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Downtown Royal Oak is a diverse and thriving destination for residents of southeastern Michigan. Its arts and entertainment amenities include Emagine Theater, Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, the Royal Oak Music Theatre, and Stagecrafters.

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“When I saw the town as a guest in 1994, it felt like the downtowns where I was operating brewpubs in California. It had a great small-town feel with these great old buildings. It felt like a town that was up-and-coming. Was I right or what!” Read More...

Rich Lockwood Royal Oak

Motor City Gas is Royal Oak's first whiskey distillery since prohibition.

When Rich Lockwood lost his corporate job during the recession, he and his wife Tonya decided to turn an obsessed hobby into a business. Read More...

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Creative thinking and intellectual growth are vital parts of well-being. Atelier Art Studio is a self-styled gym for the creative self, where a work-out means honing those creative skills and fostering a passion for the arts. Read more...

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If you’re familiar with Washington Avenue in Downtown Royal Oak, you have seen the imaginative window displays and colorful bright blue awning at 508 South Washington. This is the home of Scout. Read more...

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On the west side of South Main, between Third and Fourth Streets, you’ve probably noticed a classy a-frame sign with golden letters that read: Dapper House Barber. Read more...

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 Two words: Chicken Parm. This popular dish brings out many Royal Oakers to The Rock on Third every Wednesday night. Located at 112 E. Third Street, The Rock has developed into a hub of the community Read more...

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 As the store that “aspires to be the happiest place in Royal Oak,” by owner Kent Alverson’s definition, hihi can bring light and joy to shoppers of all ages. Nothing screams “happy” quite like splashes of bright color in the form of plush toys, t-shirts, candy, and soda. Read more...

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Stagecrafters is a powerhouse of arts and culture whose creative flare has been energizing Downtown Royal Oak for decades. Each season, they produce ten shows with the help of an army of actors, volunteers, and permanent staff that attracts theatre-lovers of all ages.  Read more...

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In its 25 years within our city’s borders, Bruegger's Bagels has become a staple on Downtown’s most populous street. As a business that serves cities nationwide, and seeks to bring a little piece of New York City to other American towns Read more...

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Anyone looking for unique hand-made artwork should look to Gallery U Boutique. Located at 310 W. Fourth Street in the Washington Square building, Gallery U is certainly an eye-catcher. But there is more to this gallery than what initially meets the eye. Read more...

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Located at 215 S. Main Street, Mr. B’s Gastropub is an iconic dining and nightlife destination in the heart of Downtown Royal Oak. Read more... 

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Lockhart’s BBQ is located at 202 E. Third Street in Downtown Royal Oak, around the corner from Ciora’s first business, the Royal Oak Brewery, which opened in 1995. Lockhart’s is located in an old bank building, which was gutted and fashioned into a massive dining hall. Read more...

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Goldfish Tea is where you can try more than 100 varieties of other premium loose-leaf teas from around the world. “We are a contemporary teahouse offering more than 100 varieties of premium loose-leaf tea from around the world that are free of artificial ingredients and flavors,” says Kimberly Alverson... Read more...

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“Downtown Royal Oak is the perfect location for us. I love the diversity that Royal Oak has to offer. Not only in its people, but in the businesses and activities that go on within the city. Royal Oak is a progressive community, that is constantly growing and changing to fit the needs of a diverse population,”... Read more


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