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The Rolling Stoves Traveling Burger Food Truck Parks in Farmington

The Rolling Stoves Traveling Burger Food Truck Parks in Farmington

The Rolling Stoves Traveling Burger Food Truck Parks in Farmington

18
SEPTEMBER 2019
BY PAMELA A ZINKOSKY
LBN Community Series
Farmington

For six years, Carli and Josh Mansfield happily operated The Rolling Stoves burger-and-fries food truck, which they founded. The husband-and-wife team, who both went to culinary school, enjoyed the success of the food truck and catering business, which granted them a slow winter season to enjoy time with their kids − a one-year old, three-year-old twins and a four-year-old.

“We had no intention of ever opening a restaurant,” said Carli, “But people were asking.”

CARLI MANSFIELD

CO-OWNER, THE ROLLING STOVES

Those “people” were customers who enjoyed their “smashed” burgers, seared flat on top and loaded with lettuce, tomatoes and other fresh ingredients, along with fries, onion rings and fried pickle spears. The truck typically operated in four downtown Detroit locations each month and took on corporate and private catering jobs too.

In response to inquiries, the Mansfields began scouting out locations in Farmington, their home town. “We couldn’t imagine opening anywhere else but Farmington,” Carli said, adding that they wanted to contribute to the local business scene, hire local workers and enjoy the convenience of a short commute while they care for their young children.

After much investigation and negotiation, the couple landed the spot next to Dunkin’ Donuts on Farmington Road north of Eight Mile, just around the corner from the Farmington Meadows neighborhood where they live. The storefront has been vacant since the donut shop took over the former Big Boy in 2016, leaving the south end of the renovated space open for a tenant.

Carli said she and Josh are excited to partner with Dunkin’ Donuts, and to benefit from the 500-some vehicles that traverse the drive-through daily. “We definitely want to do a donut burger down the road,” she said.

Parked in Farmington

Set to open Sept. 23 after a longer-than-anticipated renovation process, The Rolling Stoves restaurant will offer 62 seats plus seasonal outdoor seating. It’s not exactly fast food, but it’s not full-service either, said Carli. “It’s fast casual for sure.”

The menu includes all the popular burgers and fries The Rolling Stoves is known for, plus chicken strips, two salads and a kids’ menu with three simple choices.

“Our simple menu is perfect,” said Carli. “Each burger is the best it can be.” The result is a dining experience that isn’t overwhelming but includes enough choices for everyone to enjoy.

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“Our most popular one is our peanut butter burger,” Carli said. “It’s peanut butter, honey, pickles, bacon and caramelized onions. Somehow it just works.”

The peanut butter and bacon burger came from a cooking competition in Josh’s culinary-oriented family, explained Carli. It’s not identical to the original burger entry, as it’s evolved, but the Mansfields find that even those who are skeptical like the burger.

“It adds a little bit of pizzazz to our menu,” Carli said.

“Our garlic fries are crazy good,” Carli said. “We sell a ton at office parties because once one person gets an order, the smell makes everyone want them.”

Four other burgers, including a vegetarian black bean burger, are on the menu, plus a burger flight − an $18 option that enables customers to choose three different full-size burgers. Carli explained that the burger flight not only fills a desire to share with a friend and try everything − something she and Josh understand as restaurant-goers − but allows customers to try the peanut butter and bacon burger with a fall-back option in case they don’t like it. But they usually do, she said.

The Mansfields also plan to offer a burger of the month that displays their creative cooking flair − something new and different to try − as well as a yet-to-be-developed gluten-free burger. Delivery service is also on the list for future offerings, as they see carryouts as a big portion of their business.

The restaurant’s decor incorporates The Rolling Stoves food truck, bearing a wall mural that includes the truck, the Detroit skyline and a large back-lit Detroit Tigers “D” logo. A stainless steel counter, red and black metal chairs at a combination of high-top and standard tables, track lighting and a chalkboard-style menu finish off the look, complementing the business’s established identity.
Carli said she’s thankful to many fellow food truck industry workers who’ve helped The Rolling Stoves become successful. “The food truck industry has been so good to us. You’d think it would be competitive, but people have really helped us.”

A dream come true

With the opening date finally set, 15 employees in place to work and just the final touches to put on the restaurant, the Mansfields are eager to get started. Carli said that while she and Josh didn’t plan on turning The Rolling Stoves into a stationary restaurant, operating a restaurant is the dream that took her to culinary school.

“It’s been a childhood dream of mine to open a restaurant,” she said.  “We’re ready. We want to get going doing what we do best.”

The Rolling Stoves food truck and catering business will slow down for the winter, and the Mansfields will play it by ear next year, Carli said. She and Josh are excited about their foray into the restaurant scene, especially in their home town.

“Farmington’s an awesome city, and we’re excited to be a part of it,” she said. “We’ve had great support.”

The couple plans to add Sunday cooking classes as a community outreach in the near future.

Carli offered a hint on what might be next for the couple, once The Rolling Stoves gets off the ground. “We want to open more restaurants in Farmington. We have so many ideas.”

The Rolling Stoves will open Sept. 23, with hours 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

20780 Farmington Road
Farmington, MI  48336
(248) 943-8537

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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‘Irish Pub, Gourmet Kitchen’ Marks Silver Anniversary

‘Irish Pub, Gourmet Kitchen’ Marks Silver Anniversary

‘Irish Pub, Gourmet Kitchen’ Marks Silver Anniversary

13
SEPTEMBER 2019
BY MATT JACHMAN
LBN Community Series
Berkley

Kevin O’Mara was never interested in climbing the corporate ladder.

Instead, “I wanted to make my own ladder,” said O’Mara, a scientist, restaurateur and health food devotee.

And he’s done just that, by running his own environmental- and product-testing laboratory for more than three decades, practicing yoga and clean eating that he says is adding life to his years, and building a successful restaurant that’s become a fixture in central Berkley over the last quarter-century.

KEVIN O'MARA

OWNER, O’MARAS RESTAURANT
O’Mara, 55, is the owner of O’Mara’s Restaurant at 12 Mile and Coolidge, an “Irish pub, gourmet kitchen” hybrid that he put together with a trio of brothers, Harry, Lewis and James Sawyer, whom he met as a teenager when they all worked in area restaurants. Kevin was by far the youngest of the four, but he had big dreams back in the early 1980s.

“I was working with Harry and I told him, ‘Some day we’re going to have our own restaurant,’ ” O’Mara said recently as he reflected on his namesake’s silver anniversary.

He’d started out as a dishwasher, worked his way into cooking and was running a restaurant kitchen, he said, by the time he graduated from high school. He went on to major in chemistry at Adrian College, paying his way with restaurant work.

Post-college, in 1987, he opened his testing lab, but he was never far from the restaurant world.

“I never left the kitchen. I was never not on a kitchen project,” O’Mara said.

O’Mara and the Sawyers opened O’Mara’s in March of 1994 in what had formerly been a Chuck Joseph’s Place for Steak.

“The building was built by a restaurant man,” O’Mara said. “Chuck built a nice building so we thought we’d give it a try here.” They’d previously scouted for locations in several Detroit-area communities, he said.

Today, Harry is the head chef, James the sous chef, Lewis is the general manager and O’Mara is the owner and shareholder and a familiar presence to regulars there.

O’Mara’s makes most of its food from scratch, even soups, breads and many desserts; O’Mara takes pride in a menu that relies on fresh food with low sodium and no preservatives.

“It’s just a good place to go for a meal,” said veteran radio host Bob Allison, who hosts the “Ask Your Neighbor” show on WNZK (AM 690) on weekday mornings. Allison visited recently for lunch and a drink. “Their soups absolutely wonderful,” he said.

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“It’s good food, good service, good people,” said Alan Kideckel, who had stopped in with friend Michael Reynolds; both regulars, the two shot the breeze with O’Mara for a few minutes.

O’Mara’s lunch menu offers sandwiches like a half-pound burger, a BLT and a “World Class Reuben,” entrees like “Chicken O’Mara” (seasoned in Parmesan batter plus lemon, white wine and garlic), pan-fried Lake Superior whitefish and fish and chips, plus homemade soups and salads. Dinner entrees include filet mignon, New York strip steak and Irish pot roast, plus pork, chicken and seafood dishes. O’Mara’s also serves breakfast on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; that menu includes omelettes, frittatas, scrambles, crepes, pancakes, waffles and a variety of sides.

The menu changes every few months, O’Mara said, but the concept stays consistent: good, fresh food.

Kevin O’Mara had picked up beer-making skills while a college student (“I was thirsty,” he says), and in the beginning, O’Mara’s had one of the first microbrewery licenses in Michigan. But space was tight and O’Mara and the Sawyers wanted to focus on food, so they gave up brewing and began buying others’ craft beers after about eight years.

In the early days of small-scale, local brewing, he favored O’Mara’s own brand. “Now there’s a lot of people making really good specialty beer,” he said.

The restaurant has a small bar area with a fully stocked bar, a large dining room with an Irish-themed decor and wood accents and a patio for al fresco dining. A separate back room can be closed off for private gatherings.

“We have a lot of events here, from christenings to memorial services and everything in between,” O’Mara said.

They’ve also got entertainment: live Irish, folk, rock, jazz and blues music, mostly, but not exclusively, on weekend nights; regular Tuesday trivia nights (7-9 p.m.) and occasional appearances by comedians (next up, Dave Landau, 9 p.m.-midnight Saturday, Sept. 21).

O’Mara likes to think of the restaurant as a “chameleon,” he said, that can be formal or casual, depending on customers’ needs. Though not a “cool kids” place, he said, younger hipsters do find a place at O’Mara’s.

“I just love it. I love food. I love people. I love having a place that people can come to and meet,” O’Mara added. “And I take it seriously.”

O’Mara’s Restaurant is at 2555 West 12 Mile, Berkley, on the southwest corner of Coolidge and 12 Mile. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. The phone number is 248-399-6750.

2555 W. 12 Mile Rd.
Berkley, MI  48072
248-399-6750

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Royal Oak Welcomes LifeWorks Chiropractic

Royal Oak Welcomes LifeWorks Chiropractic

Royal Oak Welcomes LifeWorks Chiropractic

04

SEPTEMBER 2019

BY MATT JACHMAN

LBN Community Series
Royal Oak

Royal Oak threw out the welcome mat for a new chiropractic clinic, LifeWorks Chiropractic, on Aug. 15.

A grand opening at LifeWorks, located on Catalpa Drive near Main and Crooks, drew local business people, Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce members and friends and family members of the practitioner, Franklin Norton. There were hors d’oeuvres, clinic tours and door prizes donated by area businesses and even a local church, and visitors lined up out front for a formal ribbon-cutting and picture-taking session.

FRANKLIN NORTON

LIFEWORKS CHIROPRACTIC

Norton, who’ll be assisted by chiropractor Eric Axmacher, said chiropractic care, which focuses on the spine and neurological system that “controls and coordinates every other part of the body,” can successfully manage a range of conditions, such as headaches, back pain and more.

“We’re basically removing any pressure off the nerves and allowing the body to function the best,” Norton said. “You can see different systems of the body start to work a little bit better through chiropractic care.”

Norton said he wants to help people without drugs that, in his view, treat the symptoms instead of the root causes of bodily dysfunction.

“We are the most medicated country in the entire world. I want to try to treat people naturally without, you know, opiod drugs,” he said.

“I have yet to see a condition that I don’t think chiropractic can benefit,” said Axmacher.

 

Nick Miko, a longtime friend of Norton who was giving clinic tours during the grand opening, said Norton successfully treated his back injury several years ago. It was the first time he’d visited a chiropractor and he was “a little nervous,” Miko said. The pain in his back, though, had become hard to bear with a job in retail that kept him on his feet for most of the work day.

“I felt great again” after treatment, Miko said. “Got back to biking, running, all the physical stuff I used to do.”

Norton, who majored in biology at Oakland University and graduated in 2013 after four years of chiropractic study at Life University in Marietta, Georgia, said he had intended to become a neurosurgeon when he was bumped off that career path through his family’s personal experience.

His athletic younger sister, he said, was diagnosed with scoliosis, a curvature of the spine, as a teenager; the condition affected her lung function and she had trouble staying active. She underwent surgery to straighten her spine with the help of metal rods, and though the surgery was successful, her mobility at age 27 remains partially affected, he said.

Later, their younger brother was also diagnosed with scoliosis, and his situation was complicated by injuries suffered in a vehicle crash. But chiropractic treatment and physical therapy, Norton said, helped keep his brother’s spine curvature below the point at which surgery would have been recommended.

 

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His siblings’ challenges, and the differences in the way they were addressed, changed Norton’s mind about what kind of medicine he wanted to pursue. “I wanted to go more of a preventative route,” he said. He wanted to help people like his sister, he added.

LifeWorks office assistant Moria Austin also came to the field because of personal experience. Austin, who’s previously worked in medical settings, said she’s battled several health issues and has spent the last two years working to manage them. She credits chiropractic care with helping her maintain her ability to walk several years after being told she would lose it.

“I’m really fortunate I’m able to do something I’m passionate about,” Austin said.

LifeWorks uses technology in patient diagnoses, including X-Rays and a machine that measures heat differentials on the skin, which could indicate areas of inflammation and thus pressure on the nerves.

Norton said he plans for LifeWorks to become a family practice, and that the clinic makes it affordable for families with a capped family treatment fee. LifeWorks accepts a variety of insurance plans and will do insurance checks free of charge.

Norton, who lives in St. Clair Shores, has long been drawn to Royal Oak, which, he said, has a vibe that works for his clinic.

“It’s a lot of young families. It’s an up-and-coming area,” Norton said. “There’s a lot of new building happening. There’s a lot of energy in this area.”

116 Catalpa Drive
Royal Oak, MI

lifeworksroyaloak.com

info@lifeworksroyaloak.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Elements Jewelry Studio in Royal Oak Celebrates 30 Years of E.P.I.C. Creations

Elements Jewelry Studio in Royal Oak Celebrates 30 Years of E.P.I.C. Creations

Elements Jewelry Studio in Royal Oak Celebrates 30 Years of E.P.I.C. Creations

29

AUGUST 2019

BY HONEY MURRAY

LBN Community Series
Royal Oak

Brendan Sherwood, owner of Royal Oak’s Elements Jewelry Studio, is a very good listener.

Stepping forward from his workshop full of jewelers’ tools, precious and alloyed metals,  intricately carved wax wedding ring molds; medallions-in-progress for the D.I.A.’s Founders Society; pendants, bracelets and earrings being re-worked and re-fashioned from heirlooms and family gifts; production pieces for golf courses, colleges and yacht clubs; and one-of-a-kind works of wearable art he’s created from rare stones or jewels, Sherwood smiles as he talks about his business.

BRENDAN SHERWOOD

OWNER
ELEMENTS JEWELRY STUDIO

“This shop,” he says, “is not about me and what I do.”

“What sets this shop apart,” he explains, “is the diversity of what we do for our clients. We listen, and then we put principles of design behind what our clients want, what they like, what resonates with them.”

“There is no sales counter here,” Sherwood continues. “We’re not here to sell you something. People come here to have things made, and they always say how much they enjoy the process, the experience, of co-creating.”

Working with their clients, Elements has made rings inspired by Detroit’s Guardian Building, Catalan architecture, and even the video game “Zelda.”

 

“It’s personally fulfilling for our clients to be able to design such special items for their loved ones,” says Sherwood. “One of the engagement rings we designed has a side view that only the wearer can see, like a little crown with diamonds at the base of each prong. The wearer says ‘it melts her heart every time it catches her eye.’”

“Another client, a recent widow, came in to have her wedding ring made into a necklace. She shared how much the personal and touching process – including some tears — meant to her, how great the staff was, and how much she loves the necklace. We are glad to have so many stories like these, and we love working toward each one.”

Sherwood and his two employees use many design aids.

“We use the right technique for the right project,” Sherwood says, “including hand-carved models, CAD (computer-aided design) programs, rapid prototyping with CNC (custom machining) milling, laser welding and 3-D printing.”

 

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“I was always encouraged to be making things,” Sherwood shares. “My father was an architect and my mother a decorator.”

Sherwood studied sculpture at the College for Creative Studies.

“Metals worked well for me as a medium,” he says. “After graduation, I worked for local jewelers and gained practical skills while developing artistically.”

“I was not interested in the art fair or gallery life. I wanted a shop that services the community, where clients could walk in and have help in creating their visions.”

Thirty years ago, Sherwood opened Elements and implemented what he calls the E.P.I.C. Principle: design that embodies engagement, passion, integrity and collaboration.

“With those four elements of operation – and the physical elements of metals and stones – we have so many interactions on so many different levels,” says Sherwood.

“Whether we’re making a 20th-anniversary ring embedded with twenty stones or creating a personalized   memento of a special achievement, the work we do is really a pleasure. And we hope to be here for another thirty years.”

512 South Center Street
Royal Oak, MI 48067
248-544-4111

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The Riviera Cinema: Small-Town Theatre Adds Big-City Amenities

The Riviera Cinema: Small-Town Theatre Adds Big-City Amenities

The Riviera Cinema:
Small-Town Theatre Adds Big-City Amenities

28
AUGUST 2019
BY PAMELA A. ZINKOSKY
LBN Community Series
Farmington

The Riviera Cinema’s elegantly lit sign and awning adorned with sepia-toned images of high-class theatres hearkens back to the good old days of theatre-going. People dressed up for an evening show or weekend afternoon matinee and perhaps splurged a bit on treats from the concession stand.

MELISSA BOUDREAU

CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER
EMAGINE ENTERTAINMENT

While movies are a bit more casual these days, movie-goers’ quest for advanced theatre amenities ­− heated recliner seats, large-format screens, online ticketing − has grown. The Riviera Cinema, close to Nine Mile and Shiawassee Road in Farmington Hills, has been known for its luxury seating and bar since opening in 2014 in the former Dipson Theatre. Now it’s making a name for itself by adding three new screens, one of which is an Emax large-format screen with Dolby Atmos sound.

Last spring, The Riviera broke ground in the space between its current building and the new Edge Fitness Club (formerly Kohl’s), with hopes of finishing in October or early November for the onslaught of fall and winter blockbuster movies.

 

Renovations include an Emax screen in an auditorium with nearly 200 luxury recliner seats, plus a private screening room, another movie auditorium, a party room for special events and additional restrooms. The three new screens will bring The Riviera up to 12 total movie screens, adding nearly 400 seats for a total of  more than 1,100 luxury recliner seats.

In 2017, The Riviera became a “powered by Emagine” theatre, bringing Emagine’s total Michigan movie theatres up to 11, including one other “powered by” theatre, The Patriot Cinema in Grosse Pointe Farms. Emagine also operates theatres in Minnesota, Illinois and Wisconsin.

“This location feels very homey, very small town,” said Melissa Boudreau, chief marketing officer of Emagine Entertainment. “We like it to feel like this is your neighborhood theatre. But at the same time, we’re adding the latest amenities to bring it up-to-date.”

In addition to Dolby Atmos surround sound in the Emax theatre which “really does make a difference,” according to Boudreau the three new auditoriums will include a fourth generation of luxury recliner seats. “They’ve really found ways to make them even more comfortable,” said Boudreau, who noted that the new seats will not be heated initially, but that amenity will be added soon.

The party room and private screening room are typical Emagine amenities that will now be available at The Riviera. The screening room is not just for current movies, but for any media guests would like to show, including personal DVDs and presentations. Available for rent at a rate of $450 for two to three hours, the small auditorium is popular with corporate customers and other guests who want a private experience.

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“It feels very exclusive,” Boudreau said. “You can do whatever you want in there. It’s really fun. It has all the amenities of a home theatre, but you don’t have to clean up.”

The renovations will not only attract more customers − especially movie buffs seeking the latest movie technology for a better experience − but will accommodate those turned away when seats sell out. “It will help us expand our capacity,” said Boudreau. “On certain weekends and with certain shows, we’re selling out.”

Boudreau mentioned a few of the upcoming blockbuster movies Riviera is looking forward to screening. The Riviera’s Emax theatre may not be ready for “Joker,” opening Oct. 4, but possibly for Disney’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” on Oct. 10 and likely for “Terminator: Dark Fate” on Nov. 1. Nov. 15 marks the opening of a local interest movie, “Ford V Ferrari,” starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale. The Riviera is also looking forward to seeing sell-out crowds for the long-awaited “Frozen” sequel, opening Nov. 22.

“All of these will play well on the large screen,” Boudreau said. “Frozen II will probably sell out all weekend.” And of course there’s another Star Wars movie coming for die-hard fans on December 20.

“People can go on our email list or social media to find out when these movies come out,” Boudreau said, mentioning Facebook and Twitter as possible sources for Emagine movie news.

Boudreau said other plans are in the works for a renovated and expanded concession area at The Riviera. There will be new menu items, plus an updated look to the area, she said. It’s not certain when this work will begin, but it will likely be next year, after the prime movie season.

The Riviera looks forward to being able to accommodate more guests and attract die hard movie-goers with updated technology. And while this is also true other movie theatres, Boudreau wanted to stress that guests can purchase their tickets online before coming to the theatre. Beyond the security of knowing you have tickets, there’s one great perk of buying online through Emagine: “You can choose your seat,” she said.

30170 Grand River Avenue
Farmington Hills, MI  48336
248-788-6572

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Former Chamber Prez Opens Care By Design Health and Wellness Market

Former Chamber Prez Opens Care By Design Health and Wellness Market

Former Chamber Prez Opens Care By Design Health and Wellness Market

23

AUGUST 2019

BY PAMELA A. ZINKOSKY

LBN Community Series
Farmington

The initials “CBD” are showing up in a lot of unlikely places. CBD oils and other products line the shelves of local video stores, liquor stores, gas stations and other shops. Online ads for CBD products − even for pets − are prominent. You might be wondering what, if anything, you’re missing out on if you’ve not tried CBD, also known as cannabidiol, a compound found in the hemp plant.

CATHLEEN FRANCOIS

WELLNESS DEVELOPMENT, CARE BY DESIGN

Enter Care By Design Health Market, the brainchild of Annette Compo, a local real estate broker and former president of the Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce. Born of Compo’s quest to find better ways to manage pain, the business, opened Aug. 1 in the Village Commons strip mall, offers CBD and hemp-based products, with a heavy emphasis on educating the public about how they may help manage chronic pain and improve health.

Compo explained that her business model in real estate has always been to educate the public. Case in point: her Real Estate 411 radio show, which provided information during the most recent housing crisis. When she sought information about CBD for chronic pain, she was disappointed, she said. “There was no place for me to go for education, so that’s where the journey began.”

 

About a year and a half ago, Compo hatched the idea for Care By Design, hand picking five colleagues to take the journey with her. Most of them can speak from experience about CBD and chronic pain, including Chris Rosema, who manages the business’s retail fulfillment. CBD helped Rosema get back on track after shoulder surgery, he said. He hopes to lead others to the education they need.

“I like to say there’s a lot of misinformation and disinformation out there,” said Rosema, who added that Care By Design’s unique mission is not only to sell CBD products, but to provide widespread education about them. “We’re trying to start a whole new movement,” he said.

First off, noted Gina Marr, the company’s customer care consultant, “The products we have here are not psychoactive.” You’re not going to get “high” from them, as you would from marijuana, a close cousin of the hemp plant, because they’re missing the high concentration of the psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol, commonly known as THC, that’s in other cannabinoids.

“A lot of people have chronic pain,” said Marr. “People are looking for alternatives. People need to have open conversations about pain management and about cannabidiols.”

Once CBD products are separated from marijuana, those conversations can start, she said.

The next important point, said Marr, is that not all CBD is created equal. Cannabidiols are plant-based products, but they’re not all derived directly from the hemp plant. Some come from other types of plants that produce cannabidiols, and some have chemicals, bacteria or foreign elements like metals because of the way they’ve been extracted, she explained.

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As opposed to gas stations, tattoo shops and video stores that carry CBD products as a side business, Rosema said, Care By Design specializes in these products, so they’re “good clean products. Everything we carry is our own branded label or (made by) a trusted company.”

Care By Design has its products tested by a third party, said Marr. “We want to make sure there’s no foreign bacteria, no foreign metals in our products.”

“The quality of the product is our main focus,” said Rosema, who described some of Care By Design’s product offerings. They include CBD lotions, oils, scrubs,  roll-ons and pet products, as well as dietary supplements, hemp seeds, hemp hearts and nutritional bars.

Care By Design sports a clean, modern look, with products grouped by type and neatly displayed on tables, a comfortable sitting area in one corner, and several private rooms for classes and consultations. “It’s a place where people can feel safe to come and get educated,” Rosema said. “Anybody can come here.”

What’s more, said Rosema, Care By Design does not claim that CBD is the answer to every problem. “CBD is not right for everyone,” he said.

In addition to CBD products, Care By Design offers tea and kombucha at the shop’s food bar, a place where people can meet and stay a while, said Cathleen Francois, who heads up wellness development and offers expertise in essential oils.

“Kombucha is a nice alternative to soda.” said Compo, who makes her own kombucha. The bubbly tea beverage is good for your gut, she said, which is also known as “our second brain.”

Compo looks forward to hosting a kombucha-making class at Care By Design, she said, where participants will receive a birth certificate for the active bacteria and yeast culture they breed.

Other educational classes on CBD-related topics will run Wednesday evenings and some Saturdays, and will be open to the public, most of them free of charge.

Francois said the company also hopes to hire an esthetician and offer facials in the private rooms.

Care By Design is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Products are available for purchase on the company Web site as well as in-store.

32746 Grand River Avenue
Farmington, MI  48336
248-907-0400

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