Farber Soul Center Construction Update (Part 2 of a Series)

The number one question being asked these days is: “When will the Farber Soul Center be open for business?”

To help answer that question, this article will provide a rough timeline for the final construction stages of the Farber Soul Center and tentative opening dates.

If you did not get a chance to read part one of this series make sure you click here to read about the history and development the Farber Soul Center.

The Farber Soul Center is an 18,000 square foot facility located at Walnut Lake & Drake Roads in West Bloomfield Township, Michigan that contains the Soul Café, Dresner Studio, gallery and reception hall.

Farber Soul Center Construction Timeline

Please note that this timeline is an estimate and all dates are subject to change.

Week of January 25:

Here is what will be completed by the end of this week:

  • Pizza oven installation
  • Counter fascia in cafe
  • Soul Café kitchen equipment finishing touches
  • Soul Café lighting
  • Hall Lighting
  • Hall Painting
  • Hall sound system and audio/visual equipment

Week of February 1:

  • Soul Café Community Table Installed
  • Counter kick plates and countertops in cafe
  • Health Inspection certification
  • Hall carpet installation

Week of February 8:

  • Soul Café menu preparation, development and testing
  • Soul Café staff training and preparation
  • Soul Café pilot training program in partnership with JVS

Week of February 15:

  • Soul Café dining area tables (10) and chairs (40) arrive
  • Temporary Certificate of Occupancy application
  • Full kitchen and café trials with equipment and speed of service testing,
  • Dresner Soul Studio silk screening equipment installation (silkscreen, conveyor, and dryer)

Week of February 22:

  • Reception desk for gallery installed

Week of February 29:

  • Scheduled move-in date for studio
  • Shelving for loom and weaving supplies installed

Week of March 7:

  • Soul Café soft launch (open Sunday-Friday from 7:00am-3:00pm)
  • Dresner Soul Studios pottery installation (wheels, kiln, supplies)

Week of March 14:

  • Digital studio equipment installation (computers, camera, large format photo printer, 3D printer)

Week of March 21:

  • Furniture arrives (tables, chairs etc) for 180-person capacity in main hall

Week of March 28:

  • Woodworking equipment arrives
  • Shelving for supplies installed
  • Donor wall in gallery installed


  • Sales of artwork expected to commence

Soul Café


Views of the Soul Cafe during various stages of construction.

As of today, the Soul Café’s soft launch is planned for March 7. All are invited to join us for breakfast, lunch or coffee during the soft launch as we warm up the ovens and prepare for a full launch. The café will be open for business Sunday-Friday from 7:00am-3:00pm. Individuals with special needs will be working in the café in two shifts with six employees in each shift.

Also, the outdoor space has a new fireplace installed already and the patio will be available for private party rentals, weather pending.

Dresner Soul Studio

The Dresner Studio with views of main working area and separate smaller work rooms for individuals to use with decreased distractions.

The structure for the Dresner Soul Studio is set, painting is in progress and all that is needed is the equipment to be installed!

Once the studio is ready for use, pilot programs will begin to run three days each week and start with 25 artists through the summer.


The hall and prep kitchen that will host events, seminars, workshops and will be available for private rentals.

A unique setting for special events, workshops, seminars and more that will expose the community to the Farber Soul Center and its programs. The community hall will also provide a unique setting for special events that will include workshops, seminars, corporate meetings, community events and more hosted by Friendship Circle and other organizations.


gallery construction

A view from the entrance to the gallery where artists’ work will be on display for sale to visiting patrons.

As the artists begin to produce art, they will be given several opportunities to turn their creations into a means by which they can generate income. Within the Farber Soul Center is an art gallery (the gallery is sponsored in memory of Burt and Geri Rissman) where each artist with special needs will have the chance to proudly display their final collection to the public. Here, the artists with special needs will gain commission through the sale of their artwork.

Stay Tuned for Part III

Part three of this series on the Farber Soul Center will focus on the current state of pilot programs (Soul Center Mini) and the fantastic programs and skills that have been developed. Stay tuned!

For media inquiries, please contact Melanie Barnett at [email protected].

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