Restaurants, shops coming, going, moving in Oakland County

A craft studio, a cheesesteak joint and a gastropub with a quirky name are among…

A craft studio, a cheesesteak joint and a gastropub with a quirky name are among the new or soon-to-be-open restaurants and shops in cities across southeast Oakland County.

Berkley

A do-it-yourself makers studio will offer string art, canvas painting, jewelry-making, tie-dyeing — and even a Jackson Pollock-inspired Splatter Room. 

“You can get in and get messy. It’s almost art as an extreme sport,” said Jenna Hance, franchise owner of Pinspiration Berkley.

The Pinterest-inspired studio is scheduled to open this fall at 2733 Coolidge Highway. Customers will be able to choose from dozens of crafts, with the studio providing all the supplies and tools needed to make the projects come to life. There will be a dedicated room for parties and private get-togethers. 

Hance was working on a graduate school project about finding meaningful work when she saw a Facebook ad from Pinspiration that sought a franchisee in the area. A longtime arts and crafts lover who grew up in Berkley, she and her husband, Jeff, applied. They beat out about 250 other applicants. 

The studio will be the company’s first Michigan location.

A chalkboard wall at the Pinspiration in Phoenix, Arizona.

The coronavirus pandemic is at the forefront of the Hances’ minds as they prepare to open the 2,400-square-foot business. Tables will be appropriately spaced out, Hance said. There will be stringent cleaning protocols. 

Pinspiration Berkley will also offer a craft that’s very on-trend: face mask decorating.

Nearby, architectural photographer Laszlo Regos is turning 3127 12 Mile Road into a studio and art gallery. Regos owns the building and previously ran Spectrum Photo out of it for several years.