Week of 8.3.15

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Lighthouse’s Salute America

An event honoring three people who embody the American spirit of hard work, success and generosity attracted about 200 people ($150 & up tickets) to Oakland Hills Country Club on a Pure Michigan evening. The fundraiser was chaired by Patty Ghesquiere and Sue Nine. (The latter co-founded the event with Maggie Allesee.) During the social hour many studied the silent auction display, bidding $11,000 for the 62 packages before Lila Lazarus emceed the program in which Lighthouse CEO Lisa Machesky presented the honorees. They came from the private, public and religious sectors.
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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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