Week of 7.25.16

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The Garden Party

The most perfect weather in the eight year history of The Garden Party greeted more than 600 party goers ($150 ticket) arriving at the festival tent at Meadow Brook Hall. Just outside the entry, pretty RGA models were selling boutonnières for men. Inside, most guests started the experience with a sparking rose' before cruising the other 100 wine stations, including that of the Celani Family Vineyards. Food stations (27) offered such fare as truffled eggs (Bistro 82), crab salad (Bill’s), signature hamburgers (Red Coat Tavern) and lobster and crab croquets (DAC). Outside on the lawn classic cars looked right at home with the historic mansion as a backdrop. (See photo gallery) The eagerly anticipated afternoon raised more than $130,000 for trade school scholarships at Oakland Community College Culinary Studies Institute and Macomb Community College’s Applied Technology Programs.
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French-inspired cuisine

Rochester’s freshly opened Chapman House is situated in the century old structure it takes its moniker from. Located at 311 Walnut Boulevard, the cuisine is French-inspired American, and executed by head Chef Chris Cason , formerly of Michael Symon’s Roast in Detroit, and a protégé of James Beard Award-winning Chef Takashi Yagihashi. Curtis Nordeen , the restaurant’s ...more»
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Italian re-do

Clad in red-checkered tablecloths, with an imaginative ambiance, Birmingham’s Arthur Avenue , 260 N. Old Woodward, has been facing challenges to establish itself as a laid back Italian eatery. To right the ship, the restaurant will undergo changes resulting in a narrower menu focus, namely pizzas and salads. "We have been toying around with building a pizza oven in the middle of the restaurant ...more»
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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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