Sunday, May 25, 2014

‘Saved by the Bell’ star draws large crowd to patio opening at Novi club

NOVI — Disco is making a comeback to the Metro Detroit area.

At least that’s what Vladimir Mirkovich, owner of Staying’ Alive, 44325 W. Twelve Mile, Unit H-160, is hoping for. The club, which opened in November, is a celebration of everything from the 70s, 80s and 90s.

Sitting atop the Lucky Strike bowling alley within the Twelve Mile Crossing, the club overlooks the Fountain Walk.

“There was a need for this type of venue on the west side,” Mirkovich said. “ It came from my desire to created something that would bring crowds from 25 to 45 years-old.

SLIDESHOW: Photos from Dustin Diamond's visit to Stayin' Alive.

“Boogie Fever in Ferndale just closed, so this was a niche that was needed in the area.”

The club has a custom dance floor filled with LED-lights that are controlled by a computer to play along with the beats whatever song is playing at the moment.

Saturday night the club expanded when a 4,000-square-foot outdoor patio opened for the summer months.
Former “Saved By The Bell” star Dustin Diamond, known affectionately on the 90s television show as “Screech”, was the guest of honor for the patio opening.

“Stayin’ Alive is probably the coolest club that I have had the chance to be a part of,” Diamond said. “I was born in the 70s, but I didn’t get a chance to be a part of the 70s.

“I like disco music and I like the scene, this is like vacation for me for a night.”

Diamond — who spent 12 years as “Screech” on four different television series and in two made-for-TV movies — was 23 years old when the shows ended. After the shows, Diamond released an adult video, titled, “Screeched”, where he says he hired a stunt actor, but used his face. In 2009, he released a book of behind-the-scenes stories of his years on the show, called, “Behind The Bell”, and has since appeared as a guest actor on several shows and movies.

He is currently working on a Reality-TV show called “The Reel Deal”, in which celebrities are paired with up-and-coming-actors and others to make short film from scratch in four days, according to
Stayin’ Alive is one of Oakland County’s largest outdoor spaces of its kind, said event organizers. The new patio has a 50-foot full-service outdoor bar, hi-top tables and sofas with umbrellas. It also boasts sound and lighting for outdoor dancing.

(Oakland Press Staff Writer John Turk contributed to this report.)

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