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The invitation promised an evening “…when anything was possible” and it did not disappoint. The soiree attracted 255 guests ($500, $250, $150 tickets). Many followed the suggestion to wear black & white attire and some were meeting new CAAM director Chris Scoates and his wife Fiona Ragheb for the first time, although Chris did get his MA at CAA in 1986. In addition to the silent auction of 30 works of art donated by 12 CAA alums, (all 30 pieces sold) event co-chairs Maureen D’Avanzo, Pamela Gerber and April Wagner had commissioned Leslie Pilling to design the other party diversions. Masked and costumed characters welcomed arrivals.
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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