Week of 10.17.16

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Grand Jester’s Reception

There’s nothing “creepy” about The Parade Company’s Distinguished Clowns Crops. These are the nearly 200 guys and gals who donate $1,000 per year for the privilege of frolicking down Woodward Avenue in America’s Thanksgiving Parade. As DCC sponsor UHY LLP’s Tony Frabotta said at the Grand Jester’s annual reception, “We work for people...certain things you do because you feel good about it. We feel good about (the Distinguished Clown Corps).” He was speaking to the 200 DCs and DC wannabees gathered at The Reserve to salute 2016 Grand Jester Austin Kanter. He’s the first of the corps to attain 30-year status. And like other DCs, is joined in the corps by children and grandchildren. This includes the LePage family, which hosts the exceptional cocktail supper reception.
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Unique food and smokes

Expected to open the first of the month, Ambassador Cigar is a anticipated to be an upscale cigar bar and lounge which will also offer specialty small plates and a private membership club. Owned by Jeff DeSandre , who has been in the local cigar industry for 15 years, there will be a 300-square foot walk-in humidor on site. "We’re planning to offer gourmet small plates, and Cuban sandwiches ...more»


oakland confidential

October 2016

CAMPAIGN NO-NO: Candidates for public office know — or they should — that it’s a criminal offense to represent themselves as an incumbent when they aren’t. Certainly John McCulloch should be aware as a longtime Republican office holder who lost his job in 2012 as Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner, and was fired, under murky circumstances, in 2014 as Huron-Clinton ...more»
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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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