When John Antone founded Axis Music Academy and started developing his proprietary teaching method, the academy was a cramped four-studio Southfield office where he gave guitar lessons. Sixteen years later, Axis has blossomed into a quartet of spacious, well-lit facilities that have one specialty in common: turn individual musicians into bands. Supplied with 12 private studios and all necessary instruments and gear, students get to set their own goals and chart their own course to learning, composing, and recording music. Whether that journey starts with them working through their favorite song on the guitar or stubbornly trying to play the tuba with their ear, the teaching staff helps them reach their goals using the full benefit of their expertise. Budding virtuosos can then combine their strengths during a slate of rock bands, glee clubs, and other group activities.
Axis Music Academy is also currently Michigan’s only Apple-authorized training center, which saves prospective producers a trip out of state if they want to get certified and tested in industry-standard recording software such as Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Ableton, Final Cut, and Garage Band —all taught using a brand-new suite of computer stations and the industry-insider techniques of Charlie Grover, the former drummer of gold-certified rock band Sponge.
Lessons rarely stay confined to the classroom, since Axis lines up opportunities for students to show off what they've learned onstage at local venues, sports games, and even on air during the morning news. It also stays active in the Detroit-area community by participating in Axis Music Academy 501(C)3 and other programs.
Allure likened the hairdo-renovating experience at Ginger Group for Hair to speed dating. Referring to the salon’s creative director, David Hockney, the magazine writes, “He fired off questions about our likes, dislikes, and profession.” Using the information he acquired, Hockney crafted a face-flattering, personalized hairstyle that the contributor described as “love at first sight.”
Putting clients in the hot seat is common practice at Ginger Group for Hair. The stylists take personalized services very seriously; individuality, after all, is half of their philosophy. The other half? Education. Trained in European techniques, each stylist has obtained advanced education in time-honored cutting, coloring, and snake-taming techniques. Yet, the learning never stops. The team stays hungry for knowledge about the salon industry’s latest innovations and always seeks new ways to develop and build on its practices.
As a result of the team's dedication, its haircare services have earned acclaim from clients and multiple shout-outs from Allure. Ginger Group for Hair’s success can also be attributed to the quality of its hairstyling products. Every service enlists help from environmentally conscious Texturizze products, which are enriched with natural, sustainably sourced ingredients that are friendly to Mother Nature’s receding hairline.
With a stay at Radisson Hotel Detroit-Bloomfield Hills in Bloomfield Hills (Troy - Auburn Hills), you'll be within the vicinity of Somerset Collection and Silverdome. This hotel is within the region of Chrysler LLC Headquarters and International Auto Components Headquarters.
Make yourself at home in one of the 151 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and CD players. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed. Cable programming and video-game consoles are provided for your entertainment, while complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access keeps you connected. Bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Enjoy a range of recreational amenities, including an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a fitness facility. Guests can get around on the complimentary shuttle, which operates within 10 mi.
Grab a bite at one of the hotel's 3 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a business center, and business services. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Free self parking is available onsite.
Chef Travis Waynick of Northern Lakes Seafood Company carefully curates a menu of fresh fish and seafood in a nautical-themed environment. Duos and quartets of diners embark on aquatic journeys with cups of creamy lobster bisque or clam chowder, or declare herbivorous allegiance with the house, caesar, or iceberg-lettuce salads. All fresh catches, including the Peruvian tilapia, are prepared grilled, broiled, blackened, baked, steamed, sautéed, or buttermilk-fried. Seared scallops sashay to tables, and pan-roasted chicken cuddles with spaetzle and grain-mustard jus lie sauce as a vegetable side watches from the stairway. Reward bellies with sweet slabs of key-lime cheesecake, pumpkin-bread pudding with black-walnut ice cream, or crème brûlée with seasonal fresh fruit.
Once inside Barrio Tacos and Tequila, one is immediately struck by the smoky blues and warm blooms of color that fill the space. Frosted panes of azure glass line one side of the restaurant, and vibrant murals overtake the other walls—the ones that aren't stacked with shelves of tequila bottles, anyway. Orange lights from above branch into glowing tendrils, studding the navy ceiling with miniature suns and illuminating the mortar and pestle on each table. These points of color are akin to the sparks of flavor inside the menu: pleasantly surprising and, in the words of the Detroit News, "bright and well-balanced."
Executive chef Ryan Porter is the brain behind Barrio’s inventive recipes. As a teenager, Ryan cooked for his family every night, honing the creativity that would lead him through American-, Asian-, Italian-, and finally Mexican-themed kitchens. Today, he looks in all cardinal directions for culinary inspiration, fashioning platters in the style of Oaxaca and Acapulco, among other regions. He stuffs tortillas with nine types of taco fillings, including housemade chorizo. On the side, scoops of chili-dusted sweet corn transport guests to Mexico without forcing them to throw out the giant bottle of shampoo they keep hidden under their shirt.
Tim Castañeda's culinary education began at his family's dinner table. Nourished by the fresh salsas and flavorful meats, Tim developed a deep appreciation for and understanding of the traditional flavors of Mexican cuisine. After cooking in his family's restaurants during his youth, Tim continued to perfect his recipes and spice blends in Mexican eateries throughout the country. He brings his years of experience to Zumba Mexican Grille, where he whips up freshly made tacos, burritos, and quesadillas reminiscent of the authentic dishes of his childhood.
Named for the Spanish slang word for "energy," Zumba bustles with color and zest—from its shiny stainless-steel counters and rainbows of wooden chairs to the skirt steak, red-chili pork, and fresh vegetables sizzling on its grills. When customers walk in, their first step is to pick meats, toppings, and black, pinto, or magic beans. Then the servers behind the counter begin building Mexican specialties—including the burritos, named the city's best by Real Detroit Weekly. After receiving their orders, guests stroll over to the fresh salsa bar, where six different housemade varieties in various spice levels await them.