Week of 7.25.16

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The Garden Party

The most perfect weather in the eight year history of The Garden Party greeted more than 600 party goers ($150 ticket) arriving at the festival tent at Meadow Brook Hall. Just outside the entry, pretty RGA models were selling boutonnières for men. Inside, most guests started the experience with a sparking rose' before cruising the other 100 wine stations, including that of the Celani Family Vineyards. Food stations (27) offered such fare as truffled eggs (Bistro 82), crab salad (Bill’s), signature hamburgers (Red Coat Tavern) and lobster and crab croquets (DAC). Outside on the lawn classic cars looked right at home with the historic mansion as a backdrop. (See photo gallery) The eagerly anticipated afternoon raised more than $130,000 for trade school scholarships at Oakland Community College Culinary Studies Institute and Macomb Community College’s Applied Technology Programs.
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French-inspired cuisine

Rochester’s freshly opened Chapman House is situated in the century old structure it takes its moniker from. Located at 311 Walnut Boulevard, the cuisine is French-inspired American, and executed by head Chef Chris Cason , formerly of Michael Symon’s Roast in Detroit, and a protégé of James Beard Award-winning Chef Takashi Yagihashi. Curtis Nordeen , the restaurant’s ...more»
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Italian re-do

Clad in red-checkered tablecloths, with an imaginative ambiance, Birmingham’s Arthur Avenue , 260 N. Old Woodward, has been facing challenges to establish itself as a laid back Italian eatery. To right the ship, the restaurant will undergo changes resulting in a narrower menu focus, namely pizzas and salads. "We have been toying around with building a pizza oven in the middle of the restaurant ...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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