Week of 3.2.15

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CARE House Circle of Friends Luncheon

“If I had a thousand hats they’d all be off to you,” actress Mia Farrow declared to the CARE House staffers who had just been applauded by the 300 luncheon guests ($120 & up tickets) gathered at the Townsend. The day before she had seen CARE House first hand and, later in her speech, lamented that it did not exist for her daughter Dylan when stepfather Woody Allen sexually abused her. Farrow’s speech also touched on the highs of her oft tumultuous life as mother of 14 children, four biological, 10 adopted. She easily tacked between amusing and solemn and wove her actress mother Maureen O’Hara, husbands Frank Sinatra, Andre Previn and Allen, plus the Beatles, into the tapestry.
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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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