Week of 9.19.16

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Camp Casey’s Gold Rush Gala

To recognize Childhood Cancer Awareness month, many of the 200 guests ($75 ticket) attending the Camp Casey benefit at the Roostertail followed the invitation suggestion to “wear gold.” The scene was indeed sparkling and Abby Hubbard’s committee had planned lots of diversions. These included an hors d’oeuvres buffet, silent auction ($6,250), a raffle, a wine pull ($626), a Sweet Rush dessert sale ($700) and a cash vote ($540) for one's favorite musician from the evening’s line up. This included Drew Machak, Trevor Thomas and Jimmy Atto.
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Jason Mood and Christopher Johnson , co-owners of The Meeting House in Rochester, have partnered with James and Gino D’Agostini to open a new food truck called Motor Powered Hospitality , with the D’Agostinis bringing their business experience to the management side of the venture. Only recently delivered to the team, the food truck appeared at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac during ...more»

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ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS: In a year where predictions offered by political pundits are less accurate than the extended weather forecast in any given week, there is only one certainty: nothing is certain. From Donald Trump’s presidential nomination to Sen. Bernie Sander’s success in Michigan, the resulting uncertainty has many candidates on the lower portion of the November ballot worried, ...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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