Week of 7.21.14

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Music Hall’s Cars and Stars

Because the vintage Music Hall elevator stops short of the roof, leaving a steep flight of stairs to climb to the hall’s rooftop 3Fifty Terrace, we agreed with the fellow passenger who opined, “I think Vince needs to raise money for a new, glass-enclosed exterior elevator to go all the way to the top.” Once up there, the 180 VIPs ($600-tickets) enjoyed an idyllic midsummer evening in the Secret Rooftop Garden. Views of the Madison Avenue neighborhood, vignettes with live “muses”, and socializing highlighted the cocktail hour before dinner in the white festival tent. There, long tables were accented with colorful flowers, small garden stone place cards painted with guests’ names and individual loaves of crusty French bread in a paper wrapper printed with the event sponsors names – “Our bread and butter.”
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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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