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Yatooma's Foundation For The Kids
The Academy Awards theme for the two-part fundraiser made the gathering of nearly 350 at The Townsend a sea of glam. And during the cocktail hour, as guests were checking out the silent auction (it raised nearly nearly $50K), we spotted at least one celebrity lookalike couple, the Rich Leeboves (see Photo Gallery). In the ballroom, supersized Oscars guarded the stage where Simone Vitale’s music makers held sway. But the theme really shined during the program Paul W. Smith emceed preceding the live auction (which raised more than $70K). First there were “Oscars” presented to 15-year-old Luke Gyomory, who raised $17,000 for the foundation because he knows personally what it’s like to lose one's mother, and to Frederick Holman and his grandmother, survivors of the emotional and financial hardships occurring when a parent dies.
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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