What's in a Name?
Birmingham style across from Google
Around here, maple means those flame-colored trees that line our older residential streets, but over Birmingham way, Maple is another name for Fifteen Mile Road, and it's associated with a certain preppie-slacker chic. "What represents you the most? It's where you're from," says Brad Friedman of Maple, the store he and his friend Brandon Schram just opened on East Liberty in the former Kim's Martial Arts (see below for what happened to Kim's). "We grew up on Maple. Maple Woods, Maple Creek, we went to Maple Elementary."