Talia Thomas gave one of downtown Farmington's biggest eyesores a fresh new look.
The Farmington Hills resident and Harrison High School alumna opened Sipp, a smoothie and juice bar, at 23629 Farmington in the former Hershey's Ice Cream parlor that's been vacant for nearly a decade.
"I've never done it before; this is my first business venture," said Thomas, who worked in mental health before launching the smoothie shop in May. "I've always done things like this on my own, so it was kind of natural for me to do something that I'm familiar with.
"When I had seen the space, I knew I had to do it here."
While she's never worked in a similar shop before, Thomas said she's had plenty of experience creating drinks on her own, which translated into her desire to open a business selling products like smoothies and juices.