Nerve Center for Arbor Hills
Zakalik says he and his team of architects are working on the noise problem--at peak times, the high, hard ceiling amplifies the crowd a little too much, though it's perfect during the quieter hours when "you like to have a little noise, a little energy."
Zola Bistro, 3030 Washtenaw (Arbor Hills Crossing, Building B), 477-8088. Sun.-Thurs. 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 7 a.m.-11 p.m. facebook.com
"Oh my gosh," says Courtney Looney. "Between the Glass Box, North Face, and Zola, I could totally spend my whole paycheck." Thirty-three-year-old Looney is manager of LILL Studio, a design-your-own-handbag business next door to Zola. This is LILL's first store outside of Chicago, which has three, though LILL has extended itself to a few other places using the Tupperware model.
That's how Looney, who just moved here from Phoenix, got her start. Several years ago, Looney was visiting her best friend, who had moved to Chicago, and together they discovered LILL. Looney, who had a day job as an administrator in a construction business, brought LILL merchandise back with her to Phoenix and held some home parties.