Clawson is comprised of dozens of small businesses, which help give the city its character.
Each has something unique to offer and keeps customers coming back for more.
In honor of Small Business Saturday on Nov. 24, we will be featuring a profile on a different business each day leading up to Saturday, the day that celebrates them all.
Today, we take a look at Black Lotus Brewing Company, owned by Mark Harper.
Name: Black Lotus Brewery
Location: 1 East 14 Mile Road
Years in Clawson: Six
What does your business embody? "Black Lotus is a family-owned classic American brew pub. You can come enjoy products actually made in Clawson here as well as enjoy the best art and music from area artisans. The best part about the Lotus experience is that unlike other bars, you won’t have to deal with cheesy guys cruising to pick you up or drunken sorority girls throwing up in the bathroom. It's a place for cool, laid back folks that appreciate fine drink, food and creativity."
What are some of the most popular dishes on the menu? "The most popular sellers on the menu range from our monstrous craft burgers to our world famous Brewhaus nachos. Quickly becoming a trend in sales are the weekend specials that Chef Courtney offers. Some recent items include ostrich and venison burgers to braised lamb stew. At the end of the day though, it’s the beer that outsells everything. Crowd favorites include the Detroit Hip Hops IPA, The Haunting Pumpkin Ale and an all-time favorite for the holiday season - The GIFT Belgian strong ale."
What is your favorite part about having a business in Clawson? "My favorite part about owning a business in Clawson is that I also live in Clawson, and I am very proud to have been one of the first along with Frittata Cafe to begin the downtown Clawson revival. When we started in 2006, no one had outdoor cafes and now every bar has one. It's great to see our town grow into a dining and nightlife destination."
Will you offer any deals for Small Business Saturday? "We always say it's so important to support local production of anything. When you come into Black Lotus, we are a small business that literally makes products in Clawson. We want to reward the loyal, local support of manufacturing to our customers by giving them a free growler bottle Saturday ($5 value; fill not included) when $20 or more is purchased. Also, if you would like to purchase a gift certificate for some lucky person for the holidays on this day, you can get a $25 gift certificate free with the purchase of $100 or more in gift certificates."
For more information on the Black Lotus Brewing Company, call the brewery at 248-577-1878 or visit its Facebook page.