Neighborhood Spotlight: Most-Loved Novi Spots

By: Carolyn Hall | June 19, 2024
hub stadium lounge in novi

Photo courtesy of Hub Stadium

In this Neighborhood Spotlight, Novi has captured our attention by offering a delightful blend of entertainment, dining, and outdoor activities. Whether you’re a local resident or just visiting, there’s always something exciting to discover in Novi. Here’s a spotlight on some of the must-visit businesses and attractions that make Novi a fantastic place to spend your day.


43150 Grand River Avenue, Novi

Brentwood Grille is a rooster-themed relaxed restaurant that offers a diverse menu featuring everything from grilled ribeye and seafood to pasta and vegetarian dishes. With a menu prioritizing seasonal ingredients and taking local inspiration, this chef-owned spot is set to impress. Start with the crispy pork belly or pimento cheese dip, and move into the perch sauté, chicken ‘cordon bleu’, or lamb ragu. Pair it with a seasonally-inspired cocktail, like a passionfruit martini or a mango mai tai. 

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44325 West 12 Mile Road, Suite H-160, Novi

HUB Stadium is “the ultimate entertainment and dining destination [that] seamlessly blends authentic charm, impeccable dining service, and unique active entertainment activities,” shares Zack Giannetti, Director of Business Development & Operations. “Test your skills on six ice curling lanes, release your inner lumberjack at 22 axe-throwing stalls, or aim for strikes on eight football bowling lanes.” With six private event rooms, a full bar, and an upstairs lounge, HUB Stadium is a great choice for a night out with friends or date nights. 

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43271 Crescent Boulevard, Novi

Enjoy a classic dining experience at Diamond Jim Brady’s Bistro Bar. This Novi institution offers a menu of American bistro cuisine, with fresh seafood taking center stage. Start the meal with the smoked whitefish spread, mushroom pâté, a giant pit of mussels to share, or a crispy flatbread. Continue with the caramelized salmon, mustard chicken, or the DJB Big Burger, a half-pound custom grind served with crispy fries or coleslaw. The cozy, welcoming atmosphere and attentive service make it a great place for a romantic dinner, a family meal, or a casual night out, especially with its patio space.


41550 Grand River Avenue, Novi

For a unique and action-packed experience, head to Whirlyball. This fun-filled venue combines bumper cars, Jai-Alai-style scoops, a whiffle ball, and basketball-style boards into a one-of-a-kind game that’s sure to get your adrenaline pumping. Perfect for groups, Whirlyball is ideal for team-building activities, parties, or just a night out with friends. The venue also features a fully stocked bar, video games, and billiards, ensuring there’s something for everyone to enjoy. 


25914 Novi Road, Novi

Add a touch of beauty to your day with a visit to The Flower Alley. This charming full-service florist offers stunning floral arrangements for any occasion, from weddings and special events to everyday bouquets. This family-owned and operated shop offers same-day delivery, gourmet gift baskets, and much more. The Flower Alley prides itself on using the freshest blooms and providing personalized service. It’s the perfect place to pick up a gift or simply treat yourself to some floral beauty.


45799 Grand River Avenue, Novi

For a day of non-stop fun, visit Paradise Park. This entertainment compound offers a wide range of activities, including go-kart racing, mini-golf, laser tag, and an arcade. With a trampoline center, climbing wall, and slides, there is something fun for toddlers through teens. There’s also a full-service restaurant and bar, so you can refuel between games. Paradise Park is perfect for family outings, birthday parties, or just a fun day out with friends.


47454 Grand River Avenue, Novi

For fresh dining options, check out Chopped Olive. This restaurant specializes in modern Mediterranean-inspired salads, wraps, and bowls, made with the freshest ingredients. The menu is packed with flavorful, nutritious options that cater to a variety of dietary preferences. You can customize your meal to your preferences, from the style of entree and base (hummus, quinoa, lettuce, and more) to toppings and proteins. Additionally, there are flatbread pizzas, Mediterranean street fries, grape leaves, and much more to choose from. It’s the perfect spot for a quick, healthy meal on the go or a leisurely lunch with friends.


41706 West 10 Mile Road, Novi

Satisfy your cravings for homemade Italian delicacies at Maria’s Italian Bakery, a go-to for over 40 years. This local gem offers a delicious selection of freshly baked breads, sandwiches, cookies, and cakes, made from using traditional recipes. From cannoli to sourdough rye, every bite is a taste of Italy. It’s a wonderful place to pick up a special treat, a delicious pizza for dinner, or order a custom cake for your next celebration. The pasta and pizzas can be made hot or premade to be baked in the comfort of your home. 


601 South Lake Drive, Novi

Nature lovers will find a haven at Lakeshore Park, Novi’s largest city park. This expansive park features beautiful trails for hiking and biking, a sandy beach for swimming, soccer fields, a sand volleyball court, and plenty of picnic areas. For kids developing bike skills, there is a safe spot just north of the main trail entrance dedicated to just that. The park also has well-equipped playgrounds, making it a great spot for families. Whether you’re looking to relax by the water or get active outdoors, Lakeshore Park offers a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.


41390 West 10 Mile Road, Novi

Cool off with a sweet treat at Stuart’s Ice Cream & Yogurt. This beloved ice cream parlor offers a wide variety of flavors, from classic vanilla and chocolate to more adventurous options like orange Italian ice and cookie dough. Whether you’re craving a cone, a frozen lemonade, or a milkshake, Stuart’s has you covered. Grab a strawberry shortcake sundae, a banana split, or even a float. It’s the perfect place to indulge your sweet tooth on a hot day.


26975 Adell Center Drive, Novi

Ever dreamed of skydiving but without the fear of jumping out of a plane? iFLY Detroit offers a thrilling indoor skydiving experience that’s perfect for adventurers of all ages. This spot uses a vertical wind tunnel to suspend you in the air, providing a safe and exhilarating experience. General Manager Rami Helmi shares, “iFLY’s state-of-the-art wind tunnels are designed to provide a safe flight experience and a unique story to tell, flyers ages 3 to 103 can indoor skydive. From beginners to seasoned pros, people of all shapes, sizes, and abilities can take flight and have the time of their lives. You don’t need to be an athlete or in perfect shape — our world-class instructors are experts at making flying fun for everyone who meets our flight guidelines.” Rather than free-falling from a plane, this indoor skydiving experience is accommodating to flyers of all backgrounds. It’s a great spot for birthday parties, corporate events, or just a fun day out with friends and family.