Week of 8.31.15

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Founders Junior Council Fash Bash

Because the M1 Rail construction on Woodward Avenue negated the use of the DIA main entrance as the venue for the FJC signature event, Fash Bash was staged at the John R. museum entrance. The alternative site proved once again the truth of the old proverb about necessity being the mother of invention. Many thought the size and configuration of the plaza was even more suitable for partying than the steeply-stepped front entrance and lighting added drama to the after dark, Lincoln Black Label Afterparty. All ticket levels ($500, $250, $175 plus the $95 afterparty) were sold out. The 850-person guest list was a family affair for many, including event co-chairs Elise Hayes, who was with her daughter, mother, sister and niece, and Christine and John Giampetroni who brought their daughter.
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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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