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Older Persons’ Commission Gala
Many of the 333 people ($150 tickets) who arrived at the Royal Park Hotel for the OPC’s Gatsby Gala were wearing Roaring Twenties accessories. Notable among those was Kathy White, who was feathers from her flapper-style head band to her toes. (See photo gallery) Before dinner, guests socialized and perused the silent auction and raffle. The latter offered glasses of champagne, only one of which held a pair of real diamond earrings from Haig’s of Rochester. The scene was the 14th annual fundraiser for the Meals on Wheels program which prepared and delivered 116,151 meals last year. The gala program emceed by Jennifer Kincer featured videos with earnest testimonials regarding the program’s importance to the homebound, especially the wellness checks performed by the drivers.
In 1985, Larry Bell of Bell's Brewery in Kalamazoo sold his first beer. Since then, craft beer in Michigan has expanded at a rate faster then the amount of dishes using kale in metro Detroit restaurants. Ritts Hospitality capitalized on this boom and opened Ale Mary’s in 2014. With 28 on tap, 64 in bottles and three in cans, beer is the highlight here, but the suds-friendly menu has earned quite ...more»
Jeremy Sasson , the Birmingham owner and restaurateur behind Townhouse Birmingham and Townhouse Detroit , is continuing to spread his wings, developing a steakhouse in the Capitol Park Lofts building at 1145 Griswold Street and State in Detroit, two blocks north of Campus Martius. "It won’t be a steak, potatoes and white tablecloth kind of steakhouse," Sasson said. "It’s like a prime ...more»
09/30/2013 - Michael Collins and David Zawicki will be offering a unique addition to downtown Birmingham in October when they open Lark & Co., 138 N. Maple, Birmingham, which will operate as a modern day general store with a vintage twist. Collins said Lark & Co. is modeled on the general store of the 1940's and 1950's that offered everything from food and clothing to housewares and furniture. "It will offer pretty much everything we can fit in our 1,100 square foot space," Collins said. Collins said Zawicki will run the day-to-day operations of the store and be the face of the shop.
The general store will replace Oliver's Trendz, which Collins and Zawicki operated in the space for the last eight years. Collins said the decision to change from a women's accessory shop to a general store will keep the business nimble and fits into the uniqueness of Birmingham's main street character, rather than an outdoor mall. "I think we need to have a balanced approach. Part of what makes Birmingham so unique is that we have these stores that you don't see in a mall," Collins said. "I'm very much in favor or preserving the brick and mortar stores and the preservation of Main Street America. I believe, and there are studies that show, that every dollar spent in a store like mine ends up going back into the community, but every dollar spent in a national goes to corporate."
Business Matters for the Birmingham-Bloomfield area are reported by Kevin Elliott. Send items for consideration to KevinElliott@downtownpublications.com. Items should be received three weeks prior to publication.