By Shelby Clark Petkus
A variety of new businesses have popped up in Birmingham over the last few months, keeping the hip and upscale city thriving as various other institutions have closed up shop.
One such “newbie” to the downtown Birmingham scene is DROUGHT, located at 555 S. Old Woodward. The shop offers raw juice made from 100-percent organic fruits and vegetables. All juices are unpasteurized, cold-pressed and glass-bottled. Some featured juices include the “Green #2,” featuring collards, broccoli, cabbage, celery and lemon and the “Beet #1,” made of apple, beet, carrot and lemon. Call 248-258-9642 for more information on DROUGHT and its many offerings.
Mad Hatter Bistro Bar and Tea Room also offers Birmingham another beverage haunt, this time featuring more classical fare. Homemade favorites from around the globe round out the food menu, including shepherd’s pie and scotch eggs. The menu also includes small plates, entrees, charcuterie boards, salads and “mad” desserts such as fresh scones with clotted cream and preserves. In addition to the wide selection of expected teas (served at $22 per person for a full tea, including sandwiches and pastries), Mad Hatter also offers cocktails and wine. The bistro is located at 185 N. Old Woodward. Visit http://www.madhatterbistro.com for further details.
Though it celebrated its one-year anniversary this past summer, Griffin Claw Brewing Company – located further off the main drag in Birmingham at 575 S. Eton St. – is continually expanding, quickly adding the city to the “beer map” in Michigan. The craft brewery serves unique and classic ales, ranging from the popular fall season, Screamin’ Pumpkin, to the more unique sour amber ale, Apridisiac. The venue has recently changed its food menu around and has added homemade craft spirits such as vodka to its libation list.
Food and drink aren’t the only additions to the area. Birmingham’s Merrill Street opens two new businesses: Nina McLemore and Karen Egren Jewelry. Nina McLemore, located at 550 Merril St., Suite 230, features a a collection of clothing catered to senior professional and executive women active in their communities. The collection is only available in 14 stores nationwide. For more information, call 248-430-4365.
Also at 550 Merril St. is Karen Egren Jewelry, featuring Egren’s selection of necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings, watches and more. She’s known as a discerning curator, stylist and collector committed to “helping each individual woman discover her own unique style.” Call 248-835-4566 with any questions or comments on the jewelry store.