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Empire Sports in Oak Park is a new one-stop shop for your fitness and sportswear needs.   

Not only can you find entrepreneur Michaelyn Roberson’s brand Noir Sportswear in store, but you can also find apparel for your favorite sports team, purchase school uniforms or get customized items, adding on school and individual names. 

“When I started out, the brand was just focused on women,” said Roberson, 35, a Detroit native who now lives in Oak Park, “and I wanted to create something that was more inclusive, especially when we talk about living healthier lifestyles.”

Roberson grew up in Detroit and attended Redford High School.

Making the decision to launch the store in Oak Park, where she recently moved, was easy for Roberson. She liked that the area is small, but has all of the necessities of a community, like a grocery store, an eye doctor, a few urgent cares and the Oak Park Public Safety Department. She knew that she wanted her business to be located near competitors and other businesses that she could benefit from.

So she placed her business next door to a Planet Fitness.