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Valentine Distilling to Expand with New Ferndale Production Facility

The award-winning and internationally recognized Ferndale-based Valentine Distilling Co. will open a 15,000-square-foot production facility in the city to accommodate growing demand for its vodka, gin, and whiskey products. The new facility is projected to start projection this summer.

5Qs: Askar Brothers on Competing and Winning in the Pizza Industry

There are about 65,000 pizza franchises in the United States, making it an especially competitive business. One rising player is Askar Brands, which operates regional pizza concepts across the U.S. such as Papa Romano’s, Papa’s Pizza To-Go, Breadeaux Pizza, and Blackjack Pizza. The company, headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, is led by Casey Askar, president, and Sam Askar, CEO. The brothers acquire restaurants, then work to boost profits and brand equity through operational support. The brothers spoke with DBusiness Daily News about the acquisition process and the future of their company.

$1.8M Multi-function Lofts Planned for Detroit's Milwaukee Junction Neighborhood

A vacant warehouse in Detroit's Milwaukee Junction neighborhood, an area often cited as the original Silicon Valley, will undergo a $1.8 million renovation project to convert the workspace into a dozen live/work spaces. ​

Detroit School of Arts Highlights Auto Industry

Students at the Detroit School of Arts next week will showcase their artistic talents at the Midtown Car Show — an event intended to embrace Detroit’s automotive history and expose students to potential careers in automotive design and photography.

Troy-based Berylline Debuts Hybrid Scooter at Oakland University

Troy-based Berylline Co. will introduce a 100-mile-per-gallon hybrid scooter today on the campus of Oakland University, giving riders more transportation options in the resort and leisure vehicle market.

Nine-Screen Luxury Theater to Open in Farmington Hills

Riviera Cinema, a luxury, nine-screen theater with wall-to-wall screens and a cocktail lounge, will open next month in Farmington Hills.

Job Growth in Manufacturing, Construction Help Drop Office Vacancy Rate

As the economy recovers with more jobgrowth across the region, a new real estate report shows the office vacancy rates dropped 21 percent in the first quarter — a rate not seen since 2006.

Hamtramck Chocolatier Bon Bon Bon to Open Store in Downtown Detroit

Bon Bon Bon, a chocolate shop in Hamtramck known for its inventive flavors, will be opening a storefront in Detroit’s Chrysler House next week.

X Games Skateboard Qualifier Event Comes to Royal Oak this Weekend

An amateur skateboarding competition, a qualifier for the X Games in Austin, Texas is coming to Royal Oak today and Saturday at Modern Skate Park, a facility that offers one acre of indoor ramps and rails.

Minor League Baseball Stadium to Break Ground in Utica

Construction of a new $8 million to $10 million minor league stadium is set to break ground in May, bringing baseball to downtown Utica.