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Announcing the Grand Opening of Kaydense Galleria in Royal Oak

Announcing the Grand Opening of Kaydense Galleria in Royal Oak

Announcing the Grand Opening of Kaydense Galleria in Royal Oak
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Royal Oak
On Feb. 1, Danielle Penson left her job as a high school counselor in her hometown of Detroit and followed her calling.


Penson has a doctorate degree in counseling and had been helping teenagers in high school.


“I kind of felt like, ‘What’s next?’ I’m making these little pennies, I have all this stuff going on, I’m making sacrifices,” she said. “I feel like we have jobs and they’re distracting us from our purpose. If we would just use the gifts and talents we have, everybody would be doing great things.”

And so, she created Kaydense Galleria in Royal Oak. The store is dedicated to the chic woman looking to up her fashion game. Penson had an online store for a while, but when the chance came to open a storefront on 4th Street, she jumped at it.

“My fashion is big on women empowerment and making sure women feel pretty inside and out,” Penson said. “The pieces are unique for the chic woman and they’re flexible, too. I shop really hard for pieces that people don’t have in other boutiques.”

Kaydense is full of clothing that can transition from work to going out to Saturday afternoon. Additionally, she carries sizes small through 3XL, giving women of all shapes and sizes the opportunity to look and feel their best.

The name of the store is a combination of her name as well as her husband two daughters: Danielle, Darren, Kaylee and Karynton Penson. The family lives in Oak Park.

“I’m excited. My goal is for this to expand and maintain the style for your story. Whatever we have to make you feel beautiful,” said Penson.

Tiffany M. Burnett has been a loyal customer of Penson’s for more than three years.

“Her clothes are different, very classy and you really don’t find too many of the same pieces that other people have. They definitely match your personality”
“Her clothes are different, very classy and you really don’t find too many of the same pieces that other people have. They definitely match your personality,” Burnett said.

As a curvy woman, Burnett appreciates the selection of highly fashionable clothes that fit a range of body types. However, when Penson is choosing clothes, Burnett says she takes you out of your comfort zone.

“I have to look at the clothes she chooses for me for a little bit because Danielle is the type to make you expand. I have to look at it for a minute. She has definitely broadened my horizons on fashion,” said Burnett.

But Kaydense Galleria isn’t just about helping women with their fashion. It’s also about supporting other women’s goals and giving others the opportunity to grow a business.

“I like to give women the opportunity to do pop ups,” said Penson. “I want to support other women. I went through a lot of the things in business. If I can help someone else not go through what I went through, I’m perfectly ok with that.”

During the winter months, Kaydense Galleria will be open Thursday through Sunday until the seasons change. Then, as foot traffic picks up in the warmer months, Penson said she’d consider expanding the store hours.

“We are here to serve the community and I’m looking forward to doing great things in Royal Oak and I’m real excited about what’s to come,” said Penson.

202 West 4th Street
Royal Oak, Michigan 48067














Clawson – February 27, 2019

Clawson – February 27, 2019

Girl Waits With Gun

Constance Kopp doesn’t quite fit the mold. She towers over most men, has no interest in marriage or domestic affairs, and has been isolated from the world since a family secret sent her and her sisters into hiding fifteen years ago. One day a belligerent and powerful silk factory owner runs down their buggy, and a dispute over damages turns into a war of bricks, bullets, and threats as he unleashes his gang on their family farm. When the sheriff enlists her help in convicting the men, Constance is forced to confront her past and defend her family — and she does it in a way that few women of 1914 would have dared.  On Wednesday, March 20, from 1 to 2 pm, the Wednesday Afternoon Book Club will read “Girl Waits with Gun,” by Amy Stewart. You can reserve your copy and register for this free program in the library or by phone at 248.588.5500.

Clawson’s Farmers Market Sundays and Wednesdays

The Farmers Market Committee has announced Sunday Summer Park Market and Wednesday In-Town Market. The Markets will be small neighborhood gathering places for everyone, with diverse local farm products, specialty foods and other assorted items. The Summer Sunday Market will be one Sunday each month, May through September, 9 am to 1 pm at Clawson City Park.  The Wednesday In-Town Market will be every Wednesday, 3 to 7 pm, from June 5 through September 25, on the grounds of The Salt and Sugar Co.

Sunday Market Schedule

May 19: Flower Day; DIA Traveling Museum

June 9: Touch a Truck Day; Inflatables

July 14: Children’s Cooking Demonstration; Inflatables

August 11: Back to School; Inflatables

September 8: Harvest Day

The Farmers Market is looking for volunteers, vendors and sponsors. Sponsorships range from $25 to $500. Benefits may include your business name on the musical canopy tent and an opportunity to place company brochures and give-away items out for Farmers Market guests. For information, email or phone 248.217.1182.

Bowl for Education

In 2010 the Clawson Police Department established a scholarship program to help high school students pursue careers in the criminal justice system. They have raised nearly $46,000 and have awarded 22 college scholarships to students from the Clawson community. The CPD is hosting their 10th Annual Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser on Friday March 8 at 8:45 pm at Astro Lanes.

The cost is $25 per person at the door or you can pre-register (individually or by team) for $20 per person. Entry fee includes 2 games of 9 pin no-tap bowling, shoes, pizza, pop, and a free door raffle. There will also be a cash bar, 50/50 raffle, and silent auction. The pre-registration deadline is Friday, March 1. For pre-registration and/or business sponsorship, please contact Detective Sergeant Kellie Bauss at 248.508.7821 or

Books & Authors at Leon & Lulu

Shake the ink-stained hands of local authors and celebrate reading, writing, and Michigan at the Leon & Lulu Books & Authors event on Sunday, March 24, from 11 am to 5 pm. Join over 40 Michigan-based authors at this event, enjoy author readings, buy their books and have them signed. To make things even better… the bar at Leon & Lulu will be open.

Main Street Update

On February 14 the Evaluation Team from the National Main Street Center came to evaluate Clawson’s program. They spent the day reviewing workplans, partnerships, and goals as well as interviewing focus groups of business owners, city staff, volunteers and board members to determine if Clawson met the criteria for continued accreditation. The good news – CLAWSON PASSED! Clawson once again is a nationally accredited Main Street Community. The Main Street Oakland County annual Main Event award ceremony is scheduled for 6 pm on Thursday, May 9 at the Flagstar Strand Theater in Pontiac.


Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor

Troy – February 27, 2019

Troy – February 27, 2019

An Evening With the Author – Hamilton: The Revolution

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s groundbreaking musical “Hamilton” is as revolutionary as its subject, the poor kid from the Caribbean who fought the British, defended the Constitution, and helped to found the United States. In their New York Times best-selling book “Hamilton: The Revolution,” readers get an unprecedented view of both revolutions, from the only two writers able to provide it, Miranda and Jeremy McCarter, a cultural critic and theater artist who was involved in the project from its earliest stages. Come spend an evening with McCarter and hear his story on Thursday, March 21 from 7 to 8:30 at the Troy Community Center.

Blackthorn Concert

Traditional songs of emigration, sea shanties, lively jigs, reels, and ancient airs combine with some of Ireland’s best contemporary songs. Each band member plays multiple instruments, including wooden flute, accordion, tin whistle, five string banjo, cittern, bones and more. These instruments complement the lead vocal of Belfast native Richard McMullan and the band’s tight blend of four-part harmony. See Blackthorn live at the Troy Recreation Center on Wednesday, March 13 from 7 to 9 pm. Tickets are $8 for residents and $10 for non-residents. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Pop and snacks will be available for purchase. For more information, contact Friends of Troy Seniors at 248.526.2608 or

Welcome to Troy

Troy is a great place to live and do business. So, it’s no surprise that several new businesses have either recently opened in Troy or are expected to open soon. They include:

Companies:  Orbis Corporation (999 Chicago), Superior Electric (1740 E. Maple), Pantero (164 Indusco Ct.), Wellmei (1872 Ring), Power Home Solar & Roofing (500 Stephenson Hwy.)

Retail/Restaurant:  Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill (155 W. Big Beaver), Season’s 52 (1000 W. Big Beaver), Yardhouse (950 W. Big Beaver), DJI (512 W. Fourteen Mile Road), Pearle Vision (912 E. Big Beaver), Detroit Taco Company (2199 Crooks), Shield’s Reopening (1476 W. Maple), Joe Kool’s Reopening (1835 E. Big Beaver)

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This 8-hour training gives parents and adults who work with youth the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support to adolescents ages 12-18 who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care. The workshop will cover how to interact with a youth in crisis and connect them with help, as well as common signs and symptoms of mental illness and substance use.

It will also cover how to apply the ALGEE action plan:

  • Assess for risk of suicide or harm
  • Listen nonjudgmentally
  • Give reassurance and information
  • Encourage appropriate professional help
  • Encourage self-help and other support strategies

It will take place on Wednesday, February 27 from 8 am to 5 pm at Oakland Community Health Network.

City Manager Contract Renewed

The Troy City Council voted 6-1 last November 19 to appoint Mark F. Miller as the Troy City Manager. And Miller’s appointment was finalized with the approval of his contract on January 28, 2019.

Miller was appointed as the Acting City Manager on March 11, 2018, after a long career at the City of Troy, which started in 2000 when he became the Principal Planner and Planning Director in the Planning Department. In 2009, Miller transferred to the City Manager’s Office where he was Acting Assistant City Manager-Economic Development Services and then Director of Economic and Community Development.

“We sincerely appreciate Mark’s dedication and contributions to the Troy community during the past 18 years and look forward to working with him as he helps guide the City into our next phase of growth and development. I am very confident in Troy’s future at the City of Troy with City Manager Miller and the excellent team of employees,” Mayor Dane Slater said.

Prior to working in the Troy City Manager’s Office, Miller was a recognized leader in the Michigan planning field, elected by his peers twice to the Board of Directors of the Michigan Association of Planning, where he provided leadership as the Secretary-Treasurer, Vice-President and President.

“City Council, residents, businesses, and our employees can be assured that I will use all of my leadership and management skills to continue the high standards that Troy maintains.  Furthermore, our employees and I will help guide Troy with continual improvements into the future,” said Miller.

Miller won a 2007 Merit Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects, Michigan Chapter, and the 2007 Outstanding Planning Project Award, both for the Troy Downtown Development Authority’s Big Beaver Corridor Study.  He also won a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, John J. Gunther Blue Ribbon, Best Practices Award in 1999.


Beth Robinson

Beth Robinson

City News Editor
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Royal Oak – February 27, 2019

Royal Oak – February 27, 2019

Cops and Doughnuts

Got questions about crime or crime prevention in Royal Oak? Whether it’s something you’ve wondered about forever or a sudden curiosity, this is your chance to ask.

Submit your questions to: and a panel of personnel from the police department and 44th district court will use your questions to develop a series of topics to discuss at the Crime Prevention Council’s annual Cops & Doughnuts on Tuesday, March 12 at 6:30 pm at the Churchill Community Education Center. Cops & Doughnuts provides residents with an opportunity to discuss crime trends, safe neighborhood initiatives and whatever topics are submitted in the survey. And, just to sweeten the pot – FREE doughnuts will be provided courtesy of State Rep Jim Ellison.

Free Kidney Disease Screening

Chronic kidney disease often goes undetected until it is serious enough for dialysis or a transplant.  But, if it is diagnosed early, it can be slowed or even stopped. Get an easy test on Thursday, March 14, from 9 am to 3 pm at Royal Oak’s Beaumont Hospital, in the South tower Lobby outside suite 100. Beaumont Health nephrologists, dietitians and nurses will be on-site to review results and counsel patients. For more information, email Jennifer Fogarty at

Special Meeting on Legalization of Marijuana

Michigan law allows communities to permit, ban or place restrictions on marijuana-related businesses. The city commission is currently taking several steps to study and evaluate allowing marijuana growers, safety compliance facilities, processors, microbusinesses and retailers in Royal Oak. While considering this issue, the city’s goal is to provide information and receive as much feedback as possible from residents. On Monday, March 4, from 6:30 to 9 pm, the City Commission will hold a special session to discuss this issue.

The agenda for the March 4 work session is:

  • Overview of Marijuana Laws & Businesses – Craig Aronoff, Aronoff Law
  • Marijuana Use in Public Places – Laura Bassett, Dickinson Wright
  • Impact on Local Enforcement – Chief Corrigan O’Donohue, Royal Oak Police Department
  • City Commission Q&A
  • Public Comment

Residents will also be able to watch this work session on WROK Cable TV and on Facebook Live. The city invites residents to provide thoughts on the topic by clicking on

Think Spring Craft Show

Spring is the perfect time to decorate with new crafts or pick up a lovely accessory. Come out for free fun for the entire family and find some great crafts. Enjoy entertainment, food and, of course, crafts on Thursday, March 14, from 3 to 9 pm and Friday, March 15,  from 3 to 10 pm at the Royal Oak Farmers Market.

The Library Network Catalog App

You can do your book business wherever you are. The Library Network catalog app is now available for your mobile device. You can easily connect to library resources and your account from your phone or tablet. With the app you can:

  • Access your account 
  • Search the catalog
  • Renew items
  • Place holds
  • Pay fines

For Apple iOS devices search in the App Store for TLN Library Catalog.
For Android devices search in the Google Play Store for TLNmobile.

Beth Robinson

Beth Robinson

City News Editor
Birmingham – February 27, 2019

Birmingham – February 27, 2019

Nobel Prize Winner Speaking at Seaholm

Have you ever wondered whose research is responsible for medical lasers, lasers so precise that doctors can perform surgery on our eyes with staggering precision? Have you ever wanted the chance to meet someone who received a Nobel Prize in Physics?

If you’re even slightly interested in science, technology, engineering, and math, come to the Seaholm auditorium Friday, March 1 at 6:30 pm to hear Dr. Gerard Mourou. Dr. Mourou is a founding Director of the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science at the University of Michigan, a pioneer in the field of ultrafast lasers and their applications in scientific, engineering and medical disciplines, and winner of many scientific prizes, including the 2018 Nobel Prize in physics. Dr. Mourou’s talk will be followed by a Q&A and a reception. This event is free and open to the public.

New Driver? Need a Keychain?

The Idea Lab is the Baldwin Public Library’s new space for hands-on exploring, tinkering, and learning. Their goal is to encourage learning and collaboration through access to new technologies and machines. On Monday, March 11, from 4 to 5 pm, teens are invited into this fun space to make hand-stamped metal keychains. The program is free, but registration is required.

Special City Commission Meeting

The City Commission will hold a special meeting on Saturday, March 9, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at City Hall to review a proposed development agreement for the new N. Old Woodward Parking Structure and Bates St. Development Project. This meeting is open to the public and the public is welcome to attend.


Power of Human Connection

According to Joe Beckman, it’s only when we stop and slow down, separate from our screens, and truly listen to each other’s stories, that we can course correct, and give our youth the best chance to leave their mark on this world.

Beckman’s mission has been to reclaim human connection through student keynotes, leadership workshops, staff trainings and video-based advisory curriculum that reignites connection and unleashes potential. Joe has shared his infectious energy, humor and passion in over 1,000 schools, positively impacting over 1 million people worldwide.

BPS parents and guardians are invited come hear him speak on Thursday, March 14, at 7 pm in the West Maple Media Center. For more information about Joe Beckman, please see this video message.

Meet Hoosier!

Hoosier is a 3-year-old Goldendoodle who was born in Petoskey, Michigan. He is hypoallergenic and non-shedding. He has a sweet, calm, and gentle personality and loves being around people, especially children. He graduated from the Southern Michigan Obedience Training Club therapy dog training program and completed the requirements for certification through Therapy Dogs International last year. And he is the newest staff member in the West Maple Elementary School Therapy Dog Program.

What is a Therapy Dog? Therapy dogs are different from service dogs in that service dogs help people with disabilities and focus solely on their owners. Therapy dogs work as a team with their handlers in schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and other community settings to provide emotional support. Research suggests that interaction with therapy dogs can positively affect our hormones. It can increase oxytocin which is responsible for bonding, increase dopamine which is responsible for happiness, and lower levels of cortisol that comes from stress.

Hoosier will work with individual students and small groups at West Maple one day per week. Be sure to look for his smiling face if you’re in the school!

Beth Robinson

Beth Robinson

City News Editor