Support Local

Local businesses need us more than ever.

Article by Danielle Alexander

Photography by Laura McCaffery and Courtesy of Roche Bobois and Hagopian

Originally published in Birmingham City Lifestyle

The spread of COVID-19 dramatically changed all of our lives in a matter of days, and smaller businesses have, unfortunately, taken one of the hardest hits. Since our local business owners and their employees need us more than ever, it’s time to rally! Consider supporting these six local businesses before looking elsewhere: 


707 East Lewiston (Suite 102), Ferndale



Dan Davis Design is a client-centric, award-winning and widely published full-service interior design firm in metro Detroit. They draw from their exceptionally-diverse design strengths to translate their clients’ wishes into beautiful realities and not only believe each and every one of their clients has a unique beauty to his or her style but also that their work should reflect that.


850 S. Old Woodward, Birmingham

(248)-646-RUGS (7847)


Whether it’s cleaning a carpet or educating someone about the floor covering that fits their lifestyle, the Hagopian family has always maintained the highest level of customer service. Celebrating 81 years this year, Hagopian has a location not only in Birmingham but Novi, Oak Park, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Clarkston, Plymouth and Utica, as well. Services offered include in-home cleaning, rug repair, rug cleaning, air duct cleaning, commercial cleaning and cushion cleaning. Additionally, Hagopian sells flooring and rugs.


245 S. Eton Street, Birmingham 



Big Rock Chophouse has a 4-star, award-winning menu that bursts with flavorful recipes centered around enormous, hand-cut aged steaks, delicious lamb chops and the freshest seafood. A recipient of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for 16 consecutive years, Big Rock also features an extensive wine cellar, complete with more than 400 fine wine and champagne selections. Big Rock is also open for lunch daily, featuring a special price fixed lunch menu with three courses that changes weekly.  


394 S. Old Woodward Avenue, Birmingham



Roche Bobois is a world leader in furniture design and distribution. Right in Downtown Birmingham, you can discover all the elements that make Roche Bobois’ offerings so unique: innovative new collections and a team of experienced design consultants who can help you plan your project at every stage of the process, including product selection, customization and advanced 3D planning.  


223 N. Eton Street, Birmingham & 6447 Inkster Road, Bloomfield Hills



For the last two years, Spa Mariana owner Maciek Lyko has traveled to different parts of Europe to experience and find only the best treatments to bring to his spas in Michigan, and he is excited to be the first spa in the state to include a foot sanctuary at his new Birmingham location that opened in April. All therapists at Spa Mariana are licensed with extensive, advanced training.  


637 S. Eton Street, Birmingham



The Robot Garage is a maker space that teaches engineering and robotics to kids. Its mission is to create an “aha” moment every day for every guest and to inspire the innovators of tomorrow with fun, hands-on engineering experiences. The Robot Garage offers classes, parties, field trips and summer camps, as well as an online retail shop. 


  1. Think local before heading over to/ordering from a big business or chain, so you can help keep money in the community as much as possible.

  2. Purchase gift cards or gift certificates if you don’t have immediate need but know you will eventually use a local business’ products or services.

  3. Refer friends/family to all of the local businesses you love; you may not be in need of a particular product or service, but someone else might be.

  4. Leave reviews for your favorite local businesses.

  5. Share local businesses’ social media posts onto your own social media pages; you never know who of your friends might be in need of that product or service.

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