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Older Persons’ Commission Gala
Many of the 333 people ($150 tickets) who arrived at the Royal Park Hotel for the OPC’s Gatsby Gala were wearing Roaring Twenties accessories. Notable among those was Kathy White, who was feathers from her flapper-style head band to her toes. (See photo gallery) Before dinner, guests socialized and perused the silent auction and raffle. The latter offered glasses of champagne, only one of which held a pair of real diamond earrings from Haig’s of Rochester. The scene was the 14th annual fundraiser for the Meals on Wheels program which prepared and delivered 116,151 meals last year. The gala program emceed by Jennifer Kincer featured videos with earnest testimonials regarding the program’s importance to the homebound, especially the wellness checks performed by the drivers.
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»
Jeremy Sasson , the Birmingham owner and restaurateur behind Townhouse Birmingham and Townhouse Detroit , is continuing to spread his wings, developing a steakhouse in the Capitol Park Lofts building at 1145 Griswold Street and State in Detroit, two blocks north of Campus Martius. "It won’t be a steak, potatoes and white tablecloth kind of steakhouse," Sasson said. "It’s like a prime ...more»
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.