The phrase conjures images of near-riots over televisions at Best Buy and fistfights over toys at Wal-Mart. But there is another side to the busiest shopping day of the year, where bargain hunting is a game rather than a battle and a mood of friendly camaraderie rather […]

December 8th, 2016 | Posted in Featured article,Macomb C. | Read More »

Teaching real-world skills at Macomb Academy

BY FAITH BRODY OU News Bureau Macomb Academy is a place where opportunity abounds. The charter school serves 18 to 26 year olds in Wayne, Macomb, Oakland and St. Clair counties with a range of disabilities. Students take classes that resemble real-world tasks, such as managing money and searching for a job. Half of the […]

November 20th, 2016 | Posted in Featured article,Macomb C.,Oakland County,Wayne C. | Read More »

E-commerce going through the roof

  BY STEPHEN WASNUK OU News Bureau Long checkout lines and carts blocking the aisles can be avoided with online shopping. Technological advances in the 21st century have made this movement possible. Online conglomerates such as Amazon have emerged. Traditional department stores have developed websites to sell merchandise. Recent data show that global sales for […]

November 18th, 2016 | Posted in Featured article,Macomb C.,Oakland County | Read More »

In Armada, the dead come alive

BY COLLEEN KOWALEWSKI OU News Bureau One day each year on the streets of Armada, the living dead take over the town for a celebration of all things creepy. This is Armada-geddon. In its seventh year, Armada-geddon has grown into an October tradition with a street fair, performers and a parade that brings residents and […]

October 9th, 2016 | Posted in Featured article,Macomb C. | Read More »

Taking Rover on the road

BY FAITH BRODY OU News Bureau Taking your furry friend on vacation can be a joy — and a hassle. Vacationing with dogs has become more popular and more acceptable, but consider aspects of traveling before packing an extra dog-sized suitcase. According to a recent survey by TripAdvisor, 53 percent of respondents who have pets […]

September 30th, 2016 | Posted in Featured article,Macomb C. | Read More »