Stores in the spotlight
Motif Jewelers moves from Southland to nearby corner
After nearly 23 years in Southland Center, Motif Jewelers is preparing for a move to the northeast corner of Eureka and Racho roads. A soft opening was planned for mid-February, followed by a grand opening at the beginning of March 2021. "We’re excited for Taylor and all of Downriver to visit us in our new home, and experience our great products and services to which they’ve grown accustomed for generations,” said Arakel Eric Chopjian, Motif Jewelers’ director of operations, told The News-Herald Newspapers recently. “We’ve always wanted a stand-alone presence in this area to further enhance our reputation as a premier retail and service destination.”
Motif Jewelers' move further strengthens the Eureka Road corridor between Telegraph and Allen roads, which, according to Taylor Mayor Rick Sollars, is one of Michigan's hottest development regions. "The city of Taylor is extremely glad to see that Motif Jewelers is relocating to another site in the community," he said. "The pandemic has turned the business world on its head, and this has been a very difficult year for everyone. We value businesses like Motif, and we know that our residents do, too."
Kudos Taproom and Fieldhouse to take over Gander Mountain facility
Economic developer and consultant Parker Grant is planning a unique “eat-ertainment” concept for the old Gander Mountain location. Kudos Taproom and Fieldhouse has been approved by the Planning Commission and is aiming for a Spring 2021 opening.
Parker Grant is a catering, consulting, and events company. They specialize in project-based consulting, event management, and experiential design. Projects range from restaurant development and stadium concessions to corporate gatherings and curated event design. The firm has previously worked on the creation of Montana State University’s food and beverage strategy; Bay Harbor’s luxury experience along an exclusive five miles of Little Grant Traverse Bay: all facets of operations on minor league ballpark Jimmie John’s Field; the creation of Agave Tequila Bar in Ann Arbor; and the recreation of the Midland Brewing Company. Co-founder David Parker previously worked with 313 Presents.
The Kudos Taproom and Fieldhouse concept is a combination of street food, craft beer, axe throwing, fowling, retro arcade, corn hole fields, children’s play area, 70 65-inch televisions, corporate VIP space and much more. It focuses to provide family fun seven days a week through a “one-stop approach” that offers a Disney-like clean atmosphere with a rustic modern approach, according to the developers. Parker Grant is offering a “community” approach that includes a dozen charitable partners; safe fun around a connect and celebrate idea; and drawing new visitors, sponsors and corporate groups to the City. It will offer 50-plus full- and part-time jobs and year-around indoor social space. All in an open layout building concept.
Boot Camp Express opens in Essco Square
Boot Camp Express (7836 Telegraph Road) has opened in the Essco Square, which includes Dollar Tree and Hook & Reel. The facility seeks to transform lives and communities through challenging 45-minute HIIT cardio and strength workouts that will leave participants feeling stronger and more confident. The goal of the Boot Camp Express workout program is to provide a whole-body workout that builds strength and endurance. For more information, call (313) 633-9926 or click on bootcampexp.com.
Dairy Queen Grill & Chill opens on Telegraph Road
A new Dairy Queen Grill & Chill opened in early February 2021 on Telegraph Road, just south of WalMart. This DQ is occupying a parcel that had remained vacant for nearly two decades. Ali Haidous, a Dearborn native, will own and operate the location along with his brothers Sam and Joe. He started in the restaurant business 20 years ago and eventually opened a Grill & Chill in Dearborn. When he looked to expand his business, a location in Taylor along Telegraph was targeted. He obtained the land from the City and has built a new free-standing building including a drive-through, over 40 spacing spaces and a patio area. The Grill & Chill brand is actually two brands in one. Any fan can come in and have a meal and then a treat. The menu includes burgers, chicken strips, fried chicken or fish sandwiches, salads, fries, onion rings, cheese curds, pretzels, popcorn shrimp and many other food selections. On the other hand, there is soft serve ice cream and the ice cream menu that Dairy Queen is famous for from cones, blizzards, shakes, many others. DQ is one of the America’s most popular and recognized brands. It’s first location opened in Joliet, Ill., in 1940.
Berry Dental now on Eureka and Beech Daly
Berry Dental is moved to a site on the northwest corner of Eureka Road and Beech Daly. The office offers a complete line of dental services and utilizes and latest dental technology. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 6 p.m. Mondays; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 8 a.m. to noon Fridays; and by appointment only on Saturdays. Closed Sundays. For more information or questions, email Smile@berrydent.com or call (734) 992-8688.
Eureka Mall adds Cosmo Salon Studios
Add Cosmo Salon Studios to the tenants of the new Eureka Mall, located directly west of David’s Bridal Shop and the greater Meijer complex. Comcast opened a 4,250-square-foot Xfinity retail store to anchor that plaza last year. Cosmo Salon Studios offer independent salons in a central location. Salon keepers have the freedom of customizing their studio (many of which have windows), keep their profits and there is a complimentary onsite laundry available. Schedule a tour by calling (313) 800-8224. For more information, click on comosalonstudios.com. Xfinity is located right next door, and is open Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For more information about Xfinity products and services, visit www.xfinity.com.
Hampton Manor moving ahead with senior facility
Hampton Manor has been approved by the Planning Commission to build a 72-unit elderly assisted living center on 6.18 acres of property on the northwest corner of Pardee Road and Superior. The developers worked with the City for months refining the project, which will include amenities like a putting green, salon, spa, theatre, library, outdoor walking paths, benches and gazebo. It will be located northwest corner of Pardee and Superior, within walking distance of the Eureka Way! business and entertainment district. Hampton has years of experience in providing care to seniors. It has used its knowledge, the latest technology and the highest standards of hospitality and care to develop and operate some of the most advanced, top rated, newly built, and friendly senior living communities in the nation. Its portfolio consists of several assisted living communities, and it has created a team of thoroughly trained and licensed staff who take pride in being a part of the Manor Senior Living family — physicians, licensed nurses, nursing assistants, caregivers, therapists, activity directors and managers.
World Gateway of Taylor begins buildout on Inkster Road
Clearing for the World Gateway of Taylor project has been ongoing along Inkster Road, north of Eureka. The unique project calls for an 83,500-square-foot industrial center that includes three environmentally friendly “green” buildings and a parking lot made of permeable pavers for vehicle storage targeting traffic to and from Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Even the parking lot canopies will hold solar panels.
A “green” building is a building that, in its design, construction or operation, reduces or eliminates negative impacts, and has a positive effect on climate and natural environment. Green buildings preserve precious natural resources and improve quality of life. Some elements of typical green buildings include efficient use of energy, water and other resources; use of renewable energy, such as solar energy; pollution and waste reduction measures, and the enabling of re-use and recycling; good indoor environmental air quality; and use of materials that are non-toxic, ethical and sustainable.
Likewise, permeable pavers are environmentally friendly, although installation is difficult and expensive. Parking lots made of permeable pavers reduce or eliminate the need for drainage systems and provide lower long-term costs. For example, over a recent three-year period, the University of California Santa Cruz installed six permeable paver parking lots on its campus, totaling more than 150,000-square-feet. The lots had the ability to handle heavy traffic, and eliminated the need for run off detention (had they been concrete or asphalt). Storm water filtering through these type of pavers is considered one of the best management practices by industry experts.
Marriott Hotels planned on old Ramada site near Eureka and I-75
Preparations continue for two new Marriott Hotels – a Fairfield Inn and TownePlace Suites – on the vacant location of the former Ramada Inn on Eureka Road, just east of I-75. The plans call for two, four-story hotels. The Fairfield Inn will have 100 rooms; the TownePlace Suites will have 116.
The Fairfield Inn & TownePlace Suites are two of a dozen hotel versions that Marriott offers. The Fairfield Inn series is included in its “select service” category. Courtyard by Marriott and SpringHill Suites by Marriott are two other brands that fall into that “select service” class.
The TownePlace Suites line is part of an “extended stay” series, built for the traveler. These properties feature modern spacious suites with full kitchens, free Wi-Fi and breakfast. Others that fall into that same class are Residence Inn and Marriott Executive Apartments.
Other classes offered by Marriott include luxury (i.e. Ritz-Carlton); lifestyle collection (Renaissance Hotels); signature (Marriott Hotels & Resorts); and destination entertainment (Gaylord Hotels).
The Ramada Inn complex was torn down in 2015 when a new developer acquired the site. Plans for a hotel, or more than one hotel, had surfaced from time to time. The developer owned both the old Ramada site and the former Taylor Tool location on the northern side of Eureka Road.
A new strip mall was eventually built on the abandoned Taylor Tool location and is anchored by La-Z-Boy. Tropical Smoothies and Detroit Wing Co. are also in that center, which is directly across from Trader’s Pointe.
For a lengthy period of time, Taylor featured only a single hotel location, Comfort Inn & Suites on Telegraph Road north of I-94. But soon it will have three – Fairfield Inn, TownePlace Suites and Hilton Home2Suites, on Pardee Road across from Southland Center and Target.