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Huron-Clinton Metroparks offering discounted rates on annual passes through new year

Willow Metropark seen on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020. (Photo by Kyle Meeker/Meeker Photography)

Posted by The Huron Hub
Nov. 9, 2020

What’s the best time to get the 2021 Huron-Clinton Metroparks annual park pass? Right now. That’s because the parks system is providing a special discounted offer of just $35 for annual passes purchased by Dec. 31, 2020. That one pass can be used to access each of the 13 Metroparks across Southeast Michigan all year long.

Starting January 1, the 2021 Metroparks annual pass will cost $40 for residents ($29 for Seniors 62+) of the five counties served – Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne – or $45 for non-residents ($34 for Seniors 62+). But now through the end of the year, everyone can purchase their 2021 pass for just $35, or $24 for Seniors 62 and older.

Additionally, any 2021 passes can be used immediately, even before the new year. That’s up to seven weeks of extra value with the same pass.

“Purchasing an annual pass is the best way to experience everything our diverse Metroparks have to offer,” said Amy McMillan, director of the Huron-Clinton Metroparks. “Plus, it’s a great value. Nothing else matches it in terms of what you get and how affordable it can be to get out and enjoy the great outdoors, which the COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced just how important that can be. It truly is an investment that keeps on giving all year long.”

McMillan also noted the new and improved online shopping experience, designed to offer a more streamlined customer experience. Those purchasing an annual pass online this year will be asked to create an account. They can then use that same login information when registering for programs, purchasing gift cards, reserving picnic shelters, and more.

Passes be purchased at or at any Metroparks toll booth. The park offices remain closed to the public at this time until further notice.

The 13 Huron-Clinton Metroparks include Delhi, Dexter-Huron, Hudson Mills, Huron Meadows, Indian Springs, Kensington, Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair, Lower Huron, Oakwoods, Stony Creek, Willow and Wolcott Mill Metroparks.

Article submitted by Huron-Clinton Metroparks 



Kroger, Ocado announce high-tech customer fulfillment center will be built in Romulus


Kroger and Ocado’s new customer fulfillment center – an automated warehouse facility with digital and robotic capabilities, also known as a “shed”. (PRNewsfoto/The Kroger Co.)

Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
Sept. 28, 2020 - 4:15 p.m. EDT

The Kroger Co. and Ocado, a technology company that supports grocery e-commerce, announced Monday that the latest location for a customer fulfillment center (CFC) will be built in Romulus.

The facility will be located at 15675 Wahrman in Romulus and is expected to become operational 18 months after the site breaks ground.

The facility will support customers in several markets, including Michigan, Northern Ohio, and Indiana.

The location confirms a previous announcement stating Kroger and Ocado would construct a CFC in the Great Lakes Region.

“Kroger is incredibly excited to develop one of our industry-leading Customer Fulfillment Centers in Michigan in relationship with Ocado to bring fresh food to our customers faster than ever before,” said Robert Clark, Kroger’s senior vice president of supply chain, manufacturing and sourcing. “We continue to invest in and constantly improve our e-commerce capabilities, focusing on cost-effective solutions. Our partnership with Ocado is an essential part of our evolving seamless ecosystem. In Michigan, we are engineering a smaller model for the region, leveraging advanced robotics technology and creative solutions to redefine the customer experience and respond to the growing demand for grocery e-commerce services.”

Kroger has partnered with Ocado to accelerate its ability to provide customers with anything, anytime, anywhere.

The CFC model – an automated warehouse facility with digital and robotic capabilities – will be used to serve customers across the region. Kroger is designing a flexible distribution network, combining disaggregated demand and the proximity of its stores and facilities that vary in design and size.

“Grocery ecommerce has reached an inflection point in 2020, and with Kroger we are developing a game-changing ecosystem for serving online grocery across the United States. Powered by Ocado’s state of the art technology, this site illustrates the unique flexibility of Ocado’s technology, as we are able to deploy sites of different sizes in different regions, to maximize penetration across diverse markets,” said Luke Jensen, CEO of Ocado Solutions. “Ocado’s proven technology will allow Kroger to achieve the lowest cost-to-serve in the market, combined with the best freshness, accuracy and service.”

“Kroger’s decision to invest $95 million and create 250 new jobs in Romulus further demonstrates that Wayne County is a global leader in logistics and fulfillment industries. Kroger’s continued commitment to our region with the innovative new grocery delivery service provided by this high-tech facility will help improve access to fresh foods in southeast Michigan at a time when this service is more important than ever to keep residents safe and healthy,” said Warren Evans, Wayne County Chief Executive.

This new 135,000-square-foot CFC will accelerate Kroger’s ability to expand its products to a larger footprint. This facility will create 250 new jobs, benefitting the City of Romulus/Aerotropolis region.


Romulus launches virtual business-to-business networking series amid pandemic


Posted by The Huron Hub | Romulus news tab
Aug. 19, 2020

The City of Romulus launched a virtual Business-to-Business Networking Series yesterday in an effort to promote economic development and provide support for local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Representatives from Wayne County, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Detroit Regional Aerotropolis joined the conversation to provide updates on grants and other available business resources.

“I see the city of Romulus as a business-friendly municipality, and I think the future looks good for businesses in Romulus,” said Wayne County District 11 Commissioner Al Haidous during the meeting. “The city of Romulus is a hotspot for economic development.”

Though the city has held past Business-to-Business Networking events in-person, COVID-19 restrictions meant the city needed to pivot to identify a virtual option. The event allowed city officials to connect with local businesses, share resources, answer questions and receive feedback at a safe social distance.

“Our role as city officials is to support and connect local businesses with the people, programs and resources they need to be successful,” said Romulus Mayor LeRoy Burcroff. “This series will help us learn what is working for businesses and what is not. We’re in a different world since the onset of COVID-19, but I continue to be proud of the innovative ways our community has adapted and come together to support small businesses.”

The City of Romulus is the process of organizing additional virtual Business-to-Business networking events to keep the conversation going.

“We organized the series as a way to connect local businesses with all the resources and tools available to them,” said Jazmine Danci, Director of Marketing & Community Development for the City of Romulus. “Today’s networking event provided local business owners a direct line to key city departments and community partners, as well as an understanding of how they can access available resources.”

Visit the City’s website or Facebook for future announcements.

Article source: City of Romulus 


Orchard Grove Tavern reopens

Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub| July 13, 2020

After reopening under new ownership in March and then closing temporarily due to the pandemic, Orchard Grove Tavern at the corner of Sibley Road and Middle Belt has once again opened its doors to hungry customers.

Here is a messege from the restaurant’s owners:

Orchard Grove Tavern is reopened and ready to serve you. We are taking the utmost precautions and safety measures to ensure an overall enjoyable dining experience with your health in mind. For those who are not yet comfortable with dining in, saftey measures are still being followed and our full menu is available for carryout. Our hours are Tuesday-Thursday 4-9, Friday & Saturday 4 -10. Please stop in or call to place an order and support a local family-owned restaurant. We are excited to see you again, warmest wishes from all of us at Orchard Grove Tavern.

Initial article: Orchard Grove Tavern announces new ownership


For the Love Bakeshop to host pop-up shop in Flat Rock June 26-28

For the Love Bakeshop & Café offers an inviting space accommodating a wide variety of dining preferences from grab and go, to a place to meet up with friends and socialize, and even offers a private dining section for parties, meetings and events. Photo courtesy Michele Bezue.

For the Love Bakeshop & Café, a vibrant new bakery cafe opening in July at the corner of Telegraph Rd and East Huron River Dr, is the latest on a growing list of eateries and small businesses revitalizing the downtown Flat Rock community. The shop is driven by a sense of purpose around fresh, local, real food. For the Love offers an inviting space accommodating a wide variety of dining preferences from grab and go, to a place to meet up with friends and socialize, and even offers a private dining section for parties, meetings and events. 

For the Love will host a pop up shop June 26–28, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily ahead of their upcoming July opening. Space is limited due to current COVID-19 regulations and guests will be served first come, first served.

The creators of For the Love hope to do more than just serve great food. From its beginnings, the shop has been designed to nourish the community in both body and spirit every hour that they are open. From staff whose mandate is to treat all neighbors with familiarity and love, to the authentic and natural food that is served, just as they would serve to their own families. Additionally, The For the Love of Neighbor program was an integral part of developing the eatery and offers a generous opportunity for guests to pay it forward when they can. Neighbors can support their fellow community members in need, by purchasing a Breakfast Break or Lunch with Love Benefit that a guest can use to pay for their meal whether they simply forgot their wallet or truly don’t know where their next meal will come from. The business will even share in the cost by offering a discount for any neighbors who choose to share the love. 

“It’s definitely something that’s close to home,” says Nichole Kahl, For the Love’s General Manager, “It’s a great feeling paying your bills on time, but sometimes your food runs out before your next check and that’s ok, it happens.  Our FTLON benefit is there to help those who are in need, in any way!”

For the Love uses Ingredients that are local whenever possible and always the highest quality and the fare is multicultural, based on the creators’ life experiences around the world. The menu includes a variety of breakfast, lunch and bakery items, handcrafted fresh daily. Gourmet sandwiches, refreshing salads, indulgent bakery goods including cakes, brownies, pastry, cookies and more are just some of what you will find on the counter and in the pastry case. An elevated coffee program includes coffee from several metro Detroit roasters, including the new Flat Rock roaster, Hooked on a Bean. For events and meetings, For the Love offers a full catering menu, which can be served in-house, picked up or delivered to your office or home. 

Menu favorites include the, always popular, Black Velvet Cake with Bruleed House-made Marshmallow and Double Cocoa Brownies that your mouth just will not believe. For breakfast, there is an unforgettable variety of bread and muffins in flavors like Morning Glory Banana and Lemon Thyme, as well as savory favorites like Bacon and Egg Brioche Buns and Kale Cheddar Sausage & Egg Muffins. The lunch menu boasts a variety of individual pizzas, scratch-made soups and sandwiches and baked treats like beef bourguignon pot pie and more.

For the Love Bakeshop & Café is located at 28773 Telegraph Rd in the former Premion building, newly rehabbed and home to several new and exciting Flat Rock businesses. The shop will open for carryout and delivery plus limited seating and events in July from 11 am – 6 pm. Keep up on progress and Grand Opening announcement at and on social media on Facebook and Instagram as @forthelovecafe. Contact For the Love at 734.210.0290 and email at

Article submitted by: Michele Bezue


Dreamstreet Realty opens in downtown New Boston

Dreamstreet Realty opened recently at 36974 Huron River Drive in downtown New Boston. Photo courtesy Brandy Sayger.

Posted Friday, June 12, 2020

Dreamstreet Realty is beyond excited about opening up in downtown New Boston!

We are a family brokerage that serves all of southeast Michigan. We come from five generations and a century of real estate experience and wisdom dating back to 1922.

It is our dream to continue the tradition of trust and excellence before us while continuing to grow and stay on the modern edge of real estate.

We would love to assist you when buying or selling your home. We make realty dreams a reality!

Brandy Sayger, Broker
Dreamstreet Realty

Dreamstreet Realty is located at 36974 Huron River Drive. You can contact their office at 734-606-5333.


Huron Township bars and restaurants open for dine-in service

Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub| June 11, 2020 

Huron Township bars and restaurants have announced they are open for dine-in service.

On June 1, Governor Whitmer announced that bars and restaurants could reopen following a forced closing in March due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Restaurants that open will be required to maintain additional safety measures and guidelines, including a capacity limit inside of the business.

Some local restaurants have posted on social media that they are now open for dine-in.


A phone call to Woodside Meadows golf course confirmed that they are also open for dine-in service. The business does not operate a social media page. They are located at 20820 Inkster Road.

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657 bar, restaurant owners across state receive $3.3M in relief through liquor commission buyback program

The program offered bars and restaurants a 100% cash buyback to on-premise liquor licensees for spirits they had ordered from the Commission prior to March 16, 2020. (Huron Hub file photo)

Posted by The Huron Hub | May 1, 2020

More than $3.3 million in financial relief is going to 657 bar and restaurant owners across the state – a financial lifeline averaging over $5,000 for hard-hit hospitality businesses, Gov. Whitmer announced today.

The Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) is administrator of the governor’s spirits buyback program.

“I know the financial losses have been incredibly devastating to business owners in the hospitality industry during this COVID-19 pandemic,” said Whitmer. “I am pleased that through this innovative program, we can provide much-needed cash to hundreds of Michigan’s bars and restaurants that are struggling right now, to help tide them over until they’re open for business again.”

Pursuant to the governor’s Executive Order 2020-46, the program offered a 100% cash buyback to on-premise liquor licensees for spirits they had ordered from the Commission prior to March 16, 2020.

Licensees actually keep possession of the products the Commission bought back, with no bottles being picked up.

Bars and restaurants have 90 days after emergency declarations are lifted to repurchase the inventory by selling it when they’re back open for business and pay the Commission back interest free.

“The Commission is proud to be a part of the governor’s one-of a kind liquor buyback,” said MLCC Chair Pat Gagliardi. “We’re extremely pleased to provide these neighborhood bars and restaurants across Michigan a financial lifeline they can count on in these uncertain times.”

Eligible licensees applied for the spirits buyback program directly through the MLCC from April 14-24. Once applications were approved by the MLCC, checks were issued to licensees from the Michigan Department of Treasury.

Dine-in services of all bars and restaurants in the state were suspended on March 16 by Executive Order as the coronavirus outbreak continued to spread.

Drake Lambert of Huron Township sells signs to support local business during pandemic

Drake Lambert, 10, lives in Huron Township and has been a fan of Schwartz’s Greenhouse his whole life. He is selling signs locally, to support the business. Proceeds from the sales will buy Schwatz’s Greenhouse employees a catered meal once all the signs are sold. (Photo courtesy of Monica Sharf)

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Published May 4, 2020

Drake Lambert of Huron Township wanted to give back to his community during the uncertain times and even encourage a few smiles along the way.

Drake, 10, has always been a big fan of Schwartz’s Greenhouse, said his mom, Monica Sharf.

To show and build support for a local business during the pandemic, Drake had signs printed to show support for Schwartz’s and has sold them to anyone locally who wants to display one in their yard.

“If you know Drake then you know he tells everyone his first job will be at Schwartz’s Greenhouse, so it was a no brainer when he picked their business to give back too,” Sharf said in a social media post. “Schwartz’s Greenhouse has been a staple in our community for over 60 years. They do countless fundraisers to help support our sports teams and schools. Drake has decided to sprinkle our community with these awesome signs to show Schwartz’s Greenhouse just how much our community loves them.”

Anyone who wants to purchase a sign from Drake can message Monica Sharf on Facebook.

The signs are $20 and they will deliver the signs locally.

“50% pays for the sign and the other 50% Drake will be used to do something special for Schwartz’s Greenhouse and all of their amazing staff,” Sharf said.

She said Drake has decided to use the funds to buy a catered lunch for all the staff at the greenhouse.

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Local greenhouses set to open during pandemic with safety measures in place

In this Huron Hub file photo, daisies soak up the bright light inside of Schwartz’s Greenhouse, 30705 Sibley Road. Schwartz’s is among several area greenhouses and growers who are planning on opening soon and have plans in place to do business during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Scott Bolthouse)

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Published April 26, 2020

Winter is quickly fading away and that means thousands of green thumbs everywhere are ready to get dirty, and countless local growers are ready to sell their products.

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced all non-essential businesses to close in March, greenhouse owners and customers alike worried about the upcoming growing season.

Last week, Gov. Whitmer eased restrictions on some businesses, including greenhouses and growers.

With the new regulations in place, local greenhouses have said they are getting ready to open with new safety measures in place for customers and employees.

Block’s Greenhouse in Romulus posted on their Facebook page some of their plans to sell plants during the pandemic.

The business did not post an opening date yet but said to stay tuned.

“Our plans to create a safe shopping environment. We will be limiting the number of shoppers in the store at any one time. There will be special hours for seniors and the vulnerable population. Face masks will be required per Governor Whitmer’s order. We will also be extending our selling season. We will continue planting so we have a good selection of flowers and vegetable plants,” their post said.

Schwartz’s Greenhouse in Huron Township announced recently that they would be launching online ordering system, curbside pickup for customers this season with a May 1 planned opening date.

“This program will start hopefully May 1st or when the Stay Home Stay Safe order is lifted,” the business said in a Facebook post.

“We have also reduced display carts and benching to encourage more space for our customers to practice social distancing for those that still want to browse and pick their own items.We will have one way aisles in order to help flow and congestion helping us practice our best social distancing as a community.Our plan is to implement handheld checkout machines which should help ease congestion at the checkout area. As of now we are planning on having dedicated shopping hours for our senior community to help our most vulnerable community members stay as safe as possible…Stay tuned for more details on that as well,” Schwartz’s said.

Kurtzhal’s Greenhouse, 27098 Sibley Road, posted on their social media that they plan to open on May 1.

Vena’s Greenhouse, 20935 Martinsville Road, also said they are opening on May 1.

Normal business hours are in full swing at Grass Roots Pond and Garden, 24765 Bell Road, according to their Facebook post.

If you own or operate a greenhouse near Huron Township and want to be added to this list, please email