Local Entrepreneur Bets On His New House
- Category: Detroit
- Published on Thursday, 11 July 2013 03:40
- Written by The Michigan Chronicle
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Kenny Akinwale, entrepreneurial extraordinaire, has done it again. Akinwale, along with business partner Raven Lewis, recently held the grand opening for Holistic House. Located at 24681 Northwestern Hwy, Suite 201, in Southfield, Holistic House provides and promotes healthy living and lifestyle services.
“I’m very excited about our Holistic House,” said Akinwale. “Our goal is to create optimum health. We want to help people feel their very best by offering a complete holistic approach to health and wellness. We will offer alternative medical systems, mind-body intervention, biologically-based therapies, manipulative and body-based methods and energy therapies.”
“We will focus on fitness, therapy and nutrition,” said Lewis, a native Detroiter and nurse with an extensive background in alternative and preventive medicine. “Our approach to health and wellness is to work with the mind, body and spirit of our clientele.”
According to Akinwale and Lewis, Holistic House will specialize in complimentary and alternative therapies which allow the body to heal itself, devoid of prescription drugs, surgery and other conventional medical procedures that people are often subjected to when facing health and medical challenges. Other services and treatments offered will help with the relief of muscle tension, pain and inflammation. In addition, people can opt for body work, acupressure, aromatherapy, reflexology, massage therapy, hot stone massage, and ionic foot bath therapy.
Holistic House will also address depression and emotional issues, stomach and digestive problems, weight control, migraine headaches and PMS/hormonal imbalance. Personal trainers, nutritionists and lifestyle coaches will be available.
Holistic House also has the capacity to host spa parties for a wide range of occasions, including bridal showers, bachelor and bachelorette parties, wine tasting events, birthday and graduation celebrations, anniversary and retirement events, and other festive occasions. In addition, the establishment has an energy and juice bar that serves a wide selection of organic juices, smoothies, herbal elixirs and supplements.
Akinwale and Lewis are looking forward to building Holistic House’s clientele.
“There are a lot of day spas in the area from the beauty side,” said Akinwale, who believes that Holistic House is one of a few establishments of its kind in the region that is owned by Black entrepreneurs. “We, however, are trying to focus more on the alternative medicine and on treating the mind, body and spirit. We are confident that our clientele will grow as more people become aware of the many wonderful and beneficial holistic services and treatments that we offer at Holistic House.”
Lewis added that Holistic House has formed a partnership with several area career schools that teach and graduate students with various therapeutic and myomassology skills that are valuable to the upstart company.
“We are working with Everest Institute (Detroit), Baker College (Clinton Township) and Irene’s School of Myomassology (Southfield),” Lewis said. “We will have interns and hire as many certified graduates through our partnerships with these schools as possible. We feel such partnerships will be prosperous for Holistic House, students, graduates and area schools.”
Kenny Akinwale knows all about prosperous ventures. He is the owner and chief executive officer of the Detroit-based Q Group LLC, which provides professional food services and strategic business management consultation to businesses such as restaurants and hotels throughout the United States. He also owns and operates Fraiche Catering LLC, a progressive company that caters an array of private parties and events in the region. Most Detroiters and others who love great food know Akinwale as the owner of Detroit Seafood Market. The downtown Detroit restaurant is preparing to celebrate its third anniversary on July 27.
Since arriving in Detroit in 2001 to take the post of regional manager for ARAMARK, an international corporation that provides food services to school districts, universities and other businesses, Akinwale, a native of Ibadan, Nigeria, has been on a mission. Prior to coming to the Motor City, he worked many years in various management capacities for Pizza Hut, Inc. while based at the company’s corporate headquarters in Dallas, Texas. His vast scope of responsibilities while there impacted more than 1,200 Pizza Hut restaurants across the U.S. He started his management career with Pizza Hut in metropolitan Washington, D.C., where his responsibilities touched all Pizza Hut establishments in the nation’s capital.
While Akinwale has experienced a high-level of success with his business ventures, which now includes Holistic House, he remains humbled by what he has accomplished in a relatively short-period of time.
“For this African kid to have come to America with just a briefcase and the clothes on this back, and to be where I am today is only because of the grace of God,” said Akinwale.
For more information on Holistic House, log on to www.theholistichouse.com.