For those who grew up in this small town, it’s hard to believe the changes in Clawson’s ‘business district.’ The changes are great to see – if only to encourage continued growth and success of businesses, and therefore residents. It’s no Royal Oak with the almost always busy streets…but that’s okay (in my opinion). Clawson needs to maintain the small town community feel while growing business to provide resources to its residents. It’s a careful balance. All that aside, there are some great businesses in downtown Clawson that I enjoy and think you should check out too:
Black Lotus Brewery: I’ve enjoyed this craft brewery and restaurant since it first opened in 2006. It was one of the first non-smoking businesses in the area, and since I was a big advocate of the non-smoking law, I encouraged my friends to frequent this place as much as possible. It helps that Black Lotus brews good beer and usually has an additional good selection of guest taps. They have since expanded their food menu to include delicious options, including my favorite soft pretzel bites, barbecue chicken nachos, turkey chili and build your own burgers. And if you like to golf, especially during the winter, The Drive In offers an indoor golf simulator next door.
Kahve House: If you’re looking for a pick me up, stop by the new coffee bar, Khave. Tucked on Main Street just south of Fourteen Mile, this quaint, welcoming business offers both the standard and specialty hot and cold coffee and tea drinks. You can also nimble on tasty treats while relaxing at a table with a good book. It’s a nice getaway that usually has seating available. (Feel free to tip the young barista – she’s a working college student, and my niece.)
Twy-Fit: After all the food and caffeine I’ve mentioned, you’ll want to work off those calories so stop by this new(er) gym on Main Street (south of Fourteen Mile). This isn’t like a traditional big box gym, in that the smaller size provides a more personal feel and interaction with the staff. A variety of classes are offered to appeal to many interests – Zumba, yoga, kickboxing, boot camp, Pilates and more. Personal training is also available from several friendly, experienced trainers. The first class is free so really, what’s your excuse?
Leon & Lulu: On the edge of the downtown is this eclectic shop. Whether searching for a gift, couch, wall decor or funky sculpture, you’re sure to find something out of the ordinary at this shop. For those who grew up in or around Clawson, it’s a nostalgic stop as the store fills the former Ambassador roller rink location. It’s been so transformed into a fun shopping stop that you may not recognize it but ah, the memories are there.
D’Lazo Salon & Spa: I’ve been a client at D’Lazo for years, before it moved to this current location on Main Street. The salon offers a full range of hair treatments as well as nail service, waxing, massages and more. It’s a fun yet relaxed atmosphere to be pampered in.
Trim: I’m going to share a secret…..while Trim is marketed as a barber shop for men (and it is), they also offer massages. And reasonably priced massages. So while their stylists are shaving faces and cutting hair, and their clients are playing pool or watching a sports game while waiting their turn, I love nothing more than being closed off from the world in their massage room with soothing music. They used to offer couples massages but are short a massage therapist right now. Now keep this a secret though because I don’t want to have to wait for an appointment.
You can also find Flipside Records, Detroit Burger Bar, Wunderground Magic Shop and many more great businesses in Clawson. I encourage you to check them out and support this small town.