New partner urges the community to check out the revived Berkley eatery that will keep its spot on 12 Mile Road and add coffee, breakfast, table service and open mic nights.
Small Business 2012
Monday, November 26, 2012
Sunday, November 25, 2012
The Berkley eatery will reopen Monday, Nov. 26, with coffee, open mic nights, breakfast and table service planned.
Hogger's BBQ in Berkley will reopen Monday, Nov. 26, at its original location on 12 Mile Road with the additions of coffee, table service, open mic nights and, eventually, breakfast. Businessman Andy Gilbert, who co-owns Berkley Eyewear, stepped in to help the beleaguered business after it closed earlier this month and has big plans for its future. "I bought into Hogger's and we are shaping it up," Gilbert said. "It got a complete bubble bath. It is being shipped down and shaped up." Which of the changes to the 2012 Berkley Patch Readers' Choice award-winner are you most looking forward to? Take our poll to weigh in!
Friday, November 23, 2012
Find out what special deals, hours and treats will be available as you stock up on holiday gifts and goodies for yourself in Berkley and Huntington Woods!
Editor's note: This article will be updated throughout the day as we hear about deals and freebies on Small Business Saturday in Berkley and Huntington Woods. Leave a comment and upload your photos to this story to share your discoveries! Big-name national retailers take the spotlight on Black Friday as their deep price cuts attract shoppers in droves, but when do small businesses like the ones in Berkley and Huntington Woods that are the backbone of America’s economy get their day? That’s basically the question that was asked back in 2010 when the concept of Small Business Saturday was born. Small Business Saturday is “a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities,” the U.S. Small Business …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
"I don't think I've stopped crying for the last two weeks," says owner Dawn Schwanke, who plans to focus on her family after the beloved bakery closes Dec. 22.
December will be a bittersweet month for Butterfly Bake Shoppe owner Dawn Schwanke, who plans to close the popular Berkley bakery so she can spend more time with her family. Butterfly Bake Shoppe's last day in operation will be Dec. 22 and Schwanke, a Berkley resident and mother of five, said her business plans in the new year remain up in the air. "The straw that broke the camel's back is the day both girls were home sick and I had to leave them home alone," Schwanke said of her daughters who are 9 and 12. She also has three sons, a 14-year-old and a 22-year-old who live at home, and a 24-year-old who lives in New York. The 2012 Readers' Choice award-winner, formerly known as Ballcap Bakery, reopened March 1, 2011, as a family affair, …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The popular eatery will keep its spot on 12 Mile Road and add coffee, breakfast and open mic nights after a new partner joins the ownership team.
Fans of the recently shuttered Hogger's BBQ in Berkley have a good reason to be thankful this holiday: The restaurant will reopen Monday, Nov. 26, at its original location on 12 Mile Road with a spruced-up menu, open mic nights and, eventually, breakfast. Businessman Andy Gilbert, who co-owns Berkley Eyewear, stepped in to help the beleaguered business after it closed earlier this month and has big plans for its future. "I bought into Hogger's and we are shaping it up," Gilbert said. "It got a complete bubble bath. It is being shipped down and shaped up." There will be several changes, including the following, after the 2012 Berkley Patch Readers' Choice award-winner reopens, Gilbert said. "We're going to turn it up a little bit. It's …
Berkley and Huntington Woods businesses to participate in Nov. 24 promotion that features $25 incentive from American Express.
This seasonal greeting comes from hometown merchants: Don't be in thrall to the mall. They're spreading the word via social media and window signs with help from American Express, organizer of the second annual Small Business Saturday on Nov. 24. The credit card issuer promotes a nationwide "day for everyone – from the business owners who create jobs to the customers who buy locally – to support small businesses that invigorate the economy and keep communities thriving," it explains online. A query on the Berkley Patch Facebook page Monday about who will participate drew a robust response, including the following comments. "It began in 2010 when American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help small businesses get more exposure …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The free event Saturday at the Berkley shop will feature handmade gifts, refreshments, discounts and more.
"I just think it's really important that we, as Americans, buy local so we support our small businesses," says Berkley shop owner Maureen Popkin, whose new products will be made at factories in central and western Michigan.
June Moon Furniture owner Maureen Popkin has realized a dream: The Berkley businesswoman recently launched her own Michigan-made commercial line. The new line includes chairs, table bases and table tops that feature the same mid-century modern style of the residential products Popkin sells in her Coolidge Highway shop and on its website. Commercial furniture is designed for use in offices, universities, hospitals and architectural firms, among other business locations, Popkin said. "What I'm really excited about is that the line will be made at factories in central and western Michigan," said Popkin, whose background is in the commercial and contract industries. "I am so proud of the fact we can do what the major manufacturers are doing …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
The restaurant was forced to shutter operations after failed negotiations with its landlord, according to an e-mail sent to customers, and plans to reopen in a new location.
Hogger's BBQ in Berkley has closed its doors, but may reopen in a new location. The 2012 Berkley Patch Readers' Choice award-winner was forced to shutter operations after failed negotiations with its landlord, according to an e-mail sent to customers. "We have lost our lease after many months of disagreements with our landlord. We really wish we had been able to negotiate with him, however we were unsuccessful," the e-mail stated. "We are currently working negotiations with another building right here in Berkley." Customer Rich Schneider, who received the e-mail, said Thursday he is sad about the closing, but hopeful Hogger's will reopen. "It's a great little location (the owner) lost in the city, but maybe the new location will be better…
The shop on Coolidge Highway in Berkley will hold a reception to mark the occasion Thursday evening.
June Moon Furniture in Berkley has had a banner year. The home decor and design shop on Coolidge Highway opened one year ago Thursday and owner Maureen Popkin has since built up a loyal clientele, introduced new furniture lines and spearheaded the launch of the Coolidge Collection of businesses. She will mark the anniversary with a free reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the shop during the Coolidge Collection's monthly First Thursdays, when businesses along the highway stay open late and offer special goodies to entice shoppers. The June Moon reception, which is open to the public, will feature door prizes and refreshments from Butterfly Bake Shoppe and Party Cakes. "Come walk up and down the street and see what else is going on," …