Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Ara Topouzian previously served as treasurer for the Michigan Economic Developers Association.
The City of Novi is proud to announce the appointment of Economic Development Director Ara Topouzian to vice president of the Michigan Economic Developers Association (MEDA). Topouzian previously served as the treasurer for MEDA since 2007. MEDA was created more than 50 years ago to advance economic development in Michigan by providing a range of services and programs to enhance economic development skills. By offering programs, education classes, public relations, and networking opportunities, MEDA makes it possible for economic development professionals statewide to remain educated on the most successful economic development practices. As Novi’s economic development director since 2007, Topouzian works with a diverse group of businesses …
Monday, January 28, 2013
The restaurant offers several different dining experiences.
A new Japanese steakhouse has opened in Novi. Genji Japanese Steakhouse, located at 27155 S. Karevich Drive across from Twelve Oaks Mall, had its soft opening two weeks ago and will celebrate its grand opening on Friday. The restaurant is owned by the Pi family, who have six other restaurants in Michigan—each one different than the other. Tony Pi said the family is happy to open a restaurant in Novi. "Novi just had so many people and a lot of people coming in from other areas, but many people were having to go out to eat in Ann Arbor or Royal Oak to get that city feel," Pi said. Genji will also serve as a showroom for the Pi family, and the restaurant has a commissary in the back that will be used for catering in the future. The Dining …
Monday, January 14, 2013
The new restaurant combines Scottish, Irish and English tradition.
Tilted Kilt, a new pub and eatery that opened Dec. 1 in Novi's Fountain Walk, is the first of its franchise to open in Michigan. The restaurant features 30 draft beers on tap including local beers like Short's Soft Parade, Fat Tire and Magic Hat #9. "It's a great sports viewing atmosphere, great service. Our slogan is: Cold Beer Never Looked So Good," said General Manager Brian Meussner. The female servers, who wear plaid kilts, are a big part of the Tilted Kilt experience and are featured in their own calendar. Sports watching is another part of the experience as there are more than 50 televisions in the Tilted Kilt, so patrons can count on seeing their favorite games, Meussner said. "Wings and burgers are always a big hit," he said …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
The Novi City Council approved the addition to the restaurant Monday night.
Panera Bread lovers will soon be able to get their soup and sandwiches on the go, now that the restaurant has been approved to add a drive-through to its Novi location on Novi Road near Grand River Avenue. The Novi City Council approved the one-lane drive-through, which will be added to the south side of the building, at its meeting Monday night. A representative from Panera said that construction will likely begin this summer and hopefully be completed by August. Panera will also be constructing a 468-foot addition to the building to accommodate the drive-through facilities. In the process, the builders plan to demolish the existing parking area on the south side of the plaza, then adding all but four parking spaces back in later. Novi's …
Sunday, December 30, 2012
We're taking a look back at the best Patch stories of 2012.
What were some of the top business stories in Novi this year? Here's a recap of 2012 in business news:
Thursday, December 20, 2012
The national pancake chain is coming soon.
IHOP is opening a new location in Novi. The breakfast restaurant will be located at Novi Road and Grand River Avenue, IHOP Media Representative Craig Hoffman said. Construction has yet to begin on the site, so the opening date is unknown. IHOP, which stands for International House of Pancakes, has 1,565 locations in all 50 states. Check back with Patch for updates on this story.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
The restaurant features rock cooking at the table.
Black Rock Bar & Grill is coming to Novi. The owners of the popular Hartland restaurant plan to open a second location in Novi in April. "We're bringing Novi something that they'll enjoy. We're going to work hard for them," said Lonny Morganroth, who co-owns the restaurants with his wife, Janette. The Novi restaurant will be located in Fountain Walk at the previous Godaiko location. It will be very similar to the original Hartland restaurant, which opened in the fall of 2010. Black Rock features rock cooking, a unique style in which customers can cook their food themselves at their table. It requires a heated granite stone that can be placed on the table at about 800 degrees Fahrenheit. >>Watch how rock cooking works in the video, right. …
Friday, November 9, 2012
Big Boy on Novi Road has closed for business to make way for a new development.
After decades of serving customers in Novi, the Big Boy on Novi Road has closed its doors for business. The restaurant officially closed a little more than a month ago to make way for a new strip mall development in that area. According to Novi Economic Development Director Ara Topouzian, the strip mall will have three to four retail outlets, one of which will probably be a restaurant. The center will be approximately 10,000 square feet with parking behind the building. Topouzian said the owner of the center is waiting to finalize the tenants before beginning demolition and construction. A sign on the doors of Big Boy thanks its customers for their support over the years and directs them to visit its other nearby locations: Haggerty Road …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Business is good at Expressions Music Academy, which will double its size this January.
Jessica Schatz of Walled Lake always knew she wanted to teach music, and now her business is doing better than she ever dreamed. Schatz is the owner of Expressions Music Academy in Novi, which opened two years ago, and she plans to double the size of the business in January by expanding into the neighboring suite. The school is located at 43370 W. 10 Mile Road near Novi Road and will be growing from six studios to 13. The expansion will also include the addition of a music lab, which will be equipped with iPads loaded with music education programs and practice keyboards. Expressions offers private lessons in piano, guitar, voice, violin, viola, cello, percussion, clarinet, flute, oboe, saxophone, trumpet, horn, tuba, trombone and euphonium…
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Big Frog is now open in Novi Town Center.
After retiring from the auto industry, Doug Rossman decided he wanted to try something different and be his own boss. He decided to be a franchise broker for a year, and then ended up becoming a franchise owner himself. He and his wife, Robin, of Farmington Hills, opened Big Frog Custom T-Shirts and More at 26036 Ingersol Drive in Novi Town Center earlier this month. Doug Rossman said the new look of Novi Town Center cemented their decision to open the store in Novi. "I think it's really going to pick up nice," he said. The business offers custom digitally-printed T-shirts and other items using what is essentially a large ink-jet printer. Unlike screen printing, which essentially is layers of paint on top of fabric, Big Frog’s direct-to-…