Week of 1.26.15

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CCS's Home Christmas Home Tour

Unlike some other holiday house tours that fell by the wayside after a few years, the Christ Child Society’s has a winning strategy. Co-chairs Amy Gooch and Katie Gantner and their committee lined up five unique, beautiful homes whose generous owners get the Christmas decorations installed by the first Friday in December. This year these good people were Cristina & Robert Recchia, Renee & Michael Acho, Sally & Kevin Smith, Lauren & Robert Smith and Donna & Rusty Brown. The event booked the Birmingham Country Club for a non-stop and yummy buffet brunch from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. They also recruited more than 15 boutique owners to set up their sales displays at the club (see list in Photo Gallery) and society members to serve as docents at the homes. The 500 ($50 ticket) who attended planned their own touring, brunching and shopping schedule.
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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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