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Kidney Ball

More than 740 supporters of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan turned out for the annual Motown Magic Kidney Ball at the Motor City Casino. VIPs convened early in the Sound Board upper level Overdrive room before joining the hoi polloi for the silent auction ($57,000). The dinner program had highlights. Past chair and board member Myra Moreland presented event chair Patrick Rugiero the Cindy Hoglund Shannon award and they thanked GM and other sponsors (see photo gallery) for their generosity. Rugiero also announced that Jon Krebs  and Jeff Chandler would chair the 2017 ball. Emcee Steve Garagiola shared the painful saga of his experience with kidney stones and young Adam Rost demonstrated much energy despite his kidney disease battle.
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January 2017

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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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