Week of 8.18.14

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Serving Aces for Sarcoma

When the late Scott L. King’s oldest daughter Courtney welcomed the 250 guests to the SLK Sacrcoma Foundation fundraiser at Bloomfield Open Hunt she quoted an African proverb: “Go alone to go fast. Go together to last.” And indeed, the sixth annual event – comprising a youth tournament, a pro exhibition and clinic, and a party – evidenced a whole lot of relationships spearheaded by King’s widow Julie and his brother Keith. Scott’s boyhood friend Craig Wittus was the key to the new-this-year professional components. He works in Florida with tennis pro Aaron Krickstein who plays exhibition matches with fellow tennis pro Jimmy Arias, now an ESPN announcer. Their participation enhanced the event.
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Hardware store to close


12/02/2013 - Ace Hardware in the Bloomfield Plaza at Maple and Telegraph in Bloomfield Township, will be closing its doors in January following more than a quarter century of hardware service at the location. Mark Elmer, who purchased the store in 2007, about two years after the store changed to an Ace Hardware, confirmed the store's liquidation. The former Damman Hardware operated at the location for about 25 years, Elmer said. "Unfortunately, the landlords weren't receptive to negotiating a new lease," Elmer said. "They wanted the rent to go up, and I wanted it to go down." Elmer said failure to establish a lease agreement, combined with aging equipment at the location, economic factors and other issues, were the deciding factors in closing the location. An additional Rochester location, he said, is scheduled to be closed in February for many of the same reasons as the Bloomfield Hills location.

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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