Week of 9.15.14

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Saks Fifth Avenue’s Art of Detroit

There may have been heavy competition downtown the same night (Lions preseason game and Eminem concert in Comerica Park), but more than 300 fashionable Detroiters-at-heart ($75 ticket) still cruised to Saks Fifth Avenue for the soiree benefiting the College for Creative Studies. Painted flats displaying Detroit landmarks like the Marshall Fredericks’ “Spirit of Detroit” sculpture accented the store and CCS alum Ben Sharkey had a huge presence at the event. Both the invitation and the event poster art above the registration table (see Photo Gallery) were his creations. Plus, his mellow vocals wafted throughout the second floor most of the evening. Glass artist April Wagner’s work also made a colorful statement (see Photo Gallery) on the second floor.
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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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