Mary Liz Curtin skated into Clawson seven years ago and transformed the historic Ambassador Roller Rink into a destination lifestyle store. The rest as they say is history—except for the roller skates—they're still hanging around.
Patch had a chance to catch up with Curtin, who lives in Royal Oak, and find out how she rolls.
Leon & Lulu
Location: 96 W. 14 Mile Road
What does your business sell? "Leon & Lulu is Metro Detroit's award winning destination lifestyle store, selling furniture, gifts, clothing and decorative accessories."
What does your business embody? "Shoppers from all across the southeast Michigan area come to Clawson to shop here, support our many charity events and enjoy special events like the Artists' Market, Girls Nights Out and Books & Authors. During the holiday season, many people drive as much as two hours to shop at the store, helping bring new customers to the shops and restaurants in town."
What is your favorite part about having a business in Clawson? "Clawson is a lovely and family-friendly community. As a business, we love the easy access (only 1.5 miles off I-75!) from anywhere in Detroit, the convenient, copious and free parking. We are so lucky to have our business located in one of Clawson's historic buildings, the Ambassador Roller Rink."
Will you offer any deals for Small Business Saturday? "Friday, we will offer a light breakfast for weary shoppers from 9-10 a.m. as well as a beautiful candle holder (retail value $29.95) with a $100 purchase. Saturday, we will have a delightful Holiday De-Icer ($24.95 value) with a $75 purchase. Sunday and Monday, we will hold the Artists' Market, a juried art show featuring nearly 40 local artisans. And every day this weekend, our cheerful skating waiters will be serving coffee, popcorn and hot cookies.
For more information on Leon & Lulu, call the store at 248-288-3600 or visit its Facebook page.