Week of 4.14.14

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Project 1’s Who’s Your Bartender

The scene at Dick O’Dow’s the week following St. Patrick’s Day was like déjà vu. More than 500 (at $10 each) squeezed into the iconic Birmingham pub to lend support to Project 1, a totally volunteer non-profit which donates all net proceeds directly to those in need. Who’s Your Bartender? was coordinated by Linda Krause, Kelley LaFontaine, Laura Beckeman, Kirsten Mumma and Jerry Hall. It featured 15 good sport bartenders competing for donations (sales and tips) for a charity of their choice and for project 1. The top three – Kelley Kennedy for the Bright Pink Foundation, Stacey Kives for Humble Design, and Ryan LaFontaine for Leukemia and Lymphoma – got to direct 50% of their take to their charity.
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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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