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Downtown Royal Oak Wins 'Best Downtown Shopping District'

Royal Oak won 'Best Downtown Shopping District' in the Detroit Metro Times Best of Detroit 2019. We'd also like to recognize other outstanding winners in Royal Oak:

Best Coffeehouse: Atomic Coffee
Best french cuisine Bistro 82
Best Salon blackthesalon
Best Shop for a Bra Fitting Bravo Intimates
Best Night Out Five15 Royal Oak
Best Hardware Store Frentz & Sons Hardware
Best Dive Bar Gusoline Alley
Best Desserts at a Restaurant Jim Brady's Bar & Grill 
Best Gyro KouZína Greek Street Food Royal Oak
Best Comedy Club Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle
Best Skatepark Modern Skate & Surf Royal Oak
Best Michigan Bourbon MOTOR CITY GAS - Whiskey
Best Speakeasy Mr. B's Gastropub- Johnny's Speakeasy
Best Place to buy Musical Instrument Music Castle
Best Place to Buy BDSM Gear Noir Leather
Best Diner O.W.L.
Best Happy Hour for Drinks Rock on Third
Best Microbrewery or Brewpub Royal Oak Brewery
Best Farmers Market Royal Oak Farmers Market
Best salsa night SCL Royal Oak
Best Place to see a Cover Band The Morrie
Best Oysters Tom's Oyster Bar
Best Italian Restaurant Trattoria Da Luigi
Best Burger HopCat
Best Carryout GreenSpace & Go
Best Coney National Coney Island- Canton
Best Deep Dish/Detroit Pizza Buddy's Pizza
Best Pizza Bigalora Pizza
Best Auto Repair 4th Street Auto Care
Best Gym Retrofit Studio
Best Movie Theater Emagine Theatres
Best Place for Lingerie Lovers Lane
Best Yoga Center for Iyengar Yoga

Metals in Time Jeweler Takes Over Former Andiamos Space

Longtime jeweler in downtown Royal Oak, Metals in Time will be leaving their location at 400 South Main Street and relocating to 129 South Main Street, which is formerly known as Andiamos Trattoria.
     Metals in Time’s new location will be adjacent to a 581-space parking deck in the heart of downtown, which will provide its customers with ample sheltered parking. The owner of Metals in Time, Sergio Basmajian said that he and his company weighed his options about leaving for the Woodward corridor, but ultimately decided that staying in downtown Royal Oak was best for his business because of the downtown’s bright future.
     “We’ve been in Royal Oak for 22 years and we are still excited for what downtown Royal Oak is going to be. Royal Oak is still the epicenter of young professionals in south east Michigan and we think the developments here are going to increase daytime traffic,” said Basmajian. “We realized that our building was overpowering, which was one of the reasons we wanted to move. Our new location will be next to the new parking garage and the new downtown park. We are also excited to see that there is new blood coming into the city,” Basmajian added. Bar Louie opened in March 2019 and young entrepreneurs such as James Courtney and Daman Auvenshine announced that Royal Oak was going to be the home for the second location of their Milford-based Proving Grounds Coffee, which will serve ice cream, feature coffee roasting and a kids playscape. Other new businesses coming to town include Vera Asian, which opened last fall; and Sake Sushi, which opened earlier this year. City Ramen and Kaizen Ramen are scheduled to open in the near future.
     Economic Development Director Todd Fenton noted the success of business retention efforts and celebrated the news that Metals in Time would be remaining in the downtown.
     “While we have continued to see a wealth of interest from users of all types who are excited by the new developments in downtown Royal Oak, we’ve put extra effort in working with those businesses who have called us home for some time to alleviate the pains that construction can cause. I’m very happy that we were able to work with Metals in Time and the owner of the former Andiamo’s space to keep one of our city’s jewels right in the heart of downtown,” said Fenton.
     DDA Chair Jay Dunstan stated that the news was a sign that Downtown Royal Oak was a competitive and attractive location for businesses. 
     “Everyone on the DDA is very pleased to see that Metals in Time has decided to remain in downtown Royal Oak. Its clear that they see value in what’s been developing here over the last couple of years. We can put the doubt to rest- Royal Oak has a promising future,” said Dunstan.
     The 400 South Main space is the former Royal Oak Savings Bank building that was constructed in 1925. The Royal Oak DDA is utilizing retail recruitment services provided by Main Street Oakland County to help find a new tenant for the 9,500 square foot space. 

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Have a Say in Free Parking
Monthly Downtown Stakeholders Meeting

May 9th, at 10am at the Royal Oak Music Theatre

     Join us for the monthly Downtown Business Owners’ meeting at the Royal Oak Music Theatre. This month we will be dedicating our time to getting input from downtown stakeholders regarding free parking in the garages in June.           
      The DDA has approved a budget figure to provide up to 8 days of free parking in the garages in June to celebrate the grand opening of the new 581 spot parking deck. What we need to know is whether business owners prefer the 8 days be consecutive through one week (plus one day), or whether we should split up the days throughout the month (every Friday and Saturday in June is another option).
     We want the downtown community to drive this conversation. Please attend and let us know what you think. There will be time for discussion and then a brief vote by those in attendance at the end. Please RSVP on Eventbrite by following the link. If there is time, we will also be able to address other topics.

royal oak in bloom

Royal Oak in Bloom

Sunday, May 12, 2019

This annual flower and garden sale, held annually on Mother's Day for the past 26 years, draws residents and visitors downtown Royal Oak to shop for flowers, plants, landscaping items, and decorative elements for their lawns. Nearly 70 vendors attend, offering everything from perennials to copper sprinklers, annuals to trees, tomato plants to wind chimes, porch swings to etched stones. Designed to help Royal Oak homeowners beautify their property, Royal Oak in Bloom is a Mother's Day tradition for many.

wine stroll 2019

Wine Stroll 2019

May 18, 12pm-5pm

This favorite event showcases downtown restaurants featuring samples of signature wine and hors d’oeuvres from each participating location.  Plus a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls clubs of Oakland & Macomb Counties. 


memorial day parade

Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 27, 2019
The 2019 Memorial Day Parade steps off on Main Street at Lincoln and heads north at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 27.

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