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April 23, 2013

Commercial and retail businesses spur development

By Sherri Kolade
C & G Staff Writer

WEST BLOOMFIELD — From playing golf all year round to eating a Himalayan goji berry salad, the denizens of West Bloomfield have more options to choose from on where to eat, drink and be merry after a surge of new businesses have moved in.

In April alone, the township has seen a number of ribbon-cuttings, including Loya Organic Restaurant, 4284 Orchard Lake Road, April 11; Baskin Robbins, 6243 Orchard Lake Road, April 13; and The Little Gym, 4301 Orchard Lake Road, April 15, among a host of others.

“The continuous improvement efforts since 2009 in restructuring, streamlining and automating the Building Department are paying off,” Ureste told the Beacon recently. “The Building Department reviewed, processed and issued 5,507 permits in 2012, compared to 4,902 in 2011.”

Ureste said recently that “good things come to those who wait,” and it seems West Bloomfield may not have to wait long for further economic development.

On April 11, Loya Organic Restaurant owner Moiz Habib celebrated his grand opening with more than 60 people. The West Bloomfield resident said he opened his first restaurant after noticing what he called a healthy-food desert in the area.

“I see that West Bloomfield is the kind of area where there is awareness about organic foods and high quality nutritious foods, as opposed to just general, low-quality processed, fast foods that people have become accustomed to,” he said recently. “The demographics were right for business. And the fact that I was living close by helped, too.”

The restaurant combines local, organic meats and vegetables with culinary traditions of cuisines from central Asia, including recipes from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Lebanon.

Habib said he also uses Middle Eastern spices in his dishes.

“We try to get the best of all the regions,” he said. “I’m excited that I am not only catering to a demand already here, but creating a demand for this product by raising awareness for people who come into my store.”

Suzanne Levine, executive director of the Greater West Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce, told the Beacon in an emailed statement that West Bloomfield’s business sector surge is creating a thriving township.

“It’s an exciting time to be part of the West Bloomfield community,” she said. “There’s a lot of growth with a diverse array of new businesses. The community is thriving, and the Greater West Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce is an integral part of helping to bring businesses and the community together.”

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is on tap at 5:30 p.m. June 4 for brokerage firm Motion Realty Group, 7115 Orchard Lake Road, Suite 410.

Owner Milton Duerod said he moved his originally Southfield-based business to West Bloomfield in November because he wanted to serve a market where he lives.

“This is a great market and great people,” Duerod told the Beacon recently. Duerod said the township is a “melting pot” of residents, and he felt a calling here.

“I feel a need to serve this community because I am a part of this community,” he said. “My kids have grown up here, and I feel an obligation to serve this community.

“We treat or clients like family, where we take time to educate them about every step and process and really make sure they understand every facet of their purchase, sell or lease, and in turn, we make sure we understand their needs.”

Some other businesses that recently moved to West Bloomfield include Play Golf 365, located at 6347 Haggerty Road; Indigo Hair & Beauty Salon, 4867 Haggerty Road; and Three Sisters Beauty Supply, 6057 Haggerty Road.

Urested noted, in her State of the Township Address, that West Bloomfield might have two new Mexican restaurants this year, as well as a Japanese restaurant, among a number of others.

Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital is in the process of constructing a 9,600-square-foot, one-story vertical expansion at the existing hospital for additional operating rooms and recovery areas; the $5 million expansion is scheduled for completion this year.

Find out more about West Bloomfield at www.wbtwp.com.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Sherri Kolade at skolade@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1046.