Week of 6.27.16

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Sunset at the Zoo Benefactor Bash

Cynthia and Edsel Ford, who hosted the first party for Sunset at the Zoo benefactors in 2005, opened their doors again for the 2016 benefactors ($750 ticket) and some 100 of them attended. Socializing centered on the back porch and in the gardens – both with traditional sensibilities and a splendiferous view of Lake St. Clair. Conversation paused for zoo director Ron Kagan to thank everybody, especially new Polk Penguin Conservation Center lead donors Stephen and Bobbi Polk and the hosts, who were presented with a penguin-shaped topiary (see photo gallery). All guests left with a plush penguin souvenir.
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Memorializing Morrie

Aaron F. Belen , owner of AFB Hospitality restaurants Bistro 82 and Sabrage , located on the first and second floors of 401 S. Lafayette in Royal Oak, is bringing a new hot spot to downtown Royal Oak with The Morrie , a roadhouse style restaurant at 511 S. Main Street, expected to open by the end of July. Executive chef Derik Watson , who’s been with Belen since the launch of Bistro ...more»
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Seafood and veggie spot

Marc Bogoff , chef-owner of Stockyard food truck, and friend Eli Boyer , formerly of Gold Cash Gold , will launch a seafood and vegetable-focused restaurant, equipped with a raw bar. Located across from Luxury Lanes bowling alley, at 600 Vester Avenue in Ferndale, Bogoff said construction on the currently unnamed restaurant will begin in early June, with hopes of an autumn opening. "Raw seafood ...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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