Week of 10.20.14

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Grand Jester’s Reception

Since it was established in 1983 to help save Detroit’s Thanksgiving parade, the Distinguished Clown Corps’ generous members ($1,000 per year) have put on their custom clown suits and frolicked their way down the parade route on Thanksgiving morning. But for the last eight years, many of the current DCs, along with some DC wannabes, have also convened sans red noses for the corps’ Grand Jester’s reception hosted by Norm, Scott and Bonnie LePage at The Reserve. As a video of last year’s parade played in the background, Parade Company CEO Tony Michaels praised the LePages’ bountiful hospitality, his staff’s exceptional event décor, and the generosity of Syd Ross, Van Conway and Maggie Allesee.
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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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