Week of 9.22.14

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The Big Wine Classic

Since 2006, 10 friends of the late Rob Schuele have annually staged a unique golf outing at Birmingham Country Club. It pairs fine wine, fairways, food and friendship with the futures of academically talented high schoolers who lack the financial resources to pay for college. Along with the 128 golfers and the 258 dinner guests who savored a superb selection of fine wines, two of the five Robert A Schuele Scholarship winners attended the ninth annual classic which raised more than $72,000 for the scholarship fund. During the program that followed the splendid buffet dinner they were introduced by Bart Tinsley, who described how challenging is the selection process.
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Lark & Co. general store


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.

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